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Spilling the Tea

As I’m sure you all know, my sister, Betsy Bean, had a wildly successful advice column for a coffee company. However, I noticed one significant problem. Her column was all about coffee (and probably way too much focus on Irish cream).

with Lucy Leaf

Now, I am not here to change you all into tea lovers. I just want to share what’s been brewing in the back of my head. It’s been “oolong” time since I’ve written for an audience, and of course, no one can “matcha” Betsy’s way with words, but I’m going to give it a try and hopefully add some varie-tea to this column. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite tea, and let’s solve some problems!

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

Dear Lucy I am trying to get moving on my first novel, but I can’t seem to get past a brief outline. Either my mind is everywhere else, there are too many interruptions, or I can’t stop scrolling on social media. Do you have any advice for me? Sincerely, too much...

Missing that holiday madness?

Dear Lucy, After months (and months and months) of being in quarantine, the one thing I miss the most is being in a crowded store. Even though being around people gives me hives, there's something about the energy in the air when a hustle of shoppers are all...

Social media scrolls and trolls

Dear Lucy Leaf, I enjoy sitting outside in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee and scrolling through my social media feeds. Along with my favorite cozy author pages, I enjoy a local college newspaper. Lately there’s a mean guy who posts horrible comments on the...

How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

Dear Lucy, I am quarantined with my college-age daughter, and she always uses two tea bags instead of one.  I've asked her to please conserve our precious supply, but she keeps “forgetting.” My tea is running out quickly. What should I do? Sincerely, Bubbling Over...

Drive-thru coffee in the time of quarantine.

Dear Lucy, I’ve been feeling very sad recently. I’ve been making myself coffee every morning, but I’m starting to really miss my morning Starbucks trip. There’s just something about someone making coffee for me that’s just so special. What should I do?...

The page vs. screen conundrum.

Dear Lucy: My partner always wants to watch television while I'm enjoying the next book on my TBR shelf. How can I share the appreciation of a good story from actual pages instead of from a flat screen? Sincerely, A chapter ahead Dear Chap: Ah, yes. The page vs....

Raining Cats and Cats

Dear Lucy: I’ve got a stack of new urban fantasy books to read, but my cat keeps climbing on my tea table, then leaping onto my lap, right on top of the open pages. How am I supposed to escape into this great story? Sincerely, Raining Cats and Cats   Dear Raining, Try...

Basic Phrases These Days Are So Boujee.

Dear Lucy: I was invited to a reader's group to spill the tea. What the heck and why would I ruin their tablecloth on purpose?  Sincerely, Spiller? Dear Spiller with a question mark: You dress up in your best tea-drinking finery. There'll be no actual spilling going...

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