SOL19: My OLW and My Writing Room

I am grateful to the blog, Two Writing Teachers, which hosts The Slice of Life series each Tuesday.

My 2019 OLW began surfacing at the Highlights Foundation Writing Poetry For Children workshop held in October.

It was the moment when I began to

what my writing room could look like. I realized that the table I had used for many years was too big for the space, I needed to weed my books (always difficult), and there could be a place for a sofa that could double for a sleeper.

While others were writing poems away, I began to

the space.

Here are some BEFORE photos:

This was from early on in the 2015 when we first moved into the condo.

This was fall and the beginning of the process.


This the new desk area to the left is the window and the right the entrance to the room. I love the divider bookcase that defines the space and the organizing pegboards about the computer. I am working to have less clutter in my life.

Did you know that these book shelves from Ikea can be divided so that both sides can be use?

This is where the sleeper sofa will go. Still a work in progress.

And the book cases are more organized. Finally. I suspect it will be fluid. I find though that there is peace in this room. It will be a place for me to

me getting my manuscript revised and there will be a lot of creating in this space.

So 2019…IMAGINE what you can do. It’s my OLW.

Two quotes with IMAGINE:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.     

Albert Einstein

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.     
William Arthur Ward

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SOL19: Reflecting on 2018 OLW

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2019! I am grateful to the blog, Two Writing Teachers, which hosts The Slice of Life series each Tuesday (yes, I am late. It was New Year’s Day.). This is the week for reflecting on my 2018 OLW.

My 2018 OLW was SEEK. It was a word that connected with me as I closed up a career in teaching. Last January, I wrote:

It’s been hard to choose one but I have selected SEEK.  I’ve always been a seeker of sorts, thus, this is a terrific word for the changes mid-year.

I also decided on a phrase:  “Leap and seek joy.”

I plan to SEEK

  • time to write
  • time to revise my novel
  • playing with art
  • working at a part-time pace
  •  volunteer opportunities
  • photography opportunities
  • travel opportunities

So how did SEEK unfold during 2018? After finishing school and packing up in June, I played most of the summer. To me, retirement didn’t really start until September as it was like every other summer previous: school ended and it was summer break.

SEEK took me to Arizona, Four Corners, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Hubs and I love to travel and find the out of way places. And I was able to travel with my niece as she delivered me to the Highlights Foundation workshop on Children’s Poetry. I loved that we took the time to stop in Scranton, PA and walk around and get this photo:

Subbing: I dabbled in some subbing and stayed connected with school as I settled into retirement.

Photos? Took a lot!

Write? Yes, lots of haiku.

Art? Not as much

Revise my novel: A lot of “in-my-head” processing. A lot of gathering of books that I seriously need to study. And my writing room is in the process of getting organized. (Between what I have accumulated and what I brought home from school, I need a lot of purging).

And SEEK led me to having coffee and a great discussion with a local author, writing teacher, and friend in which I realized that the work of revising my novel includes sitting down and really analyzing the emotional arc of the story. This requires some “butt in seat” work.

The fall was well planned and organized. As January 2019 begins, the canvas is fairly blank. It’s new territory and I am pondering my 2019 OLW which I will reveal next week.

A goal I have is to be here every Tuesday for SOL19. (And not on Wednesday).

for seeking the world
open with joy

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Sunday Solace: Week 2

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Poetry Friday: Greeting the New Year with a Winter Swap

Happy New Year. Thanks to Sylvia at Poetry for Children who has her annual Sneak Peek for what’s coming in 2019 for children’s/YA poetry.

In this poetry community, we have a lot of opportunities to share poetry. In mid-autumn, Tabatha offer up an opportunity for a Winter Poetry Swap. I was lucky enough to have this arrive from Michelle Kogan in the mail early December.

It sat under my tree all month. As I was taking down the holidays, I realized I had been remiss in sharing this gorgeous poem with our poetry community.

This was what arrived…bookmarks, a beautiful print and poem about sparrows. (They frequent my deck), and a small notebook (which I always am in need).

Sparrow’s Warning

for Jone


extended effortlessly

wanders, waits, warns

human’s hostage world habitat

shrinking, shriveling – SAVE

helpless, dependent


© 2018 Michelle Kogan

Thank you, Michelle.

Response is to Sparrow’s Warning

foraging on the deck
hop, hop, hop
seeds scatter
a small gesture
for these winged friends

© jone rush macculloch

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January 1

new year moon

fog on the river


©jone rush macculloch

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December 31

Up early to take oldest grandgirl to swim practice.

the swimmer dives in

before dawn

greeting the new year

©jone rush macculloch

Happy New Year all.

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December 28, 29, and 30

Catching up…


dust settles

sneezing continues

house echoes

©jone rush macculloch


water leak


final days

©jone rush macculloch



hover at the feeder

between storms

©jone rush macculloch

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