I was just settling into place, unpacking my laptop and stuff at the coffee shop corner community table. (Saint Seata had rewarded me again — thank you, Saint Seata. Now, if the muses will cooperate (yeah, they’re even required when editing and revising.)
A young woman approached. “Are you expecting someone else or saving these seats?”
“No, join me.” I indicate the rest of the table.
“Thank you. I like working at this table.” She’s unpacking her computer as she speaks. “I get a lot of work done here and it has a plug.”
Yeah, people call it a plug, but it’s an outlet, innit? Whatever; she’s young. I reply, “Yes, I notice that people who work in this corner tend to be focused. I call it the corner of concentration.”
“The corner of concentration, I like that,” she says with laughter. “You have a good vibe. I like it.” Before I can do anything more than smile, she says, “I’m a writer.”
“What are you writing?” I ask.
“It’s for women and will have recipes for women to help them manage their energy for different situations.”
“Sounds like an interesting idea. Good luck.”
“Thanks. What’re you doing in the corner of concentration?”
“I’m a writer, too.”
“Oh, what do you write?”
“I’m working on a novel.”
“Is it fiction?”
Isn’t a novel by definition a work of fiction, I don’t say, because I’m non-confrontational and I don’t want to spoil my good vibe. “Yes.”
“What’s it about?”
“It’s a speculative novel about life and memories.”
“Interesting. I think I want to write a novel someday.”
She goes off to get her coffee. I sit down, take my first sip, and settle in.
Time to write like crazy, one more time.