If We Were Having Coffee… On March 12

Hello my lovelies!

How are you doing today? It’s nice to see you for our Weekend Coffee Share. Have you noticed anything different here? Study.Read.Write now has it’s own, fancy dotcom domain!

We’re all readers here, right? How about we meet at my local library for their Annual Book Market and then go and grab a coffee at one of the cafés in town?

Sounds good, right? I’ve got loads to tell you, so we’d better find a place with unlimited coffee supply.

I apologise once again that I missed another weekend coffee share last week. I was at the Friends of Nature annual conference which ran ridiculously long and resulted in me first of all rejoining the  club, but also getting unanimously elected as assistant secretary for our local chapter. Mainly because “Conny’s back, Conny can write.” My best friend Nils got re-elected as secretary, so we’ll share the job.

Then last Sunday we had an open-air book market in Ohligs, and I spent hours there despite there not having been that many books on offer. I’m glad that I found several red Reclam books. Reclam is a publishing house, who specialise in any texts that could be considered required reading. They’re cheap no-frills paperbacks and yellow when they’re German-language texts and red when they’re foreign.

So yeah, I basically grabbed all the English books I could find.

Afterwards, I was at a friend’s birthday party and then studied til the early hours. Not just for university, though. I had a free voucher for Shaw Academy, and I decided to get myself a Diploma in Social Media Marketing. It was a short but intense course, and I passed with Distinction!

The other day I asked for help regarding my M.A. Thesis topic, and I’ve decided on one: “How an author’s cultural background influences their work – The concept of “Home” in Australian Literature.” What do you think? I’m really interested in those cultural nuances and Australian literature is for the most part not yet mainstream enough that it’s been analysed to death. Let’s just hope I get this approved. But no matter what, I’ll be looking to score some textbooks on literature and culture from the library sale today.

 

I know I’ll be extremely busy, but I’ve decided to participate in this year’s A – Z Challenge, and not with one blog, but two. I’m currently setting up another one, which will be my literary one as I’m trying to focus more on literature and review. It’s called Literati Girl, but there’s nothing there yet, I’ve only just opened it. I’ll still be studying, reading and writing and blogging about this here, but the other blog is mainly for my reviews. I’ve got a long list of books to get through! Plus, I’m still trying to convince my teenage cousin (who thinks about doing something with books once he’s out of school) to set up a book blog. I think he’d fit in quite nicely with all of us. So if you see Literati Girl during the Weekend Coffee Share or other blog hops, that’s me. I know I haven’t been the best with keeping up with posts, but the end of my studying is in sight. I’d love to have a few days or weeks at the end of all this to recharge my batteries, read, write and just be.

I like the great outdoors, even though I prefer hot and dry climate. Recently, I’ve been dreaming about taking a break in a cabin in the woods somewhere. Somewhere with a porch or wrap-around veranda, with a comfy chair to sit in, wrapped in a blanket, sipping a coffee and reading a book in the fresh air. Usually I’m a city girl, but I think it’s time for a change. I don’t want a creepy cabin, though. Maybe by a lake? Somwhere further south than here, where it”s sunny and warm. I should ask around whether one of my friends would want to come with. Homemade food, no TV. I think that’ll be my plan once I can estimate when I can hand in my thesis.

On Thursday, I joined a global book exchange as I was invited by former classmates who share my love for literature. We each send one book to someone else, and hopefully, we’ll get one in return. We’re using the #savetheculture hashtag. I can’t wait for an online get-together to discuss each other’s recommendations. The person I got will shortly be receiving a copy of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane as it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last few months.

And last but not least, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. It had to happen eventually. You probably know that I’m a fan of Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. Well, I’ve got some Field Notes booklets, but no cover for them. For a while I’ve considered getting a custom cover from Altguild, as Chris does some amazing work with his leathers. Eventually I settled on a wide booklet that looks like River Song’s Diary. Yes. I’m a geek and proud of it. But one cover wasn’t enough as I use the booklets for different things. The River Song one will be my writing and research one. Because “we’re all stories in the end.” The other one, a henna pattern embossed Candori in Acorn colour with electric blue stitches, will be for thesis research for now.

Well, I think I’ve talked too much yet again. It’s been a busy week. I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers will love to see you today as well!

Thank you so much for having coffee with me today. Same time, next week?

Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
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7 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… On March 12”

    1. MTNs were the first time I came in contact with the cover technique of keeping notebooks on an elastic string so you can change them out as you please. I always use notebooks, document where I go and what happens around me (I’m a trained travel journalist). The MTN is so clever yet so simple and their leather fells divine. I keep my regular sized one (a bit narrower than A5) in my handbag. But with my planner, Address Book, cash ledger etc taken care of, I still had spare notebooks, especially Field Notes. I usually use them when I can commit to having a single booklet for a single topic. But they were loose in my bag, so I needed a cover. MTN is the original by Midori, but there are many copies usually called Fauxdoris. They come in all sorts of sizes from Passport to Extra Wide A5. And while the originals come in either brown, black or blue, the copies come in all imaginable colours, patterns and styles, no matter what you’ll find the one you dreamt of if you look hard enough.
      In the end, those leather covers simply help me keep track of which book is in which collection and I don’t have any loose flying around anymore.

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      1. Thanks for your thorough reply! I’ve been poking about your blog, and noticed that we’ve got quite a bit in common! I’m a German-born, almost British lady myself! Pleased to meet you 🙂

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  1. I love seeing your picture with is smile. I smile in return. a good week.Yes, I would enjoy meeting at a bookstore. However we do read different types of books as you note on my blog. I used to write lots of letters now I don’t hardly even write one.
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  2. I love your thesis topic! I’ve been ruminating on my Australian-ness lately, and wondered about my own sense of place, given that in Australia the First Peoples have an amazing connection to their land. Having moved from one state to another, I’m keenly aware of the homesickness I sporadically feel for my home state/ town, yet when I get there it doesn’t feel like home anymore. I think there are some great Australian writers who really explore this concept of culture and place. Have fun!

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  3. You can never talk too much! I saw the book exchange thingy on Facebook but because I can no longer read physical books, I didn’t join. I’d be happy to send a book but I would not be able to read any book sent to me. Bummer. If you find one for e-books, I’m in!

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  4. I know of an Indie author in your neck of the woods if you would like to get in touch with her for your thesis. http://anaspoke.com/ is the link to her WordPress if you want to see what she’s about first before you decide anything.
    Good luck on your thesis and I may just pay a visit to your book blog, lol, even if it’s only to get it on my feed right now so that I’ll get the posts whey they start happening.

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