You might call this a bit of a holiday break.
I had fully intended to take a year-end break to learn from the past year and further the vision for the next. Visioning is an important part of my process and I take my year-end vision work both seriously and playfully. Due to the difficulties at the present moment, I thought this would be a good time to break.
Hugh and Colleen were correct. After multiple exchanges with the Happiness Engineers, they determined that the edit feature I used was indeed theme-related and that theme is now retired. Ugh. Poor timing because I wasn’t yet ready for the transfer of the website to its new format. I can’t figure it out during these last two weeks of school. My students need my focus. I need to stay the course and grade 54 final papers.
I’m not sure how or when I can round up the last two Collections, but I can’t keep collecting without a reasonable way to do it. The mere thought of “getting behind” creates a sense of anxiety for me. So, I’m pausing the Challenges and Collections to regroup and accelerate some of my 2023 plans. The Challenges are going to go on hiatus until January 1, 2023.
However, this is going to be a campfire break. Time to sit around the warm flames with a favorite beverage and converse. Each week, I’m going to prompt a conversation in a similar way to what I do in my classroom. Like I tell my students, the way to cultivate original ideas is to share your thoughts with others. There are no wrong answers and different answers demonstrate original thinking. And that’s a good thing!
Let’s get a fire started. Gather round and ponder this — what role does conversation have in your writing? Do you use conversation to process your story ideas? Do you let your characters talk to tell you the story? Do you stay silent, preferring not to talk about your writing or works in process?