I’m On A Podcast!

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Come give a listen!

Nicole’s podcast is awesome and this interview was so much fun.

Nicole and I talk about me becoming a serious writer, my #100rejectionsproject and what’s next.

Listen here: https://stopwritingalone.com/2020/04/02/episode-64-tammy-breitweiser-the-accidental-inspirationalist/

That’s A Wrap! Last day of #SOLC

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Today is the last day of the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge for March. I love challenges and am always making plans for what is next. Lately, that has felt a little trickier.

Late last week I almost didn’t post. I just didn’t feel like it. I knew on this last day I would question that decision if I didn’t follow through with my plan.

I am thankful I posted every day. Having a theme to fall back on was a good strategy for me. I also enjoy writing the Weekend Coffee Shares.

As we move forward, my question is:

What are your plans for April?

Here is what I have lined up for April so far:

  • Happy Camper Writing Club with Nicole Rivera
  • Poetry writing month – Two Sylvia Press prompts are coming to my inbox starting tomorrow
  • Plan for Storyaday May
  • Sarah Selecky daily writing prompts
  • #100dayproject (starts April 7th)
  • Interactive class about personality and communication taught by me (TBA)
  • Bad A$$ money book club
  • Tarot class
  • Continue to interact with my writing communities
  • Run every day
  • Many, many Zoom calls

What I am Thinking About:

+ Creating a small writing class focused on Natalie Goldberg writing exercises and retreat components. (Thanks Chari!)

+How to continue the important conversations that need to occur

+ It’s Llama Tuesday!!! The llamas are having a party today. Celebrate accordingly.

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What Have I Been Missing?

I used to be a runner. Well, if I am going to be honest that is an understatement. I became obsessed with running when I was 35. I blame the Biggest Loser show actually. I used to run 60-80 miles a week. If I could run 10 miles a day I was a happy girl.

I have always had friends that were runners and I envied them. I wanted to run but wouldn’t start. I had a terrible experience in middle school when I tried to join the track team which honestly kept me from it later in life.

I researched and started. I gave myself a challenge. I would run every day in January that year and at the end of the month if I hated it I would stop. I didn’t stop for 6 years. I ran everything from 5k races to 50 miles. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

My first race was a half marathon. I ran a marathon after 11 months of running. This is not the normal way to do things. But I loved it.

I ran at that time of my life too because there was anxiety and depression. I was running away from my life at the time. My brain has connected this anxiety to the running.

I have had several false starts over the last couple of years. I ran last summer and worked up to a 13 mile run just to see if I could do it again. That is how I ended up running 50 miles – a personal challenge to just see if I could do it.

With the virus gifting me the time to read, write, study and realign my life running has come back. I had to deal with some emotional ties to the running because of my past that I DO NOT want to relive.

Today is day 5 of running in a row. I am back again to looking forward to the runs. I have a path outside my door once again since I moved and that makes a huge difference. The air is clean here and there are hills which I love.

It is nice to nurture a new relationship with this part of myself.

I am a runner again.

New Routine #SOLC Day 16

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This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge. I will be posting slices from my very own life every day in March. This challenge is a part of the Two Writing Teachers blog. Click here to learn more information about the challenge.

Today is the first day of my Coronavirus break. I have two creative calls today which I am looking forward to. One for my book club for Don’t Keep Your Day Job and my critique group later this evening.

I have started the day with two poems. One each from two favorite poets: Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye. I will find a short story to read today and I am sure there are some new podcasts in my app.

I have started my morning pages and then switched to blogging for this challenge. Today will be filled with writing. I also wrote with my Sarah Selecky writing prompt today.

I have more revision to do for my #100rejections project. There are submissions that need to be sent today.

Do you have a new routine today? I would love to hear about it and your process.

Question 6 #SOLC Day 11

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I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

I am moving slowly this morning. Coffee seems to be taking longer than usual and I seem to be functioning on a 10 second delay.

I do not like this question as well as some of the others. I would choose the young mind over the body. Learning and input is more important to me. I would hope that I could still function physically to the best of my ability by still exercising and taking care of myself.

I hope I live to at least 90! I have things to do with the rest of this life.

On another note…

Have you seen the movie ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES? I remember seeing the book but did not read it. It was a sweet endearing movie. As a writer, I liked how the structure of the movie was contained within a high school assignment of exploring Indiana and its interesting places. The internal transformations of the two main characters were well done.

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The movie was the perfect compliment to my evening of library, dinner, reading and talking to people I love.

#happywriting

#IWSG March

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

March 4 optional question — Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

I think my own life sneaks its way into my stories. I enjoy using snippets of my life and then spinning them. Some of my closest friends recognize some events.

