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They wouldn’t stop talking. Talking and drinking coffee. Talking, drinking coffee, and eating. They complained about their college classes, their roommates, the people they were dating at that particular hour. And they were loud — to the point I couldn’t concentrate my writing. I think it was my science fiction novel Paradise Not Quite Lost or my erotic/mystery/horror/comedy novel based on Kafka’s The Trial. Sadly, due to the incessant conversation at the other table, and a lack of ropes and gags at my own, I packed up and left.
Fast forward a few days, or weeks, or months later, and I’m back at the same coffee shop with another group of loud, young, angst-filled college students sitting in front of me, talking, and eating, and … you get the idea. I’m about to leave, or at least scream at them to be quiet, when one of them says something which clicks in my brain. It doesn’t mean much to that person. To me, it’s a story idea. So I type up a little something and continue on my other project.
Coffee Cup Tales is born.
Coffee Cup Tales is becoming Chicken Soup for the Soul … well, in my head. There’s always a story or two created by people who don’t realize a writer sits in the same room as they do. Is it snooping? Absolutely! But it’s creative snooping, which is okay, at least according to my attorneys.
And this is why, as we enter the period of giving appreciation by eating a dead bird, I thank the baristas who work tirelessly to caffeinate a public ready to spill their guts in raised voices. Without their assistance, Coffee Cup Tales wouldn’t have been born, exist now, or last into an unknown future. Okay, there’s one known thing – it’ll be full of coffee and stories.
|Richard Keller is the founder of Wooden Pants Publishing and Assistant Director of Northern Colorado Writers. Coffee Cup Tales 2: Extra Foamis scheduled for release on January 1, 2015. In the meantime, pick up his eBook Santa is a Stalker! And other modern holiday stories on November 28 and THE Book About Squatin December. Follow Rich at WoodenPantsPub.com and The Writing Bug.|