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THE EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM – Nov. 2020

Snippets for writing

November 3, 10, 17, 24: The Eastside Writing Room has been “planting virtual writing seeds” since April and November calls for “harvesting” some of those writing ideas.

Our purpose remains the same. To claim writing time with no interruptions, no cell phones, no chores. The pandemic has shifted our locations but has not impacted our commitment. Write from your desk, office, outside, in the park. Just not around our community table.

If you are interested in joining us, contact Ethel.  We check in on Zoom at 11:00 AM (Mountain time) to state writing intentions. We keep our intentions concise and brief and then off we go to write. This is not a content share/critique group. I send out a Zoom invite to our full member list each Sunday. We write every Tuesday.

Words are powerful- the words we write, think, and speak can hold influence, whether it’s with a group, on your social media pages, with your neighbor as you talk from a social distance, or in your home with your family.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. She’s sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Odyssey Storytelling- Karma

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING

NOVEMBER 12: KARMA!  

KARMA—How do you flow on the river of life? Have you received instant rewards, or did they arrive after many twists and turns of the universal flow? Did punishment come fast as lightning or after many spins around the sun? 🌞
Bella Vivante curates, with Ethel Lee-Miller producing, the Odyssey Storytelling show “Karma,” Nov. 12, 2020. Five true stories by local storytellers Gail Arrenholz, Mary Jo Pollack, Ron Lancaster, Susan Allen, and Tim Foran relating their experience with Karma. 
A storytelling night that promises to produce instant rewards! CLICK  TO GO TO THE YOU TUBE CHANNEL -> ODYSSEY STORYTELLING 

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. She also enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson Tellers of Tales, and just about anywhere there’s a mic. 

The Eastside Writing Room

Writing Support Group

Tuesdays in October 11:00 AM

Still Zooming. Still staying connected. Still writing.

Contact Ethel if you’d like to check in with us each Tuesday to share your intentions for writing. We can’t write together, but we share intentions, support each other’s efforts and then use at least two hours to step away, each to our own writing place, from the complexities of the day, the things that block creativity, and we write. Ironic as it seems, sometimes I write about those very things that are the complexities, and they cease to be all that complex.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

Odyssey Storytelling

Odyssey Storytelling continues to build stronger ties in our community. The essence of our organization is to create community one story at a time. We hold space for people to tell their stories, share their lived experiences and, more importantly, for others to simply listen. Time and again this has created connections and strengthened our Tucson community. These days our community has expanded to – everywhere! We’re taping shows and podcasting.

We Cooled Off on You Tube This Summer

June – Quarantine. Six storytellers shared their challenges and triumphs from the age of COVID-19. Jana Segal-Stormont, Troy Larkin, Brett Kramer, Lisa Cardenas, Steve Braun.  I was honored to be #6. PODCAST 

July- Vagabond Dreams  A vagabond is a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. Right now we find ourselves confined and unable to wander to escape the summer swelter like years past.  For one evening, we left those concerns behind and took journeys of exploration, adventure, discovery, possibility, as Joe, Carrie, Paul and Yasmin shared their stories of life on the road. Curated by Joe Silins Produced by Roscoe Mutz and Miles Schneiderman  Podcast

August -Black Stories Matter. Storytellers included Bryan Castle, Stephanie Lyonga, Davia Moore, Bo Phillips, Martha T. and William O. Wills. The show closed with an inspiring interview with Doris Snowden, president of the Tucson NAACP, conducted by Odyssey executive director Ana Montañez,  Podcast 

Still Zooming Along

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Invisible- A Bilingual Event
Show at 7PM Available on YouTube And on the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast September 11th                 Two versus one, twice as much- or perhaps- just invisible.
Bilingual, bicultural and on the border- maybe unwanted, unseen and uncomfortable.
However, also proud.
“Speak English” but why not something else? One world, two cultures, three languages in some cases. Invisible or unmistakable?

Storytellers include Czarina Nafarrate, Albrecht Classen, Alma Montañez, Diego Lopez, Consuelo Hernandez, Dan Duncan. Curated by Tony Paniagua. Produced by Ana Montañez and Miles Schneiderman

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic.

Eastside Writing Room- September

Beginning in September  “hosting” our ZOOM group is my happy opportunity. We’ll be writing every Tuesday. You can either come to Zoom or email intentions and know you are in the “company” of dedicated writers every Tuesday 11:00 AM-1:30 PM (MT)

What is the Eastside Writing Room?

