Last weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating my writing achievements with my favourite barista.
When I was writing Cassandra I had a slightly OCD writing routine (only 2 days a week sadly) that went like this:
- 7.40am drop kids in town to meet school bus
- Visit Denise at Cafe Kiks and get a coffee
- Go home (breakfast, feed dogs, feed chooks etc)
- Put the radio on 844 (Chillout Lounge)
- Put the oil burner on with Gumleaf Essentials (Concentrate or Inspire)
- By 9 am be seated in the sunroom or front veranda (depending on if its winter or summer – I didn’t have desk at the time)
- Write until midday.
I don’t have to do a school run anymore (the freedom!) so I don’t visit Denise as much as I would like anymore.
Denise is a chatty and sociable (I suspect an extrovert) and her cafe full of beautiful things. It is like walking into a friend’s house and having her make you a coffee. I miss it in my everyday. I was so pleased when Denise said I could host a local launch on Saturday afternoon.
The Pocket Bookclub catered with their usual culinary prowess. I made jam drops – special jam drops that are my grandmother’s recipe. The same ones Cassandra takes to Athena’s house when she first walks up the hill to meet her.
The loveliest people came – Elise gave me flowers and everyone was kind and congratulatory. I thank them all for coming along. I didn’t do any speeches. We just ate food and drank coffee and had a nice chat.
Baristas are the fuel of many novels. Coupled with a writing routine we will conquer the world.
(You can buy Cassandra at your favourite online store)