I’m joining Gene ‘O at his favourite coffee house and hope you’ll join us. There are quite a few people here already and though it’s noisy, the comfortable warmth of laughter, that rich smell of coffee beans and hiss of milk foaming makes it all worth it.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’ve been working hard at blogging, tweeting and generally getting to know some amazing writers. I would take a look around and wave at the friends I’ve made. There’s Nishi sipping at her tea…or is it coffee? And I see Meredith chatting to Ronovan over some poetry whilst Hugh is munching on a coffee cake covered in chocolate, sipping his tea. Suzie81 is laughing with Chris the muscleman over a pic he shared. I would smile and snuggle bag into my comfy multi-coloured chair and curl my legs in, sipping the hot brew in my hands.
If we were having coffee, I would ask you what do you plan on doing once the Autumn kicks in. Gene ‘O has already told us what he’s planning but I would listen to your plans, visions, ideas. Mine would be all over the place as usual. I’m terrible at keeping my plans. I’ve got two personalised children’s books to complete and a decision to make on whether I want to market myself for Christmas books. I would ask your advice on whether it’s worth it or not. I have conflicting views from family as it is not a great money earner but gives a lot of satisfaction. The downside is it’s takes me away from completing my adult crime romance called Falling Into You. I’m determined to try and finish it before Christmas, but you know me and my plans!
If we were having coffee I would ask you if you’re going away for Christmas. This would sadden me a little as I wouldn’t be able to read your blogs, tweets, stories. Where do you plan on going and for how long? I would smile and wish you a happy holiday when you do go, but I would miss you. Nope, I don’t have any plans. We like to decide at the last minute.
We would sip our beverages and nibble on cask and brownies, turning to see whose raucous laughter has interrupted the peace. I would smile at you and say it’s like a writers party in here and publishers should be invited to see the talent just waiting to be discovered in this room! Checking the time, I would know that everyone would be dispersing soon.
I would look at you and sincerely say, keep in touch. Once winter comes and school/work/semesters kick in, it will be harder to write but we should try. I would watch your smiles and promises to make an effort. After the last sip of the coffee, I would stand up, collect my rucksack I always seem to carry (never a handbag!) and give you a hug. The coffee was great, company was even better and we should do this again soon.