I find “ordinary” things that happen interesting. Even as a young girl I was fascinated with asking my pen pals the way their family did things. Birthdays, weddings, etc.

I’m in Charge of Celebrations is a book by Byrd Baylor I read in college. We had to write about a normal activity we did that we could make a celebration as a writing extension for the read-aloud. I wrote about letter writing. I have been an avid letter writer during my childhood and it was always joyous when envelopes came in the mail.

Christmas Eve was a magical time hosted by my maternal grandmother. She made every day things special. Lunches, hot chocolate, cookouts outside — everything. Those elements often end up in stories. Dinner at my grandmother’s was a regular Sunday occurrence. The dinners in my stories are based on those memories. The places I have gone with my grandparents also become starters for descriptions of setting.

But it is part of who I am and therefore it comes through in my stories.

Llama Famous!

I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Blog Challenge. If you would like more information about this challenge click here.

Several years ago I learned about the 36 questions to become closer to someone. In the New York Times, the article was titled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. I am always fascinated by questions. As an introvert, I learned to have a question ready when attending a social event in case the conversation lulled. I prefer to have deeper conversations as opposed to surface level ones.

As part of the challenge this year, I will be answering some of the questions and then you have the opportunity to journal about the question, ask a person you want to be closer to, or answer in the comments.

The only way I would like to be famous is through my writing. I have no desire to be recognized on the street, only by my name. I do not like large crowds or having my picture taken. I want my words to be spread wide and for people to enjoy them. The only paparazzi I like are the children that I teach that always seem to capture what you don’t want them to! haha

The part of being famous that would not be too bad is to be rich. Then I could travel and gift people with the things they need in their classroom. I enjoy being the random gift fairy occasionally. Surprises in mailboxes or on desks to make someone smile is a wonderful thing. How nice it would be to provide a classroom library to someone of brand new books! Or weekly lunch in the teacher’s lounge for a year.

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

And yes, for the llamas!

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Tuesday’s used to be my favorite day because podcasts published that morning. Then a trip to Target yielded stickers with the image above. At first it seemed an oddity but fun. I was drawn to the llamas. At that point, I didn’t realize how much of a lasting effect the llama would have on my life.

Emily P. Freeman of the The Next Right Thing Podcas talks about #simplytuesday — the idea that Tuesday is a special day all its own.

It isn’t the beginning of the week — it isn’t hump day — it isn’t Friday Eve- it’s just a normal ordinary “do what you need to do” day. I decided it needed something special to liven it up that was my own. People make up holidays all the time so why not me? This was the day Llama Tuesday was born.

Llamas are a little ornery. They spit, they can be pretentious, and have a bit of an attitude. I think that Llamas and writers have a lot in common in these ways so I started to slip it onto the end of my blog posts. Since slice of life postings are during the year one Tuesdays it seemed fitting to use this venue to try out my new message.

I started posting a random “Happy Llama Tuesday” message in my regular writing community on Slack as well as the bottom of blog posts. At first, I didn’t offer any explanation. I just wanted to see if people would notice.

They noticed.

Now it is a regular practice and the tag line now is “Happy Llama Tuesday — Celebrate accordingly!” So you might celebrate by being a little sassy that day or bring a smile to someone’s face. It is not the customary greeting which can catch people off guard pleasantly.

It has become the official timestamp of the week. One writer even made comment that she was glad her phone finally had auto suggestions in her phone that had llama following happy.

I wasn’t expecting the Llama to have such a lasting effect but I am glad she did!

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Time and Constraint

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I have come to know that time is a human constraint, not a natural one. Cycles are natural and occur, but time is imposed. The new moon cycle started yesterday. Usually, this is a time was thinking about goals and what to bring forth before the full moon. This new moon, although positive goals are set, seemed emotionally rough for me Sunday and Monday.

Every thing does have its season whether it is friends, interests, or situations in the classroom. Everything is temporary.

The last two Monday’s have been wonderful for me. The time flowed nicely and I didn’t feel rushed. I also didn’t feel like anything dragged on forever like I was on the treadmill.

Yesterday…not so much. To be fair, those I issues I had Sunday caused me to not fall asleep til 1 am and I woke up before the alarm at 5am. Something was off, and not just on my end. I had students crying that never do. There was a noise level that went beyond constructive and kept escalating. Students were not responding who normally do even when their names were called.

We all made it through all though it was painful partly because the time felt like it was moving slowly. The flow we normally have was elusive.

On days like these, I try to remember the positive. It is how I control time. I got lots of hugs and pictures made for me. The kids’ expressions for blood oranges was priceless. There was art!

Today, we start again.

What do you do when you feel time is messing with you?