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I miss coffee dates at the coffee shop

The café isn’t frightfully busy. It is just busy enough that there is a soft hum of conversation around me that mixes with the faint sound of music. The smell of coffee is the dominant note in the air and it is welcoming. There is no sense of urgency in this environment: sit, sip, and relax. I pick a corner table that affords me views of both the café’s interior and the patio outside. Whether I’m having a coffee date with friend or a coffee date with myself makes no difference. I lounge back in my chair enjoying the heat from my paper coffee cup and I idly observe the people around me.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you that I miss having coffee dates at the local coffee shop. It isn’t something that I have done in a long while because of COVID. I tried a few months ago but after calling seven of our local coffee shops to be told that they aren’t open for dine-in I gave up. So, given that I have been sharing flavourite places to sip coffee as the start of my virtual coffee posts I thought it fitting to write about today.

If we were having coffee, I would be excited to share with you that I have learned new things about Word. Did you know that Word will read a document out loud? This is probably the most exciting thing I have learned about Word. I am now using it for a last round of edits on The Ember Stone and it has helped me find a few small things that sounded a bit off when read out loud. Great tool for editing!

If we were having coffee, I would also share that today is cover reveal day for The Ember Stone. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can find it: here.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you that I have started a new 2000-piece puzzle called family vacation. It is a Buffalo games puzzle. I am enjoying the challenge of it so far. My family is cheering me on because I am building it on the coffee table which means it is in the way; the coffee table is not a foot rest.

Here is the virtual coffee pot. How was your week.

By Shari Marshall – 2022


Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #61.

23 thoughts on “I miss coffee dates at the coffee shop

  1. I love that puzzling cafe where you chose to host coffee this morning! I have met friends for lunch a couple of times recently, so things are opening up a little around here – I even sat in a Starbucks as my car was being worked on a few months back. I guess the coffee shops in your area being a bit more cautious.
    I always do a few out loud read-throughs as the last step in my editing. It is amazing how much stuff I catch using that method! I’m just afraid that I’ll have a hard time not drifting off…

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      1. I just started another out loud read of my last short story book, but I think I did two different out-loud reads before I dropped it last summer. Unfortunately, I have Word 2016 and I think the read aloud feature started in 2018 (it says in the help, I just remember it was after my version)_.

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        1. My lap top died last year, which was frustrating and an unwanted expense. However, if it hadn’t I wouldn’t have had this version either. Have you ever tried recording yourself reading and then listened to it? I have heard this is helpful as well.

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    1. Hi Pamela. Thanks for the congrats. Its been a great experience.

      I think my About Shari page says I love in Alberta. To narrow that a bit more, I am in northern Alberta. It snowed in June a few years back, it didn’t stay but still… Your weather in Florida is a far stretch from mine. I am jealous in the best possible way.

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  2. Hi Shari,
    It’s too bad that your coffee shops are still in lock down. Here, they’re mostly opened up again and no one is saying that our numbers are going up. It is good news that we’re not all in lock step as it leaves open the possibility that areas that are safer to reopen are able to do so while places with stubborn high infection & death rates should remain locked down until folks are safer. Of course it doesn’t mean that flawed leaders aren’t making mistakes or bad decisions, but local adjustments signal the possibility that we’re being better served.
    Stay safe.

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    1. We are opening up, at least the places that haven’t closed their doors completely. We have a few of those businesses sadly.

      Thanks for stopping in Gary. Have a safe week.

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  3. Text to speech features are great for editing but is not the end all. The tone is usually flat and although you can adjust speed, I find the old fashion human reading text aloud picks up errors in cadance and flow better. Just me.

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    1. I think I can see the value of both. I say that because I have found with this computer read through I have found a few small things that the human mind adjusted and read as it should have been and not as it actually was on the page, so the error kept getting missed. There certainly are a lot of great editing tricks though. Thanks Antoinette.

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  4. I hope you get to enjoy coffee at a real coffee shop soon. Ours are open, but I have yet to visit one. Well, thinking about it, I did visit a few around Christmas when I visited my sister in northern Sweden, but I haven’t visited any local ones yet. Just like you I do enjoy being there with someone, and also all by myself. To bring a book and sit at a cozy cafe, sipping some coffee, or tea, it is just a wonderful thing.

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  5. Our coffee shops have been open for a long time, but in part that’s because most of them have outdoor seating. I need to take my laptop and go write in a coffee shop sometime. I haven’t done that in ages.

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    1. Lucky. We haven’t reached a season where we can sit outside yet. It snows the other day but the ground was still covered in it anyway. Writing at the coffee shop would be a lot of fun. So many things to stimulate the senses.

      Thanks Janet. Have a nice week.

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  6. This past weekend I was blogging from a coffee shop for the first time in a while. it was pretty nice. Aside from COVID, I had a baby and it is hard to blog while keeping your kid entertained. Thankfully my husband and my kid spent time at the mall while I just blogged.

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    1. I recall the days of trying to write while my boys were young. They are 11 and 8 now, so it gets a bit easier. Some of my favourite blogging posts came from my experience as a parent with toddlers. Haha. Glad you got to the coffee shop to write. Thanks for stopping in Julie. Hope your week is going well.

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