CPOW Again!

CPOW! We are getting ready to launch three more books in the Contemplative Practice of Writing series.  Launch date is October 15th at the Whistler Writer’s Fest —

Workbook 2: Everyday Celebrations

Workbook 3: Classroom, Homeschool & Microschool Edition — Intermediate

Notebook 1: Extended Word Bank

The Contemplative Practice of Writing (CPOW) program is new way of gently focussing your mind and generating fresh thought.

Creativity thrives when exploration meets constraint, and CPOW exercises invite you to follow the freedom of your pen into your voice as  writer.

First, doodle to a visual CUE for SET TIME in a BOUNDED SPACE.  Then follow a writing PROMPT and fill your WORD BANK.

It seems impossible that the act of doodling can free your words and help you write.  But it works.

Early adopters of the program have called it miraculous, life changing, and have been using it in their classrooms and in their own lives as they have navigated their toughest days.

Get tickets for my WWF CPOW session here:  www.whistlerwritersfest.com

Find a laggy but lovely video with me talking about the program here:  https://youtu.be/w4BshM_9qRc



Why English Can Make Us Crazy

My son came home for the weekend and brought along a list of reasons the English language is hard to learn.  It’s especially applicable to the spoken language, but has deep resonances for written work as well since our writing practice is so keenly linked to our ears and the sound words make as they slip off the tongue and onto the page.  His copy was dog-eared from being passed around and screen-grabbed, so I thought I’d clean it up and pass it along again.  I salute whoever it was that pulled this together.

The Unknown Compiler’s List of Reasons English Can Make Us Crazy

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish silverware.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

8) When shot, the dove dove into the bushes.

9) I did not object since I was the object of his affections.

10) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

11) The oarsmen had a row about how to row.

12) We were too close to the door to close it.

13) A buck does funny things when does are present.

14) The farmer taught his sow to sow as his mother sat sewing in the window.

15) The wind was strong enough to wind the sheet around the mast.

16) After a number of injections, my jaw got number.

17) I shed a tear, I fear, after seeing the tear in the painting.

18) How can I intimate my feelings to my most intimate friend?