My local Starbucks, as many of you know, is one of my favourite hangouts. It’s situated beside the harbour lighthouse and provides a half-way point on my daily walks. Moreover, I like the coffee. It’s not the best I’ve tasted by any means, but it’s the best I’ve tasted in Port Credit.
The staff are friendly and the place has high windows, giving it a light, airy feel. The ceiling goes up very high — at least two stories — with skylights. The actual floor area is small and because it’s a popular venue, getting a seat is by no means assured. I fare best when I arrive relatively early in the morning.
I joke, only slightly tongue in cheek, that it’s my office. I do a lot of writing there. I often carry a writing device with me — a Palm TX with wireless folding keyboard, or this AlphaSmart Neo, a writing device designed for the school market, but very popular among writers. It doesn’t do much except provide a wonderful, full-size keyboard with a small but highly readable display. I think of it as a paperless typewriter. It turns on instantly, with no long boot cycle, and it runs for approximately 700 hours on a set of 3 AA alkaline batteries.
It’s come at a good time. On LiveJournal, where I maintain a writing journal called Silver Bullets, I’m taking part in a community project called PicoWriMo, a takeoff on NaNoWriMo. PicoWriMo is a less ambitious project than NaNoWriMo’s target of a 50,000 word novel written in the month of November. In PicoWriMo we set our own, more modest, targets. Mine is to write and edit two finished short stories during November. I’ve just finished the first draft of one — a story with a sci-fi theme.
The Neo is pictured here with my Starbucks coffee, Moleskine journal, and additional Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Series E lens. Taken with a Nikon D200 and 28mm f/2.8 Series E.