Mentor Text Monday

What I am Reading

Short Story:

The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar

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Weekend Coffee Share

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Let’s sit with our coffee in large comfy chairs. It snowed here this week but didn’t stick. I hope that as we sit here that it starts to spit a few flakes.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the progress on my novel seems slow but my word counts are fine. I am on track. I have to figure out a few things about the story though.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I read the short story Dimension by Alice Munro. It had some disturbing parts and then ending was different than I expected.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I read the short story Carpe Diem by Judi Walsh. You can read it here.

What do you think of these two stories? Have you read anything good lately?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I finished reading VOX by Christina Dalcher today.  I kept thinking about what it would be like to only be allowed to say 100 words a day.  I cannot imagine how many words I actually speak in a day. I am not sure I want to know. Sometimes there are days I would prefer to speak 100 words or be silent all day. How do you feel about it?

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you I worked out today finally. I had to go to the gym because it was too cold and windy to run outside.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to a writing class at the library yesterday. It was interesting. The funniest part was that 2 other ladies from my writers’ group that I regularly talk to were there too! When we originally signed up we were all on the waiting list. We didn’t want to tell others about it and then them not be able to get in. It was a nice surprise to see them!

I hope your week went well! I am so glad we are able to catch up each week.

 

 

 

 

In November…

 

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In November…

I am looking forward to my favorite holiday: THANKSGIVING! I love the dinner and everything about it. I am off the whole week this year and am super excited to be at home with family.

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In November…

I am participating in NANOWRIMO or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to complete a 50,000-word manuscript by the end of the month by writing about 1700 words a day. I have been a rebel in the past by writing short stories but this time I am working with a novel concept. I wrote 1715 words yesterday. When I woke up I must admit I was not too excited about my novel idea but after I got started and changed the opening scene it flowed pretty well. As a stalling tactic, I revised 2 short stories that didn’t count towards my word count.

In November…

I am allowing myself NOT to write my novel in order. It is my process and I can do what I want!

In November…

I had played with the idea of using Scrivener, but even after watching a couple get started videos I cannot get the trial version to behave for me so Google Docs it is!

In November…

I am going to finish watching the series The Haunting of Hill House which is amazing!

In November…

my handle at NANOWRIMO is @tbreit

 

What are you doing in November!?

 

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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It is Sunday! I am so glad we are meeting for coffee again! Two weekends in a row and I am looking forward to a lovely time.

It is October so I think my first coffee will be a pumpkin latte just to celebrate the season! I will have dark black coffee after that. I imagine our conversation will be at least a 3 cupper today.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I really miss the Chile Mocha from Starbucks. I have put the drink in a couple short stories too! I know it is discontinued but I wish the company would bring it back.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been able to sleep a little more this week. I am getting used to the new house. It is slowly becoming more like home. I was struggling with this a bit this week and my husband reminded me we did a lot of work with the other house months before we moved in. We removed carpet, tile, wallpaper, and junk. We tended to a garden before the renovations were complete. We did have lovely tomatoes and lettuce that year!

If we were having coffee I would ask if you heard Kelly Link was awarded a MacArthur Fellows grant. I am so excited she is honored in this way! I love her short stories as you know. I found out you cannot apply for this award.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had to replace tires AGAIN on my car. The tire place was quick about it and I didn’t have to sit there for hours so that was a nice surprise. I have to get them aligned now next week.

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If we were having coffee I would ask you what was the most surprising thing for you this week?

If we were having coffee I would ask you what you are looking forward to in the coming week? My fall break is coming up and I am excited to be able to stay at home. No work means no driving. That makes me happy.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am writing every day. I am working on a loose outline for NANOWRIMO. I have been writing every day for the five-minute challenge. I have obviously not been posting my end piece on the blog but I assure you it is insightful and worthwhile.

I am glad we met today! I am looking forward to hearing your surprises and what you are looking forward to.

 

5 On Friday

5 on Friday

What is Saving my Life Right Now

Taking the format from Tsh-

  1. The thing that is saving my life is my fountain pen. It was recommended to me by Ninja Writer Shaunta Grimes. It is amazing and I love writing with it. It is deeply satisfying to run it out of ink.
  2. The habit that I have adopted that is saving my life is showering when I get home from work. I am able to “wash the day away” and it helps me mentally transition.
  3. The work of art that is saving my life right now is Kelly Link’s story FLYING LESSONS.
  4. A philosophy that is saving my life is: Follow the White Rabbit: Be Brave. To read my thoughts about this click here.
  5. A bonus thing that is saving my life is this episode of The Secret Library Podcast.

A Revisit

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After some reflection, I realized I was introduced to short stories back in high school. In one of my English classes, we read The Celestial Omnibus by E.M. Forster and it has always stuck with me. I have reread it over the years several times. There is always something new that pops out to me each time. It was my introduction to magical realism and short story done well.

If you would like to read it you can find a copy here.

The beginning paragraph has always been a section I reread even when I do not have time to read the whole story.

The boy who resided at Agathox Lodge, 28, Buckingham Park Road, Surbiton, had often been puzzled by the old sign-post that stood almost opposite. He asked his mother about it, and she replied that it was a joke, and not a very nice one, which had been made many years back by some naughty young men, and that the police ought to remove it. For there were two strange things about this sign-post: firstly, it pointed up a blank alley, and, secondly, it had painted on it in faded characters, the words, “To Heaven.”

I did not know what an omnibus was and remember being glad this description was written in the story:

It had two horses, whose sides were still smoking from their journey, and its two great lamps shone through the fog against the alley’s walls, changing their cobwebs and moss into tissues of fairyland. The driver was huddled up in a cape. He faced the blank wall, and how he had managed to drive in so neatly and so silently was one of the many things that the boy never discovered. Nor could he imagine how ever he would drive out.

It is a story full of adventure and imagination! I highly recommend it.