Full Moon #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. Fill your cup to the brim and let’s have a long chat!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I went to amazing workshops yesterday with Cheryl Pappas, Kathy Fish and Crow Collective. I have taken classes with Cheryl before but never in a live workshop situation. I have heard her read a story of hers that I adore and it was nice to hear her voice teaching. I was able to draft some pieces yesterday that I am happy with. All are partial so I will have to dig back into them at a later writing session.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I need to schedule some time to revisit some writing classes I have taken in the past. I am good at taking notes about how classes are conducted and I save all the prompts and reading suggestions. One of the main ones I need to revisit is the Sarah Selecky Story Course. That course has the advantage of audio and video lessons as well. My Google drive is very full of lessons and drafts. My writing life schedule will begin soon and I will be able to do just that!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I went to an online event where Jackie Kai Ellis spoke. She was amazing and I love her memoir. The call was magical and her tone and way of speaking was calming and inspiring at the same time. It would be worth it to join Centered just to listen to Guest Mentor replays. The daily prompts are highly recommended as well. The community is supportive and it is a great place to share your work especially if you are reluctant to do so.

Do you need a refill? The water is really cold so I will bring you a glass since it is so warm today.

If we were having coffee I would tell you today is a special day! I am driving into Madison to see NEIL GAIMAN SPEAK!!!! I am have been anticipating this evening for over 2 years and I am thrilled. I am going to take the opportunity to go on an extended Artist Date and go to bookstores, write at the art museum, have a lovely dinner and then soak up all the vibes from Neil. The full moon will be my companion on the drive back to the apartment. I will look at it and think of people I am under the full moon with tonight!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I cut my hair this week! It was nice to go a little shorter like I have had it in the past. It makes it easier for walking in the sun and just general maintenance. Plus, I like the look!

If we were having coffee I would tell you revisions to my Jack project continue. With work this week, I haven’t been able to get as much time on that project as I would have liked ,but I did some work yesterday and it was good. I have moved the deadline up and will accomplish the goal.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my routine is different this weekend and although I am excited for the creative day I have planned I miss my new normal. There are people I love that I cannot be with this weekend and I miss them. Changes are coming soon that will change that so I am thankful. I have abundance in my life and do not plan to waste it.

I hope your Sunday is filled with creativeness, sunshine, love, and great food!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat!

Mother’s Day #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the people who are nurturers to someone in your life!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. I have dark roast coffee, spicy coffee and water today.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my story challenge is moving along. I have not been as inspired this week for new material, but have been doing revision. I am writing, but not sticking as close to the prompts as I have in the past. The experience is different for me now since I have a well established writing practice. Words are written everyday. I joined a writing sprint Saturday morning which was nice to see some familiar faces and get a story done. I also had a call with a Canadian writer friend this week. It was incredibly fueling to me!

If we were having coffee I would tell you the weather cleared up for 3 days and then it went back to raining. I have been able to sneak a few walks in. I do so much better when I can connect with nature even if it is only an hour.

Do you need a refill?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote with my poetry class on Thursday night. I had wrestled with a poem all day and it gave me time to revise it. I have been in my Sarah Freligh poetry boot camp class as well as Monna McDiarmid’s.

If we were having coffee I would tell you revisions to my novel continue. With work this week, I haven’t been able to get as much time in that document as I would like.

If we were having coffee I would tell you PUSH group was delightful on Monday night. The conversation went to reading at the end which was engaging and humorous!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am spending some time with my son today for Mother’s Day. We are going to lunch. It is always fun to spend time with him no matter what the day.

I hope your Sunday is filled with some fun and laughter. Mine started wonderfully and will be full of joyful moments.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat!

May Day #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. I have dark roast coffee today and some water.

If we were having coffee I would tell Storyaday May begins today and I am excited for this annual event. Julie, the host, is running two side by side challenges this year. One is the classic 31 stories in 31 days and the other is a “fun size”. The alternative challenge is a lot about mindset and working on only a few stories for the month. If you want to check her site and the prompts out go to Storyaday.org. I will continue to write using the Sarah Selecky daily prompts during the month and will combine them when that works for my story.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the weather has been a little better. I have been able to get some walks in this week but there was still a lot of rain and wind. Thankfully, no snow this past week.

Do you need a refill?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I went to a White Sox game yesterday with my three sons. It was crazy getting into the park and we had to stand in a massive line. We did get the free shirt , thank goodness. All the boys were worried they would run out before we got to the gate. The game started off with an Anderson homerun, so that was exciting. I had been looking forward to the food at the park as much as the game and it did not disappoint. We had great seats right behind first base and a foul ball landed right next to us…into someone else’s hand. We left when the sky opened up and it poured. They delayed the game, but that was ok. It was a good game. We even got ice cream on the way home. It was a great afternoon.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I worked on revisions to my novel and it is going well.

