The movies show it and perhaps sometimes it did happen.
The author — on a secluded island, writing, writing; and sending off the manuscript to the publisher.
Wow. Perhaps one or two human writers are that good, but authors I know run their manuscript by other writers to get honest feedback. That’s called a critique group, and like the song says – “a good critique group is hard to find….” What’s harder, is finding a good place to meet.
A pre-requisite for a morning group is COFFEE! A few years ago, in the beginning of The Covered Bet, a group of us met at each other’s homes. That entailed a lot of disrupted spouses not to mention kitchen and bathroom cleaning (besides making coffee.)
So we went “out” to a local Starbucks or to a table at a supermarket’s deli. Chairs bumped and scraped; crowds dinned–we couldn’t hear ourselves. Move on. Then – The Lyons’ Den, a gourmet coffee-shop, down the street from the UW Bothell satellite, opened for the college-aged to weekly showcase bands. Would we like to meet in their private office/pantry? Yippee!
When the Lyons’ sold the business we were grandfathered in the sale! The new owner inherited a bunch of homeless rag-tag writers who looked at her with sad eyes. She, being a caring soul agreed to the transfer! That’s why I thanked this lady in my acknowledgements. She takes on extra work to create a space for us to read our chapters.
We think she’s the greatest—Please welcome the owner of THE (Husky) DEN
A graphic artist, Cassandra dreamed of owning her own coffee shop. You can see her skill in the decorating and local artwork and crafts—community news — and the ability to hire great baristas.
Try a Pumpkin Spice or Eggnog Latte
Creative breakfast sandwiches-
Seasonal, crisp salads-
Bubble tea or a fruit smoothie?
A light dinner with a glass of wine?
And Plug in your laptop with free Wi-Fi! Check out their menu at www.thedencoffeehouse.com
or call them at 425-892-8954
Our group worried about a home. We prayed. God provided. When the Lyons’ sold the business, sad to say we again were anxious. We prayed. (Have I mentioned this is a praying group?! ) And again, God provided—the best.
We love Cassandra and wish her success way beyond her original dream. Do you know God enjoys doing that for his kids? I’m praying the same for you. Whatever your dreams, God is waiting to present them to you with a lot more sparkle than you imagined!
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