Weekend Coffee Share : 12th December 2015

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So glad you could pop around for a cuppa. Coffee? Tea? Hot Chocolate? How has your week been? Hopefully it saw you happy, well and full of the festive spirit.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am not yet in the festive mood. Will I be? I really don’t know. The meaning of Christmas has been lost and it seems to be increasingly a retailer’s bonanza. Thanks last weeks coffee share I have sorted out my nephews present and a trip to ‘Wallace House’ the local arts and craft venue, I have some small gifts for some of the girls at dancing and those at work. The remainder I have yet to find. It looks like this coming week is going to be battling the crowds at the shops. Perhaps I might make everyone paleo balls. Now that’s an idea…. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

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© irene waters 2015

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have submitted two of the articles I had to get in, one by the 10th and another by the 20th. I breathed a sigh of relief only one more to go before Xmas. I’d no sooner inhaled than an email arrived with my first one back with some minor changes  to make to my article. The exhale totally deflated me. The peer review process is great. So seldom do you get critical comment on your writing and most people pay to have an agent do this. With peer review you get two people who do it for free but they can be brutal. In this case it wasn’t brutal but when you think you have finished something and mentally moved on it is hard to go back.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I sunk into a bit of a depression possibly as a result. This is not a condition that I often suffer and I really feel for those that do. That  feeling of not wanting to do anything is so debilitating. Luckily mine was short lived as I had already arranged to pick up a girlfriend to go dancing down the coast. It didn’t take long before I had a smile back on my face although for the majority of the night I had to take the male role. I did get a wonderful quickstep and jive so I left floating on air. I don’t mind dancing the male part as I only go for the dancing so it makes little difference to me and most of my female partners tell me I’m better at leading than most of the men are. I sometimes wonder how many bruises they go home with.

Finally, if we were having coffee I’d update you on Muffin. Roger has not succeeded in getting her a new home and she has quietened down a little. She is starting to do endearing things and although we are not quite on top of the toilet training we are better than we were a couple of weeks ago.

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© irene waters 2015

Now it’s your turn…..

Thanks to Diana for hosting our coffee and there are others who’d like to meet you so pop on over to visit them also.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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42 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share : 12th December 2015

  1. Tessa says:

    I know what it is like to get an article back. Kind of hurtful, they are your babies. I have done what little Christmas shopping I do. I don’t dance, but I love to watch it. Especially the quick step. Merry Christmas.

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  2. Corina says:

    I want to be in the holiday spirit and it is not that I am not in the spirit, it’s just that I’m not really there yet. I am looking forward to this week to run and do some of the things I need to do while my grandson is still in school. Then the next week he’ll be home and I hope to do some Christmas baking and crafting with him. I love to have him here and whenever it is not a school night, he prefers to be here with me. He was here yesterday after school, over night, all day today and here over night again tonight. Tomorrow he’ll be here most of the day. He wants to go to a particular cafe for breakfast (they serve their hot chocolate in a huge mug with about 6 inches high of whipped creme and he’s 5 so I don’t blame him) then we’re coming home to “do art” which can be anything from cutting and pasting to clay, to who knows what?! Then tomorrow night, he’ll go home grudgingly before bedtime so he can shower and get ready for school on Monday morning! Of course, he’ll ask if he can have a sleep over again at my house tomorrow and the answer will be “not on a school night” but he’ll still try, just in case he can get away with it.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    I have up some lights and the Christmas music battles have begun. My tree is still outside and has become the favorite place for Grenny to lift his leg. This doesn’t bode well. Dancing is a great way to overcome a deflated spirit (I know that feeling of mental fatigue when you think you’ve checked off a project and it come back to you). Thanks for the cuppa!

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    • Mum and I have finally decorated our pretend tree. It is up out of Muffin’s reach as nothing is safe from her.
      I think all writers probably know that feeling whether they have submitted anything or not. The secret is getting up and going again. Have to admit it is getting harder and harder.

