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There are some definite perks to being a full time author.  One is you can work from anywhere.  While the thought of working from the beach may sound appealing, truth is, sand, salt water and glare are not friends with electronics.  Most authors I know end up working from a small, dedicated space in their homes.

I tried that for awhile but there were always distractions, excuses for “creative avoidance”.  Plus, after a day or two, I’d get cabin fever.  Too many years of working in an office environment – I need to be around people even when working on a solitary task such as writing.

So what’s a guy with a laptop to do?  You see some people trying to work at their neighborhood coffee shop.  Starbucks has always offered free wi-fi to customers and plenty of people camp there for hours on end “working”.  Several things about the coffee shop never appealed to me.  First, I feel like an animal in a zoo.  You’re right out there on display.  It’s not the cozy sort of environment I find stimulating.  Next, the other patrons.  They run the gambit from young professionals to stay-at-home-moms with babies in strollers.  Sometimes it’s just distracting – other times downright annoying. The biggest factor is the worry that some dirt bag will swipe my gear during a head call.

20150208_121457_resizedThen one day I took my computer with me to a neighborhood cigar bar.  Ahhhhh…  There I found all the ingredients I needed to be productive – cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi, power outlets, adults, beverages and yes, CIGARS!  Who wouldn’t be more creative in this setting?

I’ve since found welcoming cigar bars in every city we regularly visit.  Whether it’s Seattle, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, New York City – just about everywhere!  You don’t have to “drink” if you are on the clock – a club soda, soft drink or coffee are always available options.  The televisions are typically on, but muted.  You can watch or not as you like.  The furniture is comfy too.  If I’m writing, I’ll typically take a spot at the bar.  If I’m reading, doing research or other related tasks, the big easy chairs are my preference.

20150208_121043_resizedIf you’ve never thought about your favorite cigar bar as an alternative to your home office, you may want to check it out.  No matter what you do for a living, if you do it on the computer you can do it from a cigar lounge!  I’ve sold more than a few books to regulars who ask “I see you working in here a lot, what do you do?”  So yes, you can do business too and guaranteed, you will have a lot in common with those customers!  It’s also comforting that people know me and will watch my gear when I step out to powder my nose.

Necessary gear: ” keyboard duster”  aka, good quality paint brush.KeyboardDuster

So the next time you go into a cigar bar and see a guy with a laptop at the end of the counter lighting up a Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary stick – come up and say hello, it’s probably ME!



Mission Veritas…Candidates for an elite fighting force must qualify on a planet of truth.
Killian must hide his past as a ruthless rebel fighter at the risk of imprisionment.


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