Welcome to our virtual cafe, where we'll chat about what I've been reading, writing, and doing over the past month. I invite you to have a seat, grab your inspirational beverage of choice, and join me in sharing a leisurely cup of caffeine for the soul.
What I'm Reading
This novel immediately caused me to look at each of my choices in a different light. It set the stage and presented a compelling dynamic that remained with me throughout the entire book.
We’ve all done or seen someone doing what some might consider “wrong” things for the “right” reasons. The characters in this story approach similar situations from two unique perspectives, keeping their motives secret from those most important to them. Even if they don’t admit this to themselves.
As a reader, being able to immerse myself inside both viewpoints at the same time was satisfying. And to see and feel the genuine romantic connection evolve between Rachel and Lucas made this a narrative that resonated with me on both an intellectual and emotional level.
Read my complete review for One Thing I Know on Goodreads.
What I'm Writing
As summer slowly turns to fall in the Sunshine State, it’s not the only seasonal change occurring around me. After spending so much time with a particular cast of characters, it can be challenging to switch gears and find your way into the mind of a new one. Such is the case with my newest protagonist, Drew Stratton. As an aspiring lawyer in the Lone Star State, Drew is intent on making a name for himself in the legal profession, even if he’s not being honest with himself about why he wishes to do so.
With the high level planning stage of Splendid Chaos complete, I have begun the drafting process. This includes penning the initial words meant to share the details of Drew and Maria’s story. As a sneak peek at an underlying theme, there’s a unique connection that develops between them through the language of flowers.
Do you have a favorite bloom? If so, let me know what it is and why it’s special to you. It might just find its way into my final manuscript.
What I'm Doing
Friday evening is a coveted landmark for many people in the modern world. It signifies the end of a hard-fought work week and the start of a glorious—albeit always too short—weekend. While I share these sentiments as much as anyone, there’s another reason I look forward to this particular day. It's family pizza and movie night.
Like some of the best traditions, we never planned it, per se. It just happened. And we’ve been doing it for years now. A few weeks back, we sat down with our favorite toppings (Pacific veggie pizza from Domino’s is mine, in case you’re wondering). We cued up our family flick for the week, one my wife and I have seen before, but my teenage son hadn’t. Rat Race.
Aside from the comedic elements and the hidden message to not get caught up in the unimportant trivialities of everyday life, there was a single line in this movie I missed the first time around, probably because I was laughing so hard about my choice to not buy a squirrel (just watch it, you’ll understand).
Good things take time. Great things happen all at once.
While this thought may not prove to be true in every situation, I have to admit that I’ve been blessed by the great things all at once paradigm on more than one occasion. And it reminds me to always be ready to grab hold of a moment when it presents itself. It might surprise you in unexpected and pleasant ways.
This month’s sip of caffeine is also my most recent shared on social media. Words are but one way to communicate with each other. And while it may seem like this is the most direct and straightforward path to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas, there are an infinite number of channels to connect with each other. Small acts of kindness, gentle smiles, physical touch, or secret languages only known by those sharing them allow intangible connections that are felt by the heart and soul instead of interpreted by the mind. Whatever fosters a connection for you, release your grip on it. Give it an opportunity to work its magic.
Until next month, stay inspired! And, as always, I welcome a short (or long) email to say hi or share your thoughts on this month's final sip...
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~