#SOL20 Day 31: A Conversation with Story, Resolved

I thought that this piece, a continuation of my first and my second “conversations” with Story, might be a good place to bring some closure to this month-long writing challenge. ….. “Well?” She drummed her fingernails on the table. “Well…what?” blinked Story, letting the right corner of her mouth twitch up into an almost-smile. “Oh,Continue reading “#SOL20 Day 31: A Conversation with Story, Resolved”

#SOL20 Day 30: Intentions

WHAT I MEANT TO DO:-work out-walk my dog more-write something better than this-drink actual real live water-breathe some outside air-shower-start a puzzle-read a little-finish this week’s grad school homework WHAT I ACTUALLY DID:-attended 5 online “meetings”-made a bunch of phone calls-wrote a bunch of tricky emails-called my mother-planned how I would break the news ofContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 30: Intentions”

#SOL20 Day 29: Word Casserole

I started today with a bucket full of words: I trounced through the house with it overfull, sloshing,Spent a few on the phone with my mom,A few more with my sister,Then held out pretty fullUntil I got to my school work:Email upon email, text upon text, I found myselfRooting through, huntingFor only the best onesAndContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 29: Word Casserole”

#SOL20 Day 28: On Boredom

As a writer, I very much stand “guilty as charged” when it comes to planting seeds…and then forgetting about them. Today I spent some time walking among the rows of drafts that I’ve planted on my blog, and I found this one. It strikes me as timely right now, especially as so many of usContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 28: On Boredom”

#SOL20 Day 27: What Needs to be Said

Dear Families, I probably shouldn’t be writing you this letter over Spring Break, during a time when we should all take distance from school, but I confess my brain is just not in vacation mode. You and your kids have been on my mind a lot over the last weeks. There’s a lot I don’tContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 27: What Needs to be Said”

#SOL20 Day 26: Teaching as TV

<<cue lights, music>> ANNOUNCER: Some say it’s the hardest profession around. Some say, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Well, we’re about to find out what teachers are made of. <<visual: montage of teachers in classrooms>> ANNOUNCER: We’ve gathered teachers from all across the nation to test their skills against one another. Each week they’ll faceContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 26: Teaching as TV”

#SOL20 Day 24: Built For This

My mom and I were chatting about parenting during today’s “shelter in place” order. She remarked on how, with four children, there’s no way she would have been able to keep two of my siblings at home. I couldn’t disagree. My oldest sister and my brother were never the compliant type growing up. But myContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 24: Built For This”

#SOL20 Day 23: Weight of the World

This slice is part 1 of I’m not sure how many. I know my protagonist has some things to figure out, and I need time with her to decide what that’s going to be. But I’m especially grateful to Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces for providing me with the inspiration to get goingContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 23: Weight of the World”

#SOL20 Day 22: Story's Return

(continuation from SOL day 3) Snow in March:Of course, she laughedAs she gazed out over the – “HEY! What do you think you’re doing?” She felt her ears redden, felt all of her body weight condense and harden into a ball at the pit of her stomach, felt her face prickle. She did not needContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 22: Story's Return”