#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020-02-07

If we were having coffee, I’d say “Happy Friday to ya,” and we could sit around, sipping hot beverages and expounding on how great it is that the weekend is here. Tonight, I’m having a little bit of apple cider since I’ve already had quite a bit of coffee today, but no worries, I can hook you right up with a cup. Only takes a couple of minutes to brew a pot and we’ll be in business. There are other things as well. Hot cocoa, tea, and what-have-you. I’m sure we can come up with something.

Music from the Gin Blossoms is playing as we sip our drinks, Super Girl is playing now. It’s a live album and it’s on random, so who knows what’s next. If we don’t like it, we’ll skip ahead.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020-01-31

If we were having coffee on this last evening of January, I’d be having hot chocolate. It’s a nasty day out, cold and rainy, and I’m happy that you could stop by for a chat and get out of all that mess for a bit.

Can I get you a coffee, hot chocolate, or perhaps some hot apple cider. With this weather, I’m pretty sure something hot is the way to go. Once we get the drinks all sorted, we can listen to the rain fall on the roof and be thankful for blankets, warm beverages, and heat pumps.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – 2020-01-24

If we were having coffee, we would be sipping some fresh brewed Starbucks Christmas Blend and relaxing with a little Jimmy Buffet on this nice Friday night. There’s also a bit of tea if you’d rather that and we could break out the Nilla Wafers for a snack if you’d like.

How is that Nilla Wafer? It had been forever since I had one of those not in banana pudding, but there’s a series of books I’m reading (The Joe Ledger series of novels by Jonathan Maberry) and one of the main characters has a thing for Nilla Wafers and after four books, I had to have some. They are good. I can see why Mr. Church likes them so much. I always did say that the best part of banana pudding was the cookies anyway, so I don’t guess I should be surprised.

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#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

Handwritten notes
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!