where the writers are

coffee shop | coffee shop

michael-seidel's picture
Feb.23.2014
Nine thirty-five. The Beanery is packed.  I find the last table.  Set up, fragrant Mexican mocha steaming on the table beside me, I begin writing like crazy. Ten thirty - a window table is available.  My favorite place, I move to it.  The Beanery is half full. Eleven thirty - I...
michael-seidel's picture
Feb.02.2014
I've started a new novel and I'm remembering how differently I act when sousing out a new project. I write in the coffee shop.  I get excited.  I forget where I'm at.  Perhaps more importantly, I forget others are around me.  My Writer and I begin talking to each other.  I...
michael-seidel's picture
Jun.25.2013
I was writing like crazy, trying to keep up with myself, feeling like a man chasing his shadow.  My fingers danced, skipped and hopped over the laptop's keyboard.... "Excuse me." I looked up.  A woman was addressing me.  I raised my eyebrows in question.  She questioned back, "...
michael-seidel's picture
Jun.10.2013
Sam & Heather are gone from The Beanery.   I feel their absence as another internal tear of emotional awareness.  They were not large components in my life.  Barristas and students, they made my coffee and chatted about their lives.  It's how they shared with open and...
michael-seidel's picture
May.02.2013
The house on the corner is a small two story craftman place with an attached porch.  Paint is peeling and wires dangle around its edges.  Clearly it was built in another phase of the town's growth, back before utility wires were buried underground.  There is nothing that it exudes...
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.26.2013
Traffic is light.  Mottled gray skins the sky.  It's been a hunched cold, wet walk to the coffee shop, leaving me to wonder what happened to our faux spring. Shame that it left just as I arrived at its acceptance.   Prepping myself to write.  Not quite ready.  Have my...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.04.2012
Why - that must be why they do it. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   Sales higher in bookshops with cafés         by Lisa Campbell   As Independent Booksellers Week gets into full swing, the Booksellers Association has released figures to suggest...
michael-seidel's picture
Apr.28.2012
Lean and white, late thirties, with a GIrine crewcut, he bristled with warning as clear as a dog's growl. Threats glow in his eyes, face, squared demeanor, and lurking posture. Slipping in past the door, he burped and farted. Silence riffed the gathering of coffee drinkers, talkers and readers....
angela-lam-turpin's picture
Mar.31.2012
I contacted several big name bookstores to kick off the second leg of my summer book tour.  The manager of a Northern California Barnes and Noble bookstore said she was not scheduling any book tours unless she could be guaranteed a minimum of 100 books sold during the reading.  When...
michael-seidel's picture
Nov.25.2011
Spent yesterday in thanksgiving, culminating with a celebration with friends. I spent most of the day reading fiction and sometimes watching football. Our friends own a restaurant. They close for business at four, and then invite friends and family in for Thanksgiving dinner.  The food was...