Hello! Grab your cup of coffee! I am having a strong Columbian blend today.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a busy Saturday! I drove to Lafayette for my daughter’s gymnastics meet. I made good time and had scoped out two independent bookstores on Friday just in case I got there early. I easily found Main Street Books downtown and also walked through the Farmer’s Market.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about Second Flight Books that I also visited. This was a true gem of a bookstore with used and new books and interesting people. One girl sat and worked at a large wood table. It looked like the perfect place to spend a Saturday among the books and the random patrons that came in.
If we were having coffee I would tell you the concept of Utopias keeps coming up. I was part of a co-planning meeting earlier this week and it is part of the concepts my 8th grade teachers teach in their Springboard units. I started to think that I have not read much about utopias. Heaven, of course, is one. Thomas More actually was the first to write about them in 1516. There have been poems written about it by Wislawa Szymborska.
Have you ever thought what your utopia would be like?
I feel I want to explore this idea more and maybe I will take inspiration from Brain Pickings and make a map.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about Inktober and FMF writing. I have been writing every day. Sometimes it is a short story and sometimes it is just about my reaction to the words and how to weave them together. I like the idea of finding the connections between the two words and how they are braided together. I don’t always post because they are too personal or not quite completely formed ideas.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about my critique groups. Yes, groups, because apparently, one was just not enough. I am involved in a Storyaday Slack channel. This is wonderful to talk about writing and share. I also have my mini-critique group with two ladies from the same group. Holly Lisle’s forums are amazing too. I received some really honest feedback that helped tremendously mold a story into something worth sharing!
If we were having coffee I would tell you I was reacquainted with the podcast 88 cups of tea. Such amazing authors on there: Holly Black, Emily X R Pan, Susan Dennard…and more. I also started listening to Writing Class Radio again after scrolling through the episodes.
If we were having coffee I would share I listened to the 10 Minute Writers Workshop podcast which I miss. They are not recording new episodes but the backlog are timeless.
I am so glad that we were able to chat again this week!
What are you working on? What is inspiring you?