Well...I spent last week decompressing. I've felt a lot of emotions in the last week as I've processed not seeing my students, having a little bit of a break from school, having so much time to do all the things, wondering how long this will last, missing all the things we used to be able to do and all the people we could see, and wondering how things will be different going forward.
I've also been drinking a lot of tea. The photo above is from the last cup of coffee I had out in the world before the time of quarantine. I met my friends Cheryl and Joy at Cup O'Joe Coffeehouse in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin where we got to sit on a Warner Bros. replica of THE orange couch from Friends.
With all my tea drinking time, I've been reading and writing and working on ideas for Story Exploratory. I love Story Exploratory and am excited to continue to put energy into making it grow. I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a writer and what it looks like to live the life of a writer. If you've read my blog, you know I've spent a lot of time sharing mentor texts I love and what my writing life is like. Looking through my previous blog posts made me realize that I've neglected this space though and I miss blogging.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? has been a constant in my blogging life but I'm inspired to get back to sharing other things here as well. I'll be sharing more mentor texts, more of my writing life, and more of my teaching life. My plan is to get my habit started again and then continue blogging when quarantine comes to an end. Are there any specific posts or topics you'd like to see from me? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Besides blogging more, I'd like to announce that I'm hosting a FREE 2-week virtual book club starting next week on Wednesday, April 1st.
We're reading Elle Luna's book The Crossroads of Should and Must. You can buy the gorgeous hardcover or ebook from our friend Kathy at The Brain Lair.
Our meetings will be held via Zoom at 4:30 CST.
The dates for this book club are:
To sign up, click HERE.
I'm proud to say that I've been hosting monthly workshops since last January and even the coronavirus isn't stopping us. This month's workshop is this weekend on Saturday, March 28th and we'll be meeting via Zoom. If that sounds fun to you, you can find more information and register here.
Seriously, writing all this out has been fun! It's nice to be back in the wonderful world of blogging. It feels like home. When the world is so weird right now, it's nice to feel a little bit of normal.
Again, if there's anything you'd appreciate from me right now, please let me know! I've been brainstorming but always have you in mind so let me know in the comments if there's something I can share that would help you out.