Friday Night at Writer's Cafe

Friday Night at Writer's Cafe

A Story by Carol Cashes

A few thoughts fueled by insomnia and the talent struttin' this site


Friday nights on this site are like a new club in town"it’s on and poppin’!


Love reading the talent here:  it’s inspiring, wistful, encouraging, and sometimes downright sad.  It’s exciting to see so many young writers who can mix it up with the best of the old dogs.  Youngbloods, keep writing. 


I am learning to appreciate poetry in all its many forms.  Even dabbed a little myself, but by no means, am I a poet.  Unless I don’t know it…(ya’ll saw what I did there, right?)  I will try again, but for now, I think I’ll just read and learn.


I appreciate all of you who have read my work.  I know I seem to have no one voice:  a little girl caught in Katrina’s flood waters, a superstitious heroine, a folksy Grocer who remembers and keeps the tales of his neighbors, a sentient bridge, a philosophical essay on purpose…don’t be put off by any one piece " try another, it’ll be different and maybe more to your liking.  Just read…it’s what all authors need, and I’m no different.


I’m trying to read new or un-reviewed posts hoping to encourage anyone who is brave enough to put it out there.  That can be a little unnerving in the beginning, but when you get encouragement and constructive critiques, it becomes easier and soon becomes easy as air.  It’s one thing when your friends and family tell you that your writing is good, but you know it comes from a place of love and contrarily we tend to not trust that.  When a stranger tells you the same thing, you feel validated.  Artists are so conflicted…


Well, I’ve more reading to do, and insomnia is my friend, tonight, so I’ll be around for a little while this fine Friday night at the Writer’s Café " where the stories are hot and the poetry is delicious.







© 2017 Carol Cashes

Author's Note

Carol Cashes
Just a few thoughts while I ponder my next read

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Ah, but have you considered that your Friday night is someone else's Saturday morning? :) There's a whole bunch of treasure on here if you can sift through the garbage. Nicely written Carol.
- proud fellow cafe citizen!

Posted 3 Months Ago

Writers cafe is good for the soul. Lovely write.

Posted 3 Months Ago

The contributions of many prolific and gifted WC artists certainly creates a stimulating atmosphere.
"Friday Night at Writer's Cafe" uniquely adds to that vibe.
Delightful read, Carol!

Posted 3 Months Ago

Carol Cashes

3 Months Ago

Wrote that last Friday night, thinkin' 'bout updating the club scene again, tonight. And thanks for.. read more
yes, family is usually so supportive no matter what, but when strangers compliment it means much more....i had to find strangers to find my writing parents are old fashioned...well, were...and from a different dad always said "what are you going to do with that? can you get a job in poetry?"
when i used to do my poetry workshops with the heartland writers group, i felt so at home...novelists, poets, editors and agents...all involved in writing, all those who understood and accepted was amazing...
strangers who understood and became friends.
I really relate to this piece.

Posted 3 Months Ago

I've written about the cafe many times. I consider the youngbloods to be better than me and I enjoy reading many of them. When insomnia hits this is a great place to come to. Artists are indeed conflicted. I fall into that category for sure.

Nicely written Carol. I enjoyed. :)

Posted 3 Months Ago

Ideally, this site can be a wonderful thing... "Make the cafe great again ", who's with us...??

Posted 3 Months Ago

I guess I should've been here instead of vegging out in front of the brain-draining television machine. As it was, I got po'd at the spousal unit and her three troublesome dogs and came to bed early.
I've been on several writer's sites over the years, but have enjoyed none better than this one. By cultivating the right kind of friends, you can (Like Norman states) produce your own individual and tasty brew.

Posted 4 Months Ago

I too have found that the variety of writing styles, review opinions and helpful advice is the great strength of this "Cafe". You can find the right flavours, create your own blend and produce an individual brew infinitum.

Posted 4 Months Ago

Sending my Friday night coffee machine to you.
Can i have it back in the morning though. Hangover time. lol

Posted 4 Months Ago

Paul Bell

4 Months Ago

That worked a treat. Water and JD with coffee.
Carol Cashes

4 Months Ago

Back in the day, it was Grand Marnier with a coffee back...that s**t made me brilliant. I could tal.. read more
Paul Bell

4 Months Ago

Jesus, what happened to those days. Oh, that was yesterday. lol

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