Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tera -- Living My Five

It's been a crazy few weeks for me. You know from my last post that I made it through my move with some decent progress on my Five. Now I'm buckling under the weight of a looming deadline. Let's see if I'm still pulling my weight.

Going Green

Two simple things, which hopefully have a big cumulative impact, that I've been doing are taking my own mug to Starbucks and taking reusable bags to the grocery store. Since, as I said, I'm under deadline, I'm spending a lot of time writing in my favorite office--aka Starbucks. Every time I hand over my mug I feel like I'm making a tiny impact on the environment. (Plus, saving ten cents.)

Now that I'm (temporarily) back home with my parents I'm playing personal chef, which means I'm also playing grocery shopper. My mom has a bazillion reusable grocery bags which are wonderful because, not only do they save oil (we use 12 million gallons of oil every year to make 30 billion plastic bags in the USA*) and money (five cents a bag), they are also way easier to carry when loaded down with stuff.

Writing Mentorship

What I didn't mention in my last post is that I was, maybe even as you read it, speaking at a high school north of Austin, Texas, on my way to Oklahoma. I gave four sessions to a total of nine classes, including the school's creative writing class, about how I became a writer, my writing process, and answering any questions they could come up with. This combined two of my favorite parts of the job: talking to teens and talking about writing. I would like to think I inspired at least one or two of the kids to think about writing as a career.

By the time I write my next post I should be done with the first draft of my next book ... and hopefully I'll soon have time to make some more significant progress to report.

Are you ready to Live Your Five?

PS -- Today is my mom's birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

* source: ABC News


  1. Way to go, Tera! (And happy birthday, Tera's mom!) Kudos to you for inspiring young writers and for mugging it up at Starbucks. :-)

    I used to shop at Wild Oats (I miss Wild Oats) when it was nearby us and I loved their nickel-per-bag option. For every bag you saved them by bringing your own, they gave you a wooden nickel to put in one of their featured charity drop boxes. Being kind to the environment plus helping a charity? Who knew shopping could be so Five-ish? ;-)

  2. I am only a free lance writer, but with the way you sound, it feels as if you're fulfilled. You mentioned that you were talking to kids about writing and it crossed my mind that a couple of days back, I came across a writing enhancement tool for kids. It says to make it fun for them while learning. If I were in your place, the smile I've been hiding would have shown to all those kids with all the passion that I can share.