Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Crazy Ones.

This is literally a garage turned into a coffee shop. Unpaved floor, raw walls, peeled bricks, and a rotting, what once was, a fireplace. It even has its garage door in tact that they roll up in the summers. It's metal panes are replaced with glass so that we can see outside during the winters. Different coffee equipments line one wall, and vintage wooden furniture fills in the empty space in the middle. A shelf in the far corner has old vintage cameras lined on it. Perhaps the owner of the shop is fond of photography too. The couches on the far end by the brick wall are the oldest and the comfiest couches I have ever sat on. But I don't sit on the couches very often. Like a cat, I prefer sitting in the far corner of the shop with my back against the wall, the garage door to my side, and the entire coffee shop to my front.

There is an old map on the wall by the restroom, which looks like the map of South America? How in the world does South America fit into this picture? Oh, coffee beans. Right.

As I sip my beautifully crafted cappuccino, a man and a woman enter the shop holding hands, and a story begin to form in my head.   A story waiting to be told, right there.

Writers cannot mind their own business. We live for this kind of adventure. Everything is a story. Everything is worth exploring. Every. Single. Damn. Thing. Can you imagine having so much in your head? Not being able to control making stories out of everything? Seeing meaning behind every single piece of crap you lay your eyes on. Dissecting every relationship, carving out every face your memory can conjure. No wonder we are crazy.  Writers cannot be loyal to anything else but their art. There were so many times I was offered to write for money, but I couldn't do it. It felt as if I was cheating on my lover. Writing is not a job or a career. Authors are not made, they are born. Writers are crazy. The better the writer, the crazier she is. People develop a fascination with a writer they like. But you don't want to really get to know a writer. You can't really know a writer. Because a writer is not one  person.

Ironically, I look up and accidentally glance at the black and white banner by the counter, with the famous Steve Jobs quote: "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs, the square holes, the ones who see things differently...."

24 comments:

  1. Oh how I love the journey you took me on with this post :) writers truly are always looking for stories in everyday things and I think that's what makes it so beautiful.

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    1. Glad you came along with me - thanks!

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  2. Man you made actually think about being in a coffee shop, observing and writing.
    I recently wrote some fiction of love revolving around coffee shop so made me remember how we writers are so crazy. I often feel if we write for money, writing will just not be the same.
    Last few para's about writing and writers made me so relate.
    Such beauty in your words :)

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    1. You should go to a coffee shop and write :-)

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  3. such a lovely post this!!! Writer do not mind their own business. soo very true!! hehehehe.. Your writing made me picture each scene!

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    1. Glad it did. Thank you :-)

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  4. Wow, what a description. Loved every bit of it :)

    "Writers cannot mind their own business. We live for this kind of adventure. Everything is a story." ~ Cannot be more true. I might just write a story on this post :P

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    1. I'd like to read that then :-)

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  5. Reading 1st few lines I was thinking you should have posted a pic of the coffee shop .. but reading ahead ... who needs a picture when the imagery in the words is so beautiful like I am actually sitting there in the corner of shop :)

    "There were so many times I was offered to write for money, but I couldn't do it. It felt as if I was cheating on my lover. "

    I can't even express how brilliant and beautiful these lines are :)

    "Writing is not a job or a career. Authors are not made, they are born. "
    > that's so true ... who will know it better than me .. I tried and tried but I'm not a born author :(

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    1. I will send you the photo of that coffee shop anyway :-). I think you'll like it :-)

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    2. I'm still waiting for the photo Raajii :)

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    3. Sadly, I haven't been back yet.

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  6. You don't need a scene,people,memories to make a story.you need the mood to write and a story flows out of your keyboard as if from thin air.A magical gift.

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  7. "You can't really know a writer. Because a writer is not one person. "

    So true :)

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  8. A musician is crazy too. So is anybody who is wedded to an art or science. Any interest that transcends mere practice turns into passion. Passionate people are always a little crazy. The coffee shop owner himself sounds quite crazy as well. Crazy, you see, loves company :)

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    1. Yes, and of course I didnt imply that writers are the only crazy ones :-)

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  9. As always i enjoyed reading your post. "a man and a woman enter the shop holding hands..." this line is also making me to write story as well =) but I'm really bad in writing serious stories so I end up writing "and they lived happily ever after.." and leave it on you to write and make us read another good post. regards

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    1. Thank you! You should keep trying. It'll come to you :-)

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  10. writers as we are :) writing about life

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  11. "Writers cannot be loyal to anything else but their art."

    Fuck yes! :)

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  12. Super like! I am not sure if "dissecting every single damn thing" and making some meaning out if makes one a writer or is it the other way round. Thoughts, words, lines, observations -- go inside the already cluttered soil of mind and itch to bloom out. It hurts inside but it is awesome to be able to write and express!

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    1. You are right. That doesnt make one a writer. That's just a common characteristics of writers :-)

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