If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of March, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of a strong Sumatra roast, a cuppa tea (many varieties), a mug of hot cocoa or other beverage.  It looks like it is going to be a lovely early Spring day out there.  Perhaps a little cool and too much snow on the ground, but sunny and, well, Spring.  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from Ireland New Hampshire.  Yes, I know, three weeks in a row.

Why am I in New Hampshire when I promised to be on Cap Cod?  We received our fourth Nor’easter in a row this week that hit at the time I was supposed to be traveling.  Up here in NH it was pretty much a non-event, but there was snow on the road on the way down.  I just didn’t want to risk it, so I wimped out.

This week I wrote a 15K story (novella?) that I’d been planning for a while.  I am a 100% panster.  Usually.  But I did do a little background work on this.  If I can bank it into shape you will see it in the short story book I plan on releasing in the late Autumn.

Now that it is done, I can finally get back to editing The Halley Branch!  I finished the 4th draft just under two months ago and haven;’t touched it since.  I need to get going!  So I will pull it out later this weekend.

Speaking of The Halley Branch, did you see the cover?  Here it is again.

The Halley Branch Cover - front

Work was very busy this week.  I have a new person on my team.  There were some issue that weren’t really mine, but I was still grilled by my manager, his manager, his manager and his manager.  I’m the one who wanted a job with responsibility ;)  Of course, I can make decisions that will be noticed by millions of people, so…

Besides that, it was a typical week.  Writing, reading, socializing, working, playing with the dogs, message, cats, exercise, etc.  Thinking of exercise, I have not been running in far too long and plan on doing that today.  There are also three species of woodpeckers in my back yard and I am going to try to get a photo or two over the weekend (I see them every time I am outside unless I have a camera in hand.)

With that, I gotta go.  The sun is out and the little grass peeking out from under the snow is calling my name.  I’m glad you were able to stop by and chat.  If you have a coffee share, I’ll try to stop by your place.  Have a great weekend!

The original Coffee Share kind of died out, but it has been revived!  Eclectic Alli is hosting a coffee share.  This week’s share is here. and the link up is here. Come on and join in!  Hopefully we can bring it back to its former glory :)

The Halley Branch Book Cover - Full

18 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of March, 2018

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I tried a job with responsibility which was basically ALL management — of other writers. It was a nightmare for me, but the writers LOVED me. I apparently was very good at the job I totally loathed. I would read a really bad manuscript and I wanted to tear it out of their hands and rewrite it. But you can’t DO that. You have to coax and urge and suggest when you you put that baby together in a blink.

    And this is why I so very much love writing to no purpose because I just WANT to write. What a relief!

    Responsibility? Hey, I make dinner. I pay the bills. I clean. That’s more than enough responsibility. AND I schedule all five writers on this site … and lemme tellya, sometimes that’s a lot more administration than you might imagine, especially when everyone has written something “timely.”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For years ,y responsibilities seemed to be decreasing as the “power” migrated first to the region and then to Washington. At the end I felt like a trained monkey so I wanted responsibility back. Careful what you wish for ;) I’m technically not a “manager”, but I do manage some contractors. Most people ignore me 90% of the time, but if somethings happens, everyone knows, i.e., very high visibility.

      I can imagine scheduling 5 people to post would be difficult. I have a hard enough time scheduling my own posts ;)


  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Sounds like you made the right (and safe) choice to stay and you have been blessed with a spring day. We still have heat but changeable weather – a few cyclones have been passing by – nowhere near us but close enough to give us some wild weather.
    Good luck with your bird photography.I have a new camera and am quite keen to start taking some bird shots.
    Hope you have a good week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Weird weather every where. I did get outside with the camera for few minutes and saw no birds. I went out with dogs (need both hands, no camera) and saw said woodpeckers. Oh well, there is always tomorrow…
      Have a great week :)

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  3. Corina

    I don’t think you wimped out with the decision not to drive to Cape Cod. I think it was smart. Too many don’t heed the warnings and end up endangering themselves and others. Enjoy the Spring day. Hopefully Mommy Nature has decided to give up on Winter and get on with Spring! It’s cold and wet and dreary here today. There was snow up about 200 feet above me last night and more on the way. Luckily, we’re too warm for it here so it should stay above 700 feet. At least that’s what they say. Have a great weekend and a better week.

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  4. Bobby Fairfield

    Like the cover. Re. the woodpeckers, did you know that the camera companies build a sound transmitter into the body of each new camera, inaudible to the operator but hellish to the wildlife subject at which the lens is pointed. Only contributors to National Geographic have managed to turn it off.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think you’re right about that noise. Of course some animals are more sensitive to it than others. Snowy Egrets don’t seem to mind and I can get very close to them, but Great Egrets can hear it from a mile away… Owls (which I sometimes see but never when I have a camera) and woodpeckers must be the more sensitive types.


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