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If We Were Having Coffee

So the garden is now coming out in full force. The rose bush has exploded with colour, the seedlings I planted a fortnight ago are sprouting left, right and centre, and we’ve just had two weeks of pretty decent weather. All in all it’s been beautiful.

I’m in a very good mood for this week’s Coffee Share. On Wednesday I sat my first exam for my AAT Accounting Technicians qualification and managed to pass with flying colours. I’ve done a little bit of redrafting, written some poetry, some flash fiction, and worked on some ideas for the blog. I’ve had a very productive week.

I think the favourite bit of writing that I’ve done so far this week was the Friday Free-write. It’s a mash up of prompts and an idea from a conversation that I was having with one of my colleagues at work. For anyone that has a herb garden, you will know that lemon balm [or any type of mint really] grows at a rapid rate. The little plant I bought has already tripled in size. It’s actually a little scary. This colleague and I were having a chat about it and it sparked the idea for a story: The Girl Across The Street.

As I said earlier, I’ve been redrafting Dawn Shadows a little this week as well. I’m hoping to spend some more time on it today. The first chapter has been done and at the moment I’m part way through Chapter Two which is becoming Chapter Three and Chapter Three will then become Chapter Two. The book still has a long way to go before it’s finished but I’m reminding myself to be patient.

I’m still trying to work out a schedule for this blog as well. Because I do so many prompt based posts I can’t pre-write a lot of the stuff that goes up on this site. I think I may have a ‘throw-back’ day once a week where I re-post an older piece of writing but I’m not sure what day that will be yet.

At the moment my blogging routine looks a bit like this: [It’s meant to at least…]

Monday – DVerse Poets [Haibun or Quadrille]

Tuesday – DVerse Poets [Poetics Night]

Wednesday – Friday Fictioneers

Thursday – DVerse Poets

Friday – Freewrite Friday

Saturday – Weekend Coffee Share

Sunday – […]

The problem I’ve got is finding the time to read other bloggers contributions to DVerse and Friday Fictioneers. I feel bad if I post something and don’t go and read other people’s.

I’ve also done most of these prompts for a while, and I’d like to find some new creative outlets to add to the schedule. It would also be nice to create some sort of monthly guest feature for other bloggers to contribute to Writing and Works.

So that will be my weekend. Tweaking the blog and working on a new plan for content while trying to redraft my novel. Not the most fun but it’s chucking it down outside and I don’t fancy gardening in the rain. I’ll try and bob by some other blogs as well. It’s been a while since I had a day just reading and not worrying about my own site. I need to get out and see what others are up to.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. How are things where you are? Is it raining or has the sun come out? Make sure to let me know in the comments below.


[P.S, the Weekend Coffee Share has moved! Check out it’s new home by clicking on the image above. It has a snazzy new website and everything!’

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. G. R. McNeese says

    Hi Carol,

    For starters, the sun is definitely out where I’m at, and it’s been hot. It’s not necessarily good for gardening, but the wife and I haven’t done well when it comes to gardening.

    It’s good that you have a schedule for your blog, and I’m glad that the redrafting is going well. Sure, it’s quite the ordeal, but it will pay off. I’m still working on my short story where the main character attends his grandfather’s funeral and confronts his dad in the process. It’s been quite the challenge. I’ve been writing out scenes here and there. And I’m hoping they will come together.

  2. Hi Carol,
    I went to a local Rotary booksale today and even though our house is already overflowing with books, my husband and I bought two box fulls…$50.00. Not bad cost wise but they’ll definitely drive the declutters mad. I picked up so many poetry books…Yeats love poetry, Robert Browning, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (We studied the Wife of Bath at school but I baukled and read the easy English version.) Quite a number of Australian poets. Of course, there were a few inevitable cookbooks.
    I thought you’d appreciate what it’s like to be surrounded by so many books!
    I come across some lovely gardens on my blog travels and it almost inspires me to give ours another go but I’ll hold off at the moment. We’re just going into Winter. It’s not the time to plant much. At least, I don’t think it is and I say that with absolute confidence and absolutely no idea.
    Hope you have a good week and all the best sorting out the blog.
    xx Rowena

    • That sounds like a great haul! My poetry collection ins’t that large but Chuacer’s Canterbury Tales is there. Have fun reading your books. I certainly appreciate the joy of being surrounded by books.

  3. Sunny here and my garden is coming around too. Winter actually lasted about 7 months. So glad summer is here. Love to read everyone’s blogs!

  4. It’s sunny here and quite hot. I think we’re well into summer even if the solstice hasn’t come around just yet. I find it difficult to keep up with reading and writing, too. I think it’s just the nature of blogging.
    Thank you for the coffee! 🙂

  5. Carol, it was great to read positive blog like this one. So many are negative. Your pla ts look healthy. Mine are not so good looking. Congratulations on passing the accounting test.

  6. Hey Carol,

    I am feeling so well after reading your blog post. We should be positive at any point. It gave me positive signs.

    ~Dr. Diana

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