Ponderings #SOL21

Each Tuesday I blog and post to the Two Writing Teacher Blog and then read and comment on at least three others posts.

I don’t check my school email everyday in the summer, but I am waiting for a response to something so am checking it more often. Early this morning, I saw an email from my principal that struck my heart strings to click.

As I read of the person she has become over the last 25 years in the district I knew the line that was coming next.

My principal is leaving and moving to another corporation.

This actually makes a few decisions easier for me moving forward but it still makes me sad.


I am more myself when I can walk every day and luckily I am in a space where I can this summer. I have been walking 10-13 miles a day and this makes me happy. I can think about writing and listen to podcast and allow ideas to come to me.

One of the podcasts I love to listen to is the MFA podcast hosted by Jared. The interview this morning is about the University of Minnesota. It was a fabulous episode.

I struggle with the desire to apply and attend an MFA program. The immersion is what appeals to me. I know I can create a DIYMFA. There is even a book and website. There is something about the time set aside for just writing and talking about writing that appeals to me. I know from past experience that you cannot always handpick the community that comes with these programs. I am so honored to have cultivated a rich community of writers I would not trade no matter what class I took!

In any of your creative writing experiences what was the book and/or the writing exercise that made a lasting impression for you?

Writing is a passion for me that existed way before I taught. The skills I learned from teaching and marketing from various professions I have had have led me to where I am now and I am so grateful.

One of my greatest joys is teaching writing to all ages.

Want to join me? I am teaching a second round of my Fabulous Flash Fiction class starting August 4th. Come join the fun! Details and registration are here.

3 thoughts on “Ponderings #SOL21

  1. Tammy, I applaud your desire to keep learning, either formally or DIY. I am of a like mindset. I wish you the best in deciding what to do. I’ll have to look into that podcast. I am enamored of the U of M and think they are a high-quality institution. Many of my sons’ friends went there. Like you, also, I’ve always been enamored of writing whether it was in the field of nursing or the environment. One of the writing assignments that was most memorable to me during my last Master’s degree was writing a metaphor for my life. It was both revealing and instructive. I also enjoyed the process immensely! Best wishes going forward.

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  2. I’m going to have to check out that podcast for sure! One text that I’ve enjoyed working with is Ursula LeGuin’s “Steering the Craft” with several exercises for strengthening writing. As for the Flash Fiction challenge, I’ll have to check that out! Fiction is…kind of my Waterloo. It’s not my strongest suit when it comes to writing, and I know I need to get better.

    Good luck to you as you pursue this next chapter. I’m excited for you!

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