Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend! This week was loooooooong for me.

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you Storyaday is in full swing. I am posting reflections about the prompts, my stories and my process daily on the blog. So far I have written a full story each day. I am connecting with some new writers which has been fun. Some of the stories have surprised me which is always a good thing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a day of Voxer coaching on Monday which was enlightening. I was able to talk out some things that were puzzling me with my community and what I want to do next. If you are not familiar with Voxer, it is an app that allows you to record audio messages for another person. Essentially it is voice texting. I normally am not an audio processor but have found that this app helps me in certain situations.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my professional development this week at work was not fun. We were looking at the Wisconsin standards and determining their Depth of Knowledge number. After an hour and a half I was done.

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 I was able to attend a Hermit Crab workshop during my lunch time this week. The class was out of the UK and worked out with my schedule. Hermit Crab styles are a way to write a story that takes the form of something else like a recipe or advertisement. I have been having trouble with the recipe aspect of the form and there was an example that was really helpful.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this weekend I am spending time with my son. I also have a writing circle on Sunday I am looking forward to. Plus there is writing time!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I hope to listen to some great podcasts while I am in the car this weekend. Any recommendations?

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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!

I am gathering creatives for a Fabulous Flash Fiction class June 9-13th. Registration opens May 15. Sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/d376163c35bc/fabulous-flash-fiction

I am teaching a class about What the HECK to do with all your freewrites! You can sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/866f580e114c/freewrites

Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to May!!

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 going to DisneyWorld next month! I am taking my son for a graduation present and it seems unbelievable to say out loud.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I wrote and read a lot of poems during the month of April. May is dedicated to short stories. I am reflecting on my writing process in a public way for this challenge. The posts will go up several times a week, if not everyday. You can check out DAY 1 here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am obsessed with Elizabeth McCracken’s new book The Souvenir Museum and I was able to pick up a hold from library yesterday. I was thrilled and started reading it immediately.

Would you like a refill? Some water? I have homemade s’mores and vanilla cupcakes with my grandmother’s frosting.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I took some time off in the evenings the last week of April and it wasn’t as refueling as I thought it would be. The new schedule is tiring, but I am getting used to it. I am hosting my PUSH group this Tuesday and I am so glad. I missed it terribly last week. I could tell I did not have my intellectual conversation on Wednesday morning! I woke up frustrated and not rested.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am back to my fasting schedule and it is going well. I will be at my goal weight by the end of June.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you there are lots of exciting things coming this month and next. I have two writing classes later in the month. There are a few short trips planned as well.

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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!

I am gathering creatives for a Fabulous Flash Fiction class in early June! Sign ups will be May 15. Sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/d376163c35bc/fabulous-flash-fiction

I am teaching a class about What the HECK to do with all your freewrites! You can sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/866f580e114c/freewrites

Weekend Coffee Share

It is the last weekend of April! Can you believe it? Time has been playing tricks on me for sure.

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the teaching with my cohorts went smoothly this week in kindergarten. The pace feels quite different and I move groups of children from here to there to everywhere. They play separately, together which is a new experience but they are adjusting well. I am glad to be able to do cut up sentences and making words with them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been transcribing more stories into the Google Drive from the notebooks. I am gearing up for Storyaday. It was transformative to my writing life when I stumbled across a podcast about it so many years ago. I joined the write in on Saturday morning and saw some friend’s faces I hadn’t in a while!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am obsessed with Elizabeth McCracken’s new book The Souvenir Museum. I listened to an interview between her and Karen Russell and it was fantastic! I found several other interviews with her and listened to them on my walk as well.

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 I am sad I missed the deadline to sign up for the 2 day, 10 words, 1 poem contest. The words were released yesterday though so I am writing the poem anyway! You could use them for a story as well. They are unusual words and I had fun looking some of them up.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my poetry class is over now and I believe I will miss it. I enjoyed this group of people immensely this month.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am looking forward to May. I have many things planned and ready to launch. It is going to be a great gathering month!

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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!

