Coffee Share 200111

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 ending Jan. 11, 2020.
Link to This week’s full list
Link to my Story Blog. Come share a laugh with me.

Ahhhhhh – we’ve made it to Saturday and I find myself more relaxed than I’ve been for several months.  I always look forward to our virtual coffee time, which for me is mostly early Saturday morning.  No one else in our home is up but me, so it’s quiet and I can let my mind unwind from the tensions of the week, but today, I’m starting fairly unwound and happier than I’ve been.

croissant with butter
Photo by Valeria Boltneva on

Let’s wrap our hands around our hot cups of flavored caffeine, maybe a snack, and catch up.  I started the week with a mangled calendar and almost missed half of the coffee shares from last weekend which I really try not to do.  I make it a point to stop by and visit with anyone who posts each weekend and thus have made some great new friends.

You no doubt have a similar plan.

  1. Stop by Alli’s blog for the new InLinkz link
  2. Read and reply to her post while you’re there.
  3. Pop over to the InLinkz site to see who all beat you this weekend to post their visit.
  4. I capture the link so I can put it at the top of my weekly share, so I always have a path back to the full collection.
  5. I create and post my essay.
  6. I read and reply to all who posted before me.
  7. Later, most likely on Sunday afternoon, I circle back again to read and reply to anyone who posted after me.
  8. Along the way, I often use the WordPress app to reply to anyone who leaves me a comment.  I try to be diligent at this point, because lacking this interaction, our virtual friendship simply cannot function and will wither.

This last week, I got lost in family stuff and didn’t circle back until Tuesday.  I was glad I did because we had a new visitor and otherwise, I would have missed her post entirely.

So how was my week so different?  A couple of things.

Over the past few years I’ve had some medical issues and this week, some of the work I’ve done paid off and a key test placed me almost back to normal (cool huh?).

Then, you may recall me mentioning that I was thinking about changing my job.  This can always be a tense item to deal with and my situation has plenty of tension already, but this week, I finally was able to meet with a VP who may have a slot with a better match to my skills, experience and interest; and he was interested in pursuing the thought of my joining his team, so we’ll see soon if this goes anywhere.  It has to be a good match from both perspectives; mine and theirs.  This VP knows of a project I’ve been working for many years and wonders why all our customers are not using my work.  Bringing me and my project over may well serve both our needs and desires.  Wish me success in finding a good match and favor in the eyes of those who would have to approve the change.

Finally, I had some success with a short story I was worried about.  I wanted to continue my efforts at short fiction and managed to get my brain stuck on one that was not working.  I finally got it a point that I was willing to share it out to some readers and while it did not grab much attention, what attention it did get came back with some great feedback and one guy, a very good long time friend (who does not agree with me on almost anything other than we really – really like each other) gave me just enough critique that enabled me to swing back and fix what was troubling both of us.

Another friend who follows my blog tied into the story and really engaged – asking me for a follow-up.  I’d left my readers hanging on the image of a woman stuck with a problem.  My friend now really wants to see how the problem resolves.  Her feedback caused some fun conversation back and forth the next day and she accidentally gave me ideas that further strengthened the story and included a new title she inspired.

aerial silk

I’ve not produced a multi-part story in a long time and am trying to decide if I want to give it a try with this story.  So, yea, I’ll give the link to the improved version of  “A Spinning Girl” with the hopes that you’ll give it a test read and let me know if you think this short piece merits a part 2.  I’m sticking to my 2000 word limit per story so its a short read.  A part 2 would have to meet its own 2000 word limit.

All this to say, it’s been a fun and productive  week.

Okay, your turn.  I’m anxious to hear how your world is unfolding, what fun you’re having and what world challenges you’re solving for human-kind.  I’m off to review a big list of coffee shares, but promise to be back to pick up any that follow mine.

It’s going to be a wonderful 2020!  Blessings all.

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5 thoughts on “Coffee Share 200111

  1. Glad to hear that it has been a fun and productive week. Really glad to hear that the medical stuff is going well too. As for work, a job change sounds exciting. I am in the same position when the house sells my job is changing (same organization, but new territory and different duties). I am a bit nervous and excited too. Good luck to both of us! Hope you have another fun and productive week!

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  2. Yes! Very glad to hear things are well on the medical front! Wishing you continued good health! Best wishes, too, on the new opportunity!! Keep us posted. I loved your “coffee share steps”! That is pretty much how I try to do things, and I need to be more diligent on responding. I treasure the friendships I’m made with this blogging circle. Have a great week!

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  3. Sounds like a pretty great week there Gary! It’s great that all is well with the medical stuff and that your writing is going well too!

    All that and I haven’t evened mentioned the job. Hope everything works out for the best there! Have a great week!

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  4. All sounds ambitious and exciting. As Dory says, “keep swimming(writing, doing what makes you tick). Have a great week.

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