#weekendcoffeeshare 12/3/2016


Come right in for coffee, tea, hot cocoa! It is very cold outside, in the upper 20s! I’ve added some herbal teas to my stash so if you aren’t into caffeine, help yourself. There is also decaf coffee. Then, there is English Breakfast Tea, Hot Cinnamon Black Tea and Green Tea, and Russian Tea (watch out for this one!). You can have your choice of a chicory coffee, a breakfast mix, cappuccino, or expresso. I also have hot cocoa. So cold this morning. Join me in my writing studio and I’ll tell you what’s up in my world!

I’ve done a lot of writing, and a lot of reading about writing, since we talked last. Last weekend, I told you that my novel had morphed from a romance into a psychological thriller. I’ve written almost 10,000 words on it this week, writing it as a thriller, and it is working very well. This book is so clearly not a romance that I wonder why I was thinking it was. I think I can make it fly as a psychological thriller. I will be interviewing some psychologists to make sure it makes that cut.

I’m getting so many book ideas that I’ve started keeping a notebook listing my ideas and I’d like to tip you off to do the same or you’ll forget those ideas. It seems like everything fiction that I blog about is screaming for a book of its own. Clearly, that will take some time and some of the ideas won’t ever see the light of day.

As I mentioned, I’m reading a lot of books and authors who have written about writing. If you haven’t read Stephen King’s book On Writing, do! It is possibly the best book I’ve read on the subject though there are other good authors out there.

Where I live, cold weather is finally starting to arrive. We had a warm, even hot, fall. Cool and cold temperatures are finally here. I don’t mind the cold, but when we start having a little snow in the weather forecast, I do mind that. I live on top of a hill and snow makes it impossible to get off this hill of mine.

I’m hoping we don’t have a snowy winter as I can already feel some cabin fever creeping into my psyche. Some of you may remember from previous posts that I had a rather severe trauma in my personal life earlier in the year. Even though I am feeling some better, for some reason, that trauma has caused me to develop rather severe claustrophobia. I don’t have an explanation for that except to say the trauma was a bad one. I feel like if snow traps me on top of this mountain, I will be crazy! What I will do try to keep busy which probably means I will write and write.

I read an excellent blog post today about getting through the winter if one doesn’t like winter. It recommended using winter as a time of regeneration for the new spring that is just around the corner. The idea behind that blog post gave me hope for spring. It gets pretty gray around here during the months of December and January particularly.

Are you getting ready for the holidays, whatever your version of the holidays is? For me, it is Christmas and I have been doing some shopping but just started doing a little decorating today. I don’t do as much decorating as I used to but I do like for it to look a little festive here. My next task is to get some Christmas cards sent with some gifts to the people who perform services for me during the year.

When I have been to the city nearest me during the last week, I can tell the holidays are upon us. The traffic is unbelievable! During one visit there, it took me an hour to get across the city to the interstate. Any shopping I have to do either has to be on weekdays or online! I wouldn’t dare attempt it on a weekend day.

I hope everyone has a good week and I hope to see you next Saturday! #amwriting #amblogging #writing #claustrophobia #seasonalaffectivedisorder


*This post sponsored by parttimemonsterblog.com.

Thanks, Diana!


  1. Writing helps relieve stress and being able write a book others will enjoy is a plus. When I review a book and I am expecting a mystery and it turns into romance, it will often end my reading of that author. So it was good you realize that the manuscript was not a romance but something different. Good luck.
    A winter storm is expected latervtonight. I want to go shopping tomorrow. We need food, more Christmas cards and it looks like Kato will need food. Have a pleasant week.


  2. I love the words writing studio, it made me a bit jealous in the most happy for you sort of way. I usually writing at my kitchen table or the side counter in the kitchen and dream of a space I can call my “writing studio.” A psychological thriller sounds wonderful. Lots of luck with your writing this week. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I think I would like to be stuck inside…but just for a few days…anything more than three days and I would go crazy! We have snow in our forecast for Monday and Tuesday and again on Thursday but our should not be sticking for more than a few hours, if that. We shall see if the weather guys are right.


  4. I hope your claustrophobia doesn’t hinder you too much and you can get out and about 🙂 I suffer from panic attacks in large crowds so Christmas shopping can be a nightmare for me! I’m glad online shopping exists these days! I’ve already bought and wrapped the presents, filled in the cards and put the decorations up, so hopefully now all I have to do is relax until the big day 🙂

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  5. I’m very much like you… I don’t mind the cold but I do mind the snow. I have to get out and go to work and I do not like dangerous roads. Congrats on all of the writing lately. The novel sounds like it is working well as a psychological thriller. Happy writing this week!

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