Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee I would encourage you to get the Caramel Brulee Latte. It is just sweet enough for a change. I will have one too and then switch back to strong black coffee.

If we were having coffee I would confess that my Christmas tree is not up yet. We debated whether to get a real tree or not this year. Last year we got a real tree which was beautiful but it did not smell at all. A tree is ordered and will show up on the doorstep by Wednesday. There are a couple other decorations up, but not many. As a gift, we received a faux fireplace cabinet which my hubby put together. The stockings are hung and I have several reindeer around the house.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been writing everyday but not finishing anything right now. I had a dinner with a couple ladies from my IRL writing group which was delightful. We write very different genres and types but we get along great. It is fun to talk about process.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have had the best time at work lately. I have been implementing the new ideas and learning from my week of professional development and have seen changes in attitude in teachers and their practice which of course effects students! It has been lovely to be able to follow a set of structures that are effective. I go back to training tomorrow and I am super excited about it. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am climbing out of my reading slump. I am a little farther into the NINE PERFECT STRANGERS book and I love books with strong characters. The book is sucking me in and I am happy about it.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went Christmas shopping yesterday while my daughter was at gymnastics. It was early so there were not a lot of people. I was able to find what I was looking for and didn’t feel like I was supposed to be somewhere else. There were a lot less stresses than what I had last season and I am relieved about it. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am looking forward to my holiday break starting at the end of the week. I am looking forward to my training tomorrow and the rest of the week at school!

What is inspiring you this week?

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Reading Update

Happy Reading Thoughts Today:

Yesterday in the mail I received my ARC of Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading – Look for that review soon! The release date is Sept 4th! Preorder now!

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I received permission to read Transcription by Kate Atkinson and I am overjoyed – look for that review soon too!

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From a recommendation from a writing friend, I picked up Wonderbook from the library yesterday. This book is so up my alley that it makes me giddy to read and it will make me a better writer! Thanks Marta!

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Simply Tuesday Thoughts…on Thursday

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I am reading Simply Tuesday by Emily P Freeman. I love her podcast the Next right thing which is what brought me to her books. I read and I hear her voice in my head which is a very good thing. There is a soothing and calming effect of her voice which is wonderful. Many of the ideas she talks about hit home for me. She is a Christian writer and so some of the “God speak” I gloss over. It is a bit much for me in spots.

In the chapter titled Community and Competition, she has a delightful story about her reaching out for some fellow creatives to meet with. She was feeling lonely and wanted some connection with real people. She formed a small group of 3 and they are called  The Artists Circle. They get together monthly at coffee shops or their houses and answer three questions:

What are you working on?

What is inspiring you?

Where do you need prodding?

This is appealing to me as such a delightful notion and I love the simplicity of the questions. These questions can also translate to so many areas. They immediately were written down into my notebook. The questions come from Todd Henry who wrote The Accidental Creative. They really hone into the springboards of a deep creative conversation.

I love when books and authors I love,  recommend books and authors they love. I have a new rabbit hole to go down now and I couldn’t be happier. Plus I have new questions which always makes me happy!

 

Come back tomorrow! I will be reflecting on my 31 Story A Day challenge and what I learned.

9 Read Aloud Guidelines for Parents and Teachers

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  1. The story needs to be read at different speeds depending on the content. Sometimes a book needs to be read slowly or very fast! Pay attention to the punctuation and word placement on the page especially for picture books.
  2. If you are reading to a class it is usually a good practice to read the book to yourself first. Don’t just grab one off the shelf.
  3. A cold read can be valuable to have some teachable moments when you encounter unknown words, misread sentences and then teach the students how to deal with it.
  4. Children are never too old, or to young, to read aloud to.
  5. You can always come back to a book. There are many reasons to read. The brain loves pattern and many children enjoy hearing the same story over and over and over…even though we don’t always like to read that many times!
  6. Find spaces to read where you are less likely to be distracted.
  7. Having a set read aloud time establishes a pattern.
  8. Books can go with you anywhere – especially if you are reading to your children you can read in the car while waiting, or in line.
  9. Choice is important! Let your child, or the class, choose what to read. Modeling the choice will help when you want them to choose books to read independently.

Books Read over SB

Betwixt and Between: Essays on the Writing Life by Jenny Boully

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I loved this book. It is from Coffee House Press. It is weird and lovely. I am going to start reading from the beginning again! Very rarely does a book have this effect on me!

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk Kathleen Rooney

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This book was a BOTM choice from last January. One of my goals to read books I already have on my shelves and this is one of them. The book is well written which is mostly why it held my attention. The plot is literally a woman who goes for a walk and reflects on her life on New Year’s Eve in New York. The premise sounds boring but I assure you it is not.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

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Another BOTM pick recommended by Libery Hardy. I enjoyed this book and the research that included about solitude. Lots of underlined passages!

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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This book has been on my TBR list for a long time. It did not make me cry and I found it to be a fast read. Overall it was good, not great.

On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for Writing by Ann Kroeker

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I loved this book. I listen to Ann Kroeker’s podcast and enjoy her emails for writers as well. I really want to talk about this book with some other writers!

Writers Digest Magazine

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I treated myself to a digital subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. I really enjoyed this issue especially since there are articles by Julie Duffy from Storyaday and Gabriela Pereira from DIYMFA. I am a sucker for a good list and this issue is full of great lists AND articles.

What have you read lately?