|This is a Weekly Coffee Share Essay.
I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest. Here’s mine for the week of . The photo above is from the Harney & Sons Fine Teas website.
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Ah, you’re here. Wonderful! Come on in and be comfortable.
I’ve plenty of hot coffee but if I can tempt you with something different, I also have steaming hot water for tea? I like mine loose leaf so I can darken or lighten it to my mood and for flavors I have a couple of straight up, Indian black teas. One is a strong Assam variety known as Irish Breakfast and the other is a milder Darjeeling. Both stand up to cream and sweeteners well.
Perhaps, you prefer a good Japanese green tea. I have a couple of those too, one blend has dried blueberries mixed in for a wonderful mild and fruity taste. I’m having fun tasting different blends and flavors, so there are more we could try together and either extol the virtues of, or excoriate and scourge as guided by our taste buds.
Whatever we end up drinking, the important thing to me is your company. Let’s share what’s happening around us, what we’re reading and what we’re writing.
For me and my family, another wave of fire threats and preemptive power outages came and went this week without any actual impact. It was tense for a couple of days as both the area where our home is and, about a two-hour drive away, where both of my customers are located. I was visiting them last week and they too were threatened by both high winds and power outages and wild fires.
Oh, and have you seen any of the maps of the fires in Australia? Scary stuff! Wait, I think I know where to find one for quick reference. Ah – here it is. For those of you who live there – please keep us posted. We want to know that you’re safe.
What are we reading? My comfort genre is hard science fiction and when I just want a fun read, there are lots of action series that just plain entertain. Work has had plenty of stress, so I’ve selected a series that looked like fun and was not disappointed by the six novel series, Frontlines series by Marko Kloss. The pilot story is Terms of Enlistment. I’m almost done with novel 4 of 6 and am very pleased with the entertainment value of this work. It is military SciFi, which is not my go-to but, if the story value is strong, I’m a willing reader and Mr. Kloos nails it.
I’m still formulating how I want to tell my stories, both fiction and non, and this series is all told in first-person, reinforcing the idea that this can be the most exciting way to grab a reader. It easily sounds like the author sitting with the reader, telling the story – except that the reader doesn’t get to say much. The thing I like most about how this series unfolds is that it’s not about technology or aliens (which are there as stage props) but the story is what happens to and around the protagonist and what he thinks about it. They story never reveals anything outside of his sight and Mr. Kloos has mastered the art of weaving vivid images.
Finally, what are we writing? For me, few words have made it to page this last week. I did accomplish one item, but I did not promote it because it was more of a repackaging of a previous coffee share piece of fiction that many of you recently read. I liked it enough that I wanted a stand alone version for my regular collection. If you missed it in the coffee share, you might enjoy a quick visit with Tamara’s fictional bistro and the story of her Grandfather’s Glasses.
I’ve been having fun planning something I mentioned last week, the idea of a story within a story. I’d like to build-out Tamara’s Bistro as a framework for story tellers. I found that Tamara needs to rename it because there is an Asian company that already has the name of “Teanco”. Unfortunate because I really liked the name. So, Tamara is going to be compelled to add a letter to the shop name, which makes it too clear where the name comes from, but she (and I) will just have to get over it. If you follow this story line, you’ll soon see her introduction of the new shop name: Tamara’s Teancof Cafe, at least I think that’s what she’s settled on.
I’m also thinking of opening it up to not just figments of my own imagination but perhaps inviting others to use the Teancof framework to produce and share stories from. Please let me know what you think of this idea. In general, The author would use his/her own voice to introduce a story to an audience at the Teancof, make a few comments that use the layout of the cafe and audience, then continue, in first person, to tell us a story of between 1 & 2000 words. I think that the stories should all be fiction, but Tamara is arguing that leaving this open may invite some compelling mysteries. Hmm.
Anyway, let me know what you think. Would you visit the Teancof to hear or share a story?
Cheers & Blessings all!