Monday, May 31, 2010

Who Wants to Spill Some Ink?

Summertime... and the livin' is easy.... Well, at least it's supposed to be.    It is funny what happens to me each summer.  I feel compelled to set goals to be reached before the start of the new school year.  It's almost like New Year's resolutions.  I do it to myself every year.  Success has been spotty over the years, but it doesn't seem to slow me down... There is just something about the overwhelming feeling of possibility.

This summer, besides running my first triathlon and cleaning out my attic, I would like to write more-- I have scoured the internet looking for a summer blogging challenge, but as of yet have found none.  I asked about it on Twitter and @Linda704 responded with a question:  "Why don't you host your own challenge?" Hmmmmm.... If @Linda704 thinks I can do it, maybe I can!

The first thing I thought of was the book that I had recently purchased for my 11 year old daughter, Spilling Ink, by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter.  It's a handbook for young writers and it includes prompts in the form of dares. (cool!) It was on my "to-read" list anyway...

So, there you have it.  I challenge you to join me in "spilling some ink" this summer.  This is how I envision it.  Each day during the month of June, I will studiously read a section of Spilling Ink and become inspired to write on this very blog. If you would like to join me, meet me here each day.  See what I have written about, spill some ink yourself, and leave a comment with a link to your writing. 

I am a writing teacher.  Each day during the month of June, I will write.  You'll join me, right?  Think of the possibilities...


  1. Could be a great way for me to get back in the saddle on a regular basis. I will give this a try and look forward to seeing what you have done as well.


  2. I would love to take your challenge!

  3. I guess it's official, then! Looking forward to a productive month!

  4. I'm up for it. I've been posting the past six days, though I admit I'm not staying on topic. It's really cool reading your posts though!

  5. Hey! Who says you have to stay on topic? For my purposes, following the challenges in "Spilling Ink" kills two birds with one stone-- I get to read the book so that I can use it with students. I also get to struggle a bit, so that I can share with students that I've gone through what they are going through. Plus, it's fun!
    I'll look forward to reading your posts! :-)

  6. I forgot to post here that I am in too!!! I have taken a different direction but it's been a really great challenge:)