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

Sunday, November 2, 2014


October was a month of abundance in terms of inspiration: Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference, Illinois Reading Council Conference, and Digital Literacy k-8 Workshop; plus individual author events with Rick Yancey and R.J. Palacio. 

I walked away from each event with thoughts swirling in my mind.  I had so many ideas; it seemed nearly impossible to tether a single thought down long enough to write about it.  I didn’t have enough time to process one event before the next one popped up.

All of that busy, even though it was the kind that filled me up rather than sucked me dry, meant that I wasn’t writing, moving, or eating smart. 

All of that busy broke my routine.

So, instead of beating myself up over all the ways I failed—all the things I didn’t get to in October—I am going to look ahead.  I am going to open myself up to November and all the possibility it holds.  I am not going to make a to do list—I am going to make a menu of options. 

Hello, November!

This month I might…
re-finish a piece of old furniture

begin working on homemade Christmas gifts

get my footing in regards to unit planning

catch up on giving feedback

try cooking something new

really clean the house

spend more time on people I love

get started on homemade Christmas cards

find a new blogging routine

write for me

This month I am definitely going to:
co-host another Twitter chat with Ruth

Tonight is another Teach and Celebrate Writers Twitter chat (#TandCwriters) with Ruth and as many friends as can join us!  We will be talking about teachers who write. 

Hello, November!