What? A blog about “books and coffee”? Well, yes and no.  This is really a blog for “writers and wordies”—and what’s a “wordie,” you ask?  Well, it’s the same as a “foodie,” except substitute “food” with “words”–PRESTO!—it’s a “wordie.”  That’s me! A lover of food and words. So, I’m a foodie wordie…or a wordie foodie…

Anyway! There are a few things I love—aside from those really important ones like God and family—and that’s reading, writing and sipping a warm cup of creamy, sweet—but not too sweet—coffee, or tea or anything warm! Throw in a bowl of Atlanta Bread Company butternut squash soup and a wedge of crusty sour dough and I’m a happy girl!

So, this blog is really a place for me to talk about writing, to share tips and insights into what makes good writing and to put those principles into practice.  As a professor of English for over a decade I know a thing or two about what works—and what doesn’t—but as a writer who teaches writing, I also realize that I have to practice what I preach!  The way to improve your writing is to write! So, I’m inviting you to share this journey with me.


As I said, I’m a “writer” but I spend more of my life helping others to write than I do honing my own skill. I’ve declared myself to be a writer, but I don’t write nearly enough.  Thus, as I kick off this blog I am doing so as a way to challenge myself to write more regularly and to put my writing out there for critique. Beginning in January 2017 I will be on a 12-month challenge to post something to the blog each week—whether it’s once a week or 5 times a week.  So, here’s what you can expect:

Writer’s Block challenge—at least once per month join me for a Writer’s Block challenge. I’ll set a short-term goal to write a certain thing—for example opening lines for a short story or a piece of microfiction from the prompts in Brian Klems and Zachary Petit’s Bootcamp of Writing Prompts—and I’ll invite you to do the same!

Writing 101—I’ll share info that has helped my students over the years. “How to’s” that every writer should master.

Writing Samples—I’ll also share creative pieces that I’m working on and invite your critique.

Plus, any writer’s info that I come across that I think would be useful to share, and occasionally some commentary and stories on other topics of general interest.

How’s that sound?

What I look forward to most is connecting with other writers, aspiring writers and students of writing because I work best through dialogue. We learn from one another and our experiences are enriched by collaboration. So, grab a warm cup of joe and join me over Books & Coffee!


14 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Dr. Kem, Congratulations on this blog. It is a wonderful idea and I love the name. You have inspired to write more. For years I’ve said that I should jot down my thoughts and experiences in a journal, but my effort is always short-lived. This is the beginning of a new year and a great time to try again. Thanks for motivation to get started….One observation is that your name does not appear anywhere on your blog (unless I just don’t know where to look for it. 😉)


    1. Hey Lisa! Thanks for your comment. but K. Roper should show up somewhere. That’s the name I put in when I set it up. Anyway, I will look into it. Perhaps there’s a setting that I’ve missed. Thanks.


  2. Congrats on your blog K.Roper! Conscious (aware/mindful) and Creative Wordies are the coolest humans ever! Blessings and I look forward to following along! mJm


  3. Excellent! Glad you have started this venture! You know I’ll be checking in on you! I may even take you up on a challenge (or rather, put my resident writer on the job :-)… )


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