Dawn and endings.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Personal Narrative
[caption id="attachment_1800" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Dawn at Starbucks Bay.[/caption] It's my favorite time of day - the dark before the dawn. First light alerts the world to the coming sunrise. This morning my cat is snuggled next to me as I write in my darkened bedroom. I have long favored early morning because it's nearly silent, mostly still. Hints of noises and shadows of movements as many of nature's beings prepare for the day ahead. Daniel once tweeted his praise for early mornings: the world is quiet, Spirit is loud. Yes. It's a time of hope and possibilities. Beginnings. Today is also an ending of sorts. Today marks my 30th post in as many days. I've completed my personal challenge. The last time I wrote 30 posts in 30 days I found…
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A quick word on clarifying and silence.

30 Day Blog Challenge
I don't give advice. I won't go so far as to say I've never given suggestions or answered specific questions  (should I wear this dress or that one?), but life questions and, "here's what you should do" stuff? No. I've always been of the impression that I can't tell you how to live your life, I can only offer you my perspective on how I might handle a similar situation. But it's what I might do, not what you should do. And since it's not about me - it's about you, I turn the spotlight in the other direction and offer up a mirror besides. My goal is to help you clarify your positioning to the topic/question/dilemma at hand, as well as your options and potential consequences. Clarifying, I can…
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Looking forward.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Personal Narrative
A funny thing happened on the way to work. No, not really. But I needed a way to start today's blog post, and, why not? Nothing to make you chuckle, but I did find today worthy of note... As I drove through the more rural areas of Tampa Bay, I was greeted by canopy trees! If you've never spent time in Tallahassee, Florida, you may not be familiar with the canopy roads. These are long streets lined on either side by huge oaks dripping with Spanish moss. They hang over the roads like umbrellas, providing shade for the passing motorists. Canopies! And although the sight in Tampa Bay did not approach that glory, it was lovely to see the familiar splendor. It reminded me of Tallahassee, yes, but also of St.…
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More on moving.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Personal Narrative
So the corollary to "have you started packing yet?" is, "are you excited yet?" It's the same answer: No. I was excited when I debated the move, weighed the pros and cons. I considered the risks of moving versus the risks of staying. Did I want to chase dreams and new possibilities, or did I want to remain comfortable? I was excited when I put in my intent to vacate. It was official. The chase was on! But as we approach the actual day, my excitement has waned significantly. There's a good reason for that. I don't know if you know this, but moving simply isn't that much fun. Especially moving across state lines. There's stuff to do. Mail to forward. Utilities to turn on. Boxes to tape and label.…
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Midpoint check in! #NaBloPoMo #amwriting

30 Day Blog Challenge
[caption id="attachment_1499" align="alignleft" width="225"] Jorge and me getting our salsa on![/caption] Cue the salsa music! Let's dance! I've made it to the halfway point. I committed to writing 30 blogs in 30 days, and so far so good. I'm amazed and inspired this time around. I've wondered why it feels so much easier than August. I think it's because: There's no angst. It's something I've accomplished before, so I began with the foreknowledge I can definitely be successful. Whether stream of consciousness, quick check-ins, or other short entries, I can blog every day. I'm wiser. I discovered a lot about my writing process, so I realize my morning brilliance may or may not be written (much less published) by afternoon. Sometimes thoughts need time to germinate. Related to that... I'm more…
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It’s supposed to be fun…

Writer's Craft
It's early yet, but so far this #30in30 has been pretty easygoing. I have less time this round, and, happily, less angst. I'm more relaxed, perhaps because I've done it once and I know I can do it. Or perhaps because I realize I can't always publish thoughtful, well-crafted posts, and that's fine. I'm exercising my writing muscles, and carving out more time to think about a variety of things, and that's the main reason I took up the challenge. For bloggers out there feeling a little burned out, this one's for you...
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Saying Hello

Personal Narrative
I've been writing here and there, on sticky notes, mobile devices, and the like. I have many posts in draft form, and lots of prompts for others, but I'm finding it difficult to polish a piece (or a thought) for public consumption. I know why this is. My professional life currently takes up a lot of resources. For better or for worse, this will decrease in the coming weeks, and I hope plan to be more visible here. Despite my lowered profile around these parts, I've committed myself to begin working on my book/workshop project in earnest this month. It's a birthday gift to myself, inspired by Joshunda's act of self-publishing her book for her birthday this year. I hope my work helps women and girls find, claim and refine…
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In case you missed it…

Personal Narrative
2010 marked the end of graduate school, and the end of writing by committee for a while. In 2011, I planned to write for self. And I did. Sort of. But not as much as I envisioned. In 2012, I wrote more often than years past. And I wrote about things that were intellectually and/or emotionally fulfilling. This was especially true in August, when I participated in Tayari's WriteLikeCrazy and Aliya's 30 in 30 (30 blogs in 30 days) challenge. As a category, my 30-in-30 posts were the most rewarding to write and many of them ranked among the highest views for the year. Creating time to write, and mustering courage to share my writing were two challenges I battled for nearly every post this year. But I did create the time. And…
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The Writer’s Garden | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Writer's Craft
I wake up in the morning with writing on the brain. Prone in bed, stretching various limbs, I pepper myself with silent questions. What do you want to post today? Are you going to write that bit about civics? You’re going to the beach later, so how about starting your “Lessons from the Ocean” series? Oh! What about that interesting article? The one you favorited last night? Grasping for ideas, one invariably jumps up and shouts, “Me! Pick me!” “Ah-ha!” I think. “I’ve found you!” And so the game begins. I start my day, usually with some sort of exercise. If I’m lucky, it’s a running day, and I mentally compose my post during the four-mile trek around my neighborhood. More often than not, I am unable to write immediately…
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Wherein I respond to a writing prompt.

Productivity, Writer's Craft
"What are you putting off that would make your life better if you did it?" What's a concrete step you can take towards that goal? Although I take issue with the phrasing of the question, the spirit of the question is basically, what are you dreaming about, and how can you start to accomplish it? Answer? I’m dreaming about writing novels. I can go write one. I’m giggling because that’s a bold statement on many levels, but it really boils down to action. I don’t need to think about it. I don’t need to wonder about it. I don’t need to keep researching it. I just need to start (or continue, because I have, at least, begun). Easier said than done. A recent Facebook exchange illustrates my thinking on the…
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