Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and A Conversation

Welcome back to Sunday! It is a full moon tonight and the time change. I do not like daylight savings time at all. It is jet lag without the trip.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the twowritingteachers.org challenge is working nicely. We are one week in and I have posted every day. The interaction is the highlight of this challenge and the inspiration from reading everyone’s writing.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my son turned 17 this week. There was birthday meatloaf and mashed potatoes and St. John beans with DQ ice cream cake.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I bought a ticket for an event in October. I will have a lot of time to anticipate this event.

If we were having coffee I would tell you Nicole from Wild Words reminded me to listen to the Between the Covers podcast. I listened to a panel with Kelly Link about writing about and with JOY which got me thinking. The craft talks are amazing especially the one with Alexander Chee. I highly recommend it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a piece published at Spelk this week. It is a piece that has a high emotion for me. I edited it with Nancy Stohlman’s class and am happy it has found a place in the world.Prison of Enormous Spaceby Tammy L. Breitweiser She is cross legged on the beige carpet in between the triangles left by an industrial cleaner…spelkfiction.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you I got another acceptance in my inbox this week. It is another story I love and will let you know when it is out in the world.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we made corned beef yesterday for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It was sooooo good. Always a nice seasonal dinner.

I would love to hear about your week as well. Have you watched anything good? I am stuck on Survivor right now. Read anything good?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am starting my online classes!This is What Life Long Learning Looks LikeTeachers and Friends of Teachers are invited to this interactive class to learn some tips about how to get your…mailchi.mp

Thanks for joining me for coffee!

Weekend Coffee Share – New Moon Edition

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Thank you for joining me for coffee today. I have a new Keurig so I have some new flavors to share! Caramel? Dark Roast? Hot chocolate perhaps?

If we were having coffee I would tell you a new moon is this Sunday. The new moon cycle is a time of new beginnings. I will do my tarot pull for the new moon Sunday.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had many new concepts come to my attention this week. One was Memento Mori — it is a short story written by Nathan Nolen. There is also the use of the phrase to remind yourself you will die. It is an absolute truth, so you must choose to live every day. It is the idea to not forget that your daily life is important. I am still thinking about how this will manifest itself in my life. It ties into my one word for the year of More. I want my daily life to have more of what is essential to me.

Another concept that came to me was from the Rebel Author Podcast. I am drawn to sections of books and short stories often. I copy lines and ideas in my notebook. Gabriella Piera talked about photocopying the section and making a note of the craft concept, why you liked it and then giving it a category so if you having trouble writing dialogue, or a character you can have your set of mentor texts to refer to altogether.

If we were having coffee I would tell you using poetry as a prewrite idea and questions for poetry prompts came up this week. One idea was from a blog and the other was from a podcast. I am going to work on these ideas over the next week.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I need to buy more notebooks. I have some blank ones but they are not the RIGHT ones. I have not had to time to get the notebooks I want. They are not ones I can order online. I need to find a harder backed notebook with a pocket.

Would you like some water? Some more coffee? I never seem to be able to get enough. I am going to the kitchen for a refill.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had dinner at Weber Grill this week and it was delicious. I love their pretzel rolls and beef brisket. It is so delicious.

If we were having coffee, I would want to know what your week looked like! I love reading everyone else’s coffee share posts at Eclectic Alli’s Blog link!

Tammy L. Breitweiser is a writer living in the Midwest and working on her first collection of short stories. Her fiction has been published in The Ninja Writers Monthly, Spelk, Clover and White, and Elephants Never. Her essay is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology. You can connect with Tammy through Twitter @TLBREIT. Sign up for her newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/e19e03e6cd33/tammynews

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

Welcome to 2020! This is the first year roll over that I have not had the “scratch outs”. Where you write the date with the wrong year and have to scratch it out to put in the new one! Usually this happens to me on checks and my notebooks but not so far this year!

