Once again the week is a blur. I woke up on Monday morning in disbelief that I was starting another work week, and the next thing I knew I was driving home from school on Friday evening – thankful for the weekend. Despite living at what seems to be the speed of light, I did manage to set aside some time for personal exploration in addition to the typical grading and lesson plans.
I also took an afternoon and visited the Arboretum to practice taking nature photos during this fall season. A few of the trees were changing colors, and some of the flower beds had transformed from spring pastels to autumnal colors and I enjoyed meandering through the gardens. My favorite photo of the day was taken in a section of the park entitled, Monet’s Garden. I felt as though this photo truly captured the essence of this impressionist artist.
I am very glad that I attended this meeting yesterday, although I am not sure how many write-ins I will attend during the month of November. While I embrace the idea of getting together to squelch the feeling of writer’s isolation, I am not really a competitor for “most words written in 10 minutes” or “incorporate the idea of fire retardant underwear in your story” (no joke – that was a plotter’s plot suggestion). I may find enough support within my school community. I currently have 14 students signed up for the event and I am thrilled. Some are even planning a sleepover on October 31 so that they can start writing promptly at midnight on November 1st. They are my encouragement.