I am gathering creatives for a Fabulous Flash Fiction class in early June! Sign ups will be May 15. Sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/d376163c35bc/fabulous-flash-fiction

I am teaching a class about What the HECK to do with all your freewrites! You can sign up for info here: https://mailchi.mp/866f580e114c/freewrites

Weekend Coffee Share

Thank you for stopping by! I am always glad when we can sit down to chat. I have some strong black coffee today. I keep trying new varieties and have not landed on one that I love. I keep thing back to the Intelligentsia coffee. There is a cafe in Chicago I went to several years ago to meet friends. Black Cat was the variety I believe. The way they made it there was strong and not bitter.

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it was a busy and rough week. Rough in the sense that there were a lot of adjustments throughout the school day. I always felt “ON”. Do you know what I mean? On Friday, I kept forgetting what I was doing in the middle of the task so I know I was tired. My students wrote a combo fact vs fiction story about the moon and Jingles the yellow dog. He went to the moon to have his birthday party – just so you know. He brought his friend Cupcake the Cat to DJ for his dance party. We worked on the illustrations for the books Friday afternoon. There was creative energy flowing through the room and it was good.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I was able to attend my poetry class and we delved into a deep discussion of truth and purpose with poetry. “Do we do enough?” was a question that came up as well. It was so interesting. This class is a great mix of female and male which I think really adds to the perspectives. I am so glad I was able to get into this class. It has been a highlight of the week.

It was interesting as well to hear about how others approach poetry. Many of us read poems every day. We are quick to abandon ones we do not like. Some special select words for the day for writing or meditation or both. Some study poems for days or weeks to see what you get out of each reading. How do you read poetry, if you do?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you dreams have been at the forefront of my mind and the topic of my last newsletter. I had several friends respond to me! I am finding that there is a strong feeling either way about dreams just like first reading experiences. I am so glad people are sharing their experiences with me. It seems I may have to start a dream sharing circle.

Would you like a refill? Some water? I bought the sparkle water you like! I think there are some homemade chocolate chip cookies left too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been thinking a lot about writing conferences. I need a good one…and soon. I need to be in the same room [NOT ZOOM] with some writers. I need to have a drink with another writer and talk about ideas and how we capture them. I want to fill an entire notebook in the span of 2 days. To attend a panel and then run to a spot in the sun to write a story that I love. I want to drink great coffee in a new town.

What is something you are craving!?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had some dynamic conversations this week. I am blessed to have such amazing friends.

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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!

Weekend Coffee Share

Welcome to the weekend. Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I am always glad when we can sit down to chat.

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 went to the dentist this past week. I do not like the dentist. I had to wait for 30 min and was in the chair less than 30 so it was a great visit. It was strange to actually sit in the waiting room. I haven’t had that experience for over a year.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you April is all about poetry. I have been taking a class on Thursday evenings and also sharing poems with my students. Friday we read Pickles and Cheddar which my students thought was delightful! I attended a poetry reading on Zoom on Saturday which was fun. There are so many poems coming to my inbox and I love it! I sent out two poetry submissions this week as well so I am happy about that fact!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you a writing book that was recommended to me has been amazing: Writing Open the Mind. I have been doing the exercises and loving what pieces are coming out of them. It has become my new favorite writing book.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am planning a class about what to do with all the freewrites that you accumulate! If you are interested in keeping up with updates you can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/866f580e114c/freewrites

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it rained all day Saturday here so it was an indoor day. I wrote and read and watched movies. It was a glorious way to spend the day!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have my writing circle this weekend and I am looking forward to it. I find the class so life giving and encouraging.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been using the Sprinkled Inspiration prompts to write in my notebook. I really like them and they come right to my email every morning. You can check them out here.

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

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

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April Weekend Coffee Share

Can you believe it is April!? Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I am always glad when we can sit down to chat.

