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If we were having coffee at the halfway mark

It’s the aroma of coffee, which makes this such a popular drink, don’t you think? My eyelids close ever so slightly as I breathe in the fragrance of the moment. Then an acute awareness strikes me. I’m not alone. It’s at this moment, if we were having coffee, I’d look at you and smile somewhat coquettishly.

Ladies and gentlemen, the glass is half full. Not the coffee mug though, that starts off filled adequately, until the very last drop touches your lips. When you stare back into the cup wondering were it all went, there’s more where that came from. If we were having coffee, we’d drink from the bottomless cup. However today, those of us who took up the challenge to blog each day in November have reached our halfway mark. We are halfway there. We may as well finish the race.

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I pause with the coffee mug in my hand. Standing halfway up the mountain we are climbing, we can look back on the incredible view of blog posts published. We can look beyond the limits of this digital space.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that outside this blog, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. My children are both teething. For my one-year-old that means an upset stomach and the need for comfort. He’s not a great sleeper, to start with, but now he looks for more solace during the night. I love him, I don’t complain and never would exchange this for anything else. I’m just not getting as much rest as is desired and find myself constantly tired. What was I thinking challenging myself to a post a day? Oh, I prepared. I knew there would be days I could not post something. So I scheduled a few posts in October. But soon time will catch up with my head start.

In the meanwhile, my washing machine is doing overtime as I deal with poop all over the show, even on me. Apart from growing an extra molar, my five-year-old picked up an ear infection. And on top of that we are busy preparing her for a transition to a new school. Never a dull moment.

Not to forget the clog in the machine of life, I’ve got my job, which I’m grateful for to keep me busy and all that comes with that daily routine. Some day’s I find myself thinking that the things I post here are so unoriginal. So in-authentic. And I see you rolling your eye’s thinking—is she really such an inspiration obsessed being? I need the inspiration as motivation to keep on moving in my own life. I want the things I put here to be a benefit to whoever reads them, even if just a tiny little bit. Words are what I have to give, but the point of this paragraph was to tell you, that there is a human, imperfect human being behind them, with daily struggles similar to those experienced by many other people.

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If we were having coffee on this midpoint of November, I’d point out the posts which have brought me here. Although not strictly part of my NaNoBloMo challenge most of my loyal readers have missed the first post I scheduled on the 1st of November. I guess I can not blame them. I went from writing one monthly post, to writing one each day. On the first, there were two posts.

How to overcome relationship disaster taught to us by bedtime stories was part of my 12 Day’s of it does not need to be perfect series.

I kicked off, Nano Poblano with a motivational video and post titled: How to overcome procrastination and fear. Change your life today!

On day two, I gave y’all a peek ate how I created the 2017 Nano Poblano badge.

Day three, was for a little bit of humor, with a post titled: What’s the best writers joke you know?
Day four and five were short and sweet with a Quote. Do you & Maybe we should let that s*** go.

Day six, I did the unspeakable and tried my hand at a little satire and description thereof.

The seventh post was again short and sweet with a YouTube video, in a post titled: Time to follow your dream?
While the post on the eighth was not much longer titled: What song describes you?
On the ninth, I reflected on the ‘Me too hash-tag’ with a post titled: What Women Want. And, let me give you a little tip, it’s not a chocolate coated ice cream Sunday—although those are nice.
Then on day ten, I went back to keep things short and simple with a very interesting YouTube video. I seem to like YouTube allot, don’t I?
Then for 11.11, I wrote a little poetry – something I’ve not done in quite some time. The poem is titled: One-word obsession, while I created the cover art with Inkscape.
On day 12, I went back to my tried and tested method of a Motivational Quote in a post titled: Results, actions and trying.
The 13th saw a somewhat longer post reflecting on the bedtime story: the ugly duckling. I looked at how this fairy tale really relates to life.
Yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away and I simply went back to a YouTube snippet and tilted it: Listen …

If we were having coffee, I’d be happy if you’d read all my posts. However, the days are over where I stress myself about likes, views and who are not reading. These days, I find that once I’ve scheduled my post, I pretty much let it go. Sometimes, something will nag me, I will hear the same song played on repeat in my head or whatever reminds me to write a post until I’ve done so and hit the schedule button. Of-cause I notice the same faces for each of my posts—those people who read most everything I write. Thank you.

