musings, life lessons & poetry from Theresa Jarosz Alberti

Tag: National Novel Writing Month

And Now for Something Completely Different

Today I’m taking a break from the Subject of the Month to write about something new. Just shortly after My Life Changed Big-Time, I threw caution to the wind and decided to sign up for an improv class. Improv comedy has always intrigued me– I’ve gone to many performances over the years, I know a lot of people who do it, AND it scares the SH*% out of me. I’m not a person who feels comfortable doing public speaking. Even speaking one-on-one with a person who is a little bit intimidating can make my mind blank out, and I’ll have no idea what I was going to say.

I’m a writer, so communicating on paper comes completely naturally to me. The words flow, and I can free-write a la Natalie Goldberg til the cows come home (which is actually a bit improvisational, writing whatever comes to mind with no editing, and my mind and pen have no trouble with that). But I still remember the complete and utter panic I felt the night before teaching classes on National Novel Writing Month with my friend Sherri at The Loft. I knew my subject matter really well, but I was practically paralyzed and adrenalized with fear before and during the class. Continue reading

A Control-Freak Goes Uncharted

I’ve been grooving on singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles for several years now.  Yeah, she’s pretty and sings catchy songs, but don’t dismiss her; she’s smart, writing songs  full of poetry, storytelling, and complexity.  She doesn’t go for cheap rhymes (the ones you can see coming around the corner).  AND she’s a huge goofball.  I love that in a person. (maybe because I’m one too?)

I was at the gym the other day when her song “Uncharted” started playing on my Ipod.  I’ve always loved this song, and now it was speaking to me in a different way.  Uncharted?  Why would I want to be Uncharted?  I’ve always had such a tight-grip on my Control.  Big-time planner.  List-maker.  Definitely Charted. Continue reading

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