A Cup of Heart

He held out his hands and put the glass bowl in front of me. It was half full with small folded papers. Back in my apartment, Black, my goldfish, lived in the same kind of bowl. His hands were now on his hips. Sleeves rolled up and apron the color of coffee bean was crisp. His widened eyes were watching me. Expecting me to take one the folded papers.
“Come on, man. I just want a cappuccino. Sweet, creamy, but strong.” I gave him my best smile.
“It doesn’t work that way here.” From the other side of the table, he pointed out at a sign on top of it.
My smile disappeared. “Fine.”
I picked one paper, glared at him, and opened the paper. It was written ‘heart’. I let out a frustration but his satisfying laughter was louder. He would be handsome if the glass bowl didn’t hit his face first, I thought, entertaining the idea.

It had been a month I had my coffee here and heart was the only latte art I got for my cappuccino. I didn’t even care about the bloody drawing but this man who otherwise was quite handsome if I hadn’t been regularly cross at him said it was a rule here to choose a surprise latte art for our coffee! A fresh cup of coffee with lily drawing was delivered to a man at a nearby table.
“Why can’t I have that just once? Or a smiley for a change!” I hissed.
He shrugged indifferently. “Luck, I guess.” He took the bowl and put it back under the table. “One cappuccino coming right up. Sweet, creamy but strong. Enjoy the heart.”
He gave me his widest brightest smile. I rolled my eyes, picked up my yoga mat, and walked to my usual table next to the front window.

At the barista’s table, he returned the bowl next to an identical bowl half full with small folded papers. He sensed his friend passed behind and muttered under the breath. Only loud enough for his ears to hear.

“It’d be a lot easier if you just tell her directly.”

First posted the story as very mini short story in my instagram.

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Antologi Cerpen – Sebuah Niat untuk Terus Menulis

Cerpen Majalah Femina
Niat. Yang penting niatnya.
Sebenarnya saya sudah lama berniat melanjutkan draft-draft cerpen yang terbengkalai. Ya niat doang. Belum pernah saya laksanakan dengan berbagai alasan. Salah satunya karena saya takut berkomitmen waktu untuk menulis (saja). Menulis itu butuh banyak faktor pendukung selain mood. Ada faktor ketenangan lingkungan yang sangat penting, faktor kenyamanan tempat menulis, faktor bebas gangguan, dsb dkk dll. Kalau saya sudah berkomitmen untuk menulis, artinya saya akan menjadi sangat selfish. Tidak mau diganggu selama jam-jam saya menulis. Tanpa adanya ruangan sendiri yang bebas gangguan, kondisi ini sulit kecuali saya menulis dari tengah malam sampai dini hari. Coba setiap hari gini, minggu kedua tipes langsung kan?
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Officially a Published Writer

Tepat 12 tahun dan 1 bulan yang lalu (oke ini saya udah ngitungnya pakai kalkulator), novel pertama saya Hair-Quake resmi diluncurkan di 13 April 2008. Setelah sebelumnya cuma jadi penulis blog, jurnal, diary, komen blog orang, laporan kantor, Alhamdulillah sudah bisa merambah ke profesi penulis novel. Sejak itu saya sudah menulis 4 novel Metropop dengan GPU, 3 novel antologi dengan Lingkar Pena, 1 buku cerita anak antologi dengan Blogfam, dan 2 cerpen di Majalah Femina. Belum seberapa memang.

Pertengahan tahun 2013, A Wish for Love, novel yang keempat diterbitkan. Sejak itu karir penulisan novel saya berhenti sampai 7 tahun kemudian di tahun 2020 ini dan saya hanya sanggup menelurkan 2 cerpen di Majalah Femina. Kenapa berhenti? Sibuk, Bambaaaang 😀 .
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Menjadi Penulis

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Setelah beberapa kali batal datang di acara Meet and Greet Gramedia, hari ini saya bisa nongol juga. Awalnya saya dapat email dari Siska, editor saya yang super kewren itu, mengenai acara Gramedia Festival dalam rangka 40 tahun GPU. Ada acara temu pengarang Metropop, katanya. Setelah lihat agenda yang super sibuk kosong, saya daftar juga. Untung masih diterima panitia :).

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