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Good day. I’m always pleased to have a few moments to sit down with you, pour out a fresh, hot coffee or tea and trade some thoughts, victories, challenges or simple updates.
Today, we are posting our first coffee share on the new year and, while many of us have done this multiple times now, this one feels different, more significant.
Did you note that Alli is gracefully retiring from hosting this virtual get-together. I’m going to miss her and resist the urge to fall into ceaseless thank-you mode. I want to be respectful and value what she’s done for us while honoring her dedication to building this community.
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Natalie @ Happy New Year 2021 – Natalie the Explorer (home.blog) has graciously offered to host going forward. I recommend clicking on her link above, reading her plan, then finding and clicking on her [ Follow ] button. Next week – I hope to find you connected to the new and ongoing coffee share with Natalie hosting.
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Next: We are officially past both Christmas and New Years days (and I do hope you had a wonderful time and remain healthy and loving life) but it’s time to return some attention to the idea of conducting our live coffee share via zoom web conference. I’m still looking forward to working with Beaton to stand up a 60 some-odd minute web meeting where the only objective is to get to know each other a bit better. Watch for the details and think about which coming weekends you would not be able to join us.
I’ve been cranking for the past few weeks trying to complete a commitment to sharing a rare expanded version of my fictional story, Ayem Notthymn and am pleased to announce that,
You may recall me agonizing about producing something much longer than my norm. I still worry that readers who have become accustom to spending about 10 minutes with one of my stories, even after spending 20 minutes with the original version might not be as anxious to spend 60 minutes with the expanded version. Several of you convinced me to relax and let the story dictate the length. Fine. I’ve done that, but still felt that I should do the final step I’m accustomed to by making a final pass and shaving out any verbiage that was not progressing the story somehow. So this pass took a 12.5 K word story down to 11.1 K and I’m pleased with the result.
BTW; I found that my readers of the short version were more than right. These two had a lot more going on than I suspected and it took me some time to smooth things out and make it shareable.
But my “pleasure” will be based much more on what my readers think. I hope you’ll give Havilah and Ayem some of your time soon and let me know how this version does or does not fill your head with images, opinions, wonder and worry, interest and introspection.
I’ve been on vacation between Christmas and New Years days and come Monday am back to work. It was great having the time to spend messing with my new blog look and feel, and no – it’s not done, but is progressing. Okay. I did buy a real plan from WordPress but now think that I should have negotiated harder. Maybe I could have gotten them to teach the block editor to understand what most of us mean by pressing the [tab] key on our keyboards. . . but then again maybe not. That’s it from my side for today. Please give Ayem Notthymn: The Second Door a test read and I’ll be by your venue in just a bit.
Final toast? [ lifts his cup ] Here’s to a great and better new year of writing and sharing.