Ten on Tuesday #sol21 #day23

A Ten on Tuesday List

This is a prompt I have given often to students in the past.

It lends itself to ideas for more writing later. You can give a topic or leave it open.

Here is my list for today:

10 Things I Have To Get From The Store

  1. Ice
  2. Blueberries
  3. Lettuce
  4. Mushrooms
  5. Garlic Herb Tenderloin
  6. tortilla shells
  7. DayQuill
  8. Sparkle wine in a can
  9. Eggs
  10. Trident

What list of ten would you make today?

Every day for the month of March I post on my blog and then comment on three other blogs at twowritingteachers.org.

Monday:Energy Challenge #sol21 #day22

What Fueled Me:

  • Coffee
  • 10min10day challenge responses and community (sign up here)
  • Idea of edible spoons
  • Talking to my kids
  • New ideas
  • Reading a revision of a friend’s flash piece
  • Voxer
  • Talking with my friend
  • Giving a gift
  • Knowing PUSH group is tomorrow
  • Time alone
  • Writing

What drained me:

  • Worries
  • Busy weekend
  • Rain
  • Waiting

What I learned:

Things that are worrying me I have put on the calendar to take care of so it lessens the emotion surrounding it. Other things just have to work themselves out. The worry doesn’t help it along I know but the realization doesn’t make it go away either.

Having more time with my friend does make the day better.

I would love to hear what some of your answers are for today if you are willing to share in the comments.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOL21 #day21

I am so happy you are meeting me for coffee! Welcome to Sunday! It is sunny and officially spring!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! I have been able to post to the blog every day. That hasn’t happened since….probably last March! HAHA

Thank you to Natalie for hosting the link party for all things Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you work has been confusing. There are all types of decisions made for our face to face transition that do not make sense and other decisions that are simply just not being made. I have made the decision to start seriously getting ready that Monday before students show up because it is going to be a lot of trial and error anyway. There are lists upon lists being made, but I am not taking action yet. This is partly due to some actions I did take and then had to redo them all because the directives changed!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you walking and running in the sun has been wonderful. We did have a little snowstorm though which seemed like a jolt! I think we may be past the snow now…maybe.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my #10MINFOR10DAYS free challenge and it has been so inspiring. You can sign up here still! It is a 10 minute creativity challenge. I love the 10 minute time frame and am always amazed at what can be accomplished.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am trying something different with my freewrites and meeting a bit of resistance. I did use the prompt, “What is beneath the words..” with some success this week. I am having trouble letting go which is odd. I normally can let the words flow pretty easily.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the PUSH group was amazing this past Tuesday again. I love this group and it is always so fueling. The mix of talent in the group works for everyone. Next week we are talking writing, prompts, and writer bios.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so many teacher writers and meet some new ones! I always am so inspired by their posts.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I met with my critique group this week and we workshopped my story. It was interesting to hear the perspective from writers who do not know my writing well. This story was more a literary fiction style rather than my weird flash fiction and they had insights expressed in a new way to me. It was wonderful. I was so nervous beforehand too so it was also a relief!

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Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I always love when we chat!

I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.

Currently.. #sol21 #day20

Every day in the month of March I post to my blog and then share on The Two Writing Teachers. I comment on at least 3 other posts.

I’m currently…

Listening to the fan.

Loving my coffee and the fact I am not pressed for time today.

Drinking water and coffee.

Thinking about plans for the spring and summer.

Wanting to not leave the house.

Procrastinating about cars and taxes.

Needing some rest and some way to recover. I am so tired.

Reading poems and other blog posts.

Worrying about money and coordination of events. Also trying to anticipate all the needs of my in person cohort students that are starting next month.

Wondering how I can get my brain to let go and not overanalyze.

Anticipating the beautiful weather.

What are you currently up to?

My Favorites Party – You’re Invited #sol21 #day19

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Welcome to my favorites party! I am so glad you took me up on my invitation! This is the Slicer that started it many years ago!

For the FAVORITES party, each person is asked to bring five of their favorite things.  

I was able to participate in a real life [through the mail] favorites party last Christmas. Doing it as a blog post and virtually means we all get fantastic recommendations.

