If We Were Having Coffee… Summer’s Over

If we were having coffee… you’d notice I’m wearing layers. A long sleeved shirt under my beloved NASA tee, and a big sky-colored scarf wrapped around my neck as many times as it could possibly be. Yes, it’s early September and summer is, apparently, over. For real. I mean, for me, summer was over the moment I left Mississippi, but… yikes. I realize there is a whole new set of clothing I need to get, including long / warm socks and a longer jacket because it’s so windy.

shadow-box by Cornell

shadow-box by Cornell

If we were having coffee I’d hesitate a moment, look around like they they do in movies, checking if anyone’s watching or listening, and then I’d tell you I’m sitting on ’embargoed information.’ Sounds important and exciting and kind of dangerous. But then, this ain’t WikiLeaks material. It’s to do with a manuscript, and I can hardly wait for the green light so I can tell you. Not that it’s really such a big deal yet — but ’nuff said.

(post scriptum: it’s official now, so here you go:Ā http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/2015/09/shortlist-announced-for-bare-fiction-debut-poetry-collection-competition/)

If we were sitting here, with mismatched cups in hand, watching the grey clouds flayed and chased around by the wind, and thankful for double-glazing, I might show you the crafty things I’ve been doing. I made some necklaces with the paper beads I mentioned making a little while ago. And I’d probably tell you about the book I’m reading:Ā Consider Her Ways (and Others), by John Wyndham, the same guy who came up with the Triffids: (Note: the YouTube video I linked here got deleted, so here’s a link to IMDb. Treat yourself to the trailer!)


“All plants move. They just don’t normally pull themselves from the ground and chase you.”

Anyway, it’s a collection of short stories and I’ll share my thoughts on those once I’ve finished — I’m about half-way through right now. I do love me some good short fiction!


shadow-box by Cornell


About annette.c.boehm

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  1. congratulations, dear Annette! That is worth celebrating with a cup of coffee or two – good for you to be included in the short list!

  2. Congratulations!
    Enjoying your weekend, hopefully you’ll get some more nice temperatures before fall officially starts…

  3. Congrats!!

    It’s still awfully warm here, so I’m a little envious of your sweater weather.

  4. The weather in my part of the world is turning autumnal too, the layers are making a reappearance. It never gets really really cold here but we do get lots of rain and wind. Congratulations on your success an amazing achievement! Have a great week šŸ™‚

  5. Ula

    First of all, I have to say you have a wonderful taste in art. I clicked on your link (from the coffee share) because I recognized Joseph Cornell’s boxes. He is one of my all-time favorite artists, so I like you already. (Is that too judgy of me? šŸ˜‰ Congratulations on being shortlisted and good luck with the next phase of the competition.
    I’m currently in Poland at the moment, and I have to admit the weather is quite depressing. I need to move somewhere much warmer.
    Thanks for the coffee and nice to meet you.

    • Aw, ’tis nice to meet you too! Portland… I went there for one week, for the TinHouse Summer Writer’s thingy, a little while back, and I fell in love with the place. Of course, the whole experience was great, but Portland — on its own merits, without the help of Tin House / the thrill of taking a workshop from Mary Ruefle / … — made my list of places I could see myself settling down. One fine day. šŸ™‚ Despite the rain.

    • a ha ha I’m sorry. I misread. šŸ™‚ Of course I know where Poland is (right next door!). I guess I just wish so much that I could be somewhere else — like Portland — that my brain reads what it wants to read.

      • Ula

        I get it. I had a Costa Rica phase, where I saw Costa Rica everywhere – documentaries, articles, advertisements, everywhere. I dream of warm tropical places so I completely understand you.

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