a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Saturday, February 22, 2014

31 THINGS day thirty

I am participating in a class with Ali Edwards through Big Picture Classes called 31 Things.  Every day includes a word, writing prompts, dig deeper prompts, a writing tip, Ali's example, and a photo challenge.  In addition to the prompts, templates for a physical album and/or digital album are included.  I am creating a digital album and plan to share the results here over 31 days.

created with Photoshop Elements 9 and tools from 31 Things with Ali Edwards

day thirty | 3:35pm

who | I am with my husband and two colleagues

what | we are having our usual Friday Write Club meeting, consisting of me sharing a text for us all to use as a springboard into a quick write

where | we are in my classroom, sitting at student desks that serve as a table when pushed together like this

when | from after school until whenever we manage to wrap up the conversation that spills over after sharing our work; today this means

why | because we are all writers who welcome ways to make more time in our lives for writing | because time spent writing, sharing, bonding, laughing, crying with colleagues friends is time well spent | because writing, like celebration, saves


  1. I love this post...picking a particular time and writing about it. Cool beans. Going to save this idea for March when I need it

  2. Christy, I've enjoyed catching some of your posts this month. I love your "why" section, showing that your writing colleagues have become friends and your discovery that writing, like celebration, saves. Like Deb, I'm saving this post for March, not just for me, but to share with my students.

  3. Write Club is an adequate substitution for knitting. Please understand: that is meant as high praise. There's not much that settles me as well.