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 veryĀ careful to get rid of anything that didn't directly bring me happiness) and documented those things forĀ 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 believeĀ that ideas written in list formĀ elicit a differentĀ momentum, a different trajectory than traditional prose. Often, I find myselfĀ 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 20Ā and my novel is currentlyĀ 14,342 words. You might think that I would beĀ 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 nowĀ 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'veĀ 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 jokesĀ 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 nineĀ years or so, Iā€™ve been contributing to one blog or another. Ā (Nine years!? That's almost a decade! Where has the time gone?)Ā The very first blog I keptĀ was started by a colleague (Thanks, Tom!) for me to use with my students, others Iā€™ve started myself for public consumption, and there are … Continue reading We will figure it out together. #WWFIOT

November 1st – NaNoWriMo

1,773 words today! Not a bad start...and since it is early enough in the day, I might get time to write again later.Ā  29 days to go. šŸ™‚ ~Melissa Posted from WordPress for Android

NaNoWriMo and Me

For a few years now, I've been deeply envious of all of the writers participating in NaNoWriMo. Ā I've admired the dedication it takes to commit to writing a FULL NOVEL in just a month. Ā I've appreciated theĀ camaraderieĀ and support that NaNoWriMo offers its participants. Ā I've done all of these things -- from afar. This year, however, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo and Me

A Road Trip, Thomas Jefferson, and My Blog

Finally in front of a computer that successfully connects to the internet! From the Road I'm writing today from sunny South Carolina where a road trip (my first in a really long time) has taken me. Ā This trip seemed like a perfect way to spend a week or so of my summer vacation - exploring, … Continue reading A Road Trip, Thomas Jefferson, and My Blog