Ask A Barista- January 15, 2018

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Today’s question comes from Debra at Away in Autumn

Question: Hi there, a question for your baristas. First, I love a chai tea latte with lots of cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles. My question is, how does being in a warm cafe with other writers and art-inspired people, while drinking a coffee or hot drink, affect the tone or mood or feel of your writing, or improve the inspiration you feel and sense of hope you might bring to your writing?

Answer: Thank you for your question. My answer is going to be an amalgamation of responses I have posted over WordPress and some new thoughts. I like your choice of drink, very Bohemian! I would be having a caramel latte sitting beside you!

I think sitting in a café gives us glimpses of life and that in itself is already the real inspiration. We don’t always write true stories, sometimes we need some fiction and then that fictional piece looks like it imitates our real life, hazah! a story is born! It’s because we are drawn to human connection even when it does not involve actually speaking or touching another person physically. Being in a space where others are writing fuels my desire to be heard too.

Sitting in a café where other writers gather gives me the drive to move on with my writing. I am so guilty of starting and never completing a project. Having a focused time to do just that is very important if we want to produce something tangible.

Here in Malaysia where I live, there are many book and poetry clubs, it’s a very vibrant scene and some spin off groups come out of that artistic community. I have recently been out in the real world (HAHAHA!) and there is a group of writers who gather at a café and just write, no communication needed, just a round of hellos and sometimes asking for feedback from another, but usually just silent camaraderie and the fellowship of writing and getting on with it. We don’t usually share stories but as in any social gathering we will gravitate to certain individuals and them to us and develop new bonds of friendship and understanding and then the real sharing begins. I never know when I am going to be deeply moved by another writer’s struggle to get where he/she is.

I ramble, always!

Similarly in this virtual café we are getting the same support, just not immediate sometimes but always present and as Stephen has mentioned somewhere, because we are international and cover a couple of time zones and a few continents there’s always a Barista awake to comment or just LIKE something we have poured our soul into. This is a living and breathing community in every sense. And I think the value we get from this connection is priceless. In Kuala Lumpur I am restricted to the people of my country and some foreigners who join us, here I have the wealth of diversity and flavour of race and culture and artistic genre.

Thank you for being a part of our community.

I am writing this sitting in a local café, its wet weather outdoors and I am sipping a very frothy cappuccino while my non-writer companion is frowning at my incessant typing! Time for a sticky bun!

Hope & Love,

Gina


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7 thoughts on “Ask A Barista- January 15, 2018

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  2. Writing can be a lonely experience. It requires solitude, and solitude often feels like an affront to others whose expectations are of our presence. So being in a cafe, real or virtual, surrounded by like minded quiet folks busy scribbling words and thumbing dictionaries can feel like the moral support that feels like a salve to those who don’t understand this compelling need to write. I think of Rilke’s first letter: if you feel you must write, design your life around writing. Or Wallace Stevens working at an insurance agency during the day and on poetry at night.

    This”cafe” is meant to offer that safe environment of like minded folks.

    Out of that place comes strength in our words.

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  3. Dear Gina at Go Dog Go: I want to thank you sincerely for taking the time to answer my question in such inspiring and beautiful detail. I am honoured that you took the time. First I have never tried a caramel latte, so I have a new item for my hot drink bucket list. Second, your words resonate deeply with me. You said this: “I think sitting in a café gives us glimpses of life and that in itself is already the real inspiration.” I agree–there is something so inspiring about sitting in a place and writing when surrounded by people who are coming and going and ‘doing life’ in such real, genuine and down to earth ways. I also like what you said about shared space–yes there is a creative spark connection just by being near others who are also sharing their voices through writing and creating. I am glad you have an artistic community and virtual cafe to write and share, and by the way you mention the wet weather. Rain is one of my best writing friends 🙂 Best wishes to you and thanks again.

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    • and thank you for your lovely comment here Debra! it was just sharing what I have experienced and I am sure you will be writing of yours very soon as you get into a quiet cafe and feel the vibe of the day humming around you.

      And yes try a caramel latte, it’s sexy sweet on the tongue and I am always inspired to write a love story after one! I am really happy if my sharing has inspired you.

      ah the rain! it can create magic from the tiny raindrops making its way down a chilled window pane to a heavy thunderstorm rocking the house.

      I so look forward to reading you here in the cafe!

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      • Thanks, I look forward to writing again soon in a quiet cafe, and will let you know once I taste the caramel latte, and thank you for referring to rain as magic, because it IS, and when it rains I feel a bit like I’m in a fairytale!

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  4. and thank you for your lovely comment here Debra! it was just sharing what I have experienced and I am sure you will be writing of yours very soon as you get into a quiet cafe and feel the vibe of the day humming around you.

    And yes try a caramel latte, it’s sexy sweet on the tongue and I am always inspired to write a love story after one! I am really happy if my sharing has inspired you.

    ah the rain! it can create magic from the tiny raindrops making its way down a chilled window pane to a heavy thunderstorm rocking the house.

    I so look forward to reading you here in the cafe!

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  5. Gina, I think that is so cool you found a place where other writers just hang and do their own thing. I would love to find that somewhere. I do take my writing with me almost everywhere. The places I enjoy writing are little, out of the way bars. Usually I get asked what I’m doing, and it is fun to share with strangers. And you should see their faces when I tell them it’s usually erotica that I write! Ha! These places are also great for “people” observing. But I am jealous of your little place! Glad we have our own cafe here.
    Great question Debra. Thanks for asking it.

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