Saturday Recommendations

Some things I want to share:

There are a couple more days to sign up for Nicole Rivera’s Happy Campers! Go here for all the information: https://mailchi.mp/2d315c89cf04/the-invite

Those of you who know me, know I love Kathy Fish. Here is her latest published piece: https://www.past-ten.com/single-post/kathy-fish

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My Tarot for Writing class begins on March 6! You can read all about it here.

I invite you to come play with us!

One payment of $99 to PayPal will secure your spot for the class.

You can enroll for Tarot for Writing here. Please make sure to include your email in the notes! You will receive a welcome email when your registration is confirmed. On March 1, you will receive the invitation for the WordPress site.

If you have trouble with the paypal.me link you can search for me by my email tammybreitweiser@gmail.com or @tammybreitweiser1 in PayPal.

I look forward to writing with you!

Sunday Thoughts

It is cold and windy here today. I am staying in and taking a much needed rest day after this week. There will be lots of writing today for me!

I wanted to share something with you today too!

Are you looking for a community with daily meetings and accountability for March and April? If so, I have the group for you: Happy Campers hosted by NV Rivera. [If you have questions, click on her name and it will take you to her IG page to ask a question.]

I was part of the original group Nicole started in 2020 – before the pandemic had begun. It was just what I needed at that time. It is just what I need now.

There are 5 types of meetings each week for your writing needs

Monday: Goals and Accountability

Tuesday: Write Ins

Wednesday: Casual Chat

Thursday: Critique partners

Friday: Write in

This session will start on March 1st and run through April 30th 2022.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING HAPPY CAMPERS CLUB AT THIS TIME, HERE IS THE LINK:  FULL PRICE SIGN UP LINK 

ANYONE JUST LOOKING FOR FREE ACCESS TO THE STOP WRITING ALONE NETWORK, THE DOORS ARE OPEN! Nicole uses Mighty Networks and is a free space for community of writers.

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I joined this year and will be working on two specific projects. You do not have to projects in mind. Many people join just to keep themselves accountable to their writing practice.

In March, I will be blogging every day so will use the space to work on my needs for that project.

April is poetry month, so I will be reading a daily poem and then writing in response to it. I may use the structure, the topic, sparkly lines, or just a response.

Come check out the Mighty Network’s space Nicole is providing at the very least! It is FREE! Nothing to lose.

And maybe I will see you at CAMP next month!

#happy writing!

New Routines #SOL22

On Tuesdays I write a post and then share on the TwoWritingTeachers blog.

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I had taken a break from posting on the blog back in November because I had suffered an input overload which I didn’t even think was possible. Since I posted last and shared there is a lot that has changed.

I have been part of this community for over 10 years and there are names I recognize on the Slice of Life post every week that I read and enjoy the glimpse into their education life. It is a rhythm I have come to rely on.

I am back to coaching this year and was in kindergarten this morning. The new reading curriculum has them studying Savannahs this week. The students love what they are learning. I work with the first group and then the teacher teaches a similar lesson with the second group. It is a system that works well and we are seeing growth in the children. The students wrote about elephants, zebras, yellow grass, and trees. They were so excited to share their sentences.

It was a long day of meetings and working with students. After school every Tuesday there is a staff meeting. Today I had another virtual meeting at 4:30 and then had to run to the store to pick up some essentials. Finally, I came home in the dark, just like I left in this morning.

The problem with today is that this is the first time I have come home from work to a quiet and dark apartment. My husband unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of January. Usually there would be a buzz of activity. He would have normally been in the kitchen finishing my dinner and full of smiles and kisses and hugs. He would have yelled down to me when he heard the door open. Today it was dark which made it worse and more jarring than I expected even though I knew he wouldn’t be there.

The last two days have been better. I am starting to find a new rhythm of my own that looks similar to the pattern him and I had. I can cook, but haven’t had to for almost 7 years. He took fantastic care of me. I have cooked more in the last 3 weeks then I have in the last 3 years, not counting Thanksgiving.

He would have asked me about my day and would have listened intently to the story of the kindergartners and what they wrote and how excited they were.

But today there was silence. There has been silence for over 3 weeks, but today it was more silent if that is even possible.

Today I missed him in a different way. I know that there will be days that are more difficult than others. I have to learn to adapt to change as I always do. We have all had to adapt more than expected over the last 2 years.

Tomorrow I will begin again and work with teachers and students and have meetings. Luckily, tomorrow I will come home when it is still light outside so hopefully I won’t feel as alone.

I Invite You to an Interesting Conversation!

After a much needed break, PUSH groups are back on Monday. To sign up scroll to the bottom of this post!

What started as an experiment in community last January turned into a year long project.

I am excited for the new changes for this year’s group.

Every month will have a theme that will align with my newsletter. You can sign up by clicking here.

This month we are using the questions from The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers. They are fascinating and thought provoking.

The first meeting of the month will be about wins and life giving conversation and learning.

The second meeting of the month will be a writing circle where we will write and learn a feedback technique that is not critique based.

I invite you to join us!

