Weekend Coffee Share: Post Beach Week

Good Morning, Everyone.

Now that we are having coffee together, you can see that I am back from Beach Week(s). The ocean was glorious, the beach warm, the cottage perfectly cozy, and the days lazy and rejuvenating. We shared this little piece of heaven with our dear friends playing, eating, reconnecting, and collecting memories.

Now that we are back home, there are less than three weeks to get the house, yard, another boat,  and garden in order before school begins. Items on my dreary Have-To-Do List circle in my head. Even though just two people are living in this one house, an awful lot of dust, dirt, mini-projects, and laundry pile up exponentially.  I was hoping to get a chance to visit my grandbabies in South Carolina, but schedules are not cooperating, and I will have to wait until September.

Now that we are sipping coffee together, I can report that the garden exploded while we were away. Tomatoes and eggplant are ripening, and there is one last push of cucumbers and zucchinis. If weather and care coordinate, I hope to be eating a tomato or three each day until October.

Now that there is another cup of coffee in my hand,  I can tell you that I have been in as high a gear as I can get writing my middle-grade novel. My goal is to have the very rough draft done before Labor Day so it can marinate during the busy first weeks of school. Once routines are established, I can tackle the editing process. I also need to find a critique group to bounce and lend an impartial eye to the final shaping of the story.

my favorite T-shirt

Small writing groups are essential cogs to the writing process- at least for me, it is. I had been so fortunate to be one of a three-woman writers group. We found each other during our studies toward an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook/Southampton University. We have been cheerleaders, kind critique readers, and over these past few years, dear friends. I could not have finished my memoir, Hug Everyone You Know, without Jackie and Melinda. But life has a way of continually changing and challenging. Both of my writer pals had and are relocating from our corner of Long Island. Upstate New York and North Carolina are far distances to coordinate a meet up on a random weeknight. Although we will virtually share our pages, chat on messenger, and catch up on our adventures, it will not be the same as sitting down with these fine writers and sipping wine while discussing our projects and writer lives.  

Thank you, Eclectic Alli for managing Weekend Coffee Share. Have a good weekend and week, Everyone. Make it great.


Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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6 thoughts

  1. Thank you for this tribute to our writing group and ever-growing friendship over the years. I wish all writers everywhere to be so lucky as to find a supportive critique group! Your star ⭐️ is rising! 💥💫

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  2. Sorry to hear your buds are moving away. But how wonderful to have found them and hopefullly the virtual collaboration will continue, though it’s not as nice as IRL.. 🙂

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  3. 8-18-18 Dear Antoinette, Thank you for Post Beach Week. I found a publisher, Covenant Books. They offered no advance but with $4,151 expenses. I assume you received an advance for Hug Everyone. I have a few copies of a bound, rough draft of my book, Originality throughout the Universe. Let me know if you would like one and the preferred postal address where you would like it sent. I hope all is well. Everyone here is OK. Godspeed, Joseph


  4. Hi Antoinette,
    Can relate to all those annoying return to school tasks. Would much rather be writing. Indeed, when the kids were younger, we have been known to arrive back from holidays the night before school went back and wing it. Those days were quite fun, especially when my parents still had their holiday house and it was our home away from home. There’s also that part of me who likes to be fancy free. This is probably the last year for some time of that as our son turns 15 next year and it’s time to crank up the study.
    Best wishes,

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