Weekend Coffee Share
Join me for a conversation and a cup of coffee
I am so glad we are meeting for coffee today! I have been looking forward to chatting with you all week. I think we will go out into the garden today with our coffee before it gets too hot. My dark black coffee is what I am drinking today. What would you like? I will bring out the pitcher of ice water too.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you it has been a trying week. I have been trying to change some investments and it has proven difficult. My financial person and I have been working on it now over 2 months and I am beyond frustrated. I have been wrestling with this company all of 2019 and I am over it. I think the issue will finally be resolved tomorrow with confirmation Tuesday and I can move on to the next thing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to an amazing conference this week with some leaders from my school district. We traveled to Noblesville and stayed in an Embassy Suites which is my favorite hotel. The beds were super comfy and the company was amazing. I was able to get to know a teacher so much better and we have a lot in common. I am looking forward to collaborating with her and her school more this upcoming school year. We have a lot in common and feel like I made a new friend! I was able to get my takeaways from the workshop posted as well so that was shared with the organizers as well.
The sessions we attended ranged from conflict and conversation to writing but all were valuable. I was introduced to Rohr’s Three Boxes concept which I will be researching more. The presenters were Kass and Cornelius Minor who were dynamic and personable and so knowledgable. It was not surface information either, it was deep work that made you think about identity and how you interact with people who are different than yourself. I am looking forward to digging into his book. All his work is a literacy focus through the lens of equity.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I ran at the beginning of the week but due to the traveling, had a few days break. I got back to 8 miles yesterday even with the heat index making it feel like it was 106 degrees! The love of running has not leaked out of my running shoes!
If we were having coffee I would tell you my writing practice continued every morning. I am using the daily prompts and they are working well for me. I did transcribe some of the past handwritten stories into documents and did some editing this week as well. Nothing huge to report though. I am waiting on some submissions and just focusing on the practice and joy of writing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you my Fast Flash Fiction class ended on Friday. I was able to write a story in the structure of a mosaic which is dreams and reality weaved together. It is supposed to be fractured a bit more than my draft emerged. I am coming along with the form but was able to get some suggestions from my instructor. We learned about titles and breathless paragraphs this week. The last day we were given a revision process which I used on a story this morning called THE RED BALL. I will let the stories marinate a bit from the class as instructed and come back to them in about a month to revise as instructed. Then I will decide where I am sending them for possible publication.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you I learned about cognitive overload and the physical reactions this can cause. It is difficult when I am dealing with all these little things that don’t seem a big deal individually but then as a heap they seem overwhelming. I usually do not like the word overwhelm. I am used to being able to just make a list and trudge along but there has been so much on my mind that I am having a hard time thinking. I have struggled with actions I take and assume the person on the other end is going to do their job and then that does not happen. It is frustrating, to say the least. I believe that writing is an emotionally taxing endeavor as well and maybe the cause of some of my brain tiredness even though I love it and it fuels me. These are thoughts I have been pondering for sure.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I loved this chat with you today! Thank you for listening to some light and a little heavier topics today. Our coffee is really a highlight of my week. What is the best thing that happened to you this week? I really want to hear! If you want to read other coffeesharers you can visit Eclectic Alli’s page.
Tammy Breitweiser is a writer and teacher who is a force of nature and woman of honor; seer of nuance; an accidental inspirationalist; a keeper of the little red doors, and a conjurer of everyday magic who is busy writing short stories. A future Minnesotan temporarily hiding in Indiana, her poetry has been published in The Storyteller Magazine and her flash fiction in The Ninja Writers Monthly and Elephants Never. Her essay is published in the I Wrote it Anyway anthology. She is a writer for the publication The Noteworthy Journal. You can connect with Tammy through Twitter @TLBREIT.