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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 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

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!

 

Monday Coffee

Welcome back to the bat cave for a quick catch up and coffee.

The sun has been out today and the garden was beckoning me all day, asking for a gentle hand to weed the borders and pot the geraniums. Of course, I just had to oblige!

Have you had a chance to enjoy the wonderful weather? All that was missing was the smell of a bbq to make the day perfect.

I’m happy to say studies are coming to a conclusion as my final exam date draws nearer. I haven’t given it the full attention it deserves though, as writing commitments have taken precedence. ‘Space Dust’ has been submitted to the library for review for the Summer Reading Challenge and my new crime novel, ‘There’s Something About Harry’ is finally turning the corner. It’s all happening and keeping me busy, but in a good way.

The rest of the family have their fair share of daunting deadlines and exams in the next few weeks, so the house is bustling with busy bees working very hard. We are all looking forward to the summer holidays. Six weeks of relaxation after such a hectic half year will be more than welcome.

How does your family handle the pressure of exams? What do you do to keep the stress levels down? We find listening to music and watching episodes of Friends a great way to detox. Dancing like MC Hammer and Bobby Brown just adds to the fun too!

Well, it’s time for me to get back to the grindstone. Let me know how your weekend has been. It’s always nice to catch up with you.

Have a great week.

Coffee Catch Up

Hello and welcome back to the bat cave. Thank you for joining me a day later than usual for our weekly catch up. I’ll explain the delay in a moment. First, let’s fill our cups and find a shady spot to sit down and relax. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Welcome to the bat cave in our new abode. It’s a little messy at the moment with a large plastic container holding our video tapes and cds filling the space between the single chairs. On the up side, my new blue sofa is just itching to be used, so let’s grab our cups of tea and coffee and give it a purpose. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Welcome to the new garden. The kettle is hot and I’ve put some chairs out for us to sit near the pond. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Hi and welcome to the new bat cave. It’s with great sadness that I have to show you an empty cup and seat at the table today. My friend, work colleague and a great supporter of my work, has passed away. A gaping hole will be left in our school and our hearts at her loss. She was a true fighter, battling cancer and still putting others and her work first till the very end. There are few people you meet in life who show such strength and endurance beyond a normal human capacity – she was one of them.

So, as we sit together in the new bat cave, I propose a toast: to Rebecca. May we continue with even half the strength, motivation and love she shared with this world and change the lives of those around us for the better, just as she did.

MHSRIP

Monday Coffee

Hi and welcome back to the coffee house. It’s going to be a quick one today but a welcome break from the busy schedule. Let me tell you why… Continue reading