Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee I’d tell how I didn’t get as much done this Christmas as I wanted, but then again I never do. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t managed to achieve a few things or pick up a few threads that I’m hoping to carry into 2016.

If we were having coffee I’d brush past New Year’s Eve since there’s not much to say about it. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and slouching on the settee in pyjamas was about exciting as my night got but it was still nice. It didn’t matter that the fiancée fell asleep halfway through the show and New Year’s Day I awoke to a snuffly nose and scratchy throat.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the book’s still going fine, a few more words here and there. Yesterday I managed a 5,000 word chapter but today I’m back to fighting the words onto the page in the hopes of creating something legible to work with. Kat’s character’s growing the more I write and Danny’s introduction flowed so much more smoothly that any other I’ve written. I’m drawing more as well and I’ve even decided to take up ‘A Doodle A Day’ for 2016. My drawing skills have never been the strongest but I’m hoping to improve and a little each day seems to be a good way to do that. It also gives me a few more pictures to tack onto my posts instead of using the same ones over and over.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you all about the books I’m reading, probably at length, and probably in too much detail. I’ve been getting through more of them recently and I’m blogging about them more as well. Some of my favourite writers have new books on the horizon and I’ve managed to discover some new author’s I’d never heard of before. I’ve rediscovered that thrill of turning pages and both praying for an end while hoping the last page never comes.

If we were having coffee I’d wish you a Happy New Year but decline the celebratory hug for fear of spreading germs. I’d say that despite everything that I’ve lost in the last couple of years I’m still hopeful for the new one. I’m getting better at looking forward instead of back. I’m getting better at focusing on what is here instead of what is not.



  1. Here’s hoping you have a good 2016.

    My husband and I went out this New Year’s, but that’s actually fairly uncommon for us, as we usually spend the holiday at home together. It was nice to be out, and a lot of fun to be all dressed up and hanging out with our friends, but it was also nice to come back home again. 🙂


  2. I love watching Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Such a fun show. Since I live in Louisiana, I watch it on Youtube. I guess I didn’t realize it was aired on New Years Eve. Congrats on your the growth with your characters!


  3. Happy New Year, Carol. Hope you’re feeling better soon.
    I am with Irene on the Olive Leaf extract. Apparently, it’s a traditional Greek treament for colds etc. Very high in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.
    xx Rowena


  4. Hello Carol. I’m fairly new to the Weekend Coffee Share, having only been posting in it since mid-October. I’m an author so I read about your progress on your novel with great interest. In my experience, a 5000 word day is a very nice productive day! Love your idea of a sketch per day. I am also trying to tap back into my creative side this year too. I did a mixed media altered object straight out of my work in progress for my Dec. 31st post. I’ve long been interested in finding other people who both write AND create art, so I’m happy to meet you.


  5. I agree with you that it is just as nice to sit home and relax on New Year’s Eve as go out to a party. All depends on one’s mood, doesn’t it?
    Hope you feel better soon!


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