#WeekendCoffeeShare – We Wish You…

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If we were having coffee, we would be listening to The Wallflowers while enjoying our beverages of hot and cold.  I’d be having cold coffee, hold the ice, with a nice spoonful of honey to add a bit of sweet.  The honey is good local stuff I get from a guy at work.  It’s sat around long enough that it’s gone solid, so we can scoop out what we want without making a mess.  You should try it!  You could even put some in hot coffee or tea if you’d prefer that.  The honey will most definitely dissolve better in the hot stuff.

It’s that time of year that I would wish you a Merry Christmas.  But I could also wish you a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry something else, or just a Happy Holidays if you’d prefer.  We do Christmas here, so that’s where my mind goes. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare – We Wish You…”

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Cider Time

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If we were having coffee, I would be having cider instead.  Tonight is my first hot apple cider since around the new year, so it’s been awhile.  It is cold and rainy out.  Perhaps that put me in the mood.  I can get you a cup if you’d like, but I can fire up the coffee pot as well if you want to keep it traditional.

The week was busy, so it’s nice to sit and relax a bit.  I’m listening to Counting Crows.  Adam is singing “Raining in Baltimore” at the moment.  It’s fitting because it’s raining here as well.  There is a line in the song (“these train conversations, passing me by and I don’t have nothing to say”) that reminds me of the photo prompt from this weeks Friday Fictioneers.  My little 100 word story had nothing to do with that line, or the song for that matter, but I can’t help but think of the photo with that line. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare – Cider Time”

The Hard Part: Getting Past the Outline

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Pages and pages of notes that need to turned into a book.

Outlines, I think are good things.  We can probably agree on that, though some of us don’t do real good with them.  I know that I don’t always like them, often preferring to free write most, if not all, of the way through a story.

This approach is fine for short works, but things can get a bit confusing and frustrating for me when I’m working on longer pieces.  That’s why, I’m trying to split the difference by freewriting a bunch of ideas into a loose, sort-of outline.

I’ve spent the better part of the last month scribbling away on a new story.  From the notes that have been compiled, I’m sure this will be a novel length endeavor, and I’m pretty excited about it.

What I now have is pages and pages of handwritten notes of all the chapters that need to be fleshed out.  It’s not an outline in the traditional sense, but maybe it’ll work.  The ideas are down,  but they need to have some life breathed into them.  That’s the hard part.

So, I’ll get to work on that, turning rough ideas into hopefully smooth sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and finally a readable book.  It looks to be a long process, but I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

What do you think about outlines?  Are they absolutely necessary, nice to have, or not needed at all?  Let me know what you think in the comments below and stop back by soon!