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Coffee Break Sundays 1/20/19

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1/20/19              COFFEE BREAK SUNDAY

My goodness, it’s Sunday again already!  And this time, I came armed with muffins… Oh yes! (Yes, I really did bake these).

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What could be better to kick off a lazy Sunday morning than a cup of coffee and a homemade blueberry muffin? And by lazy, I indeed do mean slouching around all day doing precisely nothing at all.

Is it strange to think that this blogging malarkey is starting to feel almost normal now? Almost. It’s part of my everyday life, and yes it’s difficult to find time to create content sometimes but I couldn’t imagine my life as a writer without this place now.

So, what have I been up to this week? I feel like I have finally got into the groove of this year after a tricky start. I don’t know about you, but I set way too many new year’s resolutions – and most are already in the bin. I think it’s important to set reasonable goals. The idea that you can just change your whole lifestyle by doing this-that-and-this is just so unrealistic.

So this is my new, new year’s resolution:

Set realistic, reasonable goals! (And smash them)

I kicked off this week with a piece of flash fiction called ‘A Distant Land‘, playing with reality and seeking out our world from a different viewpoint. It also brings into focus the issue of pollution and plastic in our oceans, something that we have to take the time to think about and change.

My piece ‘Meet My Fiancée…‘ earnt me my first every badge over at YeahWrite, which I believe is a good thing! Things like this affirm that my writing is improving over time with the help of constructive criticism and that’s just great. I also really love writing comedy, so I hope to bring more of that to you in the coming weeks.

I closed out the week with a visit to the ‘Gateway of India‘ – come travel with me! I have let the blogging side of things slip a little this week (I’m looking at you Fabulous Fiction Fridays!) but I felt that last week was quite blog-heavy, so I’m trying my best to strike the right balance. I’m hopeful that this will come with time!

Well that’s my coffee gone and a blueberry muffin (or two) devoured so I’ll leave you to get on with the rest of your day. Thanks for joining me for another catch-up, I can’t wait to see what the next week brings.

R.J. x

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Photo by Anna Voss on Unsplash

 

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Coffee Break Sundays 1/13/19

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1/13/19                  COFFEE BREAK SUNDAY

Another week has passed, and it sure went quicker than the last! I’m back into the swing of things after the New Year festivities but I haven’t been nearly as productive as I’d liked to have been. Thanks for joining me for another coffee, let’s get to the chat!

My productivity has definitely been down on last week, including on the blog. I took some great steps including purchasing my domain (YAAAAAYYYY!) and approaching new genres, but overall I’ve produced less content and haven’t been able to write as much as I’d liked to have done.

Truth be told, I’ve had an awful virus and the brain fog had well and truly taken over. Here’s to a better week!

That aside, what have I actually managed to achieve? Well, I wrote a couple of pieces of flash fiction. My piece ‘Mirror, Mirror‘ takes on the genre of Magical Realism (before the challenge at YeahWrite, I totally didn’t know such a thing existed) but I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I love how I’m learning so much in this community.

My second piece ‘When We Were Young‘ is one I’m particularly happy with. This is the kind of genre that I really love to read and write, and yes, it definitely is named after the Adele song.

I’ve also continued my Fabulous Fiction Fridays series, so in case you missed that, it featured Still Loved, Still Missed and is definitely worth a read. I’ve probably partaken in more blogging than writing this week but sometimes you just have to do what works for you! Although I definitely intend to focus on writing.

That’s it for this week, except to say thank you so much for joining me and I hope you stay with me for the next week. It really does make my day when I read a kind comment (or even helpful, constructive criticism!) so thank you for your comments.

Well, that’s my coffee gone in record time but I’m sure it won’t be the last.

R.J. x

I couldn’t resist leaving you with a bit of Adele, so get your Sunday off to an even better start with this beauty of a song! Enjoy.

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Coffee Break Sundays (1/6/19)

 

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Welcome to a brand new feature on my blog!

I’m a huge fan of coffee, and will take any opportunity to grab myself a cup. So, with that in mind, every Sunday I plan to recap my week in the writing world and let you know what exciting events (sleeping.. walking.. eating.. sleeping) have been happening in my life! It’s also an opportunity to for me to thank you for reading.

So, thank you! And I really do mean that.

Now, caffeine at the ready…

1/6/19              COFFEE BREAK SUNDAY

Well, that’s my first official week as a blogger done. I’m not even sure if I can call myself a blogger yet. I spend far too much time on Pinterest (once you start pinning, you can not stop) and have received a handful of hits every day (something I’m so grateful for, by the way) so does that make me a blogger now?

I’ve had so much fun creating some short pieces of fiction (The Gift of Life) including trying my hand at ‘Microprose’ (A Child is Born) for the very first time over at YeahWrite and other writing prompt websites. I find that having a set deadline to  achieve something small that you really enjoy doing makes you get into the right gear. It’s so difficult to be productive, and even when you are being productive, are you really doing anything worthwhile? The fact that I can get constructive criticism to improve is just great!

I’ve also posted a couple of other flash fiction pieces. Vanity in Peach and A “Happy” New Year? feel free to check them out if you have a couple of minutes to spare today. I feel that the latter post is especially powerful, remembering those who may be suffering in silence when everybody else is too busy celebrating.

I also had the honour of launching my Fabulous Fiction Friday series, which I hope will lead me to make contact with many awesome people through mutual support. It kicked off with a piece of microprose by Belinda Bekkers, titled ‘An Introduction‘.

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Out of the writing world, what have I been up to? Well, welcoming in the New Year of course. I’m confident that 2019 is going to be a great (and hopefully productive) year! I’ve also drank extreme amounts of coffee, walked many miles, tried my hand at photography (again) and tried to keep my brain in check.

Self-care is really important to me, something you will be able to follow with my Weekly Wisdom posts (coming soon; next Wednesday!) I promise it won’t be a lecture on how to live your life (is there anything worse?) but just a collection of ideas and practices that I personally find helpful.

Well that’s one cappuccino down and as it’s Sunday, the day for relaxing and taking stock, I’m sure there will be many more to follow. Thanks for joining me.

I hope you stick around for the next week of my writing journey!

Question: What do you do to aid productivity when it comes to writing? 

R.J x

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