Tales from the Café: Amazing the Things You Find

Time: Tuesday, 9:16 pm It was almost time to leave. All of the customers were already gone--a small miracle, given that there was a strong tendency to hang around well past closing time--so we were getting a little extra cleaning done in our "free time." I was over cleaning the wood portion of our floors, … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Amazing the Things You Find

Tales from the Café: Man in the Mirror

Time: Saturday, 8:35 pm It was a quiet night, and a welcome one at that. Friday night had been an absolute nightmare; it had been me, a returning college student, and three new hires working, and I'm fairly certain everyone in a thirty mile radius had decided to come out. So a quiet night shift … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Man in the Mirror

The Trouble with Diversity

I've been following along with some of the snafus that have occurred in and around the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag, though haven't ever really delved deeply into them. I have several friends who write stories dealing with people of various diversities (racial, people with disabilities, LGBT+, etc) and I know it's an important part of our world … Continue reading The Trouble with Diversity

Tales from the Café: Commonly Heard Phrases

Time: Every day I come into work Every job has its own set of phrases that make you feel like you're a broken record. Mocha Time has quite a few. Between what I hear the customers say, and what I say on a regular basis... "Thank you for calling Mocha Time City Center, this is … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Commonly Heard Phrases

Tales from the Café: These Slip-Resistant Shoes Were Made for Walking

Time: Saturday, 2:46 pm I hate working brunch. (To be fair, most of us hate working brunch, so this isn't just me talking.) I'm sure I've said this before, but it's chaotic and loud and there are too many people around. Added onto this, I was working on the patio, so I had some of … Continue reading Tales from the Café: These Slip-Resistant Shoes Were Made for Walking

Tales from the Café: Blind Date

Time: Thursday, 6:47 pm We're a fairly common place for meet-ups, I've noticed. It makes sense: we're in a very central location, easy to find, right off the main drag. City Square is a decent sized hub for the Expressway, and between all the restaurants around, we've got good amounts of parking. So I've seen a … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Blind Date

Tell Me What You Remember

I've not made a secret out of the fact that character development is something to which I've devoted way too much of my life. I was obsessed with character surveys. I've done star charts for characters--and then altered things depending on how accurate it was. I did my entire undergraduate thesis on the concept. And yet … Continue reading Tell Me What You Remember

Tales From the Café: Familiar Faces

(Alternately titled: You Probably Think This Post Is About You) Time: Friday, 8:55 pm It was finally almost closing time after an incredibly hectic day. Zöe had locked the front door, and all but the last few tables had filtered out. Despite the chaotic nature of the evening, I was in a good mood. None … Continue reading Tales From the Café: Familiar Faces

Tales from the Café: Love It or Hate It

Time: Thursday, 1:15 pm "Hey Hunts?" Zöe walked up behind me, and I looked over my shoulder. "86 arugula." I blinked. "We're seriously out of arugula? How did we run out of arugula?" She shrugged. "I have absolutely no idea. I don't even want to know. But just make sure that you let people know. … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Love It or Hate It

Tales from the Café: Item Unavailable

Time: Thursday, 3:14 pm I stifled a yawn behind my elbow, running a hand through my hair as I blinked hard. It had been a long day, and I was ready for my shift to be over. Just a little less than an hour and I'd be home. I'd just start doing a bit of … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Item Unavailable