Let’s have some strong black coffee but I want to experiment with the Butter Beer recipe that I like at my local cafe. I bought the ingredients before you got here for our chat so we can try that if you are game!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am SUPER excited for the new year. It is the year of the STAR for me which is abundance and optimism. There are big things planned for this year and one of those big things is happening next month! Stay tuned if you are a teacher!

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Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and Conversation

Here we are at the end of 2019. It has been a roller coaster year for me. How has your year been? I have been reflective at this time of year. The thoughts have been more centered on general life rather than writing. Happy Winter Solstice to you! I need to find a good tarot spread for the occasion.

If we were having coffee I would tell you one of the podcasts I started listening to this year is #10thingstotellyou. One of the latest episodes was about 10 questions to reflect on. I am a sucker for this type of list — especially one of all questions! Laura posted the list on Instagram so here it is for you. My favorite is #3. This post type of mine has started many conversations in my real life and online.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my friend Jenna Britton started her podcast which deserves a subscribe and listen! You can find the info here. Jenna is amazing and has a wonderful Sunday letter you need to subscribe too as well.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am now on Winter Break from work! I am thankful for less driving for sure. I took my school email off my phone. I do not want to think about work at all.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my youngest made cake this morning after being inspired by the “Nailed On” show on Netflix. We watched an episode where this Marine made a cookie that looked like it should be in a horror movie. It was supposed to look like a toy doll with movable arms. I laughed so hard I cried.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we did some Christmas shopping this week with the kids. We ate not so great pizza at Pizza Hut but wonderful hot chocolate at Oberweiss. Our oldest started his new job this week too so that is exciting.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am thinking about my one word for 2020: MORE. A have a lot of projects planned for the new year. More on that coming soon.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote every day. I mostly just wrote morning pages. I did write some for my Kathy Fish Skillshare class. I find her incredibly motivating. I have to revise both of the pieces I started and they will become part of the 100 rejections project.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I received my Scribbler box and was super happy with it. It was exciting to get a box of reading and writing goodies. There is a paragraph writing contest I will participate in and also an editor chat for January.

If we were having coffee I would tell you Happy Holidays and thank you for joining me every week for our coffee chat!

Weekend Coffee Share

A cup of coffee and a conversation

Welcome to a new month! It is November. I am going to have my regular black coffee. It is chilly outside so I will make a large pot for us!

This month is full!

It is NANOWRIMO — National Novel Writing MonthNaNo Rebels UniteYou Can Do the Challenge to Your Own Rulesmedium.com

It is FLASH NANO — A Nancy Stohlman month of prompts

It is the month for Thanksgiving which is my favorite holiday full of my favorite foods.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that it snowed on Halloween Wednesday. I kept thinking of the song I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas but subbed Halloween. It was a light dusting and only stuck on the grass til the morning but it was still the first snow of the season!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I started a new 30 day challenge about what depletes me, what energizes me and what I learn about myself from logging these things. I have been doing this awhile now inspired by Emily P Freeman and her Next Right Thing book and podcast. It is also discussed in The Third Door which is how the challenge was inspired in my Artist’s Way community. I have learned that I love a challenge and it keeps me focused on forward movement with a project. One way I energize myself is to walk. I was finally able to take one Saturday. It stopped raining. The trail was full of colorful leaves and it was great. I had to be bundled up but welcomed being among the trees.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my daughter turned 13 this weekend. We had a family party here with a few games. I made a Jeopardy game all about her, we had a Mad Libs themed for her birthday, and a contest to see who knew her best. We also had a balloon dart game with dares inside. Funfetti cake was eaten and so were the chicken pita sandwiches for dinner. It was great fun all around.

If we were having coffee I would tell you two friends are traveling to Salem for a writing conference. My original plan was to be there also but it didn’t work out that way. I will be in contact with them during the week and follow what I can on social media.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am looking forward to the coming week. I am presenting to full rooms on Tuesday and meeting up with a writing friend. What are your plans?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Weekend Coffee Share

Join me for a cup of coffee and a conversation!

