Thank you for joining me for our weekly coffee chat today. It has been a busy week!
July is coming!
If we were having a beverage I would tell you I am considering my July challenge. I am considering doing the #10min challenge again. It would be a low stakes challenge where I would send a prompt for 10 minutes of creativity. Let me know in the comments if this idea interests you! Sign up here!
If we were having a beverage today I would tell you I am continuing my Bradbury revision Challenge and am on Day 19.
For the month, I am following Ray Bradbury’s self directed MFA by reading a poem, a short story, and an essay with the intention of using the idea of good words in = good words out.
I welcome your comments, recommendations, and insights!
If we were having a beverage I would tell you this is what I read today:
Poem: Those Winter Sundays
Essay: The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg Kiss
I just absorbed the words today mostly. I have been up since 2am and was able to go back to sleep but the essay was the one that resonated the most. NG talks about a passage she has read aloud at several places by William Kennedy. She uses the structure of his piece to encourage us to write our own.
She asks us to categorize something we have a passion for and then talk about a specific to us.She says to,” Break down category, idea, boundary. Follow your own trail out into the rain.”
What passion would you write about?
Her example is running shoes but even though I am a runner, that topic didn’t appeal to me.
If we were having a beverage I would tell you I attended Sarah Selecky’s FLOW class this week and it was amazing. The first session was about her classic writing exercises that put you into a state of flow. The second day she shared a more indepth exercise from Writing the Wave a book by Elizabeth Ayres. The third day she broke down more of the concept in the book FLOW by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and how they relate to the Story Intensive. I was about to get a copy of the WAVE book from my library. I will work with it this week. You can sign up for the Story Intensive until June 24th.
If we were having a beverage I would tell you that I had an amazing birthday on Wednesday. We went to a great White Sox game. There is always great food too. It was a long but pretty perfect day.
I hope your week was amazing and full of things that bring you joy!