Our purpose for the Eastside Writing Room remains the same. To claim writing time with no interruptions, no cell phones, no other chores. The pandemic has shifted our locations from host homes in Tucson AZ,  but has not impacted our commitment. Write from your desk, office, outside, in the park. Just not around our community table.

We keep our intentions concise and brief and then off we go to write. This is not a content share/critique group. We can do an optional share time following the intention statements if a bit of time is needed for successes, challenges, writing resources (tech people, books, websites).

Interested in Joining Us?

Contact Ethel if you are interested in learning more about the Eastside Writing Room.

Words are powerful- the words we write, think, and speak can hold influence, whether it’s with a group, on your social media pages, with your neighbor as you talk from a social distance, or in your home with your family.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

ODYSSEY STORYTELLING- AUGUST 13

THURSDAY AUGUST 13: 7:00 PM Odyssey Storytelling : Black Lives Matter

Curated by Darryl Graves
Produced by Ana Montañez and Miles Schneiderman
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Show at 7PM Available on YouTube
And on the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast August 7th

The essence of our organization is to create community one story at a time. We hold space for people to tell their stories and, share their lived experiences and, more importantly, for others to simply listen. Time and again this has created connections and strengthened our Tucson community.

Odyssey Storytelling is proud to announce a special event to honor and enhance Black voices. Many storytelling organizations have held similar shows across the country, and similarly we are donating any proceeds for this event to the Tucson chapter of the NAACP.

Storytellers to be announced.

The essence of our organization is to create community one story at a time. We hold space for people to tell their stories and, share their lived experiences and, more importantly, for others to simply listen. Time and again this has created connections and strengthened our Tucson community.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic. 

The Eastside Writing Room- August

THE EASTSIDE WRITING ROOM: Every Tuesday.  We continue to stay connected during the pandemic. I email our group (and you can be a part of the group- Click here to add you to the list) Tuesday morning @10:00 AM to prompt you to write at home for our usual Tuesday 11:00 AM-1:30 PM time. Email your writing intention with “reply all” to the group.

Our Zoom guru Paul Z. does the invites for the Tuesday Zoom Room. We check in at 10:00 with a nice face-to-face and share intentions. Let me know if you want to Zoom also.

Join us. Each week can hold opportunities to look at things in a new way, and the words will come. As writers we can be inspired to inspire others.

 Stay safe, stay sane, stay serene. Ethel

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a Zoom/YouTube mic. 

 

The Eastside Writing Room-July

laptop with writing and coffee mug
Tuesdays in July: Entering July 2020 and we’re finding our way through the maze that is this pandemic, social unrest and injustice, and here in Tucson, the Bighorn Fire. Writing during these past three months has been my solace, comfort, conscience. Knowing you are writing, thinking about writing, or even resisting writing lets me know we are not alone.
The Eastside Writing Room is continuing Tuesday ZOOM and /or writing at home. If you are interested in being part of our writing group, contact Ethel. This is for writing only. No critiques, no sharing, just stating writing intentions, challenges, accomplishments,  and two hours (or more) to write. The connection with other writers is especially positive now. Join us.

Odyssey Storytelling-June-Quarantine

JUNE 11: ODYSSEY STORYTELLING: “STORIES FROM THE QUARANTINE”
Shelter in place, lock down, quarantine. As the world seemed to hit the pause button on regular life activities, our stories continued unabated. We “gathered” for our second ever virtual show providing an opportunity for our storytellers to share their challenges and triumphs from the age of COVID-19. Curated and with a great musical surprise to close by Roscoe Mutz. Executive Producer Ana Gaskin  opens with a heartfelt appeal relevant for everyone.
Storytellers:
Troy Larkin
Brett Kramer

Or, if you rather listen to it in podcast form, you can do that by subscribing to the Odyssey Storytelling Podcast on your podcatcher of choice, or by clicking here:

https://odysseystorytelling.libsyn.com/june-2020-quarantine

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it, and sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson Tellers of Tales, and anywhere there’s a mic ( and for now, a mask).

The Eastside Writing Room-May and June

We’re still writing and Zooming. Staying connected while apart.

Tuesdays 11:00-1:30. Two ways to do it:

  1. We set our intention for the writing time via email and check back in with the group at 1:30PM.
  2. Check into the Eastside Writing ZOOM Room via an invitational link. Click here to contact Ethel if you want to join us in ZOOM writing and/or for the email intention.

The Eastside Writing Room is for writing only. We do not critique. We are sharing a bit more than pre-COVID to catch up and “see” each other, but then off to our individual writing places at home and checking back in around 1:15.

It works. A virtual commitment keeps us writing.

Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay healthy.

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she’s writing to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it.