Tuesday, May 14, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 35

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet at my place, brew our favorite beverages at the kitchen Keurig, and then take them and a plate of pastries outside to the table on the deck. After two weeks of rain, the skies have finally cleared and the temperature is rising to what we should be having in May, and although it's not quite warm enough to open the pool, the mountain is springing forth with the bright colors of the season and I am here for it all.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you what has been saving your life right now and tell you that I am living for short walks outdoors when the rain has been letting up. My cat enjoys coming out on the deck and he begs me to open the door every single morning, so it's nice when it dries up and I can let him run free. Usually, he'd spend an hour basking in the sunshine and I can't blame him. I'm looking forward to getting that summer glow too.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I have been inspired with a new idea for a novel, a retelling of a fairy tale of sorts. I've been so excited to start jotting down ideas for scenes, but also a bit hesitant because it would mean setting aside the other creative writing I had wanted to prioritize. I'd ask you, when it comes to creative projects, if you wait to complete what you have been working on before starting something new or if you let the waves of creativity carry you away to what's fresh.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you ever fall down a YouTube rabbit hole and if so, what is it that you have enjoyed watching. I'd tell you that I recently stumbled on a series made by Epicurious called Price Points, where they bring an expert in to try to guess the difference between cheap and expensive food and beverage products. They've done everything from wine and cheese to pickles and condiments and I find them absolutely fascinating.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd share how excited I am about a show that will be coming to the Tastemade channel called Broken Bread with Roi Choi. I got to do a little freelance work for someone associated with this program and the episode my work was for, Transformation, is airing this week. This will air on the local PBS channels in Southern California, but it looks like you will be able to stream it if you are in other parts of the world. The show is about social activism from the tables of those who use food as their platform and it is so moving. You can check out the trailer here!

If you and I had coffee...

We'd linger over a second cup and maybe another bite, in no hurry to leave the canopy of green leaves that encompasses my backyard. When it was finally time to say goodbye, I'd pack up a few extra pastries for you to take home before giving you a hug and promising to see you again soon.


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What would you like to chat about over coffee?

Every second Tuesday of the month, we gather together with our favorite hot beverages and catch up. Care to join us? Our next coffee date will be Tuesday, June 11th. Hope to see you then!

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24 comments:

  1. Someday, I'll do one of these, Lecy. If you and I had coffee (I've already been to Ems, so forgive me if I'm hyper), I'd ask if we could take one of your walks so I could see it firsthand. I'd try not to be more than one ahead of you when it comes to pastry eating.

    I'd tell you not to feel guilty for running with the creative project that feels closer to you. It's a favor to the other one, too. Maybe that one needs to rest a little. It's like when the girls were little and they didn't understand why I let the waffle batter or tortilla masa sit for a bit. Pauses can be good.

    If you and I had coffee, I'd plan the next one before I left - and there's a 93% chance one of those pastries you packed for me would get eaten in the car.

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  2. I enjoyed so much reading this article! I hope we can meet one day, since I love coffee, good talks and cats!!!

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  3. We can sense your enthusiasm for the ideas in your new novel. It's exciting to be in the midst of creating something. I'm often confronted with multiple projects and have learned to focus on the one that's most in my mind, rather than any arbitrary order. We need to use our creative juices while they're present and can always return to other things later.

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  4. I've missed these coffee talks! You are such a great writer, and I love reading these posts! I am too, living for short walks when it's not raining outside, May is such an oddball month! I am glad you are doing well lovely! <3

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  5. I'm trying to novel, too, at the moment. May the words be with you!

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  6. I linked up! Thank you for this. I'm so proud of anyone who can start a creative writing endeavor. Especially something like a novel or anything longer than a limerick. Congratulations on your work being on TV, or however that actually works. I think that is what you're saying...sorry if it's not.

    Gratitude lists have been saving my life right now. Mental ones or written ones. Any way I can get my mind on good things helps me and those around me.

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  7. Oh, this is such a great idea for a post and I'd love to partake in it on my own blog! Having a coffee date with you sounds lovely :)

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  8. I've been enjoying short walks too. I'm so glad that the rain has been letting up where you live. I love watching art tutorial videos on YouTube. That idea of a fairy tale novel sounds amazing!

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  9. First I’ll let you know I posted my tea date one week early! I had in mind the second week of the month not the second Tuesday, so accidentally posted last Wednesday. Oops!!

    Oh, that fairy tale inspired novel sounds amazing! I haven’t done creative writing for years, but I used to jump from thing to thing as my inspiration struck.

    How lovely is it to have nicer, more season appropriate weather! I imagine at this time of year our weather isn’t actually too different across the hemispheres. Lovely to have tea again with you, Lecy!

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  10. The novel idea is intriguing! I'm definitely the type to have many projects going on at once, some that I never finish at all. I like to work on each only when I'm inspired to. It sounds like it would be fun to chat with you over coffee!

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  11. shootingstarsmagMay 14, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    I love that your cat lays in the sun; my dog likes to sun bathe some too. And yay for a new novel idea. I understand getting new ideas and wanting to focus on those instead of the other things you'd been working on, and sometimes - you just have to go for it!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. You should totally jump in on one of these! The second Tuesday of the month! I love that - pauses are good. Definitely keeping that in mind for the coming weeks. And I guess I'll have to pack extra pastries! :)

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  13. Yes! I love that. That will be my plan going forward. Thanks for coming by for the coffee date, friend!

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  14. Thanks for coming by for the coffee date, Laura!

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  15. Yay! I'm so glad you were able to join in this month! It's always good to take a moment to reflect on what we have to be grateful for, isn't it? I hope you have a lovely week, Lindsey!

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  16. I'd love to have you join in with a post! We do them on the second Tuesday of every month! :)

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  17. I also enjoy art tutorials on YouTube. I once started watching Bob Ross paint and fell asleep, only to wake up several hours later and his videos were still going. Haha!

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  18. Oh no! Well, at least you got the post up with plenty of time to spare! Yes, I think our weather patterns are probably quite similar at this time of the year. I'm so glad you were able to come by for our date, Bella! :)

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  19. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who juggles multiple creative projects. I have so many unfinished projects, but I keep telling myself one day I'll get to them, and maybe I will!

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  20. My cat had always been very afraid of being outdoors, but about two years ago, he gradually worked up the courage to venture out and he hasn't turned back since. It's a good excuse for me to get out for some fresh air too!

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  21. Tobia | craftaliciousmeMay 15, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    I would also go with your gut concerning the novel. If you have an idea now go with that. The other writing will just have to wait a bit.
    Or maybe have dedicated days to write on each project of that works for you.
    I usually have way too many projects at the same time. I just realise there is a time when finishing some becomes a priority.
    Have a wonderful day
    Tobia

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  22. That's great advice! I think I will jump into this new novel idea and see where it takes me. :) Thanks for coming by for the date, Tobia!

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