Monday, July 20, 2015

Can I get that novel with soy milk?

I love to write and edit at Starbucks.  I know it's a waste of money.  I know I should prefer my local independent artisanal hipster fair trade coffee shop, man, but that's a fifteen minute drive and has questionable WiFi.  There are few things I enjoy more than pulling out the laptop or tablet at the closest Starbucks, setting it up next to a caffeine and sugar delivery system, and getting down to work.  So why do I love it so much?

1) I have a terrible sweet tooth
I love sugar.  I love carbs.  By a stroke of genetic luck, I'm still skinny.  Of course, I also have Lupus, so maybe that wasn't really a winning ticket in the genetic lottery after all.  Anyway, I try not to go too overboard (only two pumps of sweetener, please), but I do love a scone or chocolate croissant to go with my creativity.  I had a green smoothie for breakfast, so it's cool, right?

2) Home is too distracting.  Starbucks is just distracting enough.
Starbucks may be bustling, but there's no laundry to do there.  No dishwasher to empty.  No dinner to prep.  No bills to pay.  No garbage cans to roll to the curb.  No children's torn clothes to mend.  No floor to sweep.  There is just me, the computer, my characters, and a bunch of strangers who won't bother me.  The music and people coming and going are just the right amount of background stimulation for me.

3) My local Starbucks is the best
No, for real.  Starbucks #6532 is the best one I've ever been to, and it's less than half a mile from my house.  The drinks are always perfect.  The people are super nice, and they are really good at their jobs.  The place is always clean, including the bathrooms.  The music is never too loud.  The parking lot isn't too crazy.  The WiFi always works.  They've never poisoned my dairy allergic child.  Pretty much the perfect Starbucks experience every time.

4) Seeing/Spying on my fellow humans
Being a stay-at-home mom can be isolating.  So can being a writer.  Thus, I find being around other adults energizing even if we're not interacting all that much.  Also, people do an interesting variety of things at Starbucks: dates, job interviews, meetings, catching up with friends, snacks with the kids, etc.  It's kind of fun to see what other people are up to, and it's all grist for the inspiration mill.

I suppose I will continue being a cog in the corporate machine and do a fair bit of my creating at the neighborhood Starbucks.  I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, so I guess a frappuccino and a petite vanilla scone or three isn't the end of the world.

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