I wonder if any of you had as much trouble sleeping last night as I did. I get these jitters before any exciting event in my life. First day of school. Vacation. New job. Going on a date. I toss and turn the night before each one, blinking at the clock as each hour slouches past, waiting for morning. I always set my alarm just in case, but I don't need to: I wake up well before it goes off. This morning was no different.
Finally, the sun was bright enough that I felt like it wasn't insanely early to get out of bed, and I started getting ready, letting the excitement ease itself out as I ate some breakfast and made some coffee.
By the time I got to school, I was so calm you probably had no idea that I hadn't slept well. You didn't, did you? That's how good I am at acting.
And the nervousness was all for nothing. The morning went just swimmingly. We had enough time to do everything, even though I felt rushed at the end during our group sharing time. I'm thinking we should maybe lengthen that for tomorrow; what do you think?
But I loved hearing about your name stories, how you find ideas, getting to know you all better.
And I really loved the writing time. I don't know about you, but even though I consider myself a writer, I don't do a very good job of setting aside time each day dedicated just to writing. I distract myself instead with other things, like eating chocolate, going for a walk, reading, or making something.
Do you find yourself making excuses, or have you developed the writing habit? I hope that maybe this week will be good for all of us, myself and Mrs. Valente included. We want to become better writers, too, and we're hoping you will teach us as much as we teach you.
So come on, share your ideas about how to find time to write or your frustrations. Tell me about what you liked or didn't like about the workshop today. And tomorrow, I'm thinking I'll bring in cherry scones. Sound good?