If we were having coffee I would tell you work seemed extra busy this week. I was glad for the weekend.

I hope your Sunday is filled with some fun and laughter.

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat!

I Invite You To Coffee #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. I have some spicy coffee this morning with mocha today. I can make you a regular cup if that doesn’t appeal to you.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I was a guest blogger on a website I respect as a writer and an educator. You can check out my post here about writing poetry.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the weather is still not cooperating. It rained every day this week except Thursday when I was able to get out in the sun for a walk. Yesterday it was 89 degrees at one point and the day before it was 40 degrees??? When it is not raining, it is windy. Windy like 20mph – not breezy.

If we were having coffee I would tell you it was a busy writing week which is always my favorite. The Centered Guest Mentor call was this week and was amazing. Yesterday I attended the Barrelhouse writing conference online and also had my Natalie Goldberg writing session. I had a critique session as well. Thanks to my friends Jamie and Chari, I realized that my 100-word story was due yesterday instead of today, so I am glad I didn’t miss the deadline. I also turned in my CV2 poem.

If we were having coffee I would tell you today my schedule is a little different so my regular writing routine has shifted. I do not mind at all. I plan to do some revisions and submissions today.

Do you need a refill?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I think I have a plan to get my novel revised by August 1st. I have an accountability partner (THANK YOU ROBYN) who also has done this process before so I believe that will be motivating for me. From the Ease Lessons podcast, I also was reminded about a sentence outline which I think will work for figuring out (again) where the holes are in the story so I can work those pieces out. I know I need to rearrange many scenes as well.

I am excited to have a plan and a deadline for myself. I am still reading Refuse to Be Done by Matt Bell and I am sure that will help with the plans as they become more solidified and written down!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have made some writing connections through my new role as Moderator for Centered. I am enjoying the increased interaction and learning more about these writers.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I hope you have some fun this Sunday! I am having the most enjoyable day today full of many things I love. I had the perfect start to the morning and had an amazing breakfast with someone important…more on that another time.

Looking ahead I am looking forward to next weekend already! I have some big plans and I am taking my sons to a White Sox game! I hope the weather holds out for us!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat! I am already looking forward to next weekend!

Big Writing Day #napowrimo #Day23

Today is Day 23 of Poetry Month and a BIG writing day for me

Earlier this week, my new issue of Poets and Writers magazine came in the mail. It is the only magazine I get in print now. Magazines used to be a staple of my reading life. When I was younger [and before the internet] I could often be heard saying, “I read in a magazine…”

I find this magazine inspiring. There is a section where first lines of poems and books are printed and it is always delightful. Beginning sentences are powerful.

One of the mentor poems I used this week was Louise Gl├╝ck Figs which was a daily poem from The Paris Review on the 20th.

Today I am participating in the CV2 poetry contest. A list of 10 words are shared that must be used in the body of the poem and not altered in any way. You can check out the words and more details here.

I am also participating in the NYC Midnight 100-word microfiction contest this weekend. In my opinion 100 word stories are poem adjacent. The prompt assigned to me was ROMANCE (genre), HAILING A TAXI (action), STRESS(word). One of the benefits of this contest is the judges’ feedback that you receive later. (Much later in reality)

Drafts are written for the 100-word story and the poem. I am still rewriting both pieces plus writing other things in between. I typically do not enter contests but have seemed to have changed that pattern this year.

I am also attending a virtual writing conference today and am scheduled for a critique session.

How much writing can you pack in one day? I am trying to find out. I love this life!

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #alwayswrite

An Exciting Day for Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day20

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 20

I am the guest blogger today at Ethical ELA!

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a favorite poem of mine since I attended the Writers at Work conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Today I used her poem Burning the Old Year as inspiration.

Check out the post here.

#happyreading #readmorepoetry #happywriting

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day19 #SOL22

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

Day 19

I have been reading poetry every day without fail. Last Friday, I went to a pop up class with Poetry Forge which was inspiring and led me to a new poet. I have been reading a variety of books and articles which always fuels my writing. I wanted to increase my reading minutes which has come to fruition over the month of April. In addition to my notebook, I am always carrying a book.

I began a class yesterday with Monna McDiarmid who is amazing. She is hosting her class mostly through a Slack channel which is interesting and new to me.

I wrote a poem last evening with my PUSH group using the poem WINDOW by Forough Farrokhzad as a mentor text. It was published in The Paris Review. I read the poem to the group and then it was time to write!

This poem begins with an image so all the writers began with an image of their own and then I fed them sentence stems every couple of minutes to inspire their next line.

Poem structure:

Begin with the description of an image

Begin you next line with: I come from the land of…

I come from among…

When my trust…

One is enough for….

