5 Favorite Podcasts #SOLC Day 7

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I am a podcast junkie. While I drive I always have one playing because I love to learn. It is a part of my input rhythms now.

Here are 5 of my current favorites.

Stop Writing Alone (published on Thursdays)

Storyaday (published on Saturdays)

StoryADay

Brave Enough to Be (published on Wednesdays)

Brave Enough to Be is launching *SOON*

The Next Right Thing (published on Tuesdays)

Creative Kindergarten

I have a large number of podcasts I subscribe to. Some of the other are Between the Covers, Writing Excuses, Writing Radio, Teachers on Fire, and How Do You Write.

What is your ear candy? Any recommendations?

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Perfect Days #SOLC Day 6

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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 have written about this perfect or ideal day many times. It is part of many creative programs including The Artist’s Way.

If I visualize and think about what my ideal life looks like writing is in the forefront. First, I would love to have a writer shed. It would be awesome to have a space to write that would be a little house. I love to look at tiny houses and writing sheds on Pinterest.

Honestly, any time that I can write most of the day is the epitome of the ideal life. I write anywhere and everywhere. I have a desk now but do not often use it.

There has to be notebooks to write it and my favorite pens. I love Inkjoy pens. Right now I ordered a sampler from JetPens of several different fountain pens and have been using those. I also need a computer with the internet because I write using Google Docs.

The ideal writing life is to wake up and write my morning pages and work on a piece of writing — usally a short story or essay. I would publish a piece to Medium. During this whole time I would be drinking strong black coffee.

I pull my tarot cards for the day for whatever deck is calling to me.

Then I have the option for a morning nap. I often call this storynap because the dreams are vivid and lend themselves to a story or a piece of writing.

Then I would go for a walk and listen to podcasts. There would be time for reading and reflecting.

Based on the reading or the walk I would jot some thoughts down for writing.

Then lunch.

A little more writing in the afternoon.

Some days I could go to a coffee shop. Afternoons could be used for marketing and emails that need to be sent. I could converse with some of my writing community.

The best part of this ideal writing life? I would have a bank account that never dipped below a 6 figure income!

Now that would be something!

Telephone Calls – Day 5

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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 do …EVERY SINGLE TIME. I once put a 1 minute telephone call off for over 3 hours because I was trying to muster the courage to dial the phone. I often will write out a script for myself. I do not even like calling for pizza.

As an introvert I always feel like I am going to be caught off guard and be at a loss for words. I am better now about it, but only like talking on the phone to people I am close to and I know won’t judge me.

I prefer to text and order online or chat. I am more comfortable with the words when I can see them. Since I have several groups that use Zoom now I am much for comfortable with video calls since it feels more like a face to face conversation. It is not the same as in real life, but it is better than the phone for me.

I am one of those people that when go to a company website and am thrilled when you have to email or open a chat box rather than a phone number!

A friend a few years ago sent me a meme which sums it up:

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Do you rehearse your lines?

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Three Favorite Lines #SOLC Day 4

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Here are three lines from various books I have read that stuck with me. They are in no particular order.

A Tale for the Time BeingRuth Ozeki

“Just wasting time, killing time, feeling crappy. And what does it mean to waste time anyway? If you waste time is it lost forever? And if time is lost forever, what does that mean? It’s not like you get to die any sooner, right? I mean, if you want to die sooner, you have to take matters into your own hands.”

Betwixt-And-BetweenJenny Boully

“Because things will break, and their breaking will make you a poet.”

Written on the BodyJeanette Winterson

…felt like a thief with a bagful of stolen glances. It’s odd being in someone else’s room when they’re not there. Especially when you love them. Every object carries a different significance. Why did she buy that? What does she especially like? Why does she sit in this chair and not that one?

Bonus line:

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

“The first draft as a chrysalis of guesses.”

These lines can just be read and enjoyed. They can be the beginnings of your own writing. Or for another challenge try to weave all three together for one story.

I’ll let you know what I decide. #happywriting

Llama Famous #SOLC20 Day 3

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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.

