Category Archives: If We Were Having Coffee

Thursday, already?

I have started about three of four blog posts of the past few days, hoping to catch up with you and tell you all about the events from last week and what has been happening this week, to no avail. Sickly sprogs sprouting things that they shouldn’t, time turning the crank and speeding up every moment, my to-do list growing by the second – the cards were against me writing to you until now. Exhaustion is not an option as there is still so much to do and so little time. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Forced to face the anger of the blustery wind, my night time coffee readers run for cover behind the double glazed windows of the coffee shop, observing the carnage outside. Trees thresh about, gripped by shuddering spasms while swaying in unison, as though possessed in their prayers for salvation. Beyond those glowing rectangular frames, cups clink and milk hisses as crowds of bloggers, authors and poets mingle with artists and musicians. A warm atmosphere tinged with satisfaction sits atop the bookshelves and multi-coloured sofas; everyone is in his or her safe space. On days like this, the coffee shop is full to capacity.

I’m glad you found me. We haven’t got our usual seat by the brick wall filled with book shelves. Instead, we are further back, pushed against the glass wall overlooking the swollen river which looks like it’s trying to hold onto the contents of its dinner without upchucking over the grassy lanes. Our meeting today is rather brief. It has been a long day and an episode of The Walking Dead awaits. So, let me get down to sharing my week with you. For those who are subscribed to my blog, you might have noticed my new Free Write section appear this week. This is part of my practise course work for my degree. The creative writing aspect requires you to try to free write every day. Some days have been difficult and others not so much. Overall, I managed four days out of seven. I have to improve.

Ideas have come together for the Literary Festival at the end of this month. Activities are now ready for my little Book Corner, I even have a roller banner designed for the occasion. I just need to order it and hopefully get it delivered before the event. The Children’s Writing panel event is going to be pretty exciting because it’s a question and answer session for people wanting to tackle writing children’s books for the first time. My nerves are tingling at the prospect of getting a questions I can’t answer but I think it will be a good experience.

Last week saw a pivotal moment in my life. Circumstances are pushing me in a more definite direction now and I feel it is going to lead to more exciting adventures in the future. I’ll share more once the picture becomes clearer.

What about you? What has happened to you over the past week?

Today, I got to meet up with a lady I’m mentoring. She has some wonderful ideas for a children’s book and has no idea how to start, so I’m helping her. I have a feeling she is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future as she has the ability to spin a yarn that has me in stitches for hours. I love her story telling and can’t wait to see her book come to life.

The hum of the coffee shop is slowing to a gentle murmur. At last, those possessed trees are now resting and the silence outside is a welcome relief for those stragglers from the coffee shop waiting for their buses to take them home. As we part ways, I wish you a happy week ahead and look forward to catching up again for another coffee date next week.

Have a great week!

 

Monday Coffee

It’s a whirlwind Monday with everything going at full speed ahead. Sparing a thought for Thomas Cook and their troubles, I’m hoping our travel plans together don’t go awry. Where are we going? Well, we’re blasting off with Space Dust, of course! It’s time for the book’s blog tour to begin. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Thanks for meeting me here at the coffee house. I’m sorry it has been so many weeks since we last had a coffee catch up. Let’s get our beverages, find our favourite yellow sofa next to the book shelves filled books and I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to.

Image result for school gifSince we last met, the school term kicked off to a speedy start, which cut down my writing time to just two days a week again. It was great to see the new little faces of the Reception class – some of them are only just four years old! My intervention groups have changed this term with a focus on the early years and one of the junior classes. That means a more concentrated effort on those struggling students and more time for me to help them along before the half term.

Have you changed your schedule since the new term has started, or does school life not affect you any more? What have you been up to for the past few weeks?

As I sip my black coffee and nibble at a ginger nut biscuit, I have to share an exciting project which I hope will take off in the future. I’ve started putting together a package for my Author Enrichments which can be run in any school to help enhance literacy programmes already pre-existing within the classes. Once that is up and running, I will be able to use my writing and specialist literacy skills to provide author visits with a difference. Would you like an author visit that provides more than just an interesting talk and a story? Let me know what you think.

There’s more news about Space Dust. It’s going on tour! I’m still preparing the write ups for different blogs that have kindly agreed to host me from the end of September through to October. Each stop will provide an original post with interesting takes on how the book came to fruition, author interviews and character reveals.