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  4. Norah says:

    This year seems to have gone too fast for it yet to be time for Christmas. I did put up my tree last weekend and the children were here today singing Christmas songs and sharing their excitement of Christmas, but I have done little else. I wrote a couple of Christmas cards today, to answer those already received, and completed the first draft of my Christmas letter to a few friends. I individualize the letter to each but jot down the most important things to share.
    I understand your disappointment at getting an article back with changes to be made. Sounds like they are only minor and hopefully won’t take too long, and you’ll have number three finished and sent off soon.
    Dancing is such fun. What a great accommodating partner you are. Your friends must love you for it.
    And Muffin. I hope she and Roger get their relationship sorted out soon.
    I’m sure Christmas will come whether either of us are ready or not. I hope it is wonderful, for each of us! 🙂

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    • It has gone quickly and although I am not prepared I’m not worried about it. The days will come and go and we’ll all survive them and probably have a great time.
      We all get setbacks but sometimes they seem to roll in one after the other. I’m just tired so it isn’t like water off a duck’s back at the moment.
      I don’t know whether my friends love me for it but it stops me from being frustrated by sitting dances out so I think I get the best value for it.
      Hope you enjoy your lead up to Christmas.

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  5. A. E. Robson says:

    I so enjoy these visits over a cuppa.

    This week you have reminded me of how much I have yet to do to be ready for Christmas. The gifts wait to be wrapped, the tree has yet to be erected in its place of honour and the kitchen that is usually overflowing with baking and the aroma of me doing so, sits idle. I know the lack of snow has taken its toll on my thoughts of Christmas. With any luck the snow gods will prevail and we will get a blast of winter in time for me to madly rush around to get everything done.

    We don’t dance as often as we used to; however, as the radio plays some of the old memory tunes, we will take a turn or two around the kitchen. Dancing and the laughter while we reminisce of the ‘old days’ is good for the soul and lift the spirits.

    Time to go fill my cup and get on with the chores at hand. Thanks for the inspiration and if we don’t have a chance to visit in the next little while, Merry Christmas.

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    • Love having you pop in for a cuppa Ann. Hope you aren’t stressing too much getting ready for Christmas. I have finally put my tree up with my Mum’s help. It was lovely doing it together. Your kitchen sounds warm, cosy and inviting and I can just imagine it when those baking aromas are wafting around. Even taking a turn around the kitchen sounds like heaven to me. If I don’t see you again before Christmas have a very merry one and I hope 2016 is full of joy. 🙂

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  6. I hate that feeling when you think you’re finished something and then find out you’re not. Ugh. I’m done shopping and wrapping. I don’t buy for many people and I don’t spend a ton of money. I’m with you on the retail bonanza. I think the way the holidays can be is silly and misses the point.

    I hope you have a peaceful week. No more revisions! 🙂 ~Tara

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  7. Diana says:

    I still have to buy presents, but otherwise I feel pretty ready for Christmas. And I don’t worry too much about gifts anymore–but that’s because I’m lucky enough to live close to Magazine Street, a street full of local specialty shops. I just pop down there and can find gifts for people on my list pretty quickly. My shopping was much more difficult to do when I lived in a place that had nowhere to shop except the local Wal-Mart.

    Good luck with everything in the coming week, especially Muffin. 🙂

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  8. Nooce Miller says:

    My goodness, your peer review came back in a hurry. How well I remember the feeling when the doctors sent their comments back to me back when I was a medical writer. I’m not sorry to be writing fiction now! I confess — I am glad your husband was not able to get rid of Muffin. Although puppies are exhausting, she’s a darling girl and I’m sure she will be a good dog with just a little more time and training. I have a little more Christmas shopping to do, and I must get a package into the mail tomorrow. Other than that, my holiday preparations are just about finished, because I don’t take on all that much! It’s almost time for me to sit back and enjoy the season.

