Weekend coffee share: Of autumnal weather and Halloween luck

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Welcome! It’s so nice to see you again. What would you like? Coffee? Tea? Lemon water? Some buckwheat and pear pancakes? Have a seat. How have you been? How was your week?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it’s been a tough week for me. I had a lot of work, which, of course, is a good thing, but it also meant I neglected this blog and had barely any time to write. The weather has been typically autumnal, which has meant little sun and lots of rain and clouds. This has had a devastating effect on my psyche. It’s been a struggle to just keep at my regular levels of activity and motivation. This brings on fears of dipping into depression, which can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I’ve been trying to be gentle with myself and to self-care. I’m trying to stay positive, because I realize how much how I look at things affects how I feel. I also remind myself that I am not my feelings – they are just passing states. As you can see, the weather today is actually quite beautiful. It’s partially sunny; the sky is a lovely shade of blue.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I lucked out yesterday. I decided to go to a thrift store that sells things from Great Britain – mostly from outlet stores – and there I got so super lucky. I found a Halloween costume for just a few bucks. I’m going to be a skeleton. I also found a hooded sweatshirt jumpsuit that is the prettiest shade of blue. I’d say a cross between royal blue and turquoise. I’m set for winter lounging and writing. I don’t know what it is about sitting and writing at the computer, but I always get cold. I also found a pretty sweater dress; it’s light gray with a big red rose print all over. I’m not big into flower prints, but this is so graphic that I love it. I’m a big fan of sweater dresses. It’s become my look: sweater dress, skinny jeans, and converse.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been having a hard time writing flash fiction recently, which you may have noticed considering I haven’t posted any in recent weeks. What’s the problem? Well, my novel has been knocking at the door reminding me that I need to get back to it. Until recently, the knocking was light and tolerable, so I was able to ignore it. Now it’s more of a banging and barging in type of situation. Needless to say, I can’t think of anything else. I’m revisiting and slowly starting the next draft, which I just decided to completely rewrite. I know the story, but I hope I’ll be better with wording this time around.

This leads me to a difficult decision that I feel I must make. I have decided to reduce posting on here for some time and really allow myself to delve back into the novel. I might do NaNoWriMo as a rebel, but I don’t know if there’s any sense in doing so, as I don’t think I have any chance to write 50k words in November and I don’t want to rush myself. This isn’t the first draft.

Thanks for stopping by, but now you must go. I’m working on a post on Slavic Mares for Part-Time Monster; it’ll go live on Monday, so make sure you’ll check it out. Also, on Monday Diana of Part-Time Monster will be here with a guest post on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In November, I’ll be part of the Criterion Blogathon.

Now hop on over to Part-Time Monster and check out other bloggers sharing coffee.

20 thoughts on “Weekend coffee share: Of autumnal weather and Halloween luck

  1. Your Halloween costume sounds delightful! And I’m glad your novel is getting your attention. Having said that I’m trying to pretend I’m not noticing my memoir’s attempts to get my attention back. I’m plotting a new book and wondering whether to do NaNoWriMo… Maybe it’s a distraction, I don’t know. I’ve got another week to think about it all. Take a good care.

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    • Thank you. NaNoWriMo is lots of fun, but sometimes we know what we need to do. My book can’t wait any longer. I can’t think of anything else.


  2. Have a great weekend Ula! Now it sounds like you should get comfortable and write. You know, even if you’ll neglect your blog in favour of your book, I’ll be around to read ever once in a while. I signed up for NaNoWriMo but seen that I have not been tending to my blog in 2 weeks, and that writing time is suddenly hard to make, and I am not sure what to write about, I am not so sure that I will do it. I would love to, but I am lacking a great prompt… you won’t have a few prompts? I still have the feeling that your prompts were the ones that pushed my creativity the furthest so far.
    I really hope that you won’t fall back into your depression. But if it can help i will give you some HUGS and not the cold that I currently have.

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    • I have a collection that I came up with that I was hoping to put into a book of prompts. I still don’t have enough to put together into a book, but if you’d like I can send you some. You can also check out the prompts I’ve posted here: https://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/tag/writing-prompt/ maybe something will inspire you.
      Thank you for the hugs. Hugs always help. I’m pretty certain I won’t fall back, I think. They key is to stay active (physically and mentally), so I’ve made it a plan at the very least to go the pool 2-3 times a week, read lots and write. It’s the right prescription for me.

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      • Oh a book of your prompts that would be awesome!
        I will check them out and hopefully they’ll strike a chord.
        I hope that you’ll manage to stay active. Again lots of Hugs!


  3. I’m glad you found that costume! I’m sure it will be a keeper because it’s a classic costume you might be able to reuse! Yay! I’m rooting for you to stay above that emotional dip. You might want to come here and write about it if you do dip because the community can be so helpful and so supportive. Keep that in mind.

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    • I’m pretty excited about it. It’s only fault is that it’s skin tight (hello mom tum) and has a full on mask thing that’s attached and has to be worn because it zips over the head, but I’ll be with good friends so I don’t feel like I need to impress anyone.
      I will keep that in mind and thank you. I plan on doing coffee shares regularly to do updates on my rewrite/revising.

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  4. shame we don’t get to see you are a ghoulish skeleton! And yes give that book some love even if you are light on the postings. You’ll be pleased if you do. Here’s for some late autumn sun!

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    • I’ll try to take some pictures. My apartment has bad lighting though (we use eco light bulbs), so I don’t promise anything, but I’ll try. Maybe I’ll ask the husband to take a photo in the morning.
      This weekend was beautiful and sunny. It’s as if my post chased the clouds away. Sometimes writing can make things better in so many ways.

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  5. Please post pictures of the Halloween costume. 🙂 That is my kind of shopping! Sorry about the flash slump but I’m so glad you’re working on your book. Let the blogging go…feel the freedom. 😉

    I feel the same way about NaNoWriMo and that 50k count. Do what you can do.

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    • NaNoWriMo is doable, but it’s definitely for first drafts. Subsequent drafts need to be more considered, and I’m one of those writers that can think about a scene for a month before I have the right solution. At this rate, I may be 50 before this book is done. I hope not, but we’ll see.
      I’ll try to take pictures (see my response to Geoff).

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  6. Sounds like you got some awesome thrift shop finds! Sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling under the weather, but glad that you’re on the up-and-up. Looking forward to the post on Monday!!

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    • I love thrift stores and their reasonable prices, but it means regular stores just don’t hold that excitement. Something about thrift stores awakens the ancient hunter and gatherer in me. 😉 Thank you. The sun has been out the last three days, which always makes things better.

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  7. Ooh – I love hunting through thrift stores. You just never know what you’ll find. There is a great thrift store about 2 hours from where we live, and I make 2-3 trips per year. It’s that good.

    As for the novel, yes, it sounds rather insistent. Maybe it means your creativity is going into overdrive…?

    I’m really glad you’re joining the Criterion blogathon, especially since you’re reducing your blogging frequency. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on Hiroshima Mon Amour. 🙂

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    • Maybe. I definitely feel like it’s a task I can tackle. Until recently, it seemed daunting. There seemed so much work and so much to revise.
      I have to start thinking what I’ll write about that movie. Hiroshima Mon Amour is one my all time favorites, but I haven’t watched it in a while.

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