Coffee, Writing, Sunrise At Joe’s

Joe and his EspressoHello. Welcome to my office-away-from-office.

I may have mentioned that NaNoWriMo thing that I do. 50,000 words in 30 days? Right. I’m still a smidge behind, and today is the last day of Week 3. There’s really no good reason for this. I don’t have a full-time day job. Writing is supposed to be my day job. I ought to be able to get back on track in a matter of days.

I’ve pin-pointed my problem, I think. My problem is the insidious malady known as inability to get out of bed before noon.

Thus, the solution: A plan to be up and dressed before dawn today and settled in at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop by 6:00 AM. And not just making that plan, but broadcasting it on my regional NaNoWriMo forum, so that if I don’t show up I’m guaranteed a chorus of well-meaning laughter at my expense.

And here I am!

“Here,” Joe’s Espresso, is in the new-ish Steelyards complex at 30th and Bluff. Or 30th and Steelyard Place, depending on how you like to park. In any case, go south on 30th from Valmont and look to the east for a series of Olde Main Street style brick buildings before you get to Mapleton.

Inside, the place has a pleasantly industrial feel with its light bulbs ensconced in bird’s nests of baling wire hanging from the exposed warehousey rafters. Each of the two-seater tables are shaped like a little red kidney bean–or a coffee bean, I suppose–and in the northwest corner there’s a simple cushioned L-shaped bench and a low square table. There’s used books in the corner to read and there’s always artwork on the walls to enjoy.

A friend of mine said of this place, “They use Allegro coffee, right? Ew.” I’m not entirely sure whether that was an expression of personal taste or political disapproval. But, yes, they serve Allegro coffee and tea. And Mame’s breakfast burritos. And Wally Biscotti! Mmmm. And espresso drinks with those kewt li’l leaf and floral designs dribbled into the foam.

Sun’s coming up now. Sky’s gone all pretty. Gotta go.

Sunrise Over Steelyards

2 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Only at 12k myself. But 12k more than I had before November 1 :) Good luck!

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 11:08 am

    Thanks! Congrats on your 12K!

    I didn’t really get started until 9:30 or so–amazing how easy it is to just putter time away. Got a good 2100 since then, though. Taking a break now to do other tasks that have been piling up. Will get back to the novel this afternoon.

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