Happy Sunday to you all! I am so glad to be back home after 4 days of being out of the state this week. I am also thrilled you have joined me for coffee today. We have a lot to catch up on and I cannot wait to hear from you.

I am going to have a pumpkin latte today — it is the season for it! I always think it has too many calories but it is a special seasonal item and I feel it is part of the celebration of the time of year. What would you like today?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I flew to Atlanta for an education conference on Tuesday. For air travel it was on the smooth side. I haven’t ridden in a plane for over 5 years. The automation has changed in the airport — let me tell you. You now can tag your own checked baggage and an attendant just double checks it. It actually was quite fast and efficient. Southwest Airlines has always done a nice job with customer service in my experience. I just always wonder about how many people lost their jobs when they put another kiosk in the airport for self service.

How do you feel about flying?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had great food in Atlanta. The restaurant in the hotel was excellent and we had lunch there a couple times. A memorable place we went was Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. I had crab cakes and catfish fingers here and fantastic mac and cheese. There was live music which was great but really loud.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had sweet tea only on Friday. I could not leave Georgia without having it at least once though!

I would love to hear about favorite food you had while you have traveled.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I learned a lot from the conference. There is a lot to process and I am still synthesizing how I am going to present some of the information. The approach to education for the organization that hosted the conference is student centered. The belief is that talk is instrumental for the learning to happen as well. A lot of this approach is how I have taught for years, so I felt like I found my place without knowing I was looking for it. To be in the presence of others educators that truly believe ALL students can learn was energizing in the most wonderful way.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I made several connections to my own writing to the concepts presented at my sessions. I attended a double session on writing by the wonderful ladies who are part of the Vermont Writing Collaborative but the real connections were in a session about feedback. I am working on a specific article about this that will be coming out this week.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I still wrote every day. My sleep schedule craziness continued while I was away so I took advantage of the early morning wake up and wrote. I was still able to write and publish a couple pieces in spite of being separated from my regular routine.

If we were having coffee I would tell you it was awesome to have my husband and kids pick me up from the airport. It was great to see them after time apart and my littlest one spied my bag off the carousel first and even rolled it to the car!

If we were having coffee I would tell you we celebrated my oldest’s 17th birthday this weekend with final soccer games with drama, special birthday dinner, cake, and a new game of balloon volleyball!

I cannot wait to hear about your week!

Weekend Coffee Share – Hunter Moon

A cup of coffee and a conversation!

The weather finally cooled off in the middle of a rain storm! Here is hoping it stays that way. The fuzzy warm red blanket is on the bed now. It is a great time of year. It was also a full moon last night called Hunter’s Moon! I cannot say I am hunting anything except words for the page.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I made apple slices this weekend from the fruit we picked at the orchard last weekend. They are like flat apple pie with icing and delicious. The house smelled so good when they were baking.

If we were having coffee I would tell you this week was full. There were a couple days at work that got rearranged and not by me. I always handle it better when I am the one changing it but I have to roll with it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a great day Tuesday at a training sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education. It was a day full of math rich tasks and was super fun. I spent the day with a teacher I am working with this year and we were able to chat in a more personal way. We laughed and had a nice lunch too.

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Weekend Coffee Share – First Sunday in October Time

Welcome to October! I am so excited the temperatures have finally cooled. It was still HOT at the beginning of the week and I hope that phase of Mother Nature’s tantrum is complete.

