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Monday Minutiae -12/17/18

Intervention Support

You know how you put a bunch of books on hold at the library, and they ALL come in at once? If you think that is overwhelming, imagine this person:


Sound off in the comments your ideas on why that person put so many different books on hold (varying publishing dates, authors, etc). Are they going up to a secluded cabin and want to bring a mini-library with them? Are they feeling the pressure of their Goodreads reading challenge and don’t want to waste time coming back to the library?

Extra Recess

A recent reason to smile: an elementary school colleague reminding a 10-year old boy not to run  and he converts his run into a skip. One can’t possibly argue with that cheerful response.

Daily 5

A friend shared this post about putting in the practice to achieve creative goals in one of my FB writing groups recently and I love the universal nature of it. He talks about how he spend a year learning guitar and lists some simple steps he took to do it. Here was what he said about his daily practice goal:

I created a simple rule to define my year of guitar playing: I must practice each and ever day for at least one minute.

That’s it.

The one minute rule was meant to make it ridiculously easy for me to find success. There isn’t a single day where I couldn’t justify picking up the guitar and strumming a G chord for 60 seconds. Some days, that is honestly all I did.

Earlier in the year, I realized I was having a hard time doing the “write every day” thing. And even though I don’t think that is any kind of hard and fast rule (do what works for you), I knew I needed something to help me regain some momentum. I read about a “write 100 words for 100 days”. And like the “practice each day for 1 minute”, some days I literally wrote exactly 100 words. But 100 words isn’t that hard overall, and it worked. It got me back into my creative space.

Intrinsic Motivation

Along those same lines of inspiration: I got to see author Louise Penny speak in Nashville a couple of weeks ago (which also provided an exciting opportunity to meet an online friend from England at the same time- YAY!) and she was great to listen to. So much resonated with me – her age and late start to writing novels, the long road to publication, and along that road she had encountered a major writer’s block. Too much of her brain space had been taken up with the idea of publishing until she had her aha moment: she needed to write that first book for herself. And while I did not have the same kind of block when I wrote my first novel, it flowed from the same feeling: I wrote it for myself. I wrote it for the joy of it. That is what I always go back to when I get mired in the slog of not kicking down the door of publication: write for the personal joy of it.

Louise Penny with me and friends
A bit blurry, but Penny in the middle!

Currently Reading (print): Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens – ed. Marieke Nijkamp

Currently Reading (audio): How Hard Can It Be? – Allison Pearson

Song of the Week:

My partner (Andy Rundquist) plays with the Hamline University Jazz Ensemble and has had great fun arranging new songs for them. I enjoy these songs from the concerts because they’re always just a step out of the norm for that group, which makes them that much better. Last night’s arrangement: “Horizon Line” by Red Baraat.

2 thoughts on “Monday Minutiae -12/17/18

  1. I’d bet that they requested all of those books assuming they’d arrive gradually over the course of a few weeks. Then maybe the library received extra copies of some of the really popular books and therefore all of this patron’s holds arrived simultaneously.

    This has happened to me before, albeit with a smaller number of books. It’s both fun and overwhelming. 🙂

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    1. I’ve definitely been in that boat, too! This sure seems like A LOT, though. Good luck to that patron! Some might have to go back on hold again!


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