The week has been stressful and sometimes fun items make us happy!

I imagine we are all sitting around a roaring fire in comfy clothes with delicious beverages. We would have some yummy fireplace food – something hearty with some rustic bread.

Image result for free fireplace images

Here are some of my favorite things I wanted to share with you!

  1. Sharpie S-Gel Pens

I love these pens and have been using them at home and at school. They are smooth and do not smear. I love a fine pen. I did buy the blue ones first but then switched to the black. I usually prefer black ink…unless I prefer purple!

2. Singing Bowls

I love the sound of these and have it as my notification sound on my phone. I hear it and I remember to breath. I finally bought one of my own last year. It is magical!

3. Saucony A-9 Running Shoes

I have run in Saucony shoes for years. All my marathons, except one, was run in this brand. These are my newest pair and I love them!

4. Perrier Sparkling Water

I love sparkling water. It feels so fancy to me. I once toasted increased test scores with plastic champagne glasses. We made toasts to everything we were celebrating that meeting.

5. Nitoms STALOGY 365DaysNotebook B5

What would you bring to share?

Just imagine the conversation we would have!

Please share your favorite things you would share in the comments.

Thursday:Questions #sol21 #day18

Thursdays are all about questions!

If you know me, then you usually only know one or two aspects of my life. I have writing groups, teacher groups, running groups, and a couple others. Rarely do the bubbles knock into each other.

Sometimes I forget when I reference a situation that is not “native” to that group.

This week while talking with some writer friends they said they kept forgetting that it was St Patrick’s Day this week. I told them it was Wednesday but I wouldn’t be doing anything because it is my school meeting day.

“How do you remember that it was this week?” they asked.

I laughed.

Kindergarten is its own world sometimes. I explained to my friend that in kindergarten we celebrate EVERYTHING.

Some celebrations are large with parties and things I have to buy!

Some are small celebrations in the classroom with cheers and songs and air high fives.

Every major holiday (and we have some sort of teacher apparel to go with it) is noted and celebrated. There is writing and reading, songs, and ,sometimes if we can get away with it, a craft of some sort.

We celebrate 100 days of school which requires items to be brought in, 100 crowns to be constructed, and centers that deal with all things 100 to be set up. We probably count to 100 more than 100 times that day.

We cheer for lost teeth and finally being able to count to 100 by 10’s.

We celebrate a wonderful sentence written and an amazing group story that we just wrote.

We celebrate our favorite books and their authors. We send them tweets and cheer when they tweet back.

Birthdays are special. If you don’t have a birthday during the school year then you get an UN-Birthday.

Why do I do UN-birthdays? I had a first grade teacher that assigned me an UN-birthday like in Alice in Wonderland because I had a June birthday. It was the only year my entire career of school that I was able to bring treats for the class. It made a huge difference to me. I never forgot it.

How can you not celebrate for all these things when there is a room full of 5 and 6 year olds who bring you magic every day?

What will you celebrate today?

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Wednesday:What Am I Reading? #sol21 #day17

Wednesdays are all about reading!

One of the ways I became a better writer was to use Ray Bradbury’s advice of reading a poem, a short story, and an essay every day for 1,000 nights.

I did this practice daily for a long while but not revisit and share it with others.

For St Patrick’s Day today I thought I would share some favorites for you to read!

General things you can do with the text:

  1. Just read.
  2. Write down lines that you are drawn to.
  3. Write out a whole section word for word to get the feel of the author’s words.
  4. Write and start with the sentence stem: This piece reminds me of…
  5. Read the piece out loud to hear the author’s voice and rhythm.

Poem: Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

https://shenandoahliterary.org/blog/2012/01/metaphors-by-sylvia-plath/

This poem was brought to my attention on Sunday by my friend at https://jumpofffindwings.wordpress.com/

The imagery is odd and delightful. It is playful as I read it and one I will use to inspire my own writing

Short Story: Meeting Someone Once for Five Seconds

I love the structure of this piece and it can be easily imitated. It is a story that stays with you and has you looking at the people you see around you in a different way.