I am having my normal dark black coffee but am thinking I may have some pumpkin spice added in there! Hot apple cider is an option for you as well.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I participated in an online writing class this week. I was able to do some study with flash fiction and get some great feedback from the instructor and the other writers. I enjoy having more prompts in my data bank. Reading the other writing was amazing as always. There is much to learn from reading other’s writing to the same prompt.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I taught my own class on writing on Monday to fellow teachers. I based most of it on a Cornelius Minor workshop I went to this summer. I told everyone it was going to be more of a conversation about writing and interactive. I had some anxiety about teaching it on Sunday and decided to let that go. People had signed up for the class on purpose-they weren’t being forced. I wanted to make it sure the time was not boring and that they were able to walk away with some writing ideas to use with their students. We laughed, we wrote, and we were able to talk about writing. It was a quality 2 hours.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my Artist’s Way call on Sunday went well but I had to cut it short. I always enjoy these people . There is a normal crew that joins on Monday though and I missed their faces! Always valuable time spent.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the family played virtual reality on Friday night and it was super fun. There is music and you have light sabers where you strike blue and red boxes to the beat of the song. There are various levels. My favorite song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been revising but I have been unable to locate my notes from my novel. I believe they might be in my office at work…we will see on Monday. I thought I knew where they were at home. I was wrong. I have my first chapter ready to go to send Monday to my critique group so we will see what they say next weekend.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote every day and revised bits and pieces of the novel. I have some submission pieces I am getting ready to send out next week as well. I also have been participating in OCTPOWRIMO which is poetry writing month. There is a wonderful website that is sharing prompts and a place to network with poets. I have posted several poems on Medium this week you can read here.

Doorway ConversationA Poemmedium.com

Spoiled MemoryA poemmedium.com

Thick LinesA poemmedium.com

I have always been a poet and have been enjoying writing them. It feels like breathing to me. I have been doodling as well for Inktober which has been funny and an exercise in imperfection! I have been posted them on Instagram which is out of my comfort zone.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have been doing my 100 day goal of yoga every day. I have done it and feel stronger. It is just a few poses every morning but it feels good to be back.There are 100 Days LeftWhat Will You Do With Them?medium.com

If we were having coffee I would tell you have I come back to classical music this week. I played the violin for years and love classical music, especially harp music so have been listening to it in the mornings. It has been good for my creativity and writing!

What have you been doing to take care of yourself this week? I would love to hear in the responses.

You can read this here at Medium.

Weekend Coffee Share

It has been a fast week! I almost forgot it was Sunday time rolling back around. I think today I will have caramel syrup in my cup. I feel like having some sweet. What would you like to drink today?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week was full of meetings at work. There were after school meetings and lots of conversations with teachers about planning and ILearn our state mandated test. I did a lot of running around between the 3 buildings I go between as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am excited Storyaday is starting next weekend. I do this challenge twice a year. In May and September I write a story a day. My online writing group came out of this challenge and I speak with at least one of the Superstars daily.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I took a writing class for 2 days. It pushed me out of my comfort zone a little. I had a hard time with the prompts which surprised me. They should have been within my wheelhouse. The prompts came later in the day and I was forced to write later in the evening after thinking about the prompt which is not my ideal time. I do have two new prompts to work with moving forward though. I will for sure use them again. It was fun to play. I did get two drafts done plus a third partial because of the class.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the idea of making space has been on my mind. There is space for community and interaction. I am the type of person who is quite solitary but I can build up ideas to a point where I want to share. Most of the time this is through writing, but sometimes I need people. I need to carve out space for things that energize me which I have not done well with since school started back.

Making space for writing, reading, and exercise is important as well. Honestly, sometimes just taking a moment of stillness too. I have so many priorities!

I am part of several communities but the interaction is not always at the level I crave at the moment. The 2 day class didn’t allow for the type of interaction among writers as a longer one allows so connections were not really formed sadly. I still haven’t quite figured out how to do that either which is part of the problem. Medium is a community as well and I interact with other writers through their pieces. I have my AW group also.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I got into a flash fiction class for the end of September which I am excited about.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I picked up some great books at the library this week including The Little Swedish Kitchen! If anything it will inspire a story. I also picked up There, There have you read it? I keep hearing wondering comments about it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you …this is your prompt! Finish the sentence for me. What have you been thinking about?

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