#weekendcoffeeshare – 8/2/2018

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining my #weekendcoffeeshare. I asked you to join me at the coffee shop this weekend instead of at my home because I have multiple projects going on at home and it is a cluttered mess! Maybe we can go back to my study next weekend. I’ve asked the manager to set up the coffee bar for you, so please help yourself to coffee or tea there. There should be a wide assortment for you.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how your week was? Did you have a good week? Did you accomplish your goals? Here we are, suddenly, in early September! Where did the summer go? I’ve not enjoyed summer as much as I usually do largely because of the weather patterns here in the Ohio Valley. Instead of the beautiful, blue days we usually have in the summer, we’ve had beautiful blue days with extremely high humidity. This part of the Ohio Valley is always humid in the summer, but this year it has been exceptionally so. We’ve seldom had a day’s break from it. I’ve been reminded of the humidity in New Orleans, where, when you step outdoors, it feels like a heavy, hot, blanket has been dropped over you! I’ve felt trapped inside my house this summer!

For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve been experiencing winter and I hope it hasn’t been too difficult. I find myself looking forward to fall and winter this year.

Oh, I have to tell you about a book I’m reading that I’ve fallen in love with and I don’t give book recommendations easily. I am writing a novella in the historical fiction genre; specifically set in World War II. The novel that I’m reading, called “Letters to the Lost” by Iona Grey is set in World War II in England. The author is masterful, She has wonderful characterization throughout the book and changes voice throughout. It’s a great novel to study those techniques, not to mention a wonderful read.

We’re still in puppy training mode at my house. I have a feeling we will be doing this for a long time to come! Tucker will be six months old on Wednesday! He is now a big gangly puppy, half again the size of the two Cardigan Welsh Corgis that I’ve had earlier in my life. He’s strong as an ox, sweet as a peach, and the most stubborn animal on the face of Planet Earth. 🙂 In some ways, his behavior is improving. We’re using all sorts of training methods to help him (and us!). I’m hoping that the slight improvements I see are the start of something good. He is still bouncing off the walls! He goes to puppy day care at our wonderful local kennel twice a week for purposes of socialization and he loves it. He plays with other puppies all day. At home, his best friend is a big frog who only comes out at night. They sit on our deck together. I’m desperately training to get a photo, but no luck yet.

I mentioned, in another #weekendcoffeeshare, that I was going to try #Schrivner when writing one of my books. Someone commented that she would like for me to post my comments about it, so I will. If you are a free writer – in other words, if you just sit down and start writing without much planning – Scrivener is probably not for you. It is writing software for the planner. If you are a planner of what you are going to write, then it doesn’t get much better than Scrivener, It gives you the structure in which to plan. I hope this helps.

Enough from here! How has your week been?

 

Thank you to Eclecticali Alli for hosting #weekendcoffeeshare!


Rosemary Carlson

Business Consultant and Freelance Writer

5 thoughts on “#weekendcoffeeshare – 8/2/2018

  1. I think I would like Scrivener.. Will have to check it out. I’m in SE Michigan and we’re DONE with the humidity!! I hate so see summer go, though.

  2. Hi Rosemary. You asked about my week (last week, actually). It was very busy, but I’m pleased to say that it was also very productive. Sometimes I think I can’t be a good writer without some huge distraction at work that should keep me from writing. . . It feels like walking irony to me, but last week really worked despite a huge issue at my job.

    I love the updates on Tucker. It really sounds like he is a wonderful handful.

    To your final item, I’m giving in and just accepting the fact that I don’t really like to plan my writing (yet?) I really do love just sitting down with an idea and letting it flow.

    After capturing my idea I do love the rigor of cleaning things up and adding the final polish.

    I hope you’ll stop by and share my busy week and a couple of the literary snacks I laid out for my guests.

    Hope all remains well with you, your family and that rowdy pup.

  3. Sounds as though you’re going to be busy for a while with Tucker. Such fun! Our two will be three at Christmas time, this year. Still working on some fundamentals and wishing that we were able to set up some socialization routines for them. Great cuddlers, though.

    I’ve mostly been doing household chores, this week, since between the smoke in the air and the pollen, I haven’t wanted to do anything demanding concentration. LOL

    • Liza, I’ve been reading your blog this morning. What a wonderful blog, especially for mornings, but I will comment there. Fires nearby? Tucker? He, I think, will keep me busy the rest of my life! 🙂

      • Good morning to you! Here in eastern North Dakota, we receive the smoke from the West Coast (California through British Columbia). Closer to home, a lot of folks cook supper on outdoor grills, which produces smoke; I have problems with combustion byproducts, petroleum distillates, and burning fats in the air. I have been known to pass out from burnt turkey fat at Thanksgiving dinner with my husband’s family. As I walk into their houses. Such embarrassment! Turkey is the worst.

        My puppies are sleeping, again, after their first outing and my forays into the front yard to take photographs. The sable pup, Charles, is at my feet, and Thadd is sound asleep on the loveseat across from my rocking chair.

        Best wishes for your morning!

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