Hanging my cloak at the door – #WeekendCoffeeShare

Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).
Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).

If we were having coffee, you might be a little overwhelmed by the comfort food I have going on today. You are welcome to any of it, of course; depending on what time you stop by there is pasta, fruit, nachos, biscuits, soup – the big guns will probably come out at some point (I can’t have a pity party without chocolate!).

We would settle in with our beverage of choice, and I would tell you a colleague of mine, Granville, died this week. He was a good man – committed, intelligent, considerate – there are so many adjectives I could use to describe him. But, had you met Granville, you would have formed your own opinion. He had the ability to connect with people on a variety of levels.

If we were having coffee I would admit that, in terms of self-recrimination, I’ve given myself a pretty hard time this week. It’s a heavy cloak, but today I left it at the door. I don’t get in touch with people as often as I should, and though I try to be a good friend, to be supportive, I get lost in my own world far too easily.

I’m not so selfish that I would be the only one talking. Hopefully you know me by now, so you know I’m interested in how you are, and how you spent your week. I would listen to your news, share in your joys and your tribulations. We would laugh, because although I have a pretty dark sense of humour, we enjoy to laugh during our weekly confabs.

If we were having coffee – now the mood is lighter – I would tell you how excited I am about the A to Z Challenge in April. The line-up over at Sourcerer is amazing. I won’t gush about it too much, because that would be mean – the theme hasn’t been announced yet.

I would tell you I’ve decided on a title for the prequel to the Fractured series – I settled on The Contract. Plans are coming along nicely for the serialised fiction, and I’m still leaning toward The Collective for that. I’ve outlined a cast of characters, created a war torn world for them to play in, and am mapping out each episode for Season 1.

After we’d talked about our various projects, we might just sit and enjoy each other’s company for a while. There is nothing quite like a companionable silence, especially when the sun is shining and we can relax. Eventually though, we would head over to Diana’s place and catch up with everyone else.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

Protagonists on a cat walk – #WeekendCoffeeShare

Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).
Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).

If we were having coffee you would soon realise I have a one track mind today – my new obsession. So, until you lost the will to listen to any more on the subject, I would talk about my aim to write series fiction. Yesterday it was a possibility, today it is a probability. I didn’t get a wink of sleep because ideas are literally parading through my mind like protagonists on a cat walk!

At three o’clock this morning I was blaming Rebecca for planting the seed, the fiction series Yesterday’s Gone for being so entertaining, Taylor for encouraging Riley (a character who was supposed to wait his turn), and Eloise for cheering me on! Eventually the buck stopped where it belonged – right in my lap.

If we were having coffee, I would pause for breath and ask about your experiences, if any, with series fiction. I’d also ask about your projects and life in general. I’m not completely selfish!

You would understand how serious I am about this project because I already have a loose plan – I know, it’s a shocker, right? In the UK, television series tend to have a shorter run than the US. We normally get around 12 episodes. I’ve already decided I will follow this format, and will be writing 12 episodes per season (one season per year). Because I couldn’t decide on Fantasy or Crime, I’m going to do both – one in the first six months of the year, one in the last. For the crime I will be focusing on a new close protection team, but as the group work closely with Morgan and Fairchild, there’ll be opportunities for a little crossover.

I have a (tentative) title for the Fantasy series. At the moment I’m calling it The Collective, but that might yet change. I like the idea of multiple authors writing series fiction, so I’m playing around with possibilities there too.

So, during our second cup of happy, the subject would be all talked out and we would settle in to discuss weekend plans and the trials and tribulations of everyday life. There are more trials for me at the moment, but I am clinging to the positive vibes my friends invariably send in my direction, which complement my stubborn will. While we’re on the subject of friends, I would babble excitedly about Callum’s new poetry collection (which is terrific), and the fact I’m about to start Winter’s new release (an anthology) – Secret Identities. I can’t wait to get started!

I would tell you how much I enjoy spending time with you during these weekly get togethers, and we would head over to Diana’s place to show our appreciation for her special brand of awesome.

Until next time

Mel

Time on my hands #WeekendCoffeeShare

Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).
Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a weird working week, which involved numerous cancellations because of the weather, and me in front of the computer screen, toasty warm, with an endless supply of caffeine. And I said I didn’t like snow!

During the course of our conversation I’d entertain you with amusing stories of the times I did venture out into the winter wonderland beyond my front door. You’d probably laugh at that, or at least roll your eyes, because I normally complain about the weather conditions. I’d recount my adventures on Thursday when I got stuck in an unfamiliar area, wheels spinning, engine whining, and kids throwing snowballs at my car, just for good measure! Then I’d tell you someone stopped to help by giving me a push, and I found the support more traumatic than the rest, because I had visions of my good Samaritan face planting in the snow!

The fact is though, I didn’t have to stay up until ridiculous-o’clock this week just to get some writing in. I had so much time on my hands that I’ve mapped out my A to Z posts, chosen all my books for the Read Harder Challenge, written a short piece of fiction, edited my WIP, and played around with the theme at Writing Room 101. I have a new respect for snow, in fact…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Now is the time we would grab a refill, and you would tell me all your news. I’d ask if you ever took part in Stream of Consciousness Saturday, because (given all the time) I managed to contribute to the prompt this week. We’d mosey on over to Diana’s place at some point, to join the great bunch who gather for the weekend coffee share, and generally touch base.

