Coffee Share 190126

This is a Weekly Coffee Share hosted by: Eclectic Alli.

Alli manages a weekly list of posts from any who want to just stay in touch, chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest.

Here’s the link for last week.

Here’s the link for this week.

Warm greetings.

It’s been a busy, and not fully healthy week here.  It’s been cold enough that the house has been shut up for too long and needs fresh air, but the only source of that is outside and 30 degrees average lower than comfortable indoors temps.  It might cost me $50 just to reheat the house unless I carefully open er’ up only during the 2-3 hours around noon, but those are prime work hours when I’m the busiest.

But I did have one fun item to report.  The pressure was too much and I had to change my decision not to do any formal writing for January.  I had one story that had to get written and so I did and within 3 days it was my 2nd most-viewed (and I hope that means “read”) stories ever.  Very good feedback from the Facebook group I share my essays with.  I liked it fine, but would not have told you I expected it to be so popular with my readers.

So, now I’m trying to understand how that could have happened.  A few of my FB readers click one of the response buttons and a few less add comments (which are always encouraging).  The same goes for my WordPress viewers.  WordPress, however is very good about reporting how many views a given story gets, so I normally can track that pretty easily. regardless of how they found my story.  What I don’t see is how such a wave of interest forms.  Anyway.  I was surprised and pleased at the reception this story got.  If interested in a quick feel-good story that starts out kinda scary, but turns out fine and a bit heart warming consider yourself invited to read: “Of Crashes and Christmas“.  It will only take you about 10 minutes.

There are also a handful of WP or FB friends who think I really need to publish (for real publish) a collection of the best.  I think they’re being kind, but am not sure if there is a good idea here.

Work has been work this week, and who wants to hear about that. . . ?

In the few down times, like waiting for my tea water to boil, I have another lyrics vandalism project taking form and these are pure mental fidgets, but various rhymes from it have made me laugh this week.  I may yet capture this mental nervous mental leg-shaking and share it out just for the ear worm effect.  Think Johnny Cash versus the Fashion industry.

I did want to share one frustration for thought.  My current story project is based on history – these things happened to me, perhaps with a bit of hyperbole for fun.  This week I sat down also to write a story of a gal I knew in high school who I thought had an interesting story, but quickly hit a wall because she is no longer with us, her story is not at all funny, just very sad and as such, it did not fit my model.  Also, there are enough people still around who would remember her and unless I can find a position where telling her story somehow honors her memory, I felt it was not mine to tell.  I was frustrated, but pushed back from even starting it.  Someday, I may write it up if I can find some more details and find that position of honoring her but for now it’s just stuck in my head as a story left untold.  I suspect this will chew at me some because it had one key idea I wanted to work with.  It was the title.  I was going to call it, “A Girl Nicknamed Worm” and I was going to vent a bit about it because I think it tainted and slowly destroyed her.  But lacking details. . .

Okay, that’s it for me for this week.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to see who else is posting early this weekend.

Blessings all.

To select another story, please visit the full index by clicking here.

Gary photo n bio

12 thoughts on “Coffee Share 190126

  1. I’m never really sure if you intend to make your readers smile, but you always make me smile. Even when I read your more serious stories. I think it has something to do with your writing voice. I like it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you Maria
      I try to use a voice like we’re sitting somewhere telling stories together, laughing & having a great time. If I’ve earned some of your reading time, I’m one happy writer

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I have to say that I will be happy to see some spring temperatures so that the windows can be open, that fresh air in the house is wonderful.

    I have always found it interesting what pieces draw people in and what doesn’t. A lot of times I am surprised by it think certain pieces will be more popular then they turn out to be and vice versa. Interesting isn’t it?

    Great coffee share. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. There are some stories and poems that I felt I could not write until enough people had died. Because I knew how my parents and some friends had reacted to things written by siblings and/or other family members. That generation has died (my father at age +100), and now there are the great-nieces and -nephews to be considered.

    Perhaps you might wander into more serious-type fiction stories or novellas as a change of pace as a chance to explore the interesting aspects of other people who have passed through your life.

    Thanks for the interesting post. Have a good week, Gary!


    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hi Lizl. I’m only now catching up on my blog communications. Thanks for this thought above. I’m not sure what my next project will be, but I’d very much like it to include what you’ve mentioned above – on the other side, I’d have to stop beating around the bush and get serious about my writing. Pretty big leap for me.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Gary,
    I think we should have a story exchange where you can swap your really good but too personal for local consumption story with a writer in another country and if someone who knows the real person ever reads it, they’ll simply view it as a coincidence. That people are the same the world over.
    We’ve had a particularly exciting week here, but my husband goes back to work tomorrow, son’s back at school Wednesday and daughter Friday. This leaves Mother Mischief home alone from Friday. I can see myself getting in my little red car and going for a drive…
    Best wishes,
    PS the red car has been getting some TLC today. I am a bit concerned that it’s wanting to have an affair with my husband. He’s been out there all day fixing bits and pieces and replacing the battery. These were known problems when we bought it and my husband is very good with cars but he’s still trying to fix the roof from hail damage. His jobs are never done!


    1. LOLOLOL Rowena – this is such an amazing idea. I never would have thought of it and now you have me wondering – what if? Given the distance between California and Australia – this is so tempting. This could be another fun fad between bloggers along the lines of; here, you write mine and I’ll write yours. Extremely rough outlines shared and a 2 week clock starts. Result could be shared out as partner, not parallel stories to other bloggers, who then might decide to take a run at a round.

      I need to quit my job. There are too many fun things I’d rather be doing.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’ll be looking for a job in a few weeks. I’ll be in for a shock. I think we should look into this. I’ll try to remember some of the things I’ve overheard.
        Best wishes,

        Liked by 1 person

  5. A girl nicknamed worm well I cant say I am not without curiosity about this untold story well maybe you can always spin it into a speculative piece part real and fill in the missing detail …..
    Have an awesome and productive week Gary

    Liked by 1 person

    1. yea – this story tempts me but it also makes me angry on her behalf – which is not the tone I like to take with my stories. I’m going to let this one stew some and see if it morph into something I think will entertain.

      It’s always great to hear from you Beaton. A news story about Zimbabwe showed up in my last edition of “The Economist” and now I can’t read such an article without thinking, “But Beaton already told us about this.” It’s a good problem to have.
      Warmest regards,

      Liked by 1 person

      1. When the story finally is served as something entertaining do tag me when you post or else I am going to write my rendition of a girl called worm, because that title wont stop rattling in my brain….

        hahahaha crazy thing is I have always wondered why some things get taken seriously only after they come out via mainstream publications, well I guess thats why its called mainstream yet its not without its agendas ….. good thing you have a front seat to my version of things which is also subject to my personal biases but hey its how i experienced it right.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s