Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend!

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week was a struggle. There was a lot scheduled this week and by the time we got to Wednesday I was exhausted. I had to cancel some things in order to not lose my mind. How was your week?

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been thinking a lot about what we ask for and what we do not. I wrote my newsletter about it that went out Friday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I hosted two events this week. One was my regular weekly PUSH group which was amazing. It is always rich with conversation and that hour fuels me in so many ways. The other was a write in where I shared three of my favorite prompts. There were a handful of us so we were able to read what we wrote in 7 minute increments. We laughed so hard and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to a flash fiction festival this weekend. Saturday morning was a workshop by Kathy Fish and Sunday morning was a workshop by K.B Carle. The whole festival was amazing. It normally is in person so the pandemic does allow for us to attend from my living room and my run. I was able to get two drafts out from Kathy’s workshop. I always enjoy working with her.

It is an amazing practice to see all the names that I recognize in the zoom call.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I started running again this week. I had been walking for almost the entire pandemic. I ran two summers ago and worked my way up to 13 miles in a single run just to make sure I could do it again.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a new challenge starting March 15! You can sign up for this free challenge here: https://mailchi.mp/18cdb0dbd335/10min10days. It is a 10 minute daily challenge for 10 days. I will send you daily inspiration for those 10 days. It is going to be amazing.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

#10minfor10days

Starting March 15!

Sign up here!

Do you want to change your life? All you need is 10 minutes!

This free challenge is for anyone that wants to change their creative life.

I love the 10 minute time frame and have changed my writing routine using it.

Sign up and starting March 15 you will receive a daily email with inspiration.

There are various levels of accountability needed for your needs.

Everyone has 10 minutes!

You can write whatever you want – freewrite, poems, memoir, journal entry – You decide.

Don’t miss it!

Click here: https://mailchi.mp/18cdb0dbd335/10min10days

Tonight – You’re Invited!

You’re invited!

I want us to come together and create some writing energy!
Come join a write-in and be inspired!
Open to everyone!

I invite you to come and write. I will provide the prompts and the space.

The events I have hosted in the past have been amazing!

Come get some writing done and be around some creative people.
Bring a little joy into your life!

The gathering is tonight at 7pm central – Feb 25!

Click on the link to sign up and get the zoom link!

I cannot wait to write with you!

Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend!

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a write in on Thursday! Sign up here to get the info! I will provide the writing space and prompts and you provide the creativity!

If we were having coffee, I would tell I went to a writing circle on Sunday on Zoom (of course). It was an amazing experience. The host was Jane Brunette who I recommend highly. You can find her website here. There were prompts, writing, reading and sharing of favorite lines. It was magically fueling!

Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? Go here to do that now. It is delivered to your inbox on Fridays and always contains a heartfelt story which allows you to know me better. I also tell you the most current happenings I am offering.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week has been rough. I have had some periods of sadness and discomfort. I am trying to figure out the sources and also how to deal with them. Writing is always a solution!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I got my second COVID vaccine. I did not have a reaction this time, so that was a delightful surprise. I did have to wait a lot longer to get the second dose however. The change in the schedule compared to a regular week really threw me off somehow. I am thankful my school corporation cares enough to push to get us the vaccine. Many teacher friends have not been as lucky.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I watched Brene Brown’s NETFLIX special. Her work is always enlightening to me. I have been asking myself, “What is the story I am telling myself?” ever since I watched.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am taking Tommy Dean’s microfiction writing class and it is great. The prompts are interesting and I am meeting some new writers I hope to stay in contact with after the class is over. Do you have a recommendation for a great class? I am taking Traci Skuce’s class starting on Monday. I loved her writing summit and am excited to work more with her so soon. Over in my Patreon Slack community we have been sharing resources this month! Many of them free.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my 100 day project is moving along, but I haven’t posted on Instagram this week. You can check out the snippets about my main character Jack that I have posted if you go here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am reading Wintering, The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May and loving it. She is such a rich storyteller at the sentence level and I am resonating with so much of her prose and ideas.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

#FMF Observant

observant

Every Friday I write for 5 minutes using Kate’s Prompt. You can find her here.

Sometimes I post my words.

Observant: Set the timer and GO

When am I observant? Always. I am always looking for details and patterns. It is the way I am designed. I love the nuance of people, even though I struggle with the time I am around them sometimes. I am continually making notes and saving them for later. I have notebooks of saved ponderings. Sometimes I have done since I can remember. I record how people speak and stand. I notice how the lists come out and in what order. I log the taste of coffee and how close cars get to me on my daily walks. I think about the scratch of the pen and how a student chose Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in class the day before.

Lately I have been observing myself. Examining why I react now at 46 how I do. Some behaviors I have traced back to single digit ages. I am suspicious of compliments and questions that have no context.

I am observant of dreams. A new process brought to me that I am unpacking the symbols and what associations I have. I observe to construct my own understanding.

I have been observing that I am processing out loud much more often than normal. Is this partly because of the pandemic? I am uncertain yet. I will keep observing and see what emerges.

After all, I can’t help myself.

You’re Invited!

You’re invited!

I want us to come together and create some writing energy!
Come join a write-in and be inspired!
Open to everyone!

I invite you to come and write. I will provide the prompts and the space.

The events I have hosted in the past have been amazing!

Come get some writing done and be around some creative people.
Bring a little joy into your life!

The next gathering is Feb 25!

Click on the link to sign up and get the zoom link!

I cannot wait to write with you!

What Did You Write in Your Notebook Today?

