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Resolving to ignore Bramble, my living coffee cup, I sit back down at the table with my laptop. I have writing to do. The rich smell of coffee is teasing my nostrils. I eye the cup.
So, Bramble how does this work? I mean do I just pick you up and drink?”
“Oh yes, very simple. You drink and I provide.”
Hesitantly I pick Bramble up and bring the cup to my lips. A small sip. This isn’t so bad, it’s just like normal. I think to myself. I set Bramble back down.
“I really wanted to giggle, but I think you might have dropped me.
“Thrown you is more accurate.”
Bramble goes silent. His snow-coloured lips working to come up with a comeback, but can’t.
I find my groove, sip and type, sip and type. I even become immune to Bramble running from the table to return with a fresh hot brew.

If we were having coffee, I would remind you that for 2023 I’m starting 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 ask you if you ever think about what you favourite authors did for work before being supported by their writing? This wasn’t something I ever gave much thought to. In mind they were always writers. It wasn’t until I was well into reading The Shannara Chronicles that I noted Terry Brooks practiced law for years before he was able to stop and focus on his writing. Sue Grafton was a screen writer. Stephen King was a teacher. Can you imagine having Stephen King as a teacher? How fun would that be? Janet Evanovich had secretarial employment. Brandon Sanderson was a night clerk at a hotel. Robert Jordan enlisted in the U.S Army first in a clerical role and then as a gunner serving two tours. The list of interesting starts for our favourite authors goes on. I like knowing that we all start somewhere.

If we were having coffee, I would share a picture of the first 2023 puzzle I finished. It is a 2000-piece Ravensburger.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you have ever heard of a tongue box? Tongue boxes are a creation from Chimera and Curses and another fabrication born out of my parenting experiences. Curious? You can learn more at this link to a Teaser Post that went up Sunday last week: Tongue Box.

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 #5 in 2023.

21 thoughts on “Bramble

  1. Well done with your 2000-piece puzzle! Some authors that I read had an interesting career or profession before they become full-time writers. Some are working in a day job and writing whenever they can. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

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  2. Hi Shari – what a fantastic jigsaw! 1000 piece ones are my limit – they fit the puzzle folder I bought and don’t test my patience too far. Interesting about what the famous authors did before becoming famous – I guess everyone has to earn a living before they get discovered.

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    1. I typically do 1000-piece puzzles too. I was on a mission last year to try and find a puzzle board big enough for 2000-piece puzzles, but I was unsuccessful. I have a project planned for sometime this year to repurpose an old play table of my boys into a coffee table. My plan is create a cover for it, so I can puzzle on it and cover it so it can remain functional for other activities in between.


  3. “Trent, for that, go stand in the corner!” “Yes, Mr. King.” “And as you stand there, think about the story I told you of Tim Thatcher who I made stand in that corner three years ago.” “Did they ever find his body, Mr. King?” “Bits and pieces, here and there… Now go to the corner!” “Yes, Mr. King.”
    I can think of down sides of having him as a teacher 😉
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Haha, love it. I was thinking more along the lines of those classes that were previously boring becoming interesting (perhaps dangerously so . . . ) Haha.
      Thanks for stopping in, Trent.
      And Janet, thank you for stopping as well.
      Hope you’re both having a lovely Sunday.

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  4. humm,
    I had this math teacher in high school who was something of a walking curse for me. We did not have any discussions that I did not think were unneeded because I avoided him at all times, in or out of class.
    In my mind – I still can’t bring up an image of this guy who I tried my best to forget even while his class was in session. . .

    Fun image Shari – um, sorta.

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  5. That puzzle looks like a difficult one with lots of the same colors throughout. I like the last line of the Bramble story. Wouldn’t that be amazing if that’s how things really were. I’ve known a couple of published authors, they had families & were active in the community. #Weekendcoffeeshare

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  6. I’m always fascinated by authors’ previous careers. And I think night clerk in a hotel would be a perfect gig for an aspiring author. All that quiet time to write, plus the weird people you’d meet on the job who could inspire your characters.

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    1. I agree that night clerk is a perfect choice. Years ago I worked as a security guard in a Casino. Depending on what position I was posted to it offered a bit of writing time, but it also offered great people watching time.

      Thanks for stopping in, Janet. Have a great week.


  7. Happy Sunday Shari!
    I’m a little late to the party but better late than never I always say! Your creativity is inspiring and I had to giggle at Trent’s and Janet’s fun responses. 🤣
    Your puzzles are always AMAZING! This one is really cool and it’s fun to see the completion. I hope you have a great week!!

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  8. Wow that’s a beautiful puzzle ! How long did that take? I impulse bought a beautiful puzzle during my maternity leave. I intended to hang it as art, but I have yet opened the box. I guess I over-estimated my “free” time during maternity leave.

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    1. Julie, I think I puttered at the puzzle for a few weeks. The great thing about puzzles is they will wait till we have time to complete them, haha, no expiry date. Thanks for stopping in.


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