#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Best Laid Plans…

Join us for some coffee time!Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
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If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me in the park. Any park. I’ve been able to start moving more, bending my toe and all that, so it’s nice to spend some time outside in the sun. I’m not usually much of a sun person, but after spending the bulk of April only seeing the walls of my bedroom, and then much of May either in my (windowless) office or sleeping, I am trying to make an effort to get out and enjoy the fresh air when I get the chance.

One of the interesting things about writing this post to go up every Friday at 7 am (my time) is that I’m predicting what the weekend will hold. I almost feel like I need another post on Monday evenings recapping what actually occurred. But I suppose that’s what the next weeks post is for.

Last weekend, for instance, my plans got changed a fair amount. I still played some video-games with my besty, but the potluck I’d been planning to attend got canceled and my Dad called to invite me out for a wine tasting. He and my step-mom are going to be moving north sometime this month (they’ll be closer to the grandbaby), so I’m trying to take advantage of every opportunity I can get to hang out with them while they’re nearby – so of course I joined them. First we stopped at a farm-stand for some fresh Hood Strawberries, they’re so juicy and yummy! Then we went to Oak Knoll to do a tasting. Since they used to have a wine membership there the drinks were all pretty familiar, but just as yummy as I recalled.

Sunday I was going to write, but instead I spent the day (the WHOLE DAY) playing that video-game with my friend. We’ve been playing Terraria, and are having a lot of fun in it, exploring and discovering new places. Living 3,000 miles away is hard. We talk most weekends and have been working on a number of stories together, but sometimes we want to hang out but don’t have the brain-power for story writing and want to be DOING something. Terraria has given us something that serves that purpose quite nicely!

Clearly. Since we spent much of Sunday in the game.

This weekend I have a few plans – kicking it off by having dinner with a friend and then getting a massage. I’m hoping to participate in “Knit (and crochet!) in Public” Day on Saturday, though we’ll see how my energy is holding. Sunday I’ve got a job in the morning, but the day is otherwise pretty open – I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stay awake for it and perhaps even getting some work done, rather than vanishing into sleep or game-haze (at least, vanishing completely… a little bit of either – or both – of those would be quite lovely).

On a completely different note – I had a bit of a breakthrough this week on my writing. At least, I hope it’s a breakthrough and not a false lead. After my Insecure Writer’s Group post on Wednesday I’d been giving some thought to the feedback I’ve gotten so far on the first couple chapters of my story — and my own thoughts about what was there. My story is starting too slowly, it’s taking too long to capture the audience and I’m introducing things in the wrong order. While the MC’s family is important to her, for instance, and has some key roles in the story, it’s not vital that the reader’s meet them first. So I’m going to shuffle things up a bit.

I love the flow of my opening scene – but I can keep that flow even if the scene isn’t at the start, and a few of the things that happen between my current story-start and what will become my story-start can be handled differently or rolled into mere mentions in other scenes. I think this will streamline everything a bit more and help launch me into the real meat of the story. I’m excited to carve out the time this weekend to work on that, to see what I can do to breath new life into the tale.

What are you working on this weekend? What are your plans? How has your week been?

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15 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Best Laid Plans…”

  1. Hi Alli
    Since you didn’t mention your foot, I’m hoping this means you are mending well. Sounds like a fun weekend for you. Am not to sure I want to encourage so much time on those games. I’ve seen those duck too much of my kids time so please be careful. Your best creativity will be in your writing – not in the games. Have a great weekend. Gary

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    1. I’m mending as is to be expected… tried to push myself a little too much on Wednesday, so suffered a little setback Thursday but seem to be back on track now.
      Slow and steady….
      I’ve been sucked into games before, so am pretty careful now. The fact that the only time our schedules coincide now is the weekend (and that we both have other obligations on the weekends as well) helps to limit our time. It isn’t unusual for us to spend 2-4 hours talking/writing together on a weekend anyhow — we used to live together so there were certainly weekends in the past where we’d spend all day together hanging out so a day of all-day-gaming isn’t raising red flags for me at this point. If it became a weekly-habit then I’d be concerned. One of the reasons we picked the game we did is it’s pretty low-key, so lots of the time is spent building our home-base, visiting about this and that, and letting some creativity happen.
      This weekend will see the start of my “game-as-reward” system, so I’ll be starting Saturday not with a video-game, but with the writing. 😀

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  2. I loved having coffee in your park, what a great idea! How awesome that you’re able to move around more 🙂
    I can relate to the challenge of having your friends living far away, having moved across the Atlantic myself. The internet surely makes it easier to stay in contact with them. I hope this weekend is everything you wish for it to be 🙂

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  3. The plans for your weekend sound interesting. The Knot in Public activity – is it when a group of you get together to do so in public. I crochet in public anyway so I was wondering what makes this day so different.

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  4. Great to hear you are getting out more. Being flexible with “best plans” on;ly makes the events more adventurous.

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  5. I was going through my dusty blog and the first thing I tried to find was the weekend coffee share community and my links didn’t seem to work anymore. After visiting a few blogs from the coffee share, I found yours and saw you’ve been hosting it for a while. My heart is glad, nevertheless. I have been out of the blog world for so long but missing it badly. I hope to share a post and contribute to the sharing this week. I have a friend who recently started blogging and I might just invite her for a cup of good coffee, too. Thank you, Alli.

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