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The Café, One Year on

Happy Anniversary to me, Happy Anniversary to me, Happy…. manamam ma… Happy .. nana to me…

Woo hoo!

It’s a year to the day that I posted my first Café Shorts post: Boris, a story about a very literate dog. Not even sure anyone ever read it, because, at that point, the site had the same profile as a side-on piece of paper. But I’ve been getting a few readers since then.

So thanks to all of you who have been popping by, reading and/or putting on comments. You’re obviously the most attractive and intelligent people on t’ internet. Obviously. I love you guys and gals (big, over emotional hug). And the fact that I’ve had some eyes on these stories has helped me a whole lot in getting my ass in gear, keeping me focussed and giving me some writerly confidence. Now when folk ask if I’ve written anything, I can point them here without my mumbling about stealthily writing in cafés, or their having to power up an Xbox.

Until I put this site on line, I was pretty much only writing my own stories for my own amusement. Then, after quite a few years – some of which spent whining in journals, some creatively; most of it over a chocolate muffin and a decaf latte* – I figured I was going to be writing, ‘no matter what’, so better try doing something with it. Then, as bizarre as it sounds, I ‘remembered’ about the Internet. Doh! I should have been on years ago, but I was writing analogue. Inky fingers, etc.

So, hopefully, for more plus years, you’ll bear with my tendency to use ‘five words where one would do’ while I keep wearing my ‘I (heart) Magical Realism’ T-shirt. Meanwhile, I’m loving all those other stories – the epically cool stuff you folks are writing out there on t’ internet – or knowing you’re scratching your way through reams of paper, old style.

To cap it off, it’s also been ten years (to the day) since myself and my girlfriend have been hanging out and flicking cheese at each other. That’s a lot of cheese.

Lovely lady; awesome aim with brie,



* No, not the same chocolate muffin. Man, it would be like… a fossilized tyrannosaurus turd, by now.  And that latte… ew; skin like a buffalo’s behind…


1 John Xero { 09.22.11 at 3:40 pm }

Hey, happy anniversary! =D
in both senses

I think, in your writing style, there is no single word that would convey what you manage with five… You keep writing and I’ll keep reading. =)

Here’s to many more years of cheese and metaphor. And cheesy metaphors. 😉

Now, let’s go see what Mr. Softly’s been up to…

2 Rebecca Emin { 09.22.11 at 9:03 pm }

Congrats on your blog anniversary as well as your 10 years with your girlfriend! Great to have a double celebration!

3 Helen { 09.23.11 at 11:20 am }

………….•*¨`*•. ? .•*¨`*•.
Happy Blogaversary My Man!
?•*¨`*•. (¯`v´¯) (¯`v´¯) .•*¨`*•?
. . . ?•*¨`*•.¸(¯`v´¯)¸.•´*¨`*•? . . .
And congrats on the ten year relationship Throws lots of sparkly glitter

4 Harry B. Sanderford { 09.23.11 at 7:30 pm }


Happy Birthday to Cafe Shorts and congratulations Stephen on a great first year! Looking forward to more great stuff in the years to follow.

5 Lara Dunning { 09.24.11 at 4:13 am }

Happy Anniversary. Keep on writing, your stories inspire, your wit astounds and your imagination rocks.

6 Aidan Fritz { 09.24.11 at 6:11 pm }

Congratulations on a year of posts! Here’s hoping to many more.

7 Stephen Hewitt { 09.26.11 at 9:14 pm }

@John — thanks John. If I discuss cheese with many words, then all the bases should be covered 😉

@Rebecca — thanks Rebecca. A bizarre anniversary collision, but a good one 🙂

@Helen — thanks Helen. I like your little pictographic pictures. 🙂

@Harry – thanks Harry. Likely to be a busier year, but I’ll be here scritching away.

@Lara — thanks Lara. Wit, imagination and inspiration are all good things to aspire to.

@Aidan — thanks Aidan. It’s been a fun year and I’m guessing there’s plenty of stories to come.

8 Joan { 09.27.11 at 2:00 pm }

Congratulations, Stephen – nice to see you recognise us all.

9 Stephen Hewitt { 10.04.11 at 8:57 am }

@Joan — thanks Joan. Without readers I’d just be marking letters on a stone in a forest. Which, actually, could still be a good thing — but this is much more communal.

@Mark — thank you Mr W. Here’s to the next twelve 🙂

10 Mark { 09.27.11 at 3:31 pm }

Whoot! Encore! For twelve months of good reading, thank’ee kindly, zur!

11 Justin Davies { 10.06.11 at 9:05 pm }

Congratulations! I missed my blog’s one year anniversary. But then I missed my ‘other’ anniversary too. We both did. What does that say about us?

12 Stephen Hewitt { 10.15.11 at 11:13 am }

@Justin — thanks Justin. I figured you must have gone past your blog’s first anniversary — you’ve been blogging longer than me. What do you give for a first bloggaversary? Silicon?

Gratz to you, too.

If you both missed your actual anniversary, I guess you were both too busy having fun to notice 🙂


13 Joan { 10.13.11 at 5:14 pm }

Marking letters on a stone in the forest – you do have some good story ideas, Stephen.

14 Susan { 01.11.12 at 8:09 pm }

WOO HOO, indeed!
Congrats on your first blogging year, may your second be as fantastic, busy, rewarding, happy, and fruitful. (Really love the vibrant headers!)

15 Stephen Hewitt { 01.22.12 at 9:40 am }

Hi there Susan — thanks for the gratz 🙂 It’s certainly been busy so far, but not so much on the writing. Lol. Something that is entirely remiss, though. Glad you like the headers. A fair few bits of Dundee in there — no that it’s easy to tell. St.

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