Write Now writing prompts and tips intend to inspire you to write for the simple pleasure of creating. Please share your response to the prompt, or a link to your response on your blog, in the comments. We sometimes share responses on the radio show Writing on the Air, Wednesdays 6-7pm on KOOP 91.7 FM. Stream from www.KOOP.org.
Not sure how to get started? Check out the Write Your Life class contract for some tips and guidelines.
Write Now – with Dean Lofton
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“At some point in your life, if you’re lucky,
you throw practicality to the wind and really start living.”
– Erma Bombeck
What would it look like to throw practicality to the wind in your life? Try writing more than one scenario. You have options! Reviewing the possibilities can also lead to appreciate the practical in your life. Try writing the answer for a character in a work in progress, too.
Sharing a few things that made my week better …
1. Wheatsville Food Co-op
I first met the folks at Wheatsville Co-op when I was the executive director of the Austin Independent Business Alliance in 2008. Jeff and I recently joined the co-op since they now have a south location closer to our home, and we experienced our first Owner Appreciation Days which includes special savings for co-op members. Obviously for someone like me who has a lot of food allergies and makes a point to eat organic, etc., Wheatsville is full of things for me to rave about.
Join me Tuesday, July 28, 6-8pm in the beautiful Gallery at Soma Vida for a fun, casual Health Happy Hour! I’ll be sharing Purium Health Products and tips for doing the 10 Day Transformation Cleanse. We’ll also have door prizes and everyone who attends receives a $50 gift card for Purium Health Products.
I just finished the cleanse for the second time and feel great! Click here to read more about my health recovery story, including losing 90 pounds over three years by changing how I eat.
Please RSVP to Dean@DeansListAustin.com. Not in Austin or can’t make it? I’m always glad to share more info by phone, email or skype and answer questions to help you plan for and sign up for the 10 Day Transformation Cleanse or purchase other products. You can reach me at 512-636-1346 or Dean@DeansListAustin.com.
Directions: Soma Vida – Work / Life Balance and Wellness Center, 2324 E. Cesar Chavez *Enter parking lot from 2nd Street, between Mildred and Perdenales. Walk through the courtyard to the front door on E. Cesar Chavez. The Gallery is on the second floor.
First family photo
On July 11, 2005 Jeff and I got married – barefoot on Folly Beach while dolphins swam nearby and the Morris Island lighthouse watched over the ceremony.
Shana shopping for shells, still carrying her bouquet, and Morris Island Lighthouse on the horizon
Though we did not invite friends or family it was still an amazingly diverse wedding – especially for South Carolina: the white woman, black man, biracial child, my Jewish friend Phillis took pictures, and a transgender reverend officiated. Phillis surprised me with the first wedding gift – bouquets for me and Shana and flowers for my hair. She also insisted on taking pictures which I resisted, and am so grateful she was a persistent, patient friend.
Another of my favorite wedding gifts is a piece of collage art by my friend Michelle. She included a photo of the moment we’re saying our vows and holding hands with each other and Shana, and a line from a W. H. Auden poem which beautifully describes what I can’t seem to find the words for, “… I’ll love you till the ocean is folded and hung out to dry.”
PS Hear Jeff Lofton’s music here: www.JeffLofton.com.
New dates just added for summer workshops: Sunday, July 19th, and Sunday, August 30th. Click here for more info.
Jeff and I met 11 years ago today … here’s the story as told to KUT:
Listen in on Wednesdays 6-7pm Central Time on “Writing on the Air” on KOOP 91.7 FM or stream from www.KOOP.org.
Write Now writing prompts and tips intend to inspire you to write for the simple pleasure of creating. For 18 years I’ve led non-academic, creative community writing workshops and am excited to share the content with a larger audience through these radio segments. In a personal writing practice the mundane gets written out of the way and creativity is invited to surface – in an active, creative meditation. My hope is that you will find the joy of writing and that these prompts and tips support your creative projects, as well as the art of life.
Want to share your response to the writing prompts? Email WriteNow@DeansListAustin.com. I’ll pick one or more to share here!
Thank you for writing!
Many years ago I created this class contract to set up the guidelines for the Write Your Life as a Woman class and other workshops. We had so much fun discussing it on KOOP’s Writing on the Air show last week, it thought I’d share it here again. Many of these guidelines carry over to every day life, too! More on that soon! Happy New Year and Happy Writing! – Dean Continue reading
Listen in as I get to hang out with the folks at Writing on the Air on KOOP 91.7 FM Wednesday, 12/31, from 6pm-7pm CT. You can live stream from www.KOOP.org. We’ll talk about the benefits of a writing practice and my Write Your Life as a Woman classes.
Write Now by Dean Lofton
(This piece originally appeared in the print edition of skirt! in January 2015.)
In 18 years of teaching writing workshops I’ve shared many concepts for putting pen to paper. Continue reading