[Bonus rec: My piece is published in this same publication. If you would like to read it you can click HERE. *Explicit]

Essay: We Didn’t Have a Chance to Say Goodbye by Sabrina Orah Mark

How do you feel about vanishing things?

Sabrina is a poet who also writes essays for the Paris Review about fairytale-esque topics. I love her work and hope you enjoy this essay. It reminds of things that we lose and cannot find and how that connects to fairy tales…or not depending on your perspective.

What are your favorite recommendations in these categories?

Tuesday:Llama Delights #sol21 #day16

St Patrick's Day Llama" iPad Case & Skin by YamPuff | Redbubble

Tuesdays are all about delights!

Today one of my delights is Llama Tuesday! What is this strange reference to Tuesday you ask?

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.

Tuesdays used to be the day my favorite podcasts came out. There are still many that drop today that I love [MFA Writers, The Next Right Thing, LaVar Burton Reads…]

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. You might notice when I post for Slice of Life Tuesdays that I reference llamas.

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.

The llama has popped up here and there. A friend tagged me in an Instagram post yesterday with a llama. I got llama notebooks for Christmas. A friend on a Zoom call pointed out her llama earring! FUN!

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

I say to you — HAPPY LLAMA TUESDAY! Maybe you can greet someone else today and make them smile!

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Monday:Energy Challenge #sol21 #day15

What Fueled Me:

  • coffee
  • Comfy clothes today
  • dreaming and remembering it
  • 10min10day challenge started (sign up here)
  • Snow falling
  • Learning facts about bees
  • Sharing writing
  • Many people shared with me what they wrote with the first prompt! This was thrilling for me!
  • Erica Johnson shared with me!
  • Here are some others:

What drained me:

  • Snow
  • Time change hangover
  • Busy weekend
  • not writing enough this morning before work
  • Being called “teacher” after 91 days…
  • Walking and slipping several times and hurting myself temporarily
  • All the traffic

What I learned:

There is a lot of great things that happened today that I need to focus on rather than what drained me. I need to appreciate those things for the simple fact that the highs wouldn’t be so high if it weren’t for the lows!

I would love to hear what some of your answers are for today if you are willing to share in the comments.

Weekend Coffee Share #SOL21 #day14

It was warm…and then it got cold again. Let’s just sit inside today shall we? I have strong black coffee but have some add in’s if you like. Welcome to Sunday!

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers blog for the March challenge! I have been able to post to the blog every day. That hasn’t happened since….probably last March! HAHA

Thank you to Natalie for hosting the link party for all things Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my evening schedule was a little different this week. I did not have as many meetings scheduled which I was thankful for. I love to learn and interact with other writers and friends but sometimes it can be too much. I had several meetings stacked on Tuesday but they were all wonderful. The rest of the week was free and I took some longer walks and read or just relaxed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I do not welcome Daylight Savings Time. I even wrote an article about it here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I did a lot of walking this weekend. Some was necessary in order to pick up my car being repaired and other times I was just enjoying the weather. We got the kids out there too so that was wonderful!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am hosting a #10MINFOR10DAYS free challenge starting Monday (tomorrow). You can sign up here! It is a challenge for people who want to change their life in 10 minutes. I love the 10 minute time frame and am always amazed at what can be accomplished. You will receive a daily email with inspiration. I am excited to share some techniques that light me up! Hopefully, they will work for you too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am taking a break from classes for a bit. I need to curate and settle with some of the fantastic information I have taken in the last couple of months. I will still be reading but will take some more time to marinate some ideas. I am also planning my own flash class that I am going to be teaching soon. I am trying to decide which platform I want to use in order to do it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my son passed the test and now has his driver’s license! It is a huge milestone and I am so proud of him.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still participating in the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge. I have been posting to the blog daily. It has been wonderful to reconnect with so teacher writers and meet some new ones! I always am so inspired by their writings.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been freewriting with a different lens. I am trying to focus on what is emerging and in the present rather than always going into the past. I am also rereading some journals and seeing what pops out to me especially in the way of patterns.

The new moon is here! What plans do you have for the next cycle? I feel big things brewing these next couple of weeks!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee today. I always love when we chat!

I would love to hear what you are working on and what you find inspiring.