WINNING!!

I hit the 50,000 words mark this morning about 9 am! I am happy with the story overall. I am going to let the manuscript sit and start to revise in January. I will have to outline what I have and then move large pieces around but there is something magical now!

I will be able to take a chapter at a time to my IRL writing group as well.

BACK TO SHORT STORIES NOW!

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Snow Day!

There is nothing like an unexpected snow day! It started raining last night about 6 pm and then in the wee hours of the morning, it turned to snow. The wind was upwards of 27 mph too which woke me up at 2:30 a.m. The north wind can be vicious!

I had last week off for the Thanksgiving holiday so this has added to my vacation. I have already written this morning and plan to do some more. I have about 7,000 words left to reach my 50,000 for my novel. Hopefully, I will have some time to read today too.

There is something magical about a day where you cannot leave the house. I do not mind being snowed in at all. On my run yesterday (in 47-degree weather by the way) I thought about a writing prompt challenge I am considering to embark on with the blog. It is still in the idea phase but I will do some thinking about that project today as well!

            What is inspiring you today?

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.

 

 

 

 

Writing Update/Inspiration

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Inspiration Number 1

I participated in a virtual write-in on Thursday evening for NaNoWriMo. My online writing group who is awesome were on a Zoom call all together. If you haven’t ever used Zoom it is a video conference call free program. It is nice to be able to see everyone. There is a chat feature and video and audio controls as well.

We logged in, chatted a few minutes, and then got to writing. We did two 15 minute sprints. It is nice to write with people that you know. It is a comfort somehow that we are not alone. It was also oddly comforting to hear the clicking of other people’s keyboards.

Encouragement from my tribe is a good thing. They help me along.

Inspiration Number 2

I read a story but Kimberly Lojewski today about a hot air balloon, a strange island, and treasure called About The Hiding Of Buried Treasure. It is so well written and fun! 

Inspiration Number 3

I had my 7th-grade writers group Thursday and they were wonderful! I started with them filling out a card with the sentence stem: I WISH PEOPLE KNEW… The responses were honest and raw.

Then we wrote to my prompt of requiring 4 words to be a major part of the story. The writing was the best I have seen from them. 

If you would like a link to the cards I created just click below:

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Writing Prompt Card 2

Writing Prompt Card 3

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Happy Writing!

Blogger Recognition Award

 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to Books, Life and Everything Nice for the nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Definitely check out her blog! It is amazing!

The requirements for this award are as follows:

 

• Thank the blogger that nominated you

• Write a post to show your award

• Give a brief story of how your blog started

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

• Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to

• Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide the link to the post you’ve created

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Why I started blogging:

I originally started blogging with the intent to connect with other educators that centered their main responsibilities around coaching practices. Then I realized that all the areas of my life feed the others and I talk about all aspects now – my reading life, my writing life, my fitness life, my family life, and my teaching life!

I offer writing conversation and book recommendations. I also have many random thoughts that end up as posts as well just about everyday life.

Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers:

  1. I feel like a new blogger still myself but my first piece of advice is to write what moves you. What you write is unique to you and you will find your readers. Don’t try to write to something you are not passionate about – we all will be able to tell.
  2. Branch out to find readers. I use Twitter and recommend it. Use hashtags to help you find your tribe.  #bloggerstribe #bloggerssparkle #bloglove are ones I use.

 

My Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award

There are so many wonderful bloggers out there that I read every day. Here are just a few of the amazing people, whose content you should check out. Thanks for being you!

 

https://acrackinthepavement.com/

 

https://ivors20.wordpress.com/

 

About the Blog

 

https://starryeyedenigma.com/

 

https://mouthtoo.wordpress.com/

 

NANOWRIMO Update: 9,007 words! So excited! Worried already about the finished manuscript for some reason…

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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!?