I am always curious about what others are writing in their notebooks. Are you writing stories? Notes? Snippets? Memories? Following a template of some sort? It is different for me every day.

I heard Julia Cameron talk about that morning pages help you explore what you like, what you don’t, what you want more of and what you want less of. Some mornings I use those ideas as headings.

I wrote this morning, as I always do, but I will also write later because I am taking a writing circle class. I will work on my novel rewrite later as well.

What did I write today?

  • A story that incorporated the words: enchanted, padded, syrup and Tahoe. [This is my #wordshare, Julie Paul, and Sarah Selecky words combined]
  • A list of words that begin with O
  • Operate was a word that I kept wanting to write over and over again so I started a snippet of a story using that word.
  • I pulled my 3 tarot cards for today and wrote a few lines about them
  • After looking at a memoir I am partially reading I wrote down lines about my Oma, a note to write about all the places I have been, a line I asked a co-worker that changed the trajectory of our relationship and a note to write about my wedding dress. [These are reminders of stories to write later.]
  • I recalled the dream I had and wrote down what I remember
  • I drew a doodle of a bunny rabbit holding a heart
  • I wrote some sentences about the snow and that it is -5 degrees outside. I also wrote down some details about a conversation I had yesterday
  • I made a small to do list of 2 items I want to get done by tomorrow

What did you write in your notebook today? I would love to hear.

Snowy Weekend Coffee Share

It is the weekend to “celebrate hearts” as one of my kindergartners said this week.

Welcome to the weekend! It is still cold and snowy here. It is amazing!!!

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell my story was published Saturday at Fiction Kitchen Berlin. I loved writing this story and am thrilled it found the perfect home. If you want to hear more about where the story came from, you can read that here.

Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? Go here to do that now. It is delivered to your inbox on Fridays and always contains a heartfelt story which allows you to know me better. I also tell you the most current happenings I am offering.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am making progress on my novel rewrite. I had to have several conversations about getting out of my own way! Taking some pressure off myself and telling the critics to get in the trunk has helped.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I published a new episode of the podcast about a technique I use all the time in writing classes. Quickwrites were introduced to me fairly early in my teaching career by Linda Reif. You listen here. I used an Ada Limon poem I love for this exercise.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my 100 day project is going well. Since I have a group of writers in my circle I get to hear about their processes as well. You can check out the snippets about my main character Jack if you go here.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today.

Saturday Flash!

I am excited to share that my story is out in the world today!

I love this story and am so proud it is published in Fiction Kitchen Berlin.

You can read it here.

In podcast interviews, I always love to hear about where stories came from in the writer’s words. It helps me to pay attention to my own life and writing moving forward.

This story ended up being a mash up of a couple of other drafts. The reindeer line in the story came from a real conversation I had. Amazon indeed does not sell reindeer. The conversation centered around a comment about reindeer in the front yard would be more festive than mowing it.

I have been to New Orleans and was affected by the energy of the town. I felt uncomfortable the entire time I was there. A strange vibe hangs in the air there and I couldn’t shake the memory of it. It had to end up in a story! When I was there, I overheard a tour talking about Love Potion number 9 in one of the shops. New Orleans is the kind of place where you walk and the buildings seem to move. We went past a little bookshop we planned to go back to and we could never find it again. [I also had the best fried chicken I ever had at Emril’s restaurant but that has nothing to do with the story.]

Over the past several years I have written various stories with dolls in them: paper dolls, nesting dolls, poppets, etc. I wondered what a character would do with a voodoo doll and what would cause her to want to order one. As I revised this story seemed to come together in all the right ways.

Thank you to Chari who gave me honest feedback which allowed me to polish the story!

I am pleased with how the story turned out and proud that Fiction Kitchen Berlin thought it was amazing too!

I would love to know what you think! Let me know in the comments.

#happyreading #happywriting

#FMF Once

Every Friday I write for 5 minutes with the word as the springboard.

Once when I was two years old I moved from the little house next to railroad tracks to a different house in a different town. I don’t remember moving, but I have heard the stories and seen the home movies. The movies were shown on the old projectors with the film that flapped when you reached the end. I haven’t seen them since elementary school. Filmstrips were used in middle school with a separate cassette tape. Time has moved on and so has technology.

The story underneath this one is that time changes perspective.

There are chunks of time I don’t remember at all. Why is that? Did shifts not happen? Am I blocking something I want to forget? Did I not have any transformations?

Once when I was eighteen I moved to college but there was no one to help me. I was the first person in my family to go to college and I do not remember any family friends that had gone either. I had to be resourceful and learn to pivot in the moment.

The story underneath this one is that I learned to depend on myself early in my life through experience, circumstance, and need.

Once when I was twenty one I moved to an apartment in a brand new town for a brand new job.  “A real job” whatever that is. I don’t remember how we found the apartment and I don’t remember touring it first. I had no friends. I didn’t seem to fit. I threw myself into my work and came close to burn out in March of the school year.

The story underneath this one is that I learned extreme behavior to make changes to my life early in my career. I found a pattern that worked in the short term and followed it.

Once when I was twenty five I moved to a house I purchased. A real adult moment that left me feeling trapped. We lived there for less than a year because my Oma died and we moved back to my hometown.

I never wanted to move back there. My grief clouded my judgment and I said yes when I should have said no. It is one of the few regrets I have in my life. There are months I have no recollection of anything connected to the year 2000.

The story underneath this one is that I felt betrayed by a decision made at a highly emotional moment in time.

Once when I was forty six I wondered how much time I have lost in my own timeline.

The story underneath this one is the reason I write.