Fall Weekend Coffee Share

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Welcome to the first weekend of fall! There is a coolness to the air and the temperatures are staying under 80 which is refreshing. I am ready. On my walks this week I was thinking about how I am looking forward to snow.

I have some french vanilla coffee, caramel coffee, or black coffee. Which would you like today?

The leaves are starting to change. There is lots of yellow and red where I am. The trees seem less confused as the days go on and are not half green anymore. There are some vibrant reds that always put a smile on my face.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am enjoying virtual teaching more than I expected. I have consistent students that show up and participate. The kids are enthusiastic and we are getting lots of reading, writing, art, and problem solving in. SeeSaw has been a platform that seems easy to use for the kids. There are some things that I do not care for but the positives outweigh the negatives.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I started my last 100 days of 2020 project! Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the last 100 days. I am creating a writing prompt for every day for the rest of the year. Having a 100 day challenge motivates me. To celebrate, I hosted a write in and it was a fun hour of writing with friends.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been writing a lot about my character Rachael. She is a baker with a hint of magic and a lot of pain in her past. Her introduction to my writing class was well received and they all want to know more about her. She has been the subject of most of my freewriting and I have been gearing all my prompt writing to her as well. I took a class on Saturday with Nina LaCour and was able to dig into the yet unnamed town where Rachael lives. I am finding this process fascinating.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week felt busy with a lot of moving parts. There seemed to be a lot going on. I had to rely on my lists. There were some things that slipped through so in my weekly review of last week and plans on how to make the coming week a Level 10 I have put some safeguards in place. I need to put some of the small detail things in my planner so I won’t forget them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I read Watch Over Me in 24 hours and loved it. I highly recommend this book. There are ghosts, sadness, joy, relationships, the ocean, and more. Plus the cover is awesome!

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my prompt was featured on the Storyaday site. I use this prompt a lot in my own journal. Let me know what you think! Storyaday September is winding down. My poetry challenge starts this Thursday.

THE PROMPT

Make list of 10 things that you noticed about your day already.

Even if you woke up at 4 am there are certainly things you noticed.

Try to be as precise and sensory as possible and try to avoid metaphor.

And then, at the end, connect those pieces together to make a story.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am planning my October workshop and the topic is HAPPINESS. I have done a lot of research on the science of this idea and some exercises that go along with it. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a personalized action plan.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I was asked to be a part of an educator/writer roundtable on Saturday morning. You can watch the replay here. While you are there, be sure to check out Tim’s resources and blog. He is an amazing podcaster and writer. Check it out!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this lists looks like I was productive – and I was – but it was a struggle. There were some emotions I was working through and disappointments. The biggest disappointment is an opportunity for me to determine what my role is in the negative and try to figure out how to turn it around. I continue to log my wins for the week and walk even when I don’t feel like it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still logging delights! One from this week was the arrival of my brown pens! I ordered a sampler pack from Jetpens and they are fun and fall!

I hope the start to your fall season was wonderful! Thanks for joining me for a chat and some coffee.

Hopefully, we will run into each other throughout the week but if not, we always have SUNDAY!

8 thoughts on “Fall Weekend Coffee Share

    • The brown pens turned out to be more of a delight than expected! I may have found some new favorites.
      yes! All are encouraged to join the 100 writing prompts party. I wrote a post last Tuesday about it and there is info under my Patreon tab at the top of the blog. The $3 level is the prompt one and the invite to the slack community if you like.

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  1. Glad to hear about the positives of virtual teaching! I’ve heard of so many struggles. I hope things smooth out soon if this is going to be the method for a while longer. I love the 100 Days idea as well and the list of 10 things noticed. I just wish I had more time in the day to write. I’ll have to work on that. Thanks for the coffee!

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  2. Tammy i have lots of friends who teach but you are the only one who is reporting how well it is working for you under the covin-ated protocols you must now work with. Why am I not surprised. . . ?

    The idea of a write-in sounds like fun and motivational, but you have already reminded me of something you might enjoy as a teacher. I had a writing class in high school that I still recall as being one of my favorite experiences. On our first class, the instructor told us that each class we would get an assignment and it would be due the next meeting so we would always have something simple in the hopper, but then she said something that changed my writing life. She said if we had a writing project we wanted to work on, she would set aside the normal assignments and help us with our projects.
    I was the only one who had such a project. It was a simple social drama about a young man and two women and how his relationship with them unfolded over a period of a few weeks. There was 1 scene with non-graphic consensual sex and one rape scene that he happened to witness.
    With some angst, I showed my outline to the teacher and stood there as she read through it.
    When she was done, she closed my notebook and appeared to be thinking hard about how to respond.
    I stood there, preparing myself to be slammed down.
    My jaw dropped when she turned to deliver her answer.

    “Gary, I will work with you as you desire on this project and excuse you from all my assignments. Furthermore, if you finish this story before the end of the semester, I will give you an ‘A’ for this class.
    Me and my typewriter had one wild semester and I still have that story out in the file cabinet. I read it a while back and am totally embarrassed at how bad it was — but I learned so much.

    Oh and I landed that ‘A’.

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  3. Oh wow, the fall colors! I’m not looking forward to snow at all, though fall and winter too have their beauty.

    I’d love a French vanilla or caramel coffee! Never had those, so wonder what they’re like.

    Congrats on your prompt being featured! I’d love to use it.

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