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If we were having coffee, I’d joke that there is one thing writers want more than coffee. It’s readers. Not bucket loads of cash. Real writers want readers more. The buckets of cash come along as an added bonus. It’s the readers who really matter. It’s the message and the story and what those two things can do for the reader. Well constructed poetry and prose, are both an enjoyment for the author and her readership. Additionally how words can invoke a feeling, a picture, a lesson.

After some thousand words, if we were having coffee I’d look up and ask; if we were having coffee what would you like to reflect on?

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This post links to a month’s long daily blogging challenge, during November. See who else has signed up to be a Little Pepper HERE. It’s called NANO POBLANO / NaBloPoMo

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If we were having coffee, it’s a little bit funny

What a strange day of the week to invite someone over for coffee. I don’t know about you, but I drink coffee every day, so I guess it does not matter. Welcome in.

If we were having coffee, we’d reminisce on how long it’s been since I last wrote a coffee post. I’ve been concentrating on writing my one blog post per month, which is not related to any link -up. In the process I’ve overlooked the ‘personal blog’ aspect of this blog. Time and energy to write is not on my side these days. It is frustrating when you are too tired to string two words together, never mind a whole comprehensive sentence, paragraph, blog post.

So I don’t sweat the mundane. Who’d want to read it, anyway? You? Well, you’re still here.

Many of my friends and family have been much too busy, also. There’s so much on our mind.  As a society, collectively that is. With words such as “nuclear threat” and “World War three”,  being thrown into many a casual conversation–it is no wonder.

“Oh, you’re on Twitter,” I asked a colleague.

“Of cause. It’s a lot of fun. I follow Trump,” she replied.

“Yea, he’s such a clown.”

“Did you hear government is in secret negotiations to sell weapon grade uranium?”

“It does not surprise me. They are all so corrupt.”

I live in a country, which is one of the worlds largest uranium exporters. We have our own conspiracies, and hope that the people at the top are at least not that dumb. What could we do against a nuclear threat? And since we rely on imports, what would we do if the world put sanctions against us?

It seems so insignificant, to read or write a random blog post. Bla, Bla, the world keeps turning–Bla, Bla.

Yet, here I am, using what little time I have to spare to share a bit of trivia.

I’ve been quiet. Not just here, but on my What’s App groups and other Social Media. Withdrawn. Sometimes I look at these groups,  Facebook and Twitter and notice that some people are forever sharing mundane Meme’s or jokes.

Someone in one of my groups is lying in hospital, literally on her death bed. I read several of shared Meme’s or jokes of hers every day.

The truth is sometimes just too hard to face. Without a little humor we’d break under all the weight.

I dislike all those automated DM people send on Twitter once you follow them. But this one stuck out so here it is. I hope it at least makes you smile the way it made me smile.

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A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a teaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer.

“This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

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Credit goes to Jeanette@Polar_Bear_Edit for this bit of sunshine. Now here’s an idea for a DM which is a conversation starter. Just sayin’.

Ha. Ha. . . Let’s lighten up and remember that God / the universe / whatever you insert here–has the best sense of humor.

If we were having coffee, we’d talk about the economy.  We’d mention the crazy weather and crazy politicians. We’d share cute baby pictures and videos. But mostly, If we were having coffee we’d laugh.

I’m linking this post up with the next #WeekendCoffeeShare hosted by Part Time Monster.

If we were having coffee, what would we laugh about? Let me know in the comments or write up your own coffee post.

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Thankfully coffee: Here’s a hug in a mug #WeekendCoffeeShare #10Thankful

WeekendCoffeeShare-2016-picIf we were having coffee, I’d offer you my homemade oats cookies. While they are not fabulous enough to photograph, they are still yummy. They are a bit too much on the brown side. But hey, I float bare. If I manage to tweak the recipe so that they come out better – I’ll blog it.
Hi-five on my first thankful for cookies which have honey and oats in them –thus making them healthier than your regular brand of cookie.