The only way I would like to be famous is through my writing. I have no desire to be recognized on the street, only by my name. I do not like large crowds or having my picture taken. I want my words to be spread wide and for people to enjoy them. The only paparazzi I like are the children that I teach that always seem to capture what you don’t want them to! haha

The part of being famous that would not be too bad is to be rich. Then I could travel and gift people with the things they need in their classroom. I enjoy being the random gift fairy occasionally. Surprises in mailboxes or on desks to make someone smile is a wonderful thing. How nice it would be to provide a classroom library to someone of brand new books! Or weekly lunch in the teacher’s lounge for a year.

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

And yes, for the llamas!

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Tuesday’s used to be my favorite day because podcasts published that morning. Then a trip to Target yielded stickers with the image above. At first it seemed an oddity but fun. I was drawn to the llamas. At that point, I didn’t realize how much of a lasting effect the llama would have on my life.

Emily P. Freeman of the The Next Right Thing Podcas talks about #simplytuesday — the idea that Tuesday is a special day all its own.

It isn’t the beginning of the week — it isn’t hump day — it isn’t Friday Eve- it’s just a normal ordinary “do what you need to do” day. I decided it needed something special to liven it up that was my own. People make up holidays all the time so why not me? This was the day Llama Tuesday was born.

Llamas are a little ornery. They spit, they can be pretentious, and have a bit of an attitude. I think that Llamas and writers have a lot in common in these ways so I started to slip it onto the end of my blog posts. Since slice of life postings are during the year one Tuesdays it seemed fitting to use this venue to try out my new message.

I started posting a random “Happy Llama Tuesday” message in my regular writing community on Slack as well as the bottom of blog posts. At first, I didn’t offer any explanation. I just wanted to see if people would notice.

They noticed.

Now it is a regular practice and the tag line now is “Happy Llama Tuesday — Celebrate accordingly!” So you might celebrate by being a little sassy that day or bring a smile to someone’s face. It is not the customary greeting which can catch people off guard pleasantly.

It has become the official timestamp of the week. One writer even made comment that she was glad her phone finally had auto suggestions in her phone that had llama following happy.

I wasn’t expecting the Llama to have such a lasting effect but I am glad she did!

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31 Things About Me #SOLC Day 2

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Thanks to Dawn who posted this as her first #SOLC post! Here is Dawn’s blog.

Here we go again…

  1.  I have lost count of how many times I have participated in the March Slice of Life Challenge.
  2. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla with raspberries and whipped cream.
  3. I met my husband at work.
  4. I’m a morning person…now.
  5. I write every morning.
  6. I am a published author.
  7. Birch trees are my favorite.
  8. I have run with an Olympian.
  9. It is a great joy to read aloud to my students and be able to tell them “I met this author” and then tell them something no one knows about their writing.
  10. I am a yoga teacher.
  11. I had scarlet fever when I was 4 and have been scared of doctors ever since.
  12. Orange is my favorite color.
  13. 13 is my favorite number.
  14. I love Jack, tequila, Sam Adam’s cold snap, Diet Coke, ice water, and wine.
  15. I hate me some kale.
  16. I have a scar on my right wrist from burning it taking corn muffins out of the oven in middle school Home Ec.
  17. I swam in high school and went to state.
  18. I didn’t start running til I was in my 30’s.
  19. I have run 10 marathons and several ultras (anything over 26.2) and one 50 miler.
  20. I have 4 children.
  21. When I was a toddler I used to hold my breath and make myself pass out when I was mad. I used to do this over trivial things like not wanting to eat my green beans. My parents took me to a sleep study to find out their daughter was just stubborn. They were not happy.
  22. I am a podcast junkie – I LOVE THEM!
  23. I used to play the violin and doubted my ability the entire time. I was third chair and was recruited to the college orchestra but haven’t played since I was 17.
  24. I adore my online writing community through Storyaday.org
  25. I adore my Mastermind book club hosted by Sam Kimberlie.
  26. I am reading Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller with the Mastermind group.
  27. I read tarot cards.
  28. I am reading Amber Spark’s collection And I Do Not Forgive You
  29. I used to teach bootcamp classes.
  30. I once started tomato plants from seeds and it worked!
  31. I love to teach workshops.

