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Life Without Coffee

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I’m F.L. Bicknell and you can call me Faith. Everyone does. I write erotic paranormal romances for the most part. I write under several pen names, but you may also know my alter ego Molly Diamond who writes erotic and erotic sci-fi romance.

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As I sat here trying to think of a blog topic, I picked up my coffee cup, praying I could taste the coffee. I’ve been suffering some sort of crud this month and the past week was the worst. I was so miserable and my taste buds were and still are—to a point—out of commission. I’m an avid coffee drinker. Most of the coffee I consume is before noon but sometimes I’ll indulge in a couple of cups after eight o’clock at night and that’s usually with the hubby.

One thing about being a writer is that many of us are coffee or tea drinkers. Having that cup nearby as we write is as important as breathing. However, not being able to taste what I’m drinking sucks big time!

I love the taste of coffee whether it’s Columbian, Maxwell House’s Dark Roast or even a flavored coffee like hazelnut or Irish Cream, but lately I haven’t been able to taste a darn thing. And you know what? It really does affect my writing! I reach for my cup, put it to my lips, sip and realize once again that I can’t taste the brew.

Even flavored creamers are tasteless. I’m out of sync and miss my coffee!

For a while it was just me and daytime TheraFlu, lol. But now, I seem to be feeling better and I’m getting back on track. This morning, thank God, I’m able to taste coffee. It’s not as good as it could be, but as this early autumn crud bug goes away, it’s definitely getting better.


25 responses

  1. OMG that’s horrible. I love the smell of coffee as it brews. I drink gormet coffee. My fav is the Pikes brew from Starbucks. There’s an organic coffee house down town that I love to go to. I don’t know what their brew is but I have a decadent death everytime I take a sip. They don’t sell bags of theirs either. I hope your crud goes away. I like caramal mochiatto latte creamer by Internatial Delight and regular french vanilla creme. I can drink a whole pot and a half alone in the morning. I can’t write without my cup!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

    • Margie, me and caffeine don’t get along during PMS time, but I still have to have at least a coupla cups each morning. Chocolate is another one full of caffeine, but I’ll bypass it any time for a cup of joe!

      Hales, I love the mochiatto creamer by Coffeemate and my other fave is the Italian Sweet Cream. Mmmm!

      October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  2. Can’t live without my coffee. And if I gave it up for even a couple of days, I’d have a skull-cracking headache. Feel better and embrace your vice!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  3. Man, you have been having ti rough with that flu. Hope it goes away real soon.

    I’m not a big coffe drinker but I do love the smell of it. I usually have one cup in the morning with my breakfast but that’s about it. I’m more of an Iced tea or Cola drinker, but the smell of coffee in the house is one of the best things in the world. 🙂

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  4. Coffee till about 2 then a cocktail or 2 if i need to be funny….It’s my process

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

    • Thank you, Carol!

      Deanna, I enjoy a cocktail too on especially trying days. It’s a nice, relaxing way to end such a day.

      My dad is the same way about coffee, Sheila. The man is 64 and still cannot stand the taste of coffee to this day, but he sure loves the smell of it.

      October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  5. No coffee! (((shudders))) Perish the thought. I couldn’t function at all. I do believe coffee aides my writing as well. Hope your taste buds recover ASAP and you too. 😉

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  6. I’m like you. Gotta have my coffee. Drinking a mid-day cup now. But mine is Maxwell House Breakfast Blend and regular creamer. I don’t care for the flavored ones. Get better, Faith. I’m slowly improving, but still not well.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

    • I’d love to have a cup now too, but along with the hacking, ear trouble, sore throat and all the other related stuff I’ve fought, the stomach stays upset a lot too. Too much coffee doesn’t set well. I think we’re passing our bug back and forth through the messages, Lisa, LOL.

      October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  7. We probably are, Faith. That would sure be a new way to do it. lol.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  8. Life WITHOUT Coffee??? Surely a contradiction of terms …. !

    High Columbian. strong and black – I want to be buried in a freeze block of it!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  9. Oh, no, what a horrible fate! I would…I don’t know what I would do. It’s just too terrible to contemplate. Feel better soon, Faith. Like really, really soon!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

  10. Oh. That. BLOWS!
    I need at least 2 (large) cuppas to function. It’s sort of a bad thing, but I love it.

    I am partial to Peet’s Coffee, but if we get the big-giant-tub-of-grounds, it’s Folger’s Dark or one of those dark….dark….strong kinds. :-> And always with creamer. I am NOT a purist. Take that any way you like.

    I do like a nice tea in the evenings. I have some yummy fruity green tea, and some gorgeous loose leaf black teas. My favorite right now is Caramel from a tea house I visit on vacation in Dixon, CA. Will need someone to send me some when I run out!

    October 26, 2010 at 5:15

    • Yes, dark coffee is a must. It’s the only way to get that rich taste. The hubby bought some regular Maxwell House yesterday and it’s like drinking colored water.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:15

  11. I hope you feel better soon, Faith. I’m the same way – must have my coffee to fend off the zombie apocalypse every morning. LOL When I can’t drink coffee I drink tea. It’s coffee in the morning and iced tea the rest of the day.

    October 27, 2010 at 5:15

    • I love tea, but it has to be cold. If I drink hot tea, the tannins in it makes me heave every time.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:15

      • Wow! I thought it was just me that tea does that to! I had read that the tannins are similar to those in red wines, and since I’d never give up my red wine, I figure giving up hot tea is a small price to pay!

        October 27, 2010 at 5:15

      • Yeah, I read something about tannins in the skins of grapes. There’s a small canal/river in FL that goes through the Everglades that looks like strong tea water because of the tannins the tree roots release into the water. Tannins are found in many things.

        I do love Lypton’s green tea with citrus, tho. I could almost live on that stuff. Almost, lol.

        October 27, 2010 at 5:15

  12. Multiple cups in the morning…maybe mid-afternoon…an after-dinner cuppa…have I left any out? Oh yea, stopped to visit daughter at work so had her make me an expresso…skipped dessert and poured some Kahlua and Amaretto into after-dinner cup…Phew! I guess I’m with you! Don’t bother with the cup sometimes, just jab an IV into my arm and get it flowing!

    October 27, 2010 at 5:15

  13. I gotta have my coffee. Preferably Tim Horton’s but I’m not so picky I’ll refuse an offered cup o’ joe!

    October 27, 2010 at 5:15

    • I’ve never had any of TH’s coffee.

      October 27, 2010 at 5:15

      • jaimesamms

        It’s a Canadian thing. They say it’s addictive. I wouldn’t know about that. *twitches*

        October 28, 2010 at 5:15

  14. Sorry you’ve been ill, Faith.

    And losing your sense of taste and smell is some of the worst symptom with colds and flu. Well, except for generally feeling icky, lol.

    I’m a tea drinker and funny thing is I’m from a long line of coffee drinkers. Coffee just didn’t click with me. But I do love a good cup of tea. I love the smell and the taste of tea. I have past down this love to my daughter, who also enjoys a cup of coffee now and then.

    Take care and get better soon.


    October 27, 2010 at 5:15

    • This morning I can actually taste the sample pack of Hazelnut I bought at Warlmart yesterday. Whooohoooo!

      My dau, JadeyKiss likes both tea and coffee, but she’s more of a tea drinker, tho.

      October 28, 2010 at 5:15

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