Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Recap of Grammar Girl Workshop and My Experience at Kripalu

Tuesday, April 7, 2009....

I was excited and apprehensive about this past weekend. I suck at grammar and have run as far away from writing for public viewing most of my life. As we introduced ourselves the first night, I thought I may have been over my head. Everyone was either a writer, editor or had known since childhood writing was their passion. For me, writing, other than in my personal journal, was something I bolted from.

In my ultimate wisdom, I chose a major in college that required me to write numerous papers and 6 years ago landed a position that challenged me on a daily basis to write.

Writing, editing and modifying legal documents was not fun for me. I could never interject my voice into my work and the following words: shall vs may, nonetheless and furthermore, pushed me over the edge.

I think it was during this time I was overcome by the need to just write about everything and anything with an air of whimsy. It was the counterbalance I was missing and desperately needed.

Over the years, friends and family commented that I had a quirky way of relaying a story so when I became unemployed, my sister encouraged me to start this blog (probably so I wouldn't lose my mind while looking for work).

The workshop was perfect. Mignon created a very interactive workshop and opened herself up so I wasn't intimidated by her knowledge of grammar (I had visions I would be corrected every time I opened my mouth).

It was obvious she spent a lot of time preparing for this workshop. She explored various topics with the group such as:

- Expressions of Writing (journaling, blogging)
- Exercises (free writing and prompt writing)
- Promoting Oneself

If you haven't heard of Mignon, aka Grammar Girl, I'd suggest signing up for her newsletter or podcasts Grammar Girl. Personally, I really enjoyed her book and will use it as a reference guide.

In addition to the workshop, I got to spend some quality time with my sister. She had signed up for a singing workshop and had to sing without lyrics in front of 30 people. I had many suggestions for her (SuperFreak by Rick James and any BeeGees song because who can really decipher what they were singing), but she ignored them. Hmmm... I can't figure out why.

While I wasn't torturing her, I was able to read and meditate. I'm now at a place where I need to meditate for 30 minutes because it takes me a good 15 minutes to stop the chatter inside my head. I will make meditating a priority in my daily routine because I felt great after my practice.

I left Friday wanting and needing to clear my head. Sometimes, I wish for things which don't happen. However, that wasn't the case this past weekend.


SillyStud said...

Hopefully, everything you learned this weekend will stick with you!

I'm glad it was a good weekend!

Little Ms Blogger said...

SillyStud: I am hopeful that one day you will stop torturing me.

LiLu said...

That's fantastic! I'm glad it was productive... nothing worse than wasting time. You know, when you COULD be boozing on a patio. No? Just me?

Glad it went well, love ;-)

Little Ms Blogger said...

LiLu - who says sitting on your porch drinking isn't productive?

If I had a porch with a Christmas tree on it, I'd be sitting outside with a drink in hand singing Christmas tunes....

Mignon said...

Thank you for the glowing review! It was a joy to meet you.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Mignon: My pleasure.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am so impressed that you are meditating and that you went to that writing workshop. I want to do both, but have the same fears you had. The thought of your sister belting out "Super Freak" cracked me up. I think if I tried to meditate it would take forever to get my mind to quiet down. Good for you!