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    • I was confused. So many were due. This was one that I submitted the revision after peer review early in the month. It came back with some minor formatting and word changes. The editor didn’t like a phrase I had used so has asked for it to be changed – really minor stuff but I thought it was one thing that had been completely finished.
      I’m glad Roger has relented. I catch him being quite loving to her when he doesn’t know he is being observed. I think all will be well and she is growing up. Glad to hear you are on top of the Christmas preparations. Nice to be able to sit back and relax.

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  9. I’m sorry, Irene. But I’m so happy to hear that you danced your way out of the depression. Hey… That’s a great title… 🙂

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  10. Irene, I hope you felt the review was fair and that the changes contributed substantially to your work. There’s nothing worse than making quibbling changes to suit someone’s else’s idea of what you should have done. You must be eager to complete the whole program. Have a great holiday season, with Roger, dogs, family, and friends.

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    • You have no idea Sharon just how keen I am to finish. One of these changes was word choice – they thought some of the readers may take offence. I said but it is in the dictionary but I have to remove it unless I can find someone I can reference so that it is not me saying it. Never mind. It is all part of the learning curve. Words can only be used if no-one will take offence. An earlier word (for something else) that I was not allowed to use is the word primitive. It seems our language is now censored.
      Thank you for your wishes. I hope you too have a wonderful holiday. Are you going to see your new baby?

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      • Interesting that Twain didn’t concern himself with word choice as much as a close observation of life. His writing is brilliant and his insights about people are still valid today. Shakespeare much the same – he got at the heart of human inconstancy and betrayal – love, too. Too much political correctness dilutes the heartbeat of life.

        There have been a number of recent articles reminding university students that they are not in college to have their small town POVs validated by their college courses, but to have their eyes opened by the exposure to experiences outside their comfort levels, to discover that which offends, frightens, and exposes them to the rest of the world. We must not be so homogeneous that we cannot make space for divergent ideas and cultures.

        I hope you are allowed to compete your program with the meaningful contribution you intended, Irene. Your experiences were somewhat exotic and your viewpoint likely reflects that. If we want to read pablum, cereal boxes are always handy.

        We traveled last week to meet our newest granddaughter (such a pretty baby, smiles all the time) and to convince her 2-year-old brother (talking well and repeating many words) that we are not cell phones. Tried to make 4 days momentous enough to last a year as it’s’ probably going to be a year before we can visit again. Sigh…

        Happy holidays to you and yours. Muffin still cute as can be.

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      • You have cracked it. My viewpoint is very much affected by my experiences and these can raise a few eyebrows. Some can cope others can’t. I guess if people know me they know I don’t mean anything nasty by it but just stating facts and saying it as I see it. How you describe Twain and Shakespeare is the difference between a good and a great artist. A great artist has a timelessness that lives on as they get to the core of humanity. Those that rely on pop culture of the time tend to shrivel and die as time goes by.
        How wonderful to see them. 4 days to last a year — hope you have skype. Being able to see them makes a huge difference to how connected you feel to their growing up.
        Hope you have a great holiday season as well Sharon. Ours will be very quiet and small but hopefully peaceful and pleasant.

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  11. Sherri says:

    Ahh Irene…great news you got your articles off, and all the best with the last one, but I’m so sorry you suffered a bout of that horrible depression, I know well how mentally draining it is, just awful. But I’m so happy to know that dancing sent that black dog packing. It’s great you get the feedback, but I felt that exhale with you. I’m sending in a piece for critique before submitting it to a competition (same memoir piece I sent off last year to FISH and got longlisted, hoping I can go a bit higher this time…) but I’m bracing myself. If I were having coffee with you (and I would if it were mid-morning) I would give you great big hug and get up there and dance with you, although I’m more freestyle than formal, so I might step on your toes a bit 😉 So glad to hear that things are going a little better with Muffin, that’s great news. As for Christmas, well, I have only just finished my shopping after numerous rushed and stressful trips into town, and now I’m on the food shopping (which I detest at the best of times) as I have my boys home next week all the way through to the day after Boxing Day. Lists, sub-lists and sub-sub lists keep me on the straight and narrow, somewhat 😉 I hope you manage to get the rest of your shopping done, Christmas is barrelling towards to us at an alarming rate… I’ll be posting today to sign off, I won’t be able to keep up with blogging much beyond the next couple of days as I’m overwhelmed (still haven’t written my cards), so I’ll wish you a very Happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and joy-filled New Year, which I hope will usher in both our publication dreams to reality. I really will get back to my revisions…Thank you so much for your wonderful friendship, support and encouragement Irene, I’m so very glad I met you here…see you in 2016 🙂 Lots of love ❤ xxx

