Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to Sunday!

It has been quite a week for me. How was it for you? I would love to hear in the comments.

Thank you to Natalie for hosting the link party for all things Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my storyaday challenge has been going well. I have been blogging about my process surrounding my writing of flash stories every day on the blog. It has been the best way to keep a process journal for me! I

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I do love a self-imposed challenge. I pose a challenge to myself almost every month of the year. I find this tactic to be motivating to me. It keeps me on track. I do a similar theme type schedule for the blog usually as well. For the Two Writing Teachers blog March daily blogging challenge I chose a theme for each day so it was easier to have a constraint for me to choose what to write.

I have also been using more templates to get started with posts which saves time as well. I have used them for awhile with WordPress but have started to use some Gmail templates also.

Sometimes the challenges work theme wise and sometimes they are not as inspiring and then I change them! I love a good 100 day challenge. My son used to love the number 100 when he was younger. It is a good chunk of time and a great way to start a new habit for me. I started writing letters in January for the 100dayproject which I liked and did a good chunk of but lost interest after about 30 days. It is an idea I will likely come back to. I did the project while it lit me up and then moved on to something else when it didn’t serve me anymore.

In order to share with others, I have been hosting some challenges for other people so they can be inspired as well! I have hosted Bradbury Challenges, Education Energy Challenges, 10 Min Challenges, and an Unpublished to Published challenge/workshop. I have participated in a monthlong blogging challenge for education, a poetry writing month of April and this month is storyaday. Some of these challenges are independent of my Patreon and some are part of my weekly PUSH groups which are so fueling!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am obsessed with Elizabeth McCracken’s new book The Souvenir Museum still. Elizabeth is an prof at the University of Texas. I wish I could audit or take a class with her. I am still looking into that! She said that when she traveled she writes short stories. Her fiction is weird, similar to Kelly Link and Karen Russell for me. While I was at the indoor water park yesterday I kept thinking about her short story about Robinson Crusoe at a waterpark!

Would you like a refill? Some water? I bought the sparkle water you like! I think there are some homemade chocolate cupcakes with the cream filling left too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you registration opened for my Fabulous Flash Fiction class I am teaching June 9-13th. Slots are already filling up! If you cannot make it but know someone who would be interested please share the link with them! You can find more info here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I met with my critique group and I might have figured out where the issue was with this little story I love but cannot seem to publish. I have sent it out several times and it was getting the form rejection. My group was wonderful and shared what they liked and their impressions. As a writer, there are often times I have an idea of what story I am projecting but the reader has a much different experience! This is what I love about an honest and trusted critique group. They can tell what is “wrong” with the story and I can hear them. If only ALL adult friendships were like this!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I would like to know what you find most inspiring about SPRING!

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Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I always love when we chat!

I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

I am already looking forward to our chat next week!

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