Notebook Woes: Slice of Life #sol19 11/31

Today, I borrowed a SPARK from Paula Bourque who blogs at LitCoachLady and whose latest book, SPARK!, focuses on quickwrites in the elementary classroom. If you’re stuck for a writing idea, be sure to visit Paula’s blog where she is sharing a different prompt every day in March. Here’s today’s prompt: A simple quick write SPARK to…

What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life #sol18

I have never been the kind of writer who finishes a notebook in a month or two–until now. I filled an entire notebook in March and April! I have been keeping notebooks all of my adult life–sometimes sporadically, sometimes with daily dedication. But I fill them slowly. I like to write about my notebooks. In…

What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life 1/31 #sol17

My son. Page after page trying to capture this personality, this conversation, this moment. Being a mom, parenting. Trauma. Learning and understanding. Researching. Healing. PTSD, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue. Myself. All the ways I get stuck in my own mind, fretting. Anxieties and angst. The gerbil on its wheel, going round and round. Coffee shops.…

A Writing Life Requires Bravery

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I have a wee obsession with Deborah Freedman’s picture book, The Story of Fish & Snail. The art is crazy good, but it’s the message that makes it a favorite title to share with pre-service teachers: Be brave. Leap. Or, in the words of the wonderful Deborah Freedman,…

Security Blanket

I left my writer’s notebook at work on Wednesday night. And I won’t be back at work again until Tuesday (though I didn’t know that on Wednesday–ended up needing a sick day yesterday; I work from home on Fridays and most Mondays). So my notebook and I are going to be separated for almost a…

#Nerdlution Round 2 Check-in

Michelle at One Grateful Teacher is kindly hosting a weekly round-up of #Nerdlution check-in posts, so do visit her blog and check out this week’s check-ins. Writing for 10 minutes daily in my writer’s notebook: The first couple of days of writing again were hard. I had nothing to write about. I spent a lot…

#Nerdlution Round 2

It’s time for Round 2 of #Nerdlution! Well, technically, it’s the third day of Round 2 of #Nerdlution, but I’ve been dithering about my goals. For Round 1 of #Nerdlution, I kept it simple: read one poem a day. Most days, I read far more than one. I wanted to find more poetry that I…