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 spring break was this week and it flew by. If I am honest, I am not looking forward to next week but feel like it is a “rip off the band-aid” moment. Once I am in the thick of it, it will be fine but the anticipation is not fun. I keep trying to reframe things unsuccessfully.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you April is all about poetry. I have been enjoying reading old favorites and new ones that show up in my inbox every day. Writing a poem every day has been a breath of fresh air too. Since I have been remembering more of my dreams they have been more of a part of the poetry that I write than ever before.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you a writing book that was recommended to me has been amazing: Writing Open the Mind. I have been doing the exercises and loving what pieces are coming out of them. It has become my new favorite writing book.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you we went camping this weekend to a favorite spot. It was great and I was able to hike in the sun and sit around the campfire.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I bought a new car this week. I pick it up on Monday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I enjoyed the walks I was able to take this week during the day. I went in the late morning which was the perfect time. It was colder than I thought it would be this week though.

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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.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOL21 #day28

I am so happy you are meeting me for coffee! Welcome to Sunday!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! I have been able to post to the blog every day.I have been so impressed with the quality of the writing this year. Everyone seems to have stepped up their game!

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 spring break started this weekend! It does not feel like it yet. Maybe Monday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I was able to go out for drinks with my friend and it had been so long since I had done that I was quite giddy about it. We had a great time.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you one of my blogging friends wrote about Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher starting up their YOUTUBE series again. I am so excited that I am able to listen to them chat. I love their books and was excited to hear them speak at a teacher conference several years ago. I always learn something and am inspired to write something after listening to them. I have many days to listen to and am excited about it!

One of the articles Penny shared is one called, “7 Questions, 75 Artists, 1 Bad Year.” The questions are interesting and ones I will write to myself. It is also fascinating to read what other artists have done and reflected on this pandemic year. You can check out the article here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a wonderful life and writing conversation with my friend Linda. I am so happy to have met her and she inspires me every time we chat.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the weather seems confused. One day it is warm and feels like spring and another day it is chilly and I am back to wearing my winter coat to walk! The wind always seems more fierce in the spring which is why I never cared for spring marathons when I ran them!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been listening to podcasts as always. I have been skipping around a lot though. I start some and then get interrupted and do not go back to it. There are some new ones I have been trying out. I do love the Gotham Inside Writing and I listen on Spotify. I re-listened to the Flash Fiction episode yesterday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been remembering more of my dreams lately and that has made for interesting writing in my notebook in the morning. I am working through the associations I have with the images that come up for me during slumber.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the Mama horse on my walking/running route has been coming to the fence for some love and apples and it has been thrilling. She has such a protective and strong energy about her. Her colt, TJ, has such a child like excitement when I walk by. He trots to the fence to say hello. Mama comes slowly and more cautiously.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been writing every day. I have been writing in the present tense still and it has been opening up some new channels for me. April is going to be about poetry for me but I am taking some time to just write and not worry about taking too many classes. As I was cleaning out Google drives this week I stumbled upon some flash pieces I need to come back to and revise. I have several wonderful critique groups running right now and am looking forward to getting some more pieces polished.

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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.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOL21 #day21

I am so happy you are meeting me for coffee! Welcome to Sunday! It is sunny and officially spring!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! I have been able to post to the blog every day. That hasn’t happened since….probably last March! HAHA

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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you work has been confusing. There are all types of decisions made for our face to face transition that do not make sense and other decisions that are simply just not being made. I have made the decision to start seriously getting ready that Monday before students show up because it is going to be a lot of trial and error anyway. There are lists upon lists being made, but I am not taking action yet. This is partly due to some actions I did take and then had to redo them all because the directives changed!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you walking and running in the sun has been wonderful. We did have a little snowstorm though which seemed like a jolt! I think we may be past the snow now…maybe.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my #10MINFOR10DAYS free challenge and it has been so inspiring. You can sign up here still! It is a 10 minute creativity challenge. I love the 10 minute time frame and am always amazed at what can be accomplished.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am trying something different with my freewrites and meeting a bit of resistance. I did use the prompt, “What is beneath the words..” with some success this week. I am having trouble letting go which is odd. I normally can let the words flow pretty easily.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the PUSH group was amazing this past Tuesday again. I love this group and it is always so fueling. The mix of talent in the group works for everyone. Next week we are talking writing, prompts, and writer bios.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so many teacher writers and meet some new ones! I always am so inspired by their posts.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I met with my critique group this week and we workshopped my story. It was interesting to hear the perspective from writers who do not know my writing well. This story was more a literary fiction style rather than my weird flash fiction and they had insights expressed in a new way to me. It was wonderful. I was so nervous beforehand too so it was also a relief!

