Weekend Coffee Share – Grilled Cheese & Gaming

If we were having coffee, I’d have you over to my house so I could chat and clean at the same time. I have to get ready for our biannual Grilled Cheese Party!

Sandwich build table - Look at all those fancy grilled cheese ingredients!
Sandwich build table – Look at all those fancy grilled cheese ingredients!

This is also a birthday party since my boyfriend and I are both May babies. Birthdays are a great excuse to see friends, though I’m sad that I need excuses, but that’s my own doing. I’m so obsessed with finishing a book that I’ve become uncharacteristically antisocial. To that end, I plan to steer all party conversations towards what everyone else is up to… or cheese. I don’t want to talk about me. Hopefully by the next party I’ll have some novel news to share.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’ve started a new gig writing a dating/adventure game called LongStory. This is my first gaming script and I’m learning all about story variables and branches. Once a friend asked me how I kept everything straight that happened in my novel, and I shrugged and said it wasn’t hard. However, a game where the player gets to choose between multiple options that affect the direction and outcome of the story, all of which have to be written separately but also intersect, that is a challenge! And I’m really enjoying it!

If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that blogger and writer Melissa Barker-Simpson challenged me and Robin to some freestyle writing. This, I admit, is not something I’ve ever done. I am a plotter through and through. However it sounds like a fun challenge – write for 5, 10 or 15 minutes without stopping or editing. Melissa gave us a topic, but I have not looked at it yet because that’s part of the challenge – you can’t think about what you’re going to write before you write it.

I was going to do this challenge today during coffee, but alas, I’ve run out of time. Plus I need to go buy butter. Grilled Cheese parties require a lot of butter! But in the near future, Robin and I will surprise you all with a post featuring our freestyle writing! Stay tuned!

And with that, I must bid adieu. Unless of course you’re staying for grilled cheese. 🙂


If We Were Having Coffee is a blog hop inspired and run by the lovely and talented Diana at Part Time Monster. Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are up to by checking out the hashtag #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.

Author: Heather Jackson

Heather is a freelance screenwriter, game writer, and novelist based in Toronto. For more, visit her website at heatherjacksonwrites.com or follow her on Twitter @HeatherJacksonW

31 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Grilled Cheese & Gaming”

  1. A grilled cheese party!!?? That’s brilliant! I’ll have to give it a try sometime. I’ve done sushi parties before, but grilled cheese just..seems like that’ can’t go wrong!

  2. Hi Heather, what an awesome idea for a party. I’ve never been to a grilled cheese party, but I looooooove grilled cheese–especially with tomatoes. I’m interested to read some of your freestyle writing in the near future. Have a great weekend! 🙂 Shelah

  3. A grilled cheese birthday party!?! Oh, that sounds amazing! Here’s hoping it was, and I hope the writing goes well this week!!

    1. The thing about hosting the party is that you are left with more cheese and bread than a sane person could ever eat! We now have to have friends over for more grilled cheese next weekend and the weekend after that!

  4. A grilled cheese party sounds like great fun! There’s a restaurant in Ithaca where you can get a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches…it’s heavenly, but deadly.

    1. Ha! We’ve had sushi grilled cheese, French Toast grilled cheese, lobster bisque grilled cheese, but no one has made a burger grilled cheese at any of our parties yet. Maybe the next one!

  5. Grilled cheese party! What a fun idea. You’ll have to tell us more about it.

    Let us know how your freestyle writing challenge goes. I haven’t done free writing in a while.

  6. Your grilled cheese party is such a great idea! And I love that you two do it every year as a birthday bash. The photos from the last few year’s parties look like it’s always a blast.
    One of these years I’m going to hop a plane and join into the fun. : )

  7. A grilled cheese party is like a dream come true!! I live in Wisconsin so we are big on cheese here 😉 That sounds like a blast!

    1. You should host one! Especially in Winsconsin. It was a funny little idea my boyfriend had a few years ago, and our friends have embraced it with such enthusiasm that we now have to have two a year!

  8. I’m totally staying for grilled cheese! It sounds like an awesome party 😀 Your new gig sounds fascinating. I’ve always wanted to write a choose your own adventure. Maybe one day…I’ll know where to come for some tips!

    1. The CYOA part of game writing is what draws me to it. I loved CYOA books as a kid! And I’ll have to write a post with some gamer writer tips when I have a bit more experience on this project.

      Hope you wore stretchy pants! This Grilled Cheese Party is going to be epic! 😉

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