If we were having coffee, we’d be having a brand called “hug in a mug”. Now I don’t know about you but hugs that come in mugs are my kind of thing. Good old regular hugs too. Got to love those. Especially the Mini-Me sized ones.

I’d tell you that so far so good, everything is looking fine with the pregnancy. I’m just overly tired. Inevitable as it seems – I’ve got the occasional prenatal depression to deal with. Inevitable? Yes. If you regularly suffer from depression the chances that you will get a nice dose of the prenatal version is more likely. Also, if you’ve had a miscarriage your chances of flaring hormones messing up your happiness seem to be expected. Topped with terrible sleeping patterns and you do have the concoction that brings forth this state. But knowing what you are dealing with puts the power back in your own hands.

I’m honestly thankful that I’ve learned to recognize depression when it hits. I’m even more thankful that everything is still on track with the pregnancy. The little guy or gal has been saying the occasional hello by what is generally referred to “feeling the baby move”

I’ve been struggling with my writing. This is why you have been seeing so little of me over here. Sleep comes first. Furthermore, I try to put quality over quantity. It seriously is more important to me to  write posts that are actually readable. I sometimes have problems following a blog post, which is not that well-constructed. I admit, it takes a skilled writer to hold my attention. I’m a picky reader.
I don’t want readers, hitting my blog with the same problem. As far as this blog post goes, it is probably more on the mundane side. I hope my spunky word usage has been keeping you with me thus far.

I wrote a post titled “Time to say goodbye” this week. It took me quite a lot of editing and re-writing to get it up to that level. Most of the time I don’t just suck this stuff out of my thumb. I was thus flattered and thankful when Shawna who blogs over at “The Honeyed Quill” put a quote of mine on an on-line poster for #LinkYourLife.

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For those who do not know, LinkYourLife is a blogging community, which has formed over on Facebook and Twitter. Shawna and her cousin Shareen have been building this little community. I find them to be supportive of all types of bloggers. Each Friday you can tweet your posts with the hashtag #LinkYourLife. The point is not only to get more blog traffic but also to get to know each other a little bit better. Can I get two high fives for the tankful’s I’ve just mentioned?

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For those counting that leaves me with four more things to be thankful for to complete my 10 Things of Thankful list, which I’m linking up with on this post.

 

I often find that we overlook the everyday comforts. In this part of the globe, it is winter. I am thus thankful for my snuggly warm bed. Warm blankets. Wooly socks. Hot chocolate. Fabulous Rooibos tea.

If we were having coffee I’d mention that there was recently a charity event. Things such as blankets and non-perishable food were collected for the uncountable less fortunate who sleep in shacks, in these parts. I’m thankful that there are events like this that allow us to give back to the community. I’m thankful I’ve got warm food to eat and a proper roof over my head.

Just in case you were totaling my list of gratitude, I have now mentioned more than 10 things I’m thankful for. Finally yet importantly, I am thankful for coffee. Check out what other bloggers are chatting about on their own #WeekendCoffeeShare posts here. The 10 Things of Thankful link up can be found here.

What are you thankful for this weekend?

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An introverted Weekend Coffee Share on books, bloodsuckers and pregnancy

I love coffee. I love slurping (quite noisily) the hot brew. I love the feeling of that rich and creamy liquid down my throat. However if we were having coffee, I’d be smelling your coffee in yearning – while I sip some hot chocolate or Rooibos tea. You see, I’m down to one cup of coffee per day –which I have already had.

I’m not feeling talkative. I feel more like wrapping myself in a cocoon of snug familiarity and nonsocial activity. Even blogging and Social Media seems too social for me right now.

If we were having coffee, I’d abruptly jump up without a word and leave you hanging in the middle of a sentence. I’d come back with the pictures we took the end of April. It is a Sonar of a 12-week fetus. And yes, I’m indeed pregnant. Having had a miscarriage in November I’m a bit apprehensive about telling people. Medically however everything seems fine, this time, round so I’m trying to think positive.

Perhaps we’d chat about the books we may have recently read and which we are planning to pick up soon. I put up two short reviews on Goodreads for two very different brands of books.

