Why I Love Coffee

[Original post by Café Book Bean]
I love coffee, too. First thing in the morning, especially when getting up on a cold day–words cannot describe! My coffee of choice? Folgers French Vanilla xox

Cafe Book Bean

coffebagWhy do I love coffee..? Let me count the ways.
The taste of coffee is comforting and grounding.
When I drink coffee I feel a nostalgia that is hard to explain; a warmth.
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The aroma, the taste, the buzz, the culture, and the connections, all are worthy reasons.
In the morning coffee lifts me up and boosts my day.

I love the culture and variety of coffee:

I enjoy learning about the different countries that grow coffee.

I’m intrigued by different roasting and brewing techniques. I love the roasted nutty smell and taste of good coffee beans. Experimenting with coffee flavors and styles can be a lot of fun.

cupsI am fascinated with all the wonderful different ways to enjoy the incredible edible coffee bean.

Coffee is soothing on a rainy day, and melts away the brittle snow or ice of winter. When a day is full of hustle and bustle, taking the time to…

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My Birthday Tribute: Poe

[Original post by Café Book Bean] Happy birthday, Café Book Bean! Always loved Poe, Happy Birthday, Sir.

Cafe Book Bean

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~Edgar Allan Poe


Today is my birthday, and I am honored to share it with Edgar Allan Poe, born January 19th 1809. Poe was a brilliant writer, and I love his work. I admire the deep sentiment within his work, which draws you in. His style is not for everyone, it’s sometime long and daunting, but there is beauty laced within the lines that you must keep reading to find.

     Quotes by Poe:


I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.


Hauntingly. Mysterious. Beautiful.all-that-we-see-or-seem-is-but-a-dream-within-a-dream-edgar-allen-poeWhat are your thoughts on Poe?

You can’t spell Poet without Poe 😉

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What 4.5 Years and 1 Million Views of Blogging Have Taught Me

[Original blog post from August McLaughlin]

Congratulations, August, that is AWESOME! Still working on consistency in relation to “sort of regular” posts, here, but I’m not beating myself up about it 😉 I do re-blog others, too, when it’s something relevant to my own views/interests, which I think adds more diversity. And here I go again, re-blogging you 😉 xox

Girl Boner

About four and a half years ago, I asked my then agent what I could do to better my odds of success as an author, other than writing and writing some more. Among his chief suggestions? Start a blog.

Write for free in the spare time I don’t exactly have? It sounded like dreadful homework, but like many writers, I was eager to do whatever it took to move forward. That “whatever” turned out to be one of the most important professional decisions I’ve made.

Over the weekend, my blog reached 1 million views. While numbers are by far not the most important thing and all relative, this felt pretty awesome—especially considering I recall very well a time I nearly pleaded people to check it out. (Uh, that’s not a suggestion.)

PLEASE? I'll do anything!PLEASE? I’ll do anything!

Some writers might hear “a million views” and think, “Yeah, but it was all for FREE!”…

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5 Simple Ways to Be Happy

Makes sense to me 🙂

Of A Life Less Ordinary

imagesCreate a Healthy Environment: Surround yourself with people who are positive and/or who love and care for you.

Rid your life of toxic people; people who make you feel bad about yourself, or who make you feel sad often, people who stress you out, people who take but do not give back, etc.

Do what you Love: Find one thing (at least) that you love doing and are passionate about, and start doing it again regularly; baking, reading, a sport, fishing, playing cards, journaling, dancing, etc.

You don’t have to be good at it, just love doing it and do it often.

Try to find the Humor in things:
Laugh at your mistakes, be silly, watch good old fashioned comedy (try watching I Love Lucy,) and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Do  whatever you can to get yourself to smile and hopefully even laugh now and then, so you don’t…

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Shouting in the Wind, Spitting in the Torrent

Yes, yes, and yes. I can relate to the questionable role of social media in the world of an author 100%. Lori puts it very succinctly here. The point in even having social media, with regards to authorly things, does seem redundant at times.

BUT. Sometimes, our posts and blogs DO generate followers, or reviews, or just general interest, other times… not so much, and what I have discovered helps is this. If one posts what one would post anyway, regardless of whether or not you are an author; if one blogs about what ever fancy dictates–and yes, sometimes that is about writing/books; If one does all of this without expectation of book sales/new followers/reviews, one can rest a little easier. Because, when we DO get even a little interest from a blog or post, it then comes as a very pleasant bonus. Does social media promotion/marketing really work?? I have no idea! BUT, we can but try 🙂 Just enjoy what you do and by all means dream of selling large numbers of books, and/or having a huge fan base similar to Stephen King’s. Nothing wrong with dreams, but above all, just enjoy it and be proud of all your accomplishments 😉

Lori Ericson, Author

It’s not easy. I never thought it would be, but then the tiniest glimmer of hope landed in my lap. I finished my first novel and felt confident in it. I had a couple of small publishers interested and accepted the terms from one. Since A Lovely County published a year ago, I’ve come to realize how hard it is to make that a dream worth pursuing in today’s publishing world.

The waterfall that feeds the stream behind our home in Northwest Arkansas. The waterfall that feeds the stream behind our home in Northwest Arkansas.

I feel like a drop of water in a rushing waterfall.

I blog. I’m not especially good at it, but I put my thoughts out there. I have a Pinterest presence. I Pin things writerly, beautiful landscapes, yummy looking recipes, and more. I even Tweet. In addition, I have an author’s page on Facebook and on Goodreads. I talk about things other than writing. I don’t overly…

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Book Door Lookbook

I’ve always loved the idea of a hidden room via a bookcase, and Café Book Bean has found some beauties in this post! Thank you for sharing these, my dear, they are awesome! 🙂

Cafe Book Bean

There are so many creative way to display books, but of all of them hidden bookshelf doors are my favorite! I have a small home so I can really appreciate any idea that saves space, and adds a little quirky fun design to a house.

Here are some great book doors. This first one gives me all kinds of ideas.

book-case-door-after-iiI think this is such a great idea, what an awesome way to utilize all the space in your home. If it was me, inside that door would be a cozy little book nook getaway!chestnut-hill-02I am such a fan of the sliding hidden shelves! Not only does it save space but it is also
a bit of fun I think. double-bookcase-door-600This one may be my favorite (design wise,) but I’m not sure, they are all so lovely. I think this one is a bit more obvious then the others though…

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Happiness Jar: #1 – Mommy Love

Lovely idea. May your jar be over-flowing with happiness, Jan 🙂 I will share one of my own with you. Every day, when my two beautiful dogs go out to play – yes, even in the cold weather – it makes me so happy to see them run and play together, I often have tears of joy well in my eyes. Why is it so special? I shall merely share this link to a blog I posted about Loki and his new sonic collar, and why it has enabled him to be able to run and play with his little sister https://authoralicewhite.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/lokis-liberty/ . 🙂 xox

Jan Morrill Writes

On New Year’s Day, I read a post on Facebook by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) about Happiness Jars.


At first, I read it and thought, “What a nice idea.” But in the few days that have passed, her post has prompted me to think, “That would be something I’d put in my Happiness Jar.”


So, I’ve decided to start one.

I’ll put it in our room, and every night, (that’s the goal, anyway) Steve and I will add a note about something that made us happy that day.

Here’s how our conversation about our Happiness Jar went:

Steve: What do you think is the purpose of the Happiness Jar?
Jan: It prompts us to focus on things that make us happy.
Steve: Have you been feeling unhappy?
Jan: No, I just like to think about things that make me happy. Plus, it’ll be fun for us to…

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