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!
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.
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!