If We Were Having Coffee

Good morning fellow Weekend Coffee Sharers and Saturday morning blog readers. I missed last week’s link up due to the bank holiday mania that descended on the household and the lovely weather that goaded me outside into the garden.

Since we last spoke I have managed to get outside and start planting up some bits and bobs for a vegetable patch. The fiancée and I are in the middle of buying a house so everything has had to go in pots since I don’t want to leave anything behind, but I have the beginnings of a lovely little herb garden and the sunflowers and rocket are just starting to peep up. I’m a little late with planting but I’m hoping to get a fair amount off stuff to grow, but since it’s only the fiancée and I, we don’t need an awful amount and next year I’ll know to start planting sooner.

The garden itself looks pretty good. Alongside my own efforts and the fiancée’s weeding skills, we’ve got flowers IMG_1386coming out all over the place. The poppies have been a constant feature and we have this beautiful clematis on the fence which bloomed all the way through to September last year. Even the rose is just starting to come out. There are just two flowers out at the moment, the one in the photo and another almost buried in the foliage. It’s such a pretty pink colour and there’s buds all over the huge plant so in a couple of weeks it will look amazing. My own rose in the kitchen [mark II] is doing well. I’ve kept it alive for over a month which is impressive considering my record with house plants. Once the last of the flowers are gone I’ll plant it out in a bigger container in the garden where it can have a little more room to grow.

This week I also re-booted The Terrifying Life Of Henry Granger with the first part posted on Wednesday. Making Of Monsters is the first bit of the story and I’m debating doing it as weekly or fortnightly feature. I need to get back to updating Headquarters as well but I don’t want to spend too much time away from Dawn Shadows. I haven’t touched the redraft in days but I’m trying to not beat myself up about my slump in motivation and focus on other creative outlets instead.

I’m afraid there’s a little sad news this week as well. As on Tuesday, the koi that the
fiancée and I bought back in September have gone down from six to five. My favourite of them all, Monsieur, was discovered swimming round in circles on his side on Sunday and by Tuesday he was belly up. For those of you wondering, Monsieur is the one right at the back. He had two little spots of black on his face that looked like a moustache and I adored him.


[That pant-thing was terrible for turning the water green.]

But back to more positive news. I decided to take something of a step forward with this blog and switched it from a free blog to a premium plan. That means that you can now find me with just http://www.caroljforrester.com. Those using .wordpress.com will get automatically directed across, which is lucky because I still have a couple hundred business cards with that on them, but it now looks a bit more professional and a bit more mine.

Alongside upgrading the plan I’m trying to come up with some ideas of how to push this blog forward. It was started to host my creative writing and that is still the primary objective but I also want to cultivate an audience for Shadow Dawn. It is about promoting myself as a writer and exposing myself to new opportunities in the blogging and writing world. If I want to do that, then I need to get serious about sitting down and writing not only for my novel but for this blog as well. I need to learn to schedule posts and events and work towards targets.

Even if I would rather go and take a nap.

I’m going to try and get disciplined with #freewritefridays and find a few other weekly events to join in with. Yesterday’s free write Balanced On A Blade’s Edge went up last night and I’m trying to work out if it’s just the longer length or something else that means that my prose doesn’t get as many views as my poetry. It doesn’t really matter but the flash fiction pieces do taken much longer to write and it would be nice to have similar traffic to the poetry for them.

That’s all I have to say this weekend. How have the rest of you been? What’s going on with your own blogging experiences and do you have any tips for keeping the green things in my garden alive? Let me know in the comments section below and all the best for the week to come.

Enjoy your coffee.



  1. I’m glad you’re doing well. My week has been good on the writing front. I spent the past week writing some flash fiction scenes. I published them on my blog this week. I am disappointed that they don’t get as much traffic as the rest of my posts. Oh well. I’ll keep writing them.

    Yesterday, I made a decision to scrap my Cell Games series. I felt as if the stories were not going where I wanted them to go. And I didn’t have the heart to write them. I just felt like it was time to cut my losses. I had a few stories drafted, but that was it. I didn’t feel like anyone would want to read them. They felt stocky, too one-dimensional. It was like I was info-dumping instead of telling actual stories. I guess there are some things that shouldn’t leave the idea box.

    In the meantime, I am continuing to journal, and I have a story I am working on. This is a difficult because it’s addressing some personal issues. I can’t decide on what to do with this story. I don’t want to give up on it, but it’s proving to be more difficult than I imagined. I think I need to outline it and see it mapped out. That would probably help.

    Well, that’s all I have. With as much as I write in your comment box, maybe I should do these “Saturday Coffee Share” posts. I don’t know. Anyway, sorry for taking up space. Have a good weekend.


    1. Don’t apologise, it’s good to hear from you again. At the moment I feel like no one will want to read my novel and part of me wants to throw that at the wall, I have to keep telling myself to keep writing. I know where you’re coming from.


      1. I had this idea for a novel, but I think I sabotaged myself by telling too many people about it. I created a storyboard for it on Pinterest. But I haven’t done any planning for it. I guess I’m afraid of writing it.


  2. What an inspirational garden. I love the idea of gardening, but the reality is far trickier for me. The kids and I have fun dabbling though. We get berries to snack on:)


  3. Hi Carol,
    The best tip I have for keeping things in the garden alive, is to keep them away from me!! I do have a worm farm and the “mud” from there did seem to help. I know it probably sounds strange for a lousy gardener to have a worm farm but I don’t like waste and I live in hope that my gardening streak will change. I used to do quite well but where I grew up, we had higher rainfall and less sandy soil. MY parents’ garden largely takes care of itself and if anything needs pruning rather than CPR.
    Sorry you lost your Koi. Our fish tank recently died and we have two last fish who’ve somehow survived without a heater and a new much smaller tank set to become their new home.
    Hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena


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