It all started on a morning very much like this one with a strange crystal-like mist plugging the air. The sun fought and failed to break through the gloom. My ivory pumpkin-shaped coffee mug sat on the table before me empty, and me to desolate to rise and fill go fill it. So, we (me and my coffee mug) sat like this staring out at the icy air waiting to see which of us would break first. When a voice like crackling leaves cut into the silence, I was sure it was me who had cracked.
“Energy, energy. We need energy.”
I scanned the room for the source of the voice, but it was just me at home.
“En-er-gy,” the voice crackled from directly in front of me. I looked down. My mug was talking! And if that wasn’t enough, I watched as stick arms pushed out the sides of my cup looking like veins on a maple leaf. My eyes froze, unable to blink. My mug sprouted bent stick legs next. The last thing I saw was my ivory pumpkin mug run and jump off the edge of the table before I passed out from shock.
If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you’ve read Terry Pratchett’s book one of The Discworld Series. I ask because this was partially where my idea came for my coffee share theme in 2023. In The Colour of Magic, there is a suitcase that has arms and legs and is its own little character. I loved it. So. if we were having coffee, I would explain that for 2023 I am going to start my coffee share posts with a running story themed around enchanted coffee (posted at the top in italics).
If we were having coffee, I would share my To Be Read list for 2023:
The Stiehl Assassin by Terry Brooks
The Last Druid by Terry Brooks
H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton
X by Sue Grafton (currently reading)
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer
If we were having coffee, I would share a link with you for the SPR review on Chimera and Curses. If the review piques your interest, Chimera and Curses is still available in advanced reader copy through Bookfunnel: Claim you ARC here.
If we were having coffee, I would share that it was an average week. Not a lot to report. The weather has been frosty, but not extremely cold. Work was typical. My 2023 exercise routine is going okay. Reading, writing, and editing are happening . . . What more can I say? How was your week? Do you have a 2023 To Be Read list, what’s on it?
By Shari Marshall – 2023
Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #2 in 2023.