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Both are worth your time if that is your thing. It’s odd how blogging has changed my reading choices. Directly before I started blogging, I’d only read Urban Fantasy. I preferred series and would tentatively test the first pages of a previously un-known Author. Charlene Harris and Kim Harrison were some of my favorites.

Let me tell you the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris, is defiantly much better than the True Blood Television show based on them. They could have made manny more seasons if they had only stuck with the original storyline. Sometimes it’s different, though. I did not even make it through the first book on which the Vampire Diaries series is based. I liked the TV series more.
And when it comes to Kim Harrison’s – Rachel Morgan series, Hollywood is seriously missing out on what could make a kick – ass show.

That being said, Anne Rice’s classics, and I’m not just talking about the Vampire stories here, are all a brilliant read. I love the way she can bring an ancient character into life in modern day. If you are not into vampires, you may try something like “Servant of the Bones”. That supernatural historical novel is truly worth reading.

Talking about Vampires, I’ve gotten my all-time favorite PC game to work again. It’s an old game from 2004. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible with the newer versions of Windows and I was unable to even get it working on my updated PC. Luckily, the game has a hard-core following of loyal fans who keep writing updated patches to fix the glitches and make the game work in newer versions of Windows. Vampires the Masquerade Bloodlines kept me busy all day yesterday. I did tell you that I felt like wrapping myself in a cocoon of familiarity and nonsocial activity.

As for this blog, it’s been more like a Ghost Town after the A to Z Challenge. I’m planning on writing a 2016 Reflection post for next week’s link up. There is also a post I’ve already finished writing which I have sitting on my PC. I’m a bit tentative of publishing it. It is somewhat of a strong feminine orientated opinion piece on a sensitive subject. If that thing should go viral, I’d defiantly have some trolls flying up in my face. I don’t know if I’d enjoy the attention.
Thanks for joining me for coffee. I always do appreciate you coming round.

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You, me, a Weekend Coffee Share – Stop and smell the aroma.

Hmmm, smell that? The air tastes of coffee. It’s this scent in the air – if we were having coffee. Nonsense, no if – we are having coffee.
Sigh, I can hardly hold two thoughts together without some interruption. Always something needs rushing, something else that needs finishing and ten more things that need my attention. Where is one to have time to savor the aroma of life? I am sorry – I’m blabbering. Taking a deep breath now. It is after all just you and me here and I certainly have time to enjoy coffee and a bit of cold pudding while we are at it.

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The birds are singing and there is an inviting breeze in the air. It invites you to take a breath and relax. It is, after all, weekend. Kick off your shoes and put up your feet. Life is a journey, but we seem to be rushing it these days. I can’t believe it’s already past mid-January. I was planning to have a podcast out for you to listen to by now. I know you don’t mind – it’s just something I wanted to do for you. It’s not always easy to be reading. Sometimes you’d rather be listening. A new way to connect. That’s what it is.

 

See I’ve been missing you. Sincerely, the day’s don’t have enough hours for us to get in touch, it has left me feeling somewhat lonely – I know you feel it too. Did you see the bit of micro-poetry I left up yesterday? It came with an amazing song too, titled: “I will never leave you children”. Sometimes I think we have separation anxiety, which is why the song is so soothing.
Hear me out! It’s not that far out there. People are not meant to be solitary creatures. We come from a place of love and companionship, forced into a physical body. Then we have that voice which is supposed to be our guide in this life however, it has gone crazy. I’ve been reading up on this voice. Some call it the ego mind. I think the term is fitting. There is nothing worse than a whacked up navigator is. Like a broken GPS that will tell you to go round and round in the same old circle. Not only does this make you dizzy, but it also leaves you lost and confused. Seriously – what’s up with that? Am I even making any sense?
That is why we need coffee. We need to be able to let ourselves take a breath. Breathe and savor the aroma. Stop rushing. Enjoy what we are doing. Then we’ll stop feeling tired and burnt out.


Why not stop by my social media accounts. I’ve got a tiny feature called little seedlings running on there. It’s about having one positive thought or something to think on each day. Social Media can feel so overwhelming at times.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sarinasteinlein/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarinaSteinlein/

That’s all I’ve wanted to leave you with today. The thought of good coffee.  If you enjoy this indulgent aroma – you can stop by other coffee bloggers here.

