The Corner House

I think I can start to understand why people who come here take pictures of their coffee. It’s not every coffeehouse that puts that cute little finishing touch design on top of their drinks. I’ve come to a place full to the brim with art and the desire for creativity. I think I’ve said it before, but that is one of my favorite things about local coffee shops. They all have their unique aesthetic and a charm most big chains can’t beat.

The lighting is soft and perfect. Not jarringly bright and good for working under. There’s a mini lamp at my table, which is a perfect laptop size. Outlets all around. The wifi password up for everyone to see. As I sit here, typing, I notice the instrumental music that is also different than the music that plays at every other cafe. It does change later, to 80s, so they’re not limited to certain music. A little detail that varies with different people, but matters especially to me, even in the frigid cold outside, the interior is warm, and I am comfortable.

I sip at a delicious raspberry mocha, and everything here just feels right. I decided to try one of their loose leaf teas which they have a nice variety of, and it is delicious. They also have food for those days you want to just hang around in one place. Get your food, coffee/tea, atmosphere,  and get some writing done.



Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.                                                                                                        Saturday 7am to 6pm
Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

tel: 630-317-7938

100 W. Saint Charles Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148


Coffee Haus

More of a place for dessert and a chat than for working on any writing, I decided to check this place out. It’s a very busy Korean style coffee and dessert shop. Traditional Korean desserts and fantastic teas and drinks make it a worthwhile trip, though probably not the best writing atmosphere unless you like busy places with lots of chatter and background music.

Lighting is bright, and there’s really nowhere to escape the overwhelming amount of people. Perhaps some of the time it’s quieter? Possibly in the evenings, but I went in the early afternoon.

It is a place of many chairs and outlets along the walls. There is potential for inspiration and gaining a new perspective just by being there, so despite the noise, it’s worth checking it out.

Pictures without a ton of people were difficult to get, so this is what I have.20170721_133523

Their hours are nice and late, so if you drop by at night, or are a night writer, you might get lucky with a slower atmosphere and a delicious dessert.


209 W Golf Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60195

at Valley Lake Dr


Mon 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Tue 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Wed 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Thu 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sat 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Lake Villa Library

Today, I thought I’d try something a little different. Coffee and tea shops are a nice change of scenery and inspiration when it comes to writing, but what about for those days you just need somewhere quiet to concentrate on your writing?

In my case, it was studying, but the same applies to writing for fun, or for work. For maximum quiet and concentration, I went to the Lake Villa Public Library. For those without a library card, you don’t need one to take up space, only if you’re checking anything out.

This library has a nice system where you can pay a buck for a k-cup, and sit down with a cup of tea or coffee while you work. The best part about libraries is the amount of resources you have access to. Do you need to research poisonous plants but you didn’t bring your computer? The library probably has it. Or you can print out online resources using their computers and printers.

Of course, you can always bring your own computer. There are plenty of tables and stations with a handful of power strips to plug your devices in.

There is little downside unless you aren’t a fan of silence.

The other benefit to this particular location is the little pathway that exists behind the library building. It’s a nice little walk with a bridge, and a marshy area if you need a touch of nature to inspire you.

Parking is easy with a lot of space.

Address: 1001 E Grand Ave, Lindenhurst, IL 60046


Sunday 1–5PM
Monday 9AM–9PM
Tuesday 9AM–9PM
Wednesday 9AM–9PM
Thursday 9AM–9PM
Friday 9AM–6PM
Saturday 9AM–5PM

Phone: (847) 356-7711

I’m gonna add a little writing prompt because I think it could be fun.

Take something you’ve written. A short story, novel, work in progress, etc. and add this little detail to your world. How does it fit?

‘Everyone in a town in your world wears a thread around their neck or wrist or ankle, and on that thread is a tiny scroll with something written on it. These people wear them everywhere. What is the purpose of this scroll?’

The Latte Cafe

Easy to find, easy to park at, The Latte Cafe is a great gem on a corner in the town of Antioch, IL. The inside is roomy with lots of tables and chairs to spread out upon while writing your novel or blog. Hungry? They have that covered. Sandwiches, coffee, baked goods, and a handful of flavors for your choice of latte.

Friendly staff, and a beautiful atmosphere, there is a light sound of traffic, but it’s easy to tune out since the street is some distance away. Music plays lightly in the background, and, at least on this rainy Wednesday, it is quiet.

I choose a latte with a flavor of toasted marshmallow and take in the scene. There are a couple of couches off to one side, and a room off to one side that’s almost cut off from the main lobby.

Collections of photos and paintings are hung in groups on the walls. The lighting is a nice combination of window light, and strings of lights wrapped around the ceiling beams. It’s soft, and chill, and a place perfect for concentration.


