Luck, Llamas, and Experts #SOLC Day 17

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This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge. I will be posting slices from my very own life every day in March. This challenge is a part of the Two Writing Teachers blog. Click here to learn more information about the challenge.

Happy Llama Tuesday! The Llama is celebrating that everyone is a little Irish today. In the light of all that is happening there will be no parades, no green beer and no festivities. We had our corned beef a couple weeks ago which was delicious. I was going to acquire some soda bread but that will have to wait.

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My friend Katherine recommended this interview with some real truth about the virus. Osterholm is an expert even if you aren’t a fan of Joe Rogan.

Today will be filled with reading, writing, and submitting. I perused through my compost pile folder yesterday and reworked some writing I will revisit today. I had a poem accepted into a poetry publication yesterday. You can read that here.

My critique group gave me some insight to the story I submitted for the event so I will rework that today as well. There are some favorite podcasts that are in the queue this morning as well so I am sure they will get a listen.

#happywriting #happyreading

New Routines #SOLC Day 16

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This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge. I will be posting slices from my very own life every day in March. This challenge is a part of the Two Writing Teachers blog. Click here to learn more information about the challenge.

Today is the first day of my Coronavirus break. I have two creative calls today which I am looking forward to. One for my book club for Don’t Keep Your Day Job and my critique group later this evening.

I have started the day with two poems. One each from two favorite poets: Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye. I will find a short story to read today and I am sure there are some new podcasts in my app.

I have started my morning pages and then switched to blogging for this challenge. Today will be filled with writing. I also wrote with my Sarah Selecky writing prompt today.

I have more revision to do for my #100rejections project. There are submissions that need to be sent today.

Do you have a new routine today? I would love to hear about it and your process.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOLC Day 15

A Cup of Coffee and A Conversation

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Welcome back to Sunday! A lot has transpired this week!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am off school for now for 3 weeks. We will see if it is extended after that time. There is much speculation. I am taking the time as a gift and time to relax and take care of myself and my family.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I read more this week. I need to read more now. It is how I cope with stress and also fuels my writing. I read the newest Paris Review yesterday notably a story by Jesse Ball about turning into a mouse. I read several poems too. I have been able to put holds and pick up books I have heard about on my favorite podcasts. One book I picked up is Meander, Spiral, Explode recommended by Kathy Fish during a writing class last year. It is a dense book but smart.

Do you need a refill? Maybe some water? What books are you reading? Do you turn to reading when you are stressed? I am curious.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am still in the middle of my #100rejections project. I am a few pieces behind mostly because all the pieces I have revised and gotten feedback through some type of critique is either sent out or accepted at this point in the timeline. I am in the middle of a critique week now for Storyaday. We have our call tomorrow night. Three people plus the host will comment on my work. I have not read any of the comments yet.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am still keeping up with my Five Minute Friday posts and my Twowritingteacher posts for the challenges. It is satisfying to have this community to lean on.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am writing every day. With so much revising and submitting and output I was writing slower this week. This part of the process is normal for me. I have spurts and different types of movement for words and expressions to be written. I had to replenish my stash of clicky pens that are my favorite at the moment. I am liking blue ink right now.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I did a 7 WHY exercise this week with several friends for my book club. It is a conversation lab that requires you to listen to an issue the other person is having and formulate why questions based on the exchange to dig deeper into the fears and motivations for doing something. My partner is in Norway so we used Voxer. This was a new app for me but worked effectively. We have our call for chapter 10 today. Only two more to go and then we start the next book with a slightly different group.

What has gone on with your week? Read or listened to anything grand this week? Found a new product you cannot live without?

Thanks for having coffee with me my friend! Until next week!

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Grateful #SOLC Day 14

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

Grateful journals have been around for a long time now. I remember Oprah talking about it a long time ago. Madame Pamita talks about a 2 page journal spread where you write what you are grateful for on the left page and then what you want to manifest on the right. I tried it for a couple days. Now that I have more time with 3 weeks off I may try it more often. If you would like to hear her explanation check out her Youtube video. I do write affirmations now. I never used to like them until my friend Sam Kimberlie changed my mind.

I am grateful

-there were precautions taken to keep people safe.

-for the gift of three weeks.

-for writing and reading time.

-for the opportunity to rest.

-for time to connect with readers and writers online.

-for the people I work with and how wonderful they are.

-friends near and far.

-being an introvert and not being unnerved by the possibility of not leaving the house for awhile.

What are you grateful for at this strange time in our world?

How to Be A Writer #SOLC Day 13

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Happy Friday the 13th! Today is typically a lucky day for me. With St Patrick’s day around the corner my students and I talked about luck yesterday. Who knows what the conversation will look like today!

The copy of this little poster has been with me since the late 90’s. I do not remember where I first saw it. I have used it as a mentor text with students to make their own posters.

It reminds me of SARK’s work as well. Her posters are more colorful:

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I had my first graders a long time ago construct how they wished to be loved. It is an interesting question to ask and answer.

What it is that you truly need?

