Heart-shaped Candy – #WeekendCoffeeShare

Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).
Organised by Diana (Part Time Monster).

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I had to battle my way out the door because I got so much post this morning! Then I’d apologise for the poor gag, but I couldn’t resist because it was a standing joke with a friend of mine and I really miss her Valentine humour.

I’d offer you Valentine treats; heart-shaped chocolates, cupcakes, biscuits – a selection of delights for you to enjoy. I plan to eat a filthy amount of chocolate, but that’s nothing new there…it is the weekend after all 🙂

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m enjoying reviewing Arrow at Sourcerer and, of course, am thrilled the show is back! It has been a week of editing though, instead of writing. I’ve been applying the finishing touches to the novel I’ll be publishing in March (Heart of Fire). This one is under my pseudonym Nat Hobson as it is a contemporary romance. This would no doubt lead to a conversation about The Fractured, which is also complete and will hopefully be published in the next month or two. The only change on that score is the title. I’m going to name the series Fractured and the prequel (as it’s a novella and introduces the fantasy world) – Sealing the Deal. You’d no doubt raise a brow (so very Roger Moore) because I can never decide on the title and this is likely to change before the anthology goes to print!

While we’re on the subject, I’d tell you I’m including a sneak preview of Gina Briganti’s story Saunders’ Choice in my newsletter at the end of the month. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with Gina to form the anthology, and can’t wait until I can share more on the novels with you.

As we seem to be focused on writing today, I’d of course ask about your week and how things are going. We’d also share what we’re reading at the moment, and our pride in this wonderful community we belong to. Callum, for example, just released a poetry collection, and I can’t wait to get my copy.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m still nervous about the compassion post (#1000Speak for Compassion on 20 February). There’s just so much to write about on the subject and I’m tempted to plan. The thing is, I work better if I don’t overthink it, but I have a tendency to leave things until the very last minute. How I got my degree I have no idea – I did most of my assignments the night before they were due in! Still, I’m getting pretty good at outlining, so there’s hope for me yet. I love to hear how other writers plan, and imagine pretty, organised notes and files. I’m sure the architects among us would be proud of my development, no matter how chaotic my planning tends to be.

Well, I’ve rambled on enough. It’s your turn now, so I’m sure I’ll catch up with you again when I head over to Diana’s place and continue the Weekend Coffee Share. Gene’O is hosting today, so show him some love 🙂

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Mel

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18 thoughts on “Heart-shaped Candy – #WeekendCoffeeShare

  1. My natural inclination is to do things at the last minute, too. It’s one of the things I am constantly working to get better at. When I was an undergrad, I never started a paper more than two days before it was due. Not once. At least it taught me to handle deadline pressure and work quickly once I do get started, lol.

  2. I’m a last minute person too. In fact, I was up all night (but that’s a different story) and I thought about writing my coffee share post at about three this morning but I didn’t. It didn’t feel right. So instead I stayed up until after 6 then slept until the phone woke me at 1 and wrote my post then, under pressure, and I think it turned out loads better than if I had done it at 3 this morning! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Thanks for the coffee, Mel! 🙂 I can’t wait to read your book, so I’ll eagerly await the release. I haven’t written anything except today’s blog posts and 3 assignments. BUT I made myself a little reading challenge, so that counts, right? Right?? I’m a procrastinator and fly by the seat of my pants more often than is good for me. I never failed anything and I’ve always, somehow, been on time, but sometimes it was cutting it close. I have no idea what to write for the Compassion post. That’s on my To Do List for tomorrow. x

    1. Ah, the ‘to do’ list. Mine sit there looking pretty and waiting for me to catch up! I think flying by the seat of your pants is a good thing, as long as it works for you. It’s about staying true to who we are, while adapting to give ourselves a little leeway! I hope you had fun with the reading challenge (which definitely counts), and enjoy writing the Compassion post. Have a great weekend x

  4. Editing is a necessity, but I do enjoy the writing more 😀 Still, can’t wait to read what you publish next!

    Sound like coffee with you would be great fun 🙂 Though I can imagine chatting for so many hours that Sunday would be pretty much gone!

    1. That’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Thanks, Taylor. You’re encouragement, as always, means so much. I’m looking forward to your post too; with or without humour, your writing draws me in every time 🙂

  5. I did (do) my share of last-minute things, too. Every time, I insist that I won’t procrastinate, but I do it anyway. Sigh. You are so busy, I’m impressed you have time for virtual coffee 🙂

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