I invite you to join my PUSH group resuming January 10th which is the month of questions.

Conversation, Community, Writing

PUSH groups are the heartbeat of the community space provided by TammyB. It is intelligent conversation with creative people.

Gatherings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Central/ 8 p.m. Eastern

Each bi-weekly hour-long meeting focuses on curiosity and wonder. We share wins and experiences, write together, laugh, and are open to new ideas. 

The second meeting of the month will be a writing circle where we will write together, share, and give feedback with a non-critique method.

There is additional support outside of the meetings with a SLACK group.

Payment of $15.00/per month to PayPal will secure a spot for the month. 

If you would like to pay ahead you may!

$90 for 6-month enrollment

You can enroll for PUSH groups here. Please make sure to include your email in the notes! You will receive the Zoom link for the month when your registration is confirmed.

If you have trouble with the paypal.me link you can search for me by my email tammybreitweiser@gmail.com or @tammybreitweiser1 in PayPal.

I look forward to seeing you!

NO ONE will be left behind due to financial hardship. If you need an alternative price point just reply to this newsletters. You are welcome however you are!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022

This is my year of THE SUN and MAGIC!

To celebrate I have a new newsletter you can subscribe to here. It is called Every Day Magic. I am sharing all my obsessions and resources with you. I moved to Substack and couldn’t be happier. I love how all the past issues are right there for readers. There is no searching for them! The comment feature also lends itself to conversation which has been lacking with my other format.

The newsletter will be more aligned to my PUSH groups this year which are resuming on January 10th. We are moving to bi-weekly meetings to begin the year. The first meeting will be wins, a writing prompt and conversation around an interesting topic. In January we are talking about questions. Information to sign up is in the newsletter or refer to the bottom of this post.

The second meeting of the month will be a Writing Circle. Everyone will write and then we will use a non-critique format for feedback. It is inspiring and interesting and I am looking forward to what it will lead to.

I am excited for what this new year will bring!

Happy writing!

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I invite you to join my PUSH group resuming in January which is the month of questions.

Conversation, Community, Writing

PUSH groups are the heartbeat of the community space provided by TammyB. It is intelligent conversation with creative people.

Gatherings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 p.m. Central/ 8 p.m. Eastern

Each bi-weekly hour-long meeting focuses on curiosity and wonder. We share wins and experiences, write together, laugh, and are open to new ideas. 

The second meeting of the month will be a writing circle where we will write together, share, and give feedback with a non-critique method.

Payment of $15.00/per month to PayPal will secure a spot for the month. 

If you would like to pay ahead you may!

$90 for 6-month enrollment

You can enroll for PUSH groups here. Please make sure to include your email in the notes! You will receive the Zoom link for the month when your registration is confirmed.

If you have trouble with the paypal.me link you can search for me by my email tammybreitweiser@gmail.com or @tammybreitweiser1 in PayPal.

I look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Reply to this email. 

NO ONE will be left behind due to financial hardship. If you need an alternative price point just reply to this newsletters. You are welcome however you are!

Tammy L. Breitweiser writes, walks, inspires, and teaches. She is the conjurer of everyday magic with short concise stories. Her fiction has been published in Gone Lawn, Cabinets of Heed, Spelk, Five on the Fifth, Clover and White, Fiction Berlin Kitchen, and Elephants Never.

#last100days

This post started out as one for Five Minute Friday, but now it is Saturday. Every Friday Kate posts a word and invites writers to compose for 5 minutes and share.

Today I care that there are 99 days left in 2021. I have thought about several different #last100days2021 projects and cannot find the lists I made. Today I wrote about the things I don’t care about in my notebook but I won’t share them here.

This morning I spent several hours writing. One of the rituals I have is to first write about my dreams if I remember them or have any. Then I write down the prompts that I am thinking about for the day.

Everyday I use the Sarah Selecky prompt which if you follow me at all know that I write to everyday. This month I have been recording the Storyaday prompt and the #septembersentences prompt from Caroline Donahue.

Next month there will be a prompt to write a poem a day.

In the past my 100 day project have been writing prompts, one sentence that turned into a story after the challenge was over, and the 100 rejections that morphed into 100 submissions. The 100 submissions project yielded a collection I published.

I am thinking about tarot and writing which I explore daily as well. I just received the Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones cards and may use that as a 100 day project. I am having trouble committing to a project.

What Else I Have Been Thinking About

Last year I applied for an MFA. There are loads of reasons and I want to be a better writer but not sure that is the path to take. I came late the idea of an MFA to begin with and I have a bit of a feeling that I missed out on something.

I have also come to know that I have cultivated a writing life and looks like a self-directed MFA.

In a traditional MFA you cannot choose the cohort you are with. Hopefully, the selection committee pays attention to this personality piece but I am not sure how that works. I have found in larger writing classes you cannot chose the cohort either. Sometimes you mesh and sometimes you don’t.

I have cultivated my own tribe of writers across several groups. There are different purposes for different groups. Some are writing in general, critique and study groups.

