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A coffee mug created in the manner of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld suitcase . . .

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.

23 thoughts on “A coffee mug created in the manner of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld suitcase . . .

  1. My 2023 TBR stack is a left over from 2022 which included leftovers from 2021, etc. 😉 The problem is, I have new books from Christmas and am in the middle of three non-fiction books (History, archeology and astronomy…), so… Oh well, I hope you have great week, even if it is great in a way that there is little to report (sometimes the best).

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    1. A few of my 2023 TBR books are from 2022. Haha, a book lover problem. I don’t know how much reading time I’m going to have this year. I already feel like I have been reading my current book longer than I normally would, but that’s the way of it sometimes. Have a great weekend, Trent.

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  2. I’ve never read the Sue Grafton books. Is there more than one for each letter? I have so many books I want to read! Mostly I listen to them on Audible while doing other things. The only problem with that is I don’t get to my actual physical books. There I have a lot too!

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    1. As far as I know, there is only one book per letter in Grafton’s Alphabet series. Audiobook is a big market. My struggle with audiobooks is that if I try doing something while I listen then I miss what I’m hearing, but I can’t just sit and listen I need to be doing something so I can’t figure out how to make it work for me. That’s kind of a silly problem, isn’t it? Haha.
      Thanks for stopping in. I hope you have a great weekend.

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      1. I found it took a couple of books to be able to listen and do other things simultaneously. I suggest picking two books you aren’t too crazy about but still want to listen to. Or a book you already know. Now I can do just about everything, except blog and write, while a story is playing. I am sometimes listening to one new one every other day! Audible also has so many free ones.

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      1. I’ve read a few of his books. In the last few years, I try to read more widely so I intentionally don’t go back to the same authors all the time even if I like their writing and it’s easy for me to read the same genre. Last year 70% of the books I read were from new-to-me authors.

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  3. Hi Shari – I ‘ve never been a Terry Pratchett fan although I love so many other Fantasy writers. I seem to prefer women writers for some reason – maybe my brain is on the same wavelength as theirs? Loved your coffee cup thoughts though 🙂

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  4. I love this, I don’t know what I’d do if my coffee mug sprouted legs and walked away.. LOL I just checked my Want to Read shelf on GoodReads and it’s at 196. I never thought of making a list per year, but by reading goal is 25 books. I’ve never read Sue Grafton but I’ve heard much about her books. And I absolutely LURVED On Writing by Stephen King. I refer back to it often.

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  5. On Writing is wonderful. I reread it every few years. The audio is also great–Stephen King reads it himself, and I always picture him as a crusty Mainer in a rocking chair on a big ol’ wraparound porch, dispensing his wisdom to us young ‘uns.

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