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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.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOL21 #day14

It was warm…and then it got cold again. Let’s just sit inside today shall we? I have strong black coffee but have some add in’s if you like. Welcome to Sunday!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! I have been able to post to the blog every day. That hasn’t happened since….probably last March! HAHA

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 evening schedule was a little different this week. I did not have as many meetings scheduled which I was thankful for. I love to learn and interact with other writers and friends but sometimes it can be too much. I had several meetings stacked on Tuesday but they were all wonderful. The rest of the week was free and I took some longer walks and read or just relaxed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I do not welcome Daylight Savings Time. I even wrote an article about it here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I did a lot of walking this weekend. Some was necessary in order to pick up my car being repaired and other times I was just enjoying the weather. We got the kids out there too so that was wonderful!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a #10MINFOR10DAYS free challenge starting Monday (tomorrow). You can sign up here! It is a challenge for people who want to change their life in 10 minutes. I love the 10 minute time frame and am always amazed at what can be accomplished. You will receive a daily email with inspiration. I am excited to share some techniques that light me up! Hopefully, they will work for you too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am taking a break from classes for a bit. I need to curate and settle with some of the fantastic information I have taken in the last couple of months. I will still be reading but will take some more time to marinate some ideas. I am also planning my own flash class that I am going to be teaching soon. I am trying to decide which platform I want to use in order to do it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my son passed the test and now has his driver’s license! It is a huge milestone and I am so proud of him.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so teacher writers and meet some new ones! I always am so inspired by their writings.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been freewriting with a different lens. I am trying to focus on what is emerging and in the present rather than always going into the past. I am also rereading some journals and seeing what pops out to me especially in the way of patterns.

The new moon is here! What plans do you have for the next cycle? I feel big things brewing these next couple of weeks!

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.

Weekend Coffee Share

It is the weekend! Welcome!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! 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 joined a new critique group this week. We were matched through the Chicago Writers Association. It seems like a good match all around. We worked out details of how we are going to move forward. One brave soul (Thanks Liz!) shared the beginning of her novel and it was great conversation. We started a Slack (which you know I love!) and I am excited to see how this works out. We are meeting bi-monthly and I am sharing writing next.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you my PUSH group was amazing this past week. We used a visual prompt and I was blown away by everyone’s writing. I am considering having everyone submit a flash story that surrounds one prompt and publish them. As a teacher, I see unique approaches to a prompt all the time but the talent of this group astounds me. I am honored to be able to have such great conversation each week. Our conversations continue about moving from Unpublished to Published in our course materials as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am not looking forward to Daylight Savings time next weekend. I will try not to complain too much about something I cannot control.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I started reading George Saunder’s new book about the Russian short stories and how he leads his classes through it. I am fascinated by it and so easy to read. I look forward to digging into it more today.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a #10MINFOR10DAYS challenge starting MARCH 15! Sign up here! It is a challenge for people who want to change their life in 10 minutes. This is a free challenge. I love the 10 minute time frame and have changed my writing routine using it. When you sign up and starting March 15 you will receive a daily email with inspiration. I am excited to share this method that has worked so well for me!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this was the last week for my Slow Novel Lab with Nina LaCour. I am thrilled I took this class and was able to get so much out it. I met some great writers along the way as well. I will use her exercises over and over for all sizes of written pieces and highly recommend it. This round, she had us in small groups that met once a week and it was helpful. We were able to ask questions and benefit from everyone’s questions!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the board decided to have students come back on April 8th. We are using a cohort model so I will have one group that comes to school in the building on Mondays and Tuesdays and a second group that will attend live on Thursday and Friday. While at home, they will be online joining class. It will be an interesting pivot for everyone.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so many talented educators I know and love to read! I learn so much during this month and have a running list going of things I want to try with my students and my writing.

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