20190916_110201000_iOSI’ll be giving a sneak preview of the sequel to the book and, at the end of October, Space Dust will be accompanying me to the October Literary Festival! Joining the likes of Fiona Barker, a panel of children’s authors will discuss the joys and heartbreak of writing children’s books.

20190916_110217000_iOSI will also be holding my own Book Corner work shop at one of the local libraries. All the characters from my books will be getting involved in craft sessions and activities to entertain and enthrall readers of any age. Don’t worry if you can’t attend. There will be live updates and videos right here and on my author website, so you won’t miss out!

The ginger nut biscuits are finished and so is my coffee which means it’s nearly time for me to go back to the grindstone and finish off those write ups. Once the tour is ready to rumble, I will send out the links to the pages participating in the tour so that you don’t miss anything. Send in your questions and comments on all that you see and like. Let me know if you’re enjoying the tour and what’s your favourite reveal.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Space Dust and leave your pics and reviews on my page or on amazon so that others can share in your enjoyment of the book.

Have a great week!

 

 

Monday Coffee

Come, sit next to me. The coffee house is packed today because of the dreary weather outside. Take in that strong aroma of coffee beans mingling and inter-twining with the flaky, baked pastries and sweet cakes. I’ve ordered your beverage already, so let’s catch up. Continue reading

Monday Corrrfffeee!

It’s a beautiful day here in south east England and there’s a freshly boiled kettle waiting for us to fill our mugs. Join me in the garden for a coffee and catch up. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Good morning. It’s the first Monday of the school holidays and that thrill of excitement is running through my veins: no work! So, grab your coffee cup and let’s get a refill and catch up. Continue reading

Saturday thoughts

It’s 5.54am and I’m wide awake. Continue reading

Friday

It was a day of two halves… Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Good morning! I know it’s a bit early for our normal coffee catch up. Since the sun has decided to come out for a brief spell this morning, I thought you might like to come on a dog walk with me.

This is my usual morning walk which takes place before the school run and work. On some days it’s a mad rush to get it done, but on days like today, I prefer to take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the scenery surrounding us. This area was once the testing ground for cars and creating traffic junctions for bike use on the roads. There are still some markings left from its previous life. It does remind me of the set for the Walking Dead with the eerie stillness and silence apart from the birds and an occasional deer crashing through the forest.

Now, onto catching up – how was your weekend? Did you manage to tick off some of your items on your to-do list from last week? I managed to get my study plan organised this weekend and put more into my novel. There have been several chapters in the middle of the book that needed to be removed and replaced by a different voice. You can feel it when you read over the story – a steady drop in forward motion and a stagnant, stale narrative that will send readers away. So, with that in mind, I’ve been ruthless and culled the dead weight. Today, I’m going to focus on introducing more conflict for the main characters and a dead body might just float up to give them something to investigate! I love it!

As we follow the path and take the next right, we will find ourselves by the numerous ponds scattered across the undulating landscape. They have made every effort to ensure the new houses being built alongside this forest will not get flooded. After speaking to the park ranger who looks after this beautiful landscape, he told me that it could rain in biblical amounts and the terrain will take it thanks to good landscaping.

Now that we’ve reached our favourite pond, you’ll get to see Millie swimming like a duck. She loves the water and can’t keep out if the birds are going in! Her ability to fish for things whilst swimming is amazing. Henry never liked the water much and only came in to be with me or the kids. I’d like to think that if he were here with us now, Millie would have given him the courage and confidence to swim around the pond just as she does.

What’s the plan for this week? Well, on my side, as I’ve mentioned before, I have to get my writing and studying done before time runs away. I can’t believe it’s going to be half term already in a week’s time. Then it’s exams for me and the Blogger’s Bash to look forward to and finally, the run up to the summer holidays and the Summer Reading Challenge. The writing will continue as I have a few stories on hold while I finish off the main ones waiting to go to the publishers for their chance in the limelight. Fingers crossed all this hard work pays off and they like it – otherwise I will self-publish my work over the summer.

We are now heading back towards the path home. Thank you for joining me on my morning dog walk. If next week is as cold and rainy as this one promises to be, let’s meet up in the coffee house. We haven’t been there in a while and it will be nice to see the yellow sofa, red brick walls and bookshelves filled with all the books from my blogging buddies and writer friends.

Have a great week!