Fun Fridays – November 7, 2014

I cannot handle spicy food so I won’t be trying this at home. But I wonder what this would look like if you, as a writer, tried this while writing a particularly emotional scene for your book? Could you get through it without stopping? These amazing musicians from the Danish National Chamber Orchestra gave it their best.

Thank you to Trissina Kear for the tip!

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Fist Slams Table in Anger

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