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    • I hope I’m not too late to wish you a Happy Christmas. It has been wonderful being on this journey together and I am expecting next year to be fantastic for both of us. Will keep my fingers crossed for your piece you are sending in. I know how hard it is waiting for the results. Hope you progress further with it. Good luck with the remainder of your Christmas preparations. As you said, come Christmas Eve you can sit back and relax no matter whether you are ready or not. See you in 2016. ❤ 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        Oh I’m so glad I dropped by one more time before the boys arrive tomorrow to read your lovely message. Not too late at all Irene, thank you! And yes, it has been really wonderful sharing our journey together, having you by my side has been and still is and will continue to be a tremendous encouragement and joy. And so much fun too! You’ve made me laugh so many times, and that is so great! I love your blog and coming over here and reading about your many and varied adventures, stories, challenges, photos, everything 🙂 Next year it has to be…I hold on to that same expectation in great faith with you my friend 🙂 Thank you too about my submission, I had the critique back and I am very encouraged by it, with the positive feedback and also with the suggestions. I’ll be in touch with you about it in the new year if that’s okay with a quick message, to bend your ear on a couple of things! But I feel very uplifted by it thank goodness, my first professional critique, makes me feel more hopeful as I wasn’t sure about the timeline and the way I went back and forth. Well, I hope that by now with only a couple of days to go, you are as ready as I am…that is to say, just about but still a few more things to do. Not long now and here will be Christmas Eve and that moment of pure relaxation…and I will raise a glass to say a very Happy Christmas and New Year to you and see you in 2016! ❤

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      • Thank you Sherri. Glad that I helped you in some small way and super glad for those laughs you had.
        I’m really happy that your critique gave you positive feedback and suggestions. At least you feel like continuing on instead of so down from the comments you wonder if it is worth going on so that is really good. I will wait for your message – you know I am more than happy to discuss these things with you.
        It is now Christmas Eve here and it feels as though everyone is on holidays. Thousands of people at the shops buying last minute food, the dog park empty and that sense of anticipation. Happy Christmas to you all. ❤

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      • Sherri says:

        Hello again Irene, and Christmas over and done with, can you believe it? I’m emerging slowly, and will now attempt to get back to my writing which seems an age away, and will be in touch with you in the next couple of days, and thanks so much for what you said about the critique. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year…be in touch soon! Love & hugs ❤ xoxox 🙂

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      • You seem to be emerging this year quicker than last but I’m happy to see you turning into that beautiful butterfly. I’ll look out for message. Yes we had a lovely Christmas and am looking forward to the New Year. Hope you and all your family have a Great New Year. Talk soon. ❤

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      • Sherri says:

        Ahh…thank you dear Irene, you say the loveliest things 🙂 Talk soon and again, wishing you a very Happy New Year, which I think you might already have celebrated!! 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxx

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      • Yes we are old hands at 2016 now. Happy New Year Sherri. Look forward to our chats over the coming year. 🙂 ❤

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      • Sherri says:

        Thanks Irene, me too! xxx

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  12. Happy to meet you this week. Good luck with your articles. Glad Muffin is doing better. Young animals can’t hold as long as we sometimes ask them to do. Animals seldom soil their dens.
    Have a great Holiday with family and friends. Take a moment to Pray for WORLD PEACE.

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