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1185 Main St. Antioch, IL 60002

Phone (224) 788-5076


Mon 6:00 am5:00 pm
Tue 6:00 am5:00 pm
Wed 6:00 am5:00 pm
Thu 6:00 am5:00 pm
Fri 6:00 am5:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am4:00 pm
Sun 7:00 am3:00 pm

School update

Yeah, it may be a few months of hiatus until I can find the time to go somewhere and write. It can be hit or miss finding a place that’s actually good for writing when it’s an unfamiliar place.

If you want to follow my more active writing blog on tumblr where I somehow find time to write things while I’m at school or work check out halfbloodlycan at tumblr.

Ten Random Facts: About A Character Part 1

For character building, I’ve decided that coming up with traits or interesting facts about my characters might be important. So today I present ten random facts about my character, Thistle. And a mood board.Thistle (1).jpg

  1. She likes mushrooms a lot.
  2. She is completely a vegetarian
  3. She once chopped all her hair off in an effort to avoid one of her older brothers…
  4. yet has a tattoo to remind her of both of them (plant on each shoulder)
  5. She liked her hair short, so she kept it that way
  6. Mostly lives on a daytime schedule.
  7.  She is lesbian
  8. She is the closest to her mother of the siblings
  9. Has never gone hunting, but can track as well as her elder brother
  10. Her work with Catherine turned into a relationship before long.




Daisy’s Artish Cafe


Formerly Julie’s Coffee, Daisy’s Artish Cafe provides a fun experience. Blending the crafty and artsy inspiration that I love about local coffee shops with a chill atmosphere.

If I was an early bird and didn’t have school during the day, I’d be able to get a better feel for the daytime traffic. Unfortunately, it closes early and I can only catch an hour or two.

The tables are nice and big. There’s plenty of seating. Early afternoon isn’t very busy or noisy. There are outside chairs for warm summer days.

The lighting varies in each section of seating and I think it works. If you want more lighting, or more natural, you have options.

The gallery, paintings, and art can be great inspiration for strugglers of writer’s block.

If you’re a fan of the London Fog or Earl Grey Tea, you’re in luck. It’s delicious.

216 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 1

Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

(224) 372-7341

Cafe Hours:
Monday-Friday 6 am – 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday 7 am – 12 pm

Something’s Brewing

20171114_140011-74287313.jpgSometimes on a chilly, November day the best places to get away from your regular home office, or dining room table, is a cafe filled with background chatter. Something’s Brewing is a refuge from the normal, everyday workstation of your house, with less music and more talking. I sat down with a peppermint tea and a sandwich because they had food, and it was lunchtime.

The sun was out, but the clouds covered it up and made it feel even warmer inside. It’s busy during the lunch rush. Small, round tables crowd the front area across from the counter. Sweets, coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, they sell it all no matter when you get there.

The walls were covered with framed newspaper articles about the cafe’s history. The hours are good and long enough to visit after a typical work or school day. I’m a late afternoon writer who needs places open later.

During the less busy part of the day, it’s chill and easy to stare out the big windows that let in a good amount of natural light. One of the best ways to get inspired is by people watching, and here, it is easy to do that. It’s a perfect place for handwriting or studying.

I didn’t notice any outlets and would’ve had to hunt for them, but with so many people during the lunch hour, that wasn’t an easy task.

Somethings Brewing

82 Center St, Grayslake, Illinois 60030, United States

(847) 543-8600


M-F   5:30am -8:30pm

Saturday 6am-8:30pm

Sunday 7am – 6pm20171114_135954-1324014179.jpg

Cafe Book

20171005_153819.jpgIt’s hard to capture the excitement of walking into this neat cafe. The first thing you’ll notice is the space. Then the bookshelves filled with books and antiques. Lo and behold, there are several large rooms separated from the main area. They loop around and serve as inspiration as every inch of wall space is covered in buyable antiques.

Speaking of antiques, this place is wonderful if you love the aesthetic of vintage places.

Every table is surrounded by a variety of wooden chairs. Outlets and power strips are at every table, prepped for computer usage. The rooms provide a lot of space and quiet for those in need of isolation in order to concentrate. Best times for writing are likely during the less popular times of day, but their hours are what adds to my love of this place.

And if you go there on an empty stomach, they have food aside from the drinks. Parking is easy and there’s plenty of it in town and behind the shops.


M-W-F   7am-5pm

THUR     7am-8pm

SAT         8am-5pm

SUN        8am-3pm

395 Lake St, Antioch, IL 60002

Phone: (847) 395-2223