Then I’d bid you farewell, thank you for your company and hope we get to do this again next week.

Inspirational times – #WeekendCoffeeShare #1000Speak

Featured Image -- 1771If we were having coffee, I’d worry about souring the milk with my mood, but then I’d remember the simple pleasure of sharing my burdens, and those worries would evaporate like the steam used to heat said milk!

I’d tell you I’ve been ill this week. Not from the cold which seems to be going around (I dress like an Eskimo, even in this relatively mild British weather). But from a stomach bug. I spent the majority of my day off in bed yesterday, chugging pepto bismol like Doug Heffernan in King of Queens. It’s been a sick fest for the whole household – my youngest has tonsillitis and I had to take my eldest to the emergency doctor last night. Had to drag myself out of bed and peel myself into the Eskimo suit first, but we got there.

At this point I’d change the subject, beg you to tell me your news because, clearly, I need a distraction!

I don’t like to talk about work, mainly because of confidentiality issues, but I had a stinker of a job and it’s stayed with me for days. It involved a Domestic Abuse case, which just made me sad. If I worked for an agency, I’d be able to debrief. But I work for myself, so I usually pour my emotions into my writing. Grace Jameson was born from my experiences, and the process was therapeutic.

By now though, I’m sure we’d have talked it out (being mindful of confidentiality), and we would move on to other things. We’d laugh, because there’s always something to laugh about – if only what I look like in my outdoor wear 🙂

The topic would move to happier things. Like the fact I’ve finished the fantasy novella at last, which will form part of an anthology of three (one of the writers being my good friend Gina Briganti).

#1000SpeakThen there is the inspiration I gain from all the marvellous bloggers in my circle. People like Gene’O, who brought to my attention the 1000 Voices for Compassion project, aiming to unite 1000 bloggers to all post about compassion on the same day (20th February 2015). I’d tell you how pleased I am to be on board, and encourage you to add your name to the list. You can join the fun on twitter too, just use #1000Speak.

I’d also tell you I’ve had fun over at Comparative Geeks this week with David and Holly, but then who wouldn’t? I don’t have to hide my inner geek there – it’s wonderfully refreshing. This is another thing I also have to thank Gene’O for, because I get to share my obsession with Arrow on a weekly basis (you knew I had to get it in there – just one more time). The show starts next week at Sourcerer.

So, since I’m no longer crying over soured milk, having embraced my inner geek, gained inspiration from this wonderful community, and shared all your wonderful news. I’d take my next coffee to go (since I have to work). No doubt I’d point out that you can join other friends for coffee by visiting Diana’s place – the Weekend Coffee Share is organised by Diana (Part Time Monster) and there’s an easy way to link-up 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Mel

Gingerbread Latte anyone? Weekend Coffee Share.

IMG_2208If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m excited about my role as a new contributor on Sourcerer and can’t wait to begin reviewing Arrow. This would, of course, lead to an in-depth discussion about the Emerald Archer and if you were still around after that, it means you’re either a fan or extremely tolerant – either way you’d rock!

I’d also tell you that I’m spending the weekend with my nephew, who might be going through his terrible twos (read adorable twos), but it’s still better than a house full of teenage hormones! I’d probably reminisce about my girls being the same age, before they turned into extras from a Harry Enfield comedy sketch and communication went from talking a mile a minute, to one syllable every few days! But then I’d remember coming home to ‘I love you, mom’ written on my wipe-board and melt just a little bit.

Z-man has (as my Dad would say) square eyes! This morning we watched Finding Nemo together and, because he’s also pretty tolerant – Spider-Man 2. He did pretty well at sitting still, though his toy garage saw most of the action. When I teared up at my favourite scene (the one where the passengers catch Spidey), he looked at me with more wisdom than his years…it’s the first time I’ve been deemed a loser by a two-year old! Still, he takes after his grandad when it comes to a love of movies. My Dad had the uncanny way of flicking to a film, and whether at the beginning or five minutes from the end, he always knew what would happen. He enjoyed re-watching his favourite bits too, but I suppose we all enjoy doing that (Hulk…SMASH!).

Of course I’d ask about your week, and how things were going. I’d tell you that I had an interesting interpreting job in which I broke protocol (not for the first time), and laughed until I cried. I’d then reassure you that I didn’t get reprimanded for unprofessional behaviour because everyone laughed just as hard.

At that point I would refill our cups, and since I got a swanky new machine over the holidays I’d fumble my way through a drink of your choice, and we’d both enjoy the fruits of mechanical labour!

I’d tell you that because of a blogging friend, *coughs*Taylor*coughs*Grace* I have read two different series (twenty three books altogether) in a month and now I’m suffering from extreme withdrawal symptoms. Not that I have an obsessive nature…much! I somehow managed to fulfill my beta-reading duties (I’m on yours Sierra), and squeezed in some editing time. If you were like my other friends, you’d force me to admit that I needed that reading time to recharge and I’m feeling the positive vibe that is saturated in January. This would bring me back to new beginnings and a certain Archer, at which point you’d probably steer me onto a new topic!

I’m sure you’d remind me several times to stop talking with my hands, because I have a tendency to sign without conscious thought. I’d ask how your coffee was and catch up on all your other news. Our little dalliance would end in the hope that you would join me again.

Thanks for your company!

Mel

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