Dreams always….

Will I…

I sense….

Say something….

End with a circle back to the image at the beginning.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #write

Happy Llama Tuesday! Celebrate accordingly – the llama says, “Read a poem today!”

April 17 #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. I have some dark roast black coffee today. Happy Easter to you if you celebrate!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I was thankful this work week was only 4 days. I had a busy week but thankfully not as busy as it was the week before. I did have an evaluation on Tuesday after noon but felt relief after that was complete. I was presenting about reading at a staff meeting and that is one of my happiest things to do.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I did a lot more cooking this week. I made chicken saag, prosciutto chicken with basil cream sauce and beef and noodles! There was even enough to have leftovers for next week.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I was able to walk in a new forest this weekend! It was glorious and the weather was finally sunny. Luckily, it had dried out a bit so the ground wasn’t too squishy.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I celebrated the full moon this weekend. It was the Pink Moon this cycle and was very bright! Being under the full moon was one of the highlights of a perfect day.

Do you need a refill?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a poetry writing class on Friday that was amazing. It is through Poetry Forge and if you do not follow Holly you should. The pop up class was fueling and I found a new poet to read. The guest poet for the class was Chris Dombrowski.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have many things to look forward to for the remaining days of the month. I do hope the weather evens out a bit. There have been large temperature differences day to day and high winds that make it difficult to get outside.

If we were having coffee I would ask you if you have a story about a stranger who impacted you in some way. A new essay book about just this topic came out last month and I am finding it fascinating: Letters To A Stranger edited by Colleen Kinder. I am excited to talk about this topic on Monday at my PUSH group.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I hope you have some fun this Sunday!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat! I am already looking forward to next weekend!

Poetry Month #napowrimo #Day11

This month I will read a poem and use it to inspire a poem of my own. I will write about process, but will not publish the poem drafts on the blog.

Here is my calendar which holds the links for the poems/prompts that inspire me. My resources this challenge are linked at the top of the document.

I was up ridiculously early today. I started writing at about 3:30 am (I woke up much earlier than that). Insomnia was in charge this morning.

Day 11

Mentor text/inspiration poem for today: 9 Dreams

This poem is one I have had saved in my Keep app. I wrote a poem inspired by this format called, “9 Mirrors”.

I did a search in my app for all the entries I had made with the word “mirrors” and used several of those notes to write my piece.

What did you write today? How did you fuel your writing self today?

#readmorepoetry #write

April 10 #WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat today. I link up with Natalie the Explorer with others who enjoy Weekend Coffee Share posts!

Thank you for meeting and chatting with me today. I have some dark roast black coffee today. Since it is Sunday AND a writing day for me I made a whole pot. There is plenty for us to have a long visit today.

If we were having coffee I would tell you this week was super busy. It seemed even more so because the schedule the week before was much more open with it being spring break for me. This week there was a meeting every day after school and the days were packed. Not the way I like to come back if I am honest. A little more easing in would have been preferable. I am grateful for this weekend where I did not have to go anywhere! I need the recharge.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I have the intention of increasing my reading minutes. I have always been a voracious reader , but the last several years I have been in a slump. I am reading Aftershock by Nadia Owusu which is a memoir. I also am reading Nicole Sachs book The Meaning of Truth. I am also reading a poem everyday, but reading on my devices feels different to me than a physical book. I have an amazing library here in my town so I have no shortage of books. Well, to be honest, there are no shortage of books in my apartment and my life either but….

If we were having coffee I would tell you I was able to do something this week that I have never been able to do and it made me incredibly happy. I am still riding on that high!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had my critique session with my fabulous writing partner in crime this week! She is amazing at feedback and helps me see things in my writing that I cannot immediately. I trust her insights and love her writing. It is a great partnership. Plus she is funny and we laugh a lot! Our lives have cosmic parallels so that has been enlightening.

Do you need a refill?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had several writing classes/events this week which always makes me happy! Nancy Stohlman had her free challenge and the virtual retreat. Sarah Selecky had her cowriting and centered conversation around practice. I had a class with Kathy Fish and the Crow Collective. I also hosted two calls for a new adventure in writing this week. All good stuff that inspires me. I also hosted my PUSH group on Monday which was so fun and amazing. I am so blessed to have an amazing group of creative people in my circle.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I ran yesterday and it went better than I thought. The weather has been cold and rainy/snowy for 3 weeks. Today it is warmer but the winds are ridiculous but I will get out there anyway.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a writing class yesterday and another writing event in the evening. I never feel like I am wasting my when writing. I also had a work call in the morning but that was enjoyable!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I hope you have some fun this Sunday!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I sense some good news is coming next week! I hope this for you too!

Thank you for joining me for a coffee chat! I am already looking forward to next weekend!