Public and Private Writing

Today, on the morning of this second day of the new year and the last day of winter break, I'm drawn to write. This is nothing new. Writing is a big part of who I am. It always has been. I imagine it always will be. Like many other writers, as I contemplate my thoughts … Continue reading Public and Private Writing

Pen holders from Fenice

At the end of last year (for the last 100 days to be exact), I paid extra attention to the material "things" in my life that brought me happiness (all the while being very careful to get rid of anything that didn't directly bring me happiness) and documented those things for the #100HappyDays project. The exercise was … Continue reading Pen holders from Fenice

Just as I was about to start my List Journal…

I've always been inclined to make lists. They keep me organized, they help me remember, and I believe that ideas written in list form elicit a different momentum, a different trajectory than traditional prose. Often, I find myself listing things in journals, things I will do, things I did, things to remember, etc. -- and as a teacher I've … Continue reading Just as I was about to start my List Journal…

Day 20 of CampNaNoWriMo and still at 14,342 words

FORWARD IS FORWARD, NO MATTER HOW SLOW It's Day 20 and my novel is currently 14,342 words. You might think that I would be frustrated or discouraged with my progress. You might think that I should be worried. I am not. I actually still feel pretty good about it. My novel has taken a few turns since I … Continue reading Day 20 of CampNaNoWriMo and still at 14,342 words

Day 2 – 7,612 words

7,612 WORDS SO FAR This idea is now officially a work in progress! (I'm not so sure how much sense these few thousand words make just yet, but they're there, all in one document, in some kind of an order. They're a beginning.) As I promised myself, I'm not doing any editing work until I've finished writing … Continue reading Day 2 – 7,612 words

Don’t forget to write! Going to summer camp at CampNaNoWriMo

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED... I've tried this challenge of writing a novel in one month a few times before. Each of those times, I have been unsuccessful. But hey, nothing says "hopeless optimist" like dusting yourself off and trying again, right? All jokes aside, I know that successfully completing this challenge is possible and … Continue reading Don’t forget to write! Going to summer camp at CampNaNoWriMo

We will figure it out together. #WWFIOT

THE PAST For the last nine years or so, I’ve been contributing to one blog or another.  (Nine years!? That's almost a decade! Where has the time gone?) The very first blog I kept was started by a colleague (Thanks, Tom!) for me to use with my students, others I’ve started myself for public consumption, and there are … Continue reading We will figure it out together. #WWFIOT