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One-dimensional coffee

My coffee this morning is called pumpkin pie, but as I sniff it, I think pumpkin spice would be a more fitting title. Cloves are the dominant scent, it’s such a bold odour that I can’t even smell coffee. It’s a deep brown colour. The coffee tastes like spices with a strong clove aftertaste. This coffee is not one I would sip again because the smell and taste are too one-dimensional.

Can I offer you a different flavour of coffee?

If we were having coffee, I would start with a modification to my Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) contribution. Modified because it isn’t public art, but in home holiday works of art. It’s that time of the year again when Elf on the Shelf makes an appearance. This is a gallery of some of Jingle Marshmallow’s mischief from previous seasons. I will share some of this year’s elf adventures at another virtual coffee.

If we were having coffee, I would share my NaNoWriMo end word court was under 50,000 this year. I had to many side projects happening to make the daily word count. That said, I did complete The Ember Files side story that I was writing. I decided not to start writing book 3 yet. I am going to read book 1 and 2 first. I want to get all the details fixed in my head after writing that side story. The time lines were so far apart that it was a bit of a challenge. Anyway, that’s my writing update.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I started reading I give you my body: How I write sex scenes by Diana Gabaldon. If any of you have read her Outlander books you are aware that there is an intense chemistry between the two main characters, Jamie and Claire, and part of that comes from the intimate moments they share between the pages. So, I’m not very far into this read, but we aren’t talking erotica. It’s a suggestive kind of writing that gives the imagination just enough, and then the reader’s own mind fills in the rest. Tasteful and enjoyable to read. And yes, I’m doing research. There are a few places in the manuscript I just finished that could benefit from Diana’s way of writing sex scenes.

If we were having coffee, I would share that we got through seven of the eight Harry Potter dvds last weekend before the boys lost steam (which I suspect had more to do with the snacks drying up). The plan is to watch the last one at some point over the weekend. Friday night movie night is already dedicated to Elf. The Christmas tree will be on and the popcorn will be hot and buttery.

What are your plans this weekend?

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 #98 or week 48 of 54.

21 thoughts on “One-dimensional coffee

  1. I love the toilet! LOL Lots of humor in all the photos. The two sippers are enjoying a friendly drink together. I also loved the Outlander Series. I watched every one. She is a talented author, for sure even though I didn’t read the books behind the series. The series has pretty explicit sex scenes. 🙂 Have a wonderful week preparing for the holiday season.

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    1. I’m a couple seasons behind on the television series and I need to read “Go tell the bees I’m gone.” I do enjoy Diana’s writing though, and the television series is equally enjoyable. Thanks for stopping in Marsha. Have a great rest of your day.

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  2. Now, coffee with cloves at this time of the year would be my cup of tea (or coffee)! From late November I add a mix of cocoa powder and cardamom on top of my cappuccino. Very nice. 😊
    We watch things like Harry Potter over Christmas, along with other fantasy movies. It’s a pleasant tradition we started when we moved to Ireland.

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  3. I love the elf pics so much! Good on you for being so creative with him! Just adorable 🥰
    We’re preparing for my husband’s surgery on Tuesday…grocery stocking-up, etc. All good thoughts welcome 💜
    Happy weekend 💜

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  4. Since half of the places I visited in Scotland said “This was used in episode xxx of Outlander” I think I need to read the books…
    Some creative uses of EotS. Poor little guy deserves every bit of it.
    Cool you got your 50K words in and the short story written. Hope your writing continues to go well 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Outlander is classed as historical fiction as well as fantasy because of the time travel element. She takes a lengthy period of time to write each book because of the historical elements built into the story. I have always wanted to take a Scotland/England/Ireland tour. Since reading Outlander, I am one of those people who want to explore those Outlander related sites.

      Thanks for stopping in, Trent. Hope you have a great week.

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  5. Elf on the shelf is such a challenge to be creative and to consistently keep it up in the lead up to Christmas – I’m kind of relieved that it wasn’t around when my kids were small! Interesting about Diana Gabaldon’s book on writing sex scenes – she certainly does it well in her books – not as squeamishly awkward as some writers are.

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    1. Leanne, this how-to-write book is interesting and well-written. There is humour, I snorted out loud a couple of times as I was reading. She uses examples from the series which I find helpful because they are scenes that I enjoyed reading but never really thought about the how or why involved. She breaks it down in this book. Thanks for stopping in. Have a great Sunday.


  6. I have yet to finish through the Harry Potter series — both the books and the movies. The movies were so long to keep me engaged. Since I am not someone who watches TV or multiple movies in one sitting, it would take me weeks to finish watching all the Harry Potter movies.


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