What is one thing I don’t know about you?

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Dinner Guests #SOLC20 Day 1

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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.

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I have been asked this question many times. I read a book within the last couple of years about a dinner party of all these connected characters. You cannot help but think about who you wanted to be at your table. It is a recommended read from me!

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I often think I would love to have one last dinner with my Oma who died in 2000. It is hard to believe that on April 1 it will be 20 years that she is gone. I would want her to cook the dinner though too! I miss her Sunday dinner of roast, gravy, boiled potatoes, red cabbage, and “green stuff”. Green stuff was whatever green veggies made it on the table that week: Brussels sprout, asparagus, beans, etc.

I would like to have dinner with Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link as well. They are both authors I admire. Neil writes in a little cottage. Kelly has a small group she gets together with every week. I would love to hear more about both of these practices. I would love to hear about their processes. Kelly just opened a bookstore too. Lots of reading and writing conversation for sure during that dinner!

Who would you like to have dinner with?

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Time Flow and Contraint

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I have come to know that time is a human constraint, not a natural one. Cycles are natural and occur, but time is imposed. The new moon cycle started yesterday. Usually, this is a time was thinking about goals and what to bring forth before the full moon. This new moon, although positive goals are set, seemed emotionally rough for me Sunday and Monday.

Every thing does have its season whether it is friends, interests, or situations in the classroom. Everything is temporary.

The last two Monday’s have been wonderful for me. The time flowed nicely and I didn’t feel rushed. I also didn’t feel like anything dragged on forever like I was on the treadmill.

Yesterday…not so much. To be fair, those I issues I had Sunday caused me to not fall asleep til 1 am and I woke up before the alarm at 5am. Something was off, and not just on my end. I had students crying that never do. There was a noise level that went beyond constructive and kept escalating. Students were not responding who normally do even when their names were called.

We all made it through all though it was painful partly because the time felt like it was moving slowly. The flow we normally have was elusive.

On days like these, I try to remember the positive. It is how I control time. I got lots of hugs and pictures made for me. The kids’ expressions for blood oranges was priceless. ART!

Today, we start again.

What do you do when you feel time is messing with you?

My Current Favorite Things

I haven’t done one of these posts in a long while! To celebrate Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Tuesday challenge I am sharing my favorite things right now.

On Tuesdays teachers around the world share their posts and comment. It is a great community. I am gearing up for the March Challenge where I post every day. It is always great fun to be inspired by other people’s teaching lives and the comments.

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These Pentel Energel Pens are my current favorite. I have been using the blue and the purple. I adore purple ink. I often will get purple for my fountain pen refills too. These pens are perfect for my morning pages every day because they are fast. I prefer the fine needle tip.

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One thing that is fueling me in a big way is my book club. We are reading Cathy Heller’s book right now. The learning is helping me work on my interactive classes that will start next month and I am super excited about it. I love life giving conversation and these classes online are going to connect me to people all over the world in a meaningful way!

This podcast this last week was amazing. Nicole interviewed Jenna Britton who is a podcaster herself on Brave Enough to Be and a personal essayist. The conversation was free flowing and inspiring.

This is my water bottle. Outside my room is a water fountain that fills the bottles quickly which helps me drink water all day. I love this bottle – llamas make me happy!

Happy Llama Tuesday everyone! I leave you with this favorite llama image:

Remember to smile my friends!

#SOL It Is 100 Day!

Monday was the celebration of 100 days of school. There were signs all over the school about how we are all 100 days smarter. In my classroom, there was a full day of centers.

I paid attention to the energy of the kids throughout the day. The center time went well and the rotations were good. There were no issues with anyone missing a center which I have encountered before.

An activity my own kids love is stacking the plastic cups. I had 100 of them for the kids to stack as tall as they could. It was a huge hit.

There was also painting with cotton swabs, hat making, a 100 day book, practicing writing 100, and making sets of 10 unifex cubes. There was even a special snack.

Overall, it was a great day.

Things went back to normal on Tuesday. I was able to pull pairs of students to do cut up sentences and writing. It was another great day in kindergarten!

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