If We Were Having Coffee

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m on a Neil Gaiman binge again. I’ve got Smoke and Mirrors out and on the desk because the short stories rattling around in my head keep ping-ponging past the exits and I’m not entirely sure what they’re trying to say. There’s two deadlines now instead of one and I think, I might, just send off Little Red because I’ve been told that you just have to keep submitting until you find the right judge.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m submitted for the Nantwich Words & Music Festival but I’m not sure how I’ll do and every time I think about those poems whizzing off to someone else this coil of dread pools in my gut and really, I don’t want to think about it at all.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Darkened Daughter is sat untouched and that Headquarters was the plan for today but I didn’t quite get round to it and Before, I Was Dead is nothing like it was because I suddenly realised that all my recent short stories are conversations in a cafe somewhere without any real sense of time or place and honestly! That’s just no that interesting.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m meant to be writing a Guest Post but I don’t know what on. I keep checking the same email, hoping for more detail and doing these other bits and bobs and watching YouTube videos and staring at unfinished stories as if they might finish themselves by sheer force or will alone.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that for the first time in my life I’m starting to feel like a real writer. Like I might actually be able to do this with some sense of style. Despite the fact that things seem a little all over the place at this specific moment in time.


  1. Hi Carol I have to say that one of favourite books is Good Omens, I have read it several times and have loved it every time. Good luck with all the writing sounds like you are a busy person.


    1. Good Omens is a favourite of mine as well. I have this fantastic copy that fits in my cardigan pocket perfectly so I can carry it around easily. It was such a nice book to sit down and enjoy.


  2. I love the Gaiman short stories—Smoke and Mirrors is probably my favorite of his books. Definitely good reading if you need to be inspired.


    1. Defiantly. He’s also great to listen to. He was talking about how he never want to be ‘that writer’ who writes ‘that kind of book’ in an interview and I found myself thinking, yes! I don’t want to be ‘that sort of writer’ who only writes ‘that sort of book’.


  3. I feel like I’m in that lull where I have stories floating around in my head. I have stories written in my draft book, waiting to be typed out and, maybe, critiqued. I’m playing around with character names and putting them on Evernote in my phone. I have scenes dancing around, waiting to be written, but don’t get written because they come at the most inopportune moments, like when I’m at my day job.

    I would love to sit at Starbucks all day, or Barnes and Noble, or whatever local coffee shop or bookstore is around and write. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, and I’d be too distracted with social media and reading blogs like this to work on anything. It may be fear; it may be my own misgivings. Whatever the case, I can feel your pain.


    1. I started working full time four months ago and I found that the only way to actually get my words on paper was to come home from work and just sit and write until I’d done 1,500 to 3,000 words. After four weeks I’d added to my 12,000 words that took me six months and had 52,000 and a first draft.
      I’ve been using evernote too as it’s a great cross platform tool. Then it deleted what was the start of a really good short story [in my mind] and I found there was no way to retrieve any of the previous drafts. *sigh*
      But anyway, best of luck with your stories.


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