 

 

 

Sunday Coffee Share

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Let’s have coffee in a little used bookstore today. I once visited one that had three floors in Chicago. The sun streamed in the early morning and there was no one up there. The bookcases were tall and there were a variety of places to sit. Let’s sit upstairs there and chat with our coffee.

I got a pumpkin spice latte from the coffee place next door. It is hot and still steaming. Perfect for me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had fall break this past Thursday and Friday so my weekend started early. I used that time to read and write and go for one run on the bike trail.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I did not go to my in real life writing group on Thursday. It had been 2 later nights in a row the early part of the week and I just didn’t want to leave the house. I love the people in that group but did not have the energy. I had forgotten to make copies too. I am participating in 2 different critique groups this next week too.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I watched quite a few writing videos from the Indie Novelist Summit that happened this past week. It was free and wonderful. There was one author I was listening to and couldn’t figure out why her voice sounded so familiar. I couldn’t place it and then I realized that it was Alida Winternheimer from the Storyworks Roundtable podcast I listen to every week! It was fun to put a name to the face. I also found her website and newsletter. Two of her short stories have been nominated for a PushCart Prize so that was exciting too.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have to have the car fixed again. BIG SIGH. I will feel better once it is taken care of.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I went to see The House with the Clock in Its Walls last night and it was pleasantly good. It is based on a book. Have you read it? I am curious if it is close to the book. The kids all liked it. It was a very successful outing!

How did your week look? Reading anything good? What are you excited about!?

 

 

 

 

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.

 

FMF: Door

 

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I am fascinated by doors. My writer friend Marian Allen posts doors almost every Thursday. I look for those posts to come into my email feed.

Doors are openings to possibilities.

Doors protect you.

Sometimes we aren’t sure when we are looking at doors whether it is the front or the back. Sometimes it doesn’t matter.

Sometimes following the white rabbit means you have to go through a door and you are not sure what is on the other side. We must be brave.

Doors can also be obstacles. I have been stressed lately and my left eye has been twitching for days. This is never a good sign for me personally. I am trying to figure out what to positively embrace, what I can control and where I need to ask for help.

If I knock on your door, I might need help. Please be kind.

 

If you would like to read more posts from this series click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tag! You’re It for Writers

 

Rules:

  • Post the Tag and Image on your blog (see above)
  • Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creators of the award and link back to their blogs.
  • Nominate 6+ deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

This Writers Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen. Click on the highlighted names to check out their blogs and don’t forget to comment on their blog and tell them that you’ve played the fun Writing Tag so they can connect with you too.

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Name one novel that inspired you to write.

I have always written but a novel that inspired me has been The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The time jumps in that novel were impressive because I didn’t get lost in the story when I easily could have. I remember thinking I wanted to know how she managed to pull that off in the writing!

What’s your favorite genre to write and read?

Magical realism and literary fiction

Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?

Stand alone

Use 3 words to describe yourself.

Intense, tenacious, and loving

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

I did NANOWRIMO last November for the first time and it was then I realized I could really do this! I could write every day, I could make a project of 50,000 words, and I loved it. I learned a lot about my process from NANO and from Storyaday.

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.

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How long did your first MS take to draft?

30 days…I used NANOWRIMO!

Who is your author idol?

Neil Gaiman

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.

I have met two Olympians and ran with one!

Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.

Being able to label myself a writer. It was after Storyaday and NANOWRIMO back to back months that I started to call myself a writer and even changed my description on Twitter.

What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link.

Twitter. I love the short and quick of it. @tlbreit

Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.

Follow the white rabbit; be brave!

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Thanks for reading in this fun Writing Tag. Remember fellow writers, treasure your unique abilities and talents and never give up on yourselves.

Here are my nominations:

These are great writers I know and follow. Please at least check out their blogs!

Bloggers: Do not feel obligated to do the challenge!

https://alisonjuste.wordpress.com/author/victoirehelene-2/

https://salgallaher.com/

https://martapelrinebacon.com/

http://marianallen.com/