Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Coffee Shop Chats: Interactive Reflection {Autumn 2016}

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About Coffee Shop Chats:

I love blogging, but sometimes I wish there was a way that I could connect with each of you. 
Personally. Perhaps over a cup of coffee. 

We could share the highlights of our week, discuss the books we've been reading, what God is doing in our lives, and even share any prayer requests we may have. 

So, I came up with the idea of Coffee Shop Chats.

Instead of my Currently posts, I now post this reflection of the week (or month, or season). You are welcome to participate as well! I want this to be a way to learn more about each of you and how I can pray for you. Maybe this will help you meet other blogger friends as well. =) 

You may post your Coffee Shop Chat whenever you'd like! Just be sure to add your link to the latest Coffee Shop Chat link-up at the end of this post. (That way, we can all interact with one another.)

Rules & Guidelines:

  1. No, you don't have to be a coffee fan to participate. =) 
  2. Add the link to your Coffee Shop Chat post in the latest link-up (which will be listed on the latest Coffee Shop Chat post).
  3. Include the link to this post so your readers can understand the rules.
  4. Before you post, make sure that you comment on at least one other blogger's post. (The point of this is to begin forming relationships and interacting with one another, as if we were in an actual coffee shop. ;) )
  5. Include the below image on your post. 
  6. Be nice and have fun!

How to post: 

  1. Use any of the LISTS PROMPTS located at the end of this post. Feel free to add your own!
  2. Everyone who participates must answer at least 2 questions listed under CONVO STARTERS posted by myself or another participant.
  3. At the end of your post, include 2 - 5 questions/convo starters for your readers to answer as well!
Questions? Let me know! It sounds complicated, but it's actually pretty simple. ;)

What I did this week:

Last Saturday, Caroline George and I taught a Write Now Writer's Workshop for both teens and adults. We shared experiences from our own publishing journey, taught techniques that challenge students to bring their writing to the next level, and gave an overview of the publishing industry. This was tons of fun! I love connecting with writers in person, helping them in their journey -- and, of course, hosting a "party-style" workshop that involves an endless amount of chocolate and coffee. ;)

Pictures Taken:

Here are some pics I've taken over the past couple of months . . .

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Compiling lists of beta readers and blog tour participants for #UnwrittenMelody (releasing Nov. 10)! // ☕️πŸ“š Would you like to be added to the list? Comment below with the link to your blog or email me at tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com. // I can't wait to share this story with you! πŸ“–πŸŽΉπŸŽΌ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ "Unwritten Melody pulls your heart strings in all the right places. Hall delivers a poignant story of two teens’ love for music and struggles for independence. She beautifully blends themes of love and trust with perceived realities and discoveries of the truth. This is a story you will want to read again and again.” ~Katy Kauffman, award-winning author of Faith, Courage, and Victory
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Looking Forward To:

  • The release of UNWRITTEN MELODY on November 10th!
  • The virtual launch party, which will take place online and throughout the day
  • The blog tour, which will launch on my blog on November 1st
  • The cover reveal -- coming soon! (I've already had a peak of the cover and it. Is. Beautiful!) Can't wait to share it with you!
  • Visiting Lake Lure, NC soon! (The setting of Purple Moon.) 
  • Going to Disney World in November with my best friend. =)
  • My birthday and the holidays! <3 li="" nbsp="">
  • Going on a book tour beginning in January {click here for booking info!} 

Grateful For:

  • Chile mochas
  • Autumn-scented candles
  • Cooler weather
  • The release of Unwritten Melody
  • Progress on the sequel to Purple Moon, as well as my non-fiction project

What I'm Celebrating:

  • Fall! <3 li="" nbsp="">
  • That the Write Now workshop was a success! 
  • I now write a column, Tips For a Better Day, for Broken But Priceless Magazine 
  • The fact that the cover design for Unwritten Melody is perfect
  • One of the YA clients I work with at Hartline Literary Agency signed a contract with L2L2 Publishing. Congrats, J.M. Hackman!
  • The reach goal for my Thunderclap campaign has been met  
  • A devotion of mine is published in next month's issue of Devozine
  • Progress on the sequel to Purple Moon, as well as my non-fiction project
  • The first artificial pancreas will be on market in March! 

On My Prayer List:

Books I'm Reading:

  • Voice by James Scott Bell

Music I'm Enjoying:

Time Hop:

This time last year . . . 

On my blog {last fall} . . . 

                     LIST PROMPTS FOR YOU!

What has your week or month {or season} looked like? Post your own coffee shop post! You may include any of the below list prompts. Feel free to add your own as well!

  • What I did this week
  • Pictures taken
  • Drinks I've enjoyed
  • Music I've enjoyed
  • Movies I've enjoyed
  • Food I've enjoyed
  • Grateful for
  • 3 awesome things that happened this week
  • Prayer requests
  • Currently loving
  • Currently working on
  • Currently hoping
  • Books I'm reading
  • Scriptures I'm enjoying
  • Quotes I'm enjoying
  • Looking forward to
  • Flashback Friday


** Each participant MUST answer 2 - 5 convo starters posted by myself or another participant. Make sure to include convo starters for your readers as well!

  1. What's on your fall reading list?
  2. When do you start listening to Christmas music?
  3. What's your favorite autumn latte?
  4. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
  5. How do you celebrate "Halloween" (or whatever term you refer to Oct. 31th as)? 


Is there a specific Blogger who you'd like to invite to join the conversation? Comment on their blog with the link to this post or your own!

Happy reflecting and chatting! =)

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1 comment:

  1. Hey, Tessa! I SO need to do a blog post and I just discovered these "chats"... I will definitely do these!


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