Thinking Thursday #SOLC Day 12

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

My coffee is hot this morning and I am thinking about this week. It has been moving along smoothly and quickly. Today is one of those days where I am waiting for answers from other people. I cannot control the situation, but the result will have impact on my life moving forward. We are almost to the end but sometimes it is hard to wait. I am encouraged though! The birds are singing outside my window and I am grateful for all that is in my life.

I attended a new writing group last evening. It was lovely and held at the library. It was upstairs in a board room and I had to be let in a locked door by a library worker. It made it feel very “secret society”. There was reading and critique first. Then we did a 10 minute writing exercise and then read those pieces. There were 5 other people in attendance. Apparently, there are 12 members all together but not all active.

This morning I am super excited that Sarah Selecky is on the Secret Library Podcast. I am listening and writing at the same time. I may have to pause, but I find both Caroline’s and Sarah’s voice inspiring.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

The superpower I would love to have is to read faster. I have so many books I want to read and although I read quickly it never seems to be fast enough. I need to train myself again to sit and read for longer periods of time. My reading stamina has suffered. With everything in our lives happening in such bursts I find it difficult to sit and read anymore. Sitting and writing doesn’t seem to be a problem, only reading. Part of the issue is reading is fuel for my writing and I often will stop reading and go write something down.

I would love to hear your answer to the question!

Able Body? Able Mind? #SOLC Day 11

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

I am moving slowly this morning. Coffee seems to be taking longer than usual and I seem to be functioning on a 10 second delay.

I do not like this question as well as some of the others. I would choose the young mind over the body. Learning and input is more important to me. I would hope that I could still function physically to the best of my ability by still exercising and taking care of myself.

I hope I live to at least 90! I have things to do with the rest of this life.

On another note…

Have you seen the movie ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES? I remember seeing the book but did not read it. It was a sweet endearing movie. As a writer, I liked how the structure of the movie was contained within a high school assignment of exploring Indiana and its interesting places. The internal transformations of the two main characters were well done.

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The movie was the perfect compliment to my evening of library, dinner, reading and talking to people I love.

#happywriting

Do You Have a Hunch? #SOLC Day 10

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

This question always strikes me as odd because I do not have a hunch about how I will die. I hope that I live a long life. I take care of myself and eat well so I hope my body decides to stick around. I am always learning and keep my mind sharp too. I would be more upset if my mind starting going then my body honestly.

There are people who think about their death more than I. There are moments of course. There are plans. I want to be buried in a forest with a tree as a headstone, not in a traditional cemetery.

I read The Immortalists several years ago (highly recommended if you haven’t read it) and the children had learned the date of their death from a fortune teller. The story follows the lives of the 4 siblings and how this data informed how they lived their lives. It was fascinating and you cannot help but think how you would react.

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In my life I have found that how I think I will react to a situation is sometimes different than when I am in the middle of it. I have learned to not make assumptions and judgements and be a little more graceful with myself and others.

Do you have a hunch about your death?

This might be a question to take to your journal!

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Sing….Sing me A Song! #SOLC Day 9

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

Last Wednesday was my son’s 17th birthday so we sang to him – as well as Alexa which was funny. The Dairy Queen ice cream cake is always a hit in my house. I sing with students, but don’t think I sing to them.

I sang to myself in the car this week to the radio. I often just have podcasts on but the app was being persnickety and I restarted the phone. I didn’t want the silence and turned. on the radio for a few minutes. I am so accustomed to input especially in the car.

Singing is something I do, but do not consider myself good at it. My son was in choir for years and loved it but moved on to other activities when he went to high school. It does make me feel vulnerable because I do not feel I am good at it.

What is your answer today?

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Weekend Coffee Share #SOLC Day 8

A cup of coffee and a conversation…

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Welcome back to Sunday! It is a full moon tonight and the time change. I do not like daylight savings time at all.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the twowritingteachers.org challenge is working nicely. We are one week in and I have posted every day. The interaction is the highlight of this challenge and the inspiration from reading everyone’s writing.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my son turned 17 this week. There was birthday meatloaf and mashed potatoes and St. John beans with DQ ice cream cake.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I bought a ticket for an event in October. I will have a lot of time to anticipate this event.

If we were having coffee I would tell you Nicole from Wild Words reminded me to listen to the Between the Covers podcast. I listened to a panel with Kelly Link about writing about and with JOY which got me thinking. The craft talks are amazing especially the one with Alexander Chee. I highly recommend it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a piece published at Spelk this week. It is a piece that has a high emotion for me. I edited it with Nancy Stohlman’s class and am happy it has found a place in the world.Prison of Enormous Spaceby Tammy L. Breitweiser She is cross legged on the beige carpet in between the triangles left by an industrial cleaner…spelkfiction.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you I got another acceptance in my inbox this week. It is another story I love and will let you know when it is out in the world.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we made corned beef yesterday for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It was sooooo good. Always a nice seasonal dinner.

I would love to hear about your week as well. Have you watched anything good? I am stuck on Survivor right now. Read anything good?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am starting my online classes!This is What Life Long Learning Looks LikeTeachers and Friends of Teachers are invited to this interactive class to learn some tips about how to get your…mailchi.mp

Thanks for joining me for coffee!

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