Stories Served ReCap over Coffee


Good morning, Everyone. Did you get yourself a cup of something hot and comforting? My coffee needs a minute to cool down. Let’s catch up.

Spring is trying to burst forth, but the COVID-19 has us stranded at home. It is getting personal. Several people I know were diagnosed with the virus, and a few are in critical condition. Scary. I’ve been watching How to make your own masks videos. I have a drawer full of bandanas and am not afraid to use them.

I am impressed with my New York State and Suffolk County leaders taking an aggressive stance and advocacy to see us through this crisis. There are no braver people than healthcare workers. They are on the front line, dedicated, and working tirelessly through the fear and horror. They deserve our cooperation, gratitude, and support each day.

On the writing front, Daily Bread is going through beta readers to check on basic readability, story flow, and authenticity. So far, the feedback has been constructive and positive. The query letter and synopsis will get a professional look-see edit this week. Finger crossed.

The 2020 Blogging A to Z April Challenge is, as always a challenge, but is going well so far. Each day, except Sundays, I post a Journal On! Daily Writers Workshop lesson and three levels of prompts. Teachers and parents have sent me positive feedback and suggestions. I am encouraged.

I slugged down the coffee and need a refill. It’s time to get the day moving.

That’s it, Everyone. Stay home. Be resourceful. Call to check on neighbors, friends, and family. Practice patience and kindness. Look forward. And, for crying out loud, wash your hands! This will end.

Big thank yous go out to Ecelic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a safe and healthy 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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