Friday, May 4, 2012


Note to readers: I have had a rash of anonymous spam commenters of late. Blogger is working on it but meanwhile, I check my computer twice a day with TrendMicro and another professional malware program to keep my site and computer clean.

Fresh Flowers, Good Coffee, and Conversation--Life is Good!

My guest is romance author Addison Fox. She discusses the divergence of expectations and reality. There is also a chance for a commenter to win a copy of her latest book in the Zodiac series, Warrior Enchanted. I can tell you she writes a great story!

I always had this very grand vision about being a writer. I saw this delightful version of myself sitting in a coffee house, earbuds in my ear with some beautiful classical piece playing and endless hours with nothing but my keyboard for company as I wrote my books.


So I love coffee and almost always have a cup next to me when I start my writing day (then switch to hot tea around Noon). But the few times I’ve tried writing IN the coffee house….I got about 6 words written.

Six. Maybe ten if it was a good day.

And the music…..well, in THAT part of my grand vision I forgot the fact that I hate having earbuds in my ears. Hate, Hate, HATE….like “I wish I could pull my ears off” sort of hate.

So there goes that lovely thought, too.

And the whole “oodles and oodles of time” concept….well, I haven’t seen “oodles” since I was about four. And even then, there were play dates with my sister and Sesame Street watching parties and a great new Dr. Seuss to catch up on. You know, I was busy.

But here’s what I learned when I stopped thinking about my “vision” of writing and actually began “sitting-in-the chair” and writing. I discovered that the idea we have about things are seldom the way those things actually are. (I think there’s a bigger life lesson in there, but I suspect that’s a whole ‘nother blog!)

The wonderful and wacky things that make us who we are don’t change when we pursue various interests in our life.  While I consider myself a very social person, I don’t like having people around me when I’m working.  And I’ve had sensitive ears since I was a small child, so voluntarily putting things in my ear canals…yeah, not so much. And the whole time crunch. No one has lots of time – we make time for the things that matter.

Instead, the big takeaway I learned is that you need to forget your vision for something and get to the place where you’re DOING the thing instead. And funny enough, you’ll figure out exactly HOW you’re supposed to be doing it.

Your way. The way that makes you feel comfortable and productive and happy.

I very rarely write outside my home. Instead, I park myself behind my desk, a small lamp nearby and not a shred of music playing anywhere. And whether I have thirty minutes or eight hours, I enter my zone because I’m in a place that feels private and comfortable and quiet and all mine.

And that is exactly the way it’s meant to be.

  • So what about you? Where have your expectations not matched reality and you discovered what a good thing that was.  

One lucky poster will win a copy of my new release, WARRIOR ENCHANTED.

WARRIOR ENCHANTED Addison Fox Available in stores and online.

Pisces warrior Drake Campbell and his zodiac brethren have driven themselves to the edge. He'd love to take comfort in the arms of the woman he cares for, if only she would lift her emotional barriers to him.

White witch Emerson Carano has more to worry about than the Pisces warrior. Their affair may be red-hot, but she keeps the sexy man at arm's length to avoid getting hurt. When her estranged brother, Magnus, suddenly reappears—wielding a dangerous dark magic—Emerson has no choice but to ask Drake and his brothers for help.

Long-buried secrets and dangerous alliances will threaten the very foundation of the warriors while striking at the heart of Emerson's carefully constructed world. Can she put aside her fears to join forces with the only man who can help her—even if her own family must pay a terrible price?

Addison Fox is the author of the Sons of the Zodiac paranormal romance series for NAL as well as the upcoming Alaskan Nights contemporary trilogy, which launches with BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE in November 2011. You can find her at her home on the web,, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Addison lives in New York City.


~Sia McKye~ said...

Addison, welcome back to Over Coffee. I picked some flowers just for you and there is plenty of hot coffee and tea. I tend to drink tea in the afternoon as well.

Can't say I ever envisioned myself writing in a coffee shop. A library maybe--if it's quiet--I'm too easily distracted. I prefer my quiet office.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful post by Addison.

Hope your spam gets sorted most annoying.


Liza said...

I prefer the quiet, at my own computer too...though the library works also. I do sometimes write at the coffee shop, but then, it's usually vignettes, or ideas that I bring back to my desk and work on seriously. I love writing about the people I see in the shop, but I'm not as subtle as I could be and I think sometimes folks know what I am doing...

Addison said...


Thanks so much for the invitation to join you today!

I know exactly what you mean about distracting at the coffee house. There's just something so lovely and welcoming about sitting at my own desk!


Addison said...


Thanks for joining me today! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Addison said...


I am smiling - I SO know what you mean. I find people watching endlessly fascinating. Of course, the story rolling through my head about them is likely nowhere near reality, but it certainly keeps me interested!


Jo said...

Hope the problems stay sorted Sia. Nice to read your story Addison.

Johanna Garth said...

Sia, those flowers are gorgeous!

Addison, I feel like your polar opposite. I always imagined myself holed up writing in my house but instead I gravitate toward a coffee shop and find myself amazingly productive there.

Addison said...

Thanks for visiting, Jo!!


Addison said...


That's awesome that you are so productive at the coffee house. You're living my vision!!! :-)