Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol.22)

Oh man.  If this blog were a container of leftovers in the fridge, it would be the one with the two-inch coating of fuzzy green stuff and a horrifying smell.  Sorry for neglecting you all, dear readers, but things have been downright exhausting around here.  Sickness + a late recurrence of winter = no blog posts.  I promise to (try to) do better next week.

One way that I will try to do better is by once again taking a swing at Blogging from A to Z during the month of April.  Last year, I went with a basic stream of consciousness approach, like I usually do around these part, but this year I have something else in mind.  Come back April 1 to find out what's in store.

This Monday is my last session of 6 Short Stories in 6 Week, which, thanks to a snow day, will actually have taken 8 weeks.  I have still have 1.5 stories to go, but here's the latest installment.  That's story #4 for those keeping track.

One thing that class has taught me is that creative writing is hard.  I hadn't done any of that since high school, and I could definitely feel how that area of my brain had atrophied. If I can get in a good groove and write for half and hour or more straight, afterward I feel like I am in some sort of altered state.  It will be interesting to see how much creative writing I make time for once this class is over, but I'd like to incorporate it into my life somewhere because it is just so different from anything else I do.

On an entirely different note, my friend Jenn sent me a link to this post, and I thought it was really beautiful.  Even if, like me, you don't home school your children, I think it resonates.  A lot of my frustrations as a teacher came from not being able to provide the optimal environment for each of my students to blossom.

Elijah has taken to watching videos of how drums are made on YouTube.  I will not link to them, because unless you share his fascination with percussion, you will find them rather mind-numbing.  I speak from experience.  However, I did learn one interesting fact: it takes 120 hours to make one steel drum.  Also,how Amazon can sell them for 189.95 is, I think, the real mystery here. 

Everyone and their mother (especially their mother) has linked to this video on their blog by now, but you know what?  There's a reason for that.  Watch it.  Love it.  You're welcome.

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