Exercises and close reading are learnings I participate in often. As an educator, I have given myself assignments. Actually, even before then I was! On my bookshelves, paper and digital, there are more writing craft books than I want to count. The fiction collections and novels are mentor texts.

I could go on and on about this topic. Nicole Rivera from Stop Writing Alone did a podcast episode about her thoughts around MFA’s and made the point that she is of the generation that when you wanted to learn something, you got a degree in it. I am of the same generation. I do take workshops and classes and am contemplating if that is enough.

Which leads me to a long winding path to the #100dayMFA. I am toying with this idea and writing out what I do on a daily basis to cultivate the writing life I live now. There are many components that include, but not limited to:

  1. Close reading with lists
  2. Craft talks/readings/podcasts (learning)
  3. Community
  4. Writing schedule
  5. Projects
  6. Immersion days
  7. List of exercises/assignments
  8. How and what to share (blog?newsletter?)

The bottom line is I have not exactly decided what I want to do with these last 100 days even though I had the countdown in my Passion Planner.

I would love to hear your thoughts about my 100 day project ideas or your own project!

Welcome Fall!

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I feel like the welcoming committee to the new season this year. I happily am kicking summer out of the guest room and welcoming my friend Autumn into the house with her red hair and flowing burnt leaf colored clothing. She smells of coffee, pumpkin, spice, and cider and glows in a way no one else does.

It has been a disorienting last couple of weeks for me and I am happy for the transition of a new season on the tail of a full moon.

On Tuesday I wrote about ten delights of Fall. You can read that here.

I am ushering in today with writing, reading, and people watching. I am reading The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender and have been inspired by her sentences. It has been a long while since I had a novel that I could crawl in to and absorb the magic.

This novel strikes me in a way that makes me think of other connections I have and want to write about them. It is a novel I keep wanting to come back to. It is on my kindle so I have been reading it on my phone which is not always ideal for me. I love her writing and weirdness but there are so many triggers for me to write coming from the ideas and the language and how she puts sentences together. I have this notion to rewrite all the highlights so I can feel where the magic is coming from inside her construction. I haven’t felt this drawn to a book in a long time. The Night Circus is really the only fiction book that comes to mind.

Anyone else get this feeling from an author or a book?

I need to find some good Autumn poems to read. I have been enjoying my Paris Review email with poems. Ada Limon is the new host of the podcast The Slowdown. She leads with a reflection of her own and then reads a poem. It has been delightful.

I am looking forward to using my Writing Down the Bones cards that will come in the mail today! I adore Natalie Goldberg.

I have been doing much reflection over the past week and coming to some truths about my life and the perception of it!

I welcome the warmth and the hygge of the season for sure!

Still Trying #SOL21

On most Tuesdays I blog and post to the Two Writing Teacher Blog . Teacher writers read and then comment on at least three others posts.

For the first time in at least a month, I began my day with an hour of writing. The plan was to sleep a little later and then write before work. The plans were changed a bit.

I wrote with my coffee and then we went on a short walk.

I have been back to work for a month and have still not found a new rhythm that feels right. I had to change rooms last week which threw me off. The longer early morning and afternoon walks seem to wear on me. It takes the whole weekend to recover. I know the experts say you cannot make up sleep, but that is what I seem to be doing. Focus and certain details seem to be lost.

This fall seems different than others in the past. I am doing many of the same things as the past: I write, I work, I walk, I learn but it all seems off somehow. I am hoping there will be some cooler weather that will come and stay.

The students have been in classrooms since September 1st and working with them has been wonderful. The teachers are lovely as well of course!

This situation is one where I wonder if I have to let go or try to manipulate it more. I know there needs to be more flexibility to the coaching job and schedules can change on a whim depending on student and teacher needs.

Hopefully, getting my room in a little more order will help today too!

Have you found your new rhythm?

I would love to hear in the comments.

Planners #SOL21

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

There are less than two weeks left of summer for me and I feel it looming. One of the things that I had to get squared away was to order my planner for going back to school.

I am the person that makes notes and has to write everything down or it doesn’t happen.

For productivity, I use a paper planner and my Google calendar to help me stay on top of my professional to do lists. The digital more so for the notification alerts.

For some reason I struggle with the cost of a paper planner. Last year I bought at least two from big box stores trying to avoid paying the $40 for the passion planner. Collectively, I spent more than that and was irritated everyday with the one I made myself use. The spiral was all wrong and got caught on the pages often.

I am not making that mistake again.

During the pandemic there was a Passion Planner $7 sale and I was pleased as punch to be using it again. To celebrate my new coaching position I bought the academic weekly planner this year. It has shipped and I am excited for it to get here. I went with the plain black style and will decorate it with stickers.

I started color coding several years ago and blocking time out on the weekly spread. I plan to use the grids on the monthly pages for doodles or word of the day challenges as well.

As a coach, I tend to make more universal lists that I refer back to so the blank pages in the back will come in handy.

Where do you stand on planners? Digital or paper? Do you have a preferred planner type? Do you add something unique to your calendar pages?

I would love to hear in the comments.