Let’s start with the car trouble. Scheduled to go to a writing workshop with Rick Shelton presenting as part of #NWP early this morning. Engine light on. Check oil. Seems good. But just to be safe put a little in. Oooops. Power steering fluid. Go back to trunk. Get oil. Oooops. Antifreeze. WHAT?????????????????? Did I not just commit an ultra stupid mistake??? And not one time but two?????????? Tears. A few choice words. Sweat. Called hubby. He laughed. Not funny. Waited on him to get home. Stupid car. Stupid Monday. He changed the oil and air filter. Engine light still on. Wiggled some wires. Engine light cut off. WHAT?????????????/ I missed my writing workshop for THIS? Oh yeah. Last session at 1:00. Vroooomm-vroooommm………….. Made it. Thanks, Joe, my DH. Kiss kiss. 🙂
The writing workshop was fabulous. Rick Shelton made me laugh the entire time!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the 2nd time I’ve seen him.
Here are some takeaways:
Write with and for your kids. Can’t teach welding without being a welder. Can’t teach writing without being a writer.
Have you ever known a child prodigy writer? Nope. There aren’t any. It takes time…..
It takes 3-5 years to speak a foreign language and 8-15 to write one. Writing (English) is a foreign language.
Everything is revisable!
Use picture books all the way through high school.
When writing about a text, you don’t have to quote 5 lines. Just quote the right one.
When kids ask why they have to know something-tell them so you can have options in life.
When asking kids to paraphrase-SHOW them. LOTS.
It was a FANTASTIC workshop!!! 🙂
Finally, the 5 miles. I ran 5 miles yesterday in about 63 minutes. With 8 walk breaks. YES-8 walk breaks. There were not sitting stations along my dirt road-otherwise there would have been several sitting breaks!!
And I have a half marathon on August 10? GULP. 🙂