#NaNoWriMo, writers tricks of the trade – me, you and coffee

Oh it is that lovely time of the year where writers come together virtually with shared mugs of coffee and a plan to take over the world  write a novel.  While copious amounts of coffee isn’t exactly what a lady in my condition should be consuming, the fresh aroma of that mug calls my name: “Sarina, Sarina! SARINA” Sometimes it sounds more like a creepy voice –  a whisper. Other times it’s a child singing a familiar tune: “Ring around the rosies, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes! We all fall down!”  How much coffee do you think a pregnant writer is to permit herself on drinking?

Either way I’m still on blogging hiatus and taking things nice and easy. Straining myself to reach a 50 thousand word count within a month seems like an absurd thing to be doing right now. But you know, it’s like someone is dangling a huge slab of chocolate right there in front of me and I just can’t resist the allure of the challenge.

Either way I’d be writing this novel anyhow, because I was already working on the characterization and the plot of this story that has captured my imagination in September. I can now proudly say I have a solid plot in place. I’ll likely be following pretty much the same strategy as Heather from Write on Sisters.

yWriter5 – a nifty tool for NaNoWriMo

To add to that, as a winner of NaNoWriMo 2014, I do actually know that this is not mission impossible. To this end I’ve again employed the use of a free to download writers program called yWriter5. It served me well in 2014 and it has already started serving me well for this latest endeavor – one I hope to actually bring to publication.

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If you are like me, and most writers seem to do this – you like to break your first draft up into many little files, folders and word documents.

Each chapter on its own. Each scene separate from the rest. I find writing is easier and much more manageable this way. This is where yWriter5 comes in handy. It permits you to open chapters and scenes under each of those chapters all in one project. You can then take your many chapters and export them into several different formats including text, html, e-book and RTF.  And for all the NaNoWriMo’ers there is even an option to export into “Nanowrimo Obfuscated text”.

For those who have not done a NaNoWriMo challenge before, the NaNo people require you to copy paste your entire 50k words into the validation section of the website, before you can get access to that fancy certificate and be declared a winner. For your own peace of mind they advise you convert your novel into “obfuscated text” before you do so (you know, so that nobody has the chance to pirate your project – although that is not likely to happen)

Where yWriter5 also comes in handy is in the characterization and planning phase of your novel.  There are sections to list all your characters. You can do in-depth bio’s on them with notes and you could even add a picture if you wanted. You can do the same for all the places your scenes take place. For e.g perhaps you have a courtroom and a park.  You could describe these places and put in all your little writers notes on these places. I found this especially useful last year, while writing my sci-fi novel – which takes place on three different planets and in outer-space.

The program has many nifty features. Along with the planning of your characters and locations it also helps with the planning of your “items” and even a place to file all your “project notes”.  It also gives you a nice overall word count and can help you with daily word count targets.  Additionally, the easy back up features under the “tools” section of the program make this an overall joyful program to work with – especially for a NaNoWriMo project. And best of all, for those who’d rather spend the forty dollar another popular writers program may cost on lets say copy editing or something – which can be quite costly, yWriter5 is absolutely FREE.

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If we were having coffee

If we were having coffee, I may be telling you some other things I’m planning and a new thing I’m going to be trying for this blog soon. For now though I’d rather keep it a surprise until I’ve figured out all the technicalities.  As for what a serial blogger such as myself has been up to on hiatus, except for plotting, planing trying to eat healthy and chill-axing – I’ve been reading as much as I could.

For those still on the NaNoWriMo fence, those needing more NaNoWriMo tips and those that enjoy good writers blog chat, Ron and his team over at Lit World Interviews are doing a NaNoWriMo feature this year.  He has even started a pinterest board for all the NaNo’y stuff.

As I’ll not be writing much in the form of blog posts for the next few weeks I think he will be a good motivator for anyone planning on taking on the madness challenge.  As for all them lovely coffee chats bloggers like to have over the weekend, why don’t you give Diana at Part Time Monster a visit? The weekly coffee link – up is a wonderful way to catch up with us coffee types. And last but not least, if you’d like to buddy me over on the NaNoWriMo website you can find me here.