Fridays are officially my favorite day. Fridays bring out the best in me. I wish all days could be like Fridays.
Friends of the girls come every Friday between 7:30 and 8:00am. Their dad drops them off on his way to work and they spend the day with us, until about 7:00pm when I return them to his worksite.
By 7:00 I am up, showered, dressed and something yummy is ready to be popped into the oven. I have a huge lunch in the slow cooker - this was a yummy whole chicken simmering in a dry spice rub. The back room/studio is readied for writing group and I feel energized.
I spent a great deal of time during the heat wave indoors planning our upcoming school year and thinking about what I can do to offer the girls some fun choices in writing group. Lately I have been getting lots of emails from blog readers about two topics: art journaling and writing group. I offered up a challenge to the group - respond to the inquiries with a Zine (a handmade mini-magazine) about how to begin and run a writing group for teens/tweens. This was a spark that quickly ignited a flame of energy.
The studio was like a conference room. There was planning, sketching, discussing, and creating. Informational writing is very different from creative storytelling and the process is much different. At times I stepped out of the room to let the energy flow and the process play out.
I anticipate that this project will take three weeks. Copies will be made and the girls will visit locations in town like the library and independent book stores to inquire if their zine may be left for patrons to take free of charge.
More pictures to come as this project unfolds...