Teaching · Writing

Monday Minutiae—02.07.2022

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted some thoughts and other random tidbits, and all of these items are from the first half of January, but I’m still sharing them, even if we’re one week into February now. 🙂

Writing Workshop

These writing tips in limerick form are a joy. I remember teaching eighth grade students about copyright and had students write haiku (structurally) to express what they knew/learned about copyright. I loved seeing what could have been a dry subject turned into something they hopefully hung onto. Writing “rules” have a lot more flair when presented whimsically!

Writing Notebooks

Speaking of “rules”, what about the one people say about how you must write every day? Sharon Oard Warner offers a gentler approach to this. I appreciated her encouragement and how there doesn’t have to be anything rigid and constricting about it. I’ve done all kinds of goals for myself to get myself to write everyday: time, wordcounts, #NaNoWriMo, etc. I still support all of those motivational structures, but I’ve also noticed I really only need them when I’m trying to get a new story off the ground. Lately I’ve been building time into my morning to write and I’ve loved it. It’s only twenty minutes, but it’s before I do anything. Sometimes I get almost 200 words in, and other days it’s only 50. And while I’ll likely keep it up, I’m getting closer to the moment where I won’t need it anymore because I’ll be fully invested in the WIP. I’m loving the potential of this latest WIP and loving how accomplished I feel when my timer signals a pause to get ready for the rest of my day.

Morning Meeting

What age has been your favorite in life so far? I’ve always told people how much I loved turning 40. It was very freeing. I think even if you haven’t accomplished all you wanted by then (which is fine, 40 does not equal “end of life”, haha), you’ve LIVED and have accumulated a lot of experience. I got a kick out of this woman’s list of recommendations that she share via Twitter on her 40th birthday. There’s a lot of good stuff in here.

Specialists

Art and science come together in these super cool, naturally-formed, frozen sand structures. Imagine the storytelling it can create. This article talks conjectures what they are, although I don’t think there is anything definitive.

Currently Reading (Audio): Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Currently Reading (Print): Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Song of the Week:

Let’s keep the feeling going about getting older and embracing it without regrets, eh?

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