Coffee Share

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Let’s sit and have a hot cup of coffee and watch the snow outside. Finally, there is snow here! I wish it had been here for the holidays but I will take it now.

If we were having coffee I would tell you this week flew by. It was busy. I had some really great food this week. With it being so cold I had the hankering for soup. Tomato soup with rustic bread croutons really hit the spot for me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you this week has been full of sadness for me. I am missing some things in my life. I am trying to focus on the positive but it can be hard. A friend of mine was dealing with a tragedy this week as well. It added to the sadness but I was glad to be her friend and talk through some things. It made me feel more connected in a weird sort of way.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had some great morning writing time this week. I was full of inspiration. When I leave the house it leaks away but I took advantage of the time when I had it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have listened to some great podcasts. One of the best was Stop Writing Alone. Two of my great writing friends were on which only took me 13 minutes to stop the podcast and write my own essay.Episode 57: Jenna Britton talks Personal Essays, Podcasts and NewslettersEpisode 57: Jenna Britton talks Personal Essays, Podcasts and Newsletters listen on iTunes listen on Stitcher listen on…stopwritingalone.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote some poetry this week. You can read that here:TrappedA Poemmedium.comStars and Teeth Streaming in the WaterA Poemmedium.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you my #100rejections project is going well. You can read some of my insights here:100 Rejections ProjectAn Update On the Project that is Changing Memedium.comWhat I Have Learned the Last 23 DaysA Reflection on Life and Rejectionsmedium.com

If were were having coffee I would want to hear about your week! What was the best thing that happened to you?

What Does Support Mean to You?

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What does the word support mean to you?

My ex husband used to tell me just being there physically for him was how I could show support. I could not even watch the event he was coaching and he would still feel supported. I could grade or write or read. I just needed to show up.

Sometimes support to me is a listener.

Sometimes it is someone who stands with me.

Sometimes it is someone who does something for me I simply don’t want to do.

Lately it has been a person who engages with me in life giving conversation. To feel fueled intellectually by the words being exchanged. To share things that people are passionate about or what they are learning. I love to learn what people are reading and what is resonating with them.

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What does support look like to you?

Is it different personally or professionally?

Please share with me!

#IWSG FEB!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!


The awesome co-hosts for the The awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG are T. Powell Coltrin,Victoria Marie Lees,Stephen Tremp,Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

I have used pieces of art or photos several times over the past several years as a springboard for my writing.

In Storyaday May and September Julie Duffy has used pieces of fine art as the inspirational prompts.

The most recent piece I used was Van Gogh’s Starry Night in a Skillshare Class from Kathy Fish. I like the piece from Kathy’s class. It has more movement in it than some of the other pieces. During the exercise I was also focusing on unexpected descriptions so it was fun to write.

Maybe someday soon you will see that piece published somewhere.