Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Miss You! (And other such cheesiness)

The yarn is up my sleeve
In other words . . .

I miss you baby - I do, I really do.
Do you feel it too?
And yes . . .
There is much
to unravel and reweave through the written word,
*but* writing isn't the ONLY
                                     way of having a literary Life, is it?
Ideas percolate all the while I
Young authors find their own words,
Their own way to darkness towards light,
Their own spectacular voices.

In between traveling through fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian and realistic flights of fancy
am spinning
am watching kids swimming
am dreaming
am learning
again, again, again,
That we are all a lovely chaos
Progressing through the practice of striving for our own
Personal bests.

Hullo. Don't know why I turned that into some half-assed spoken word piece, but hey, I got the URGE peeps. I have been full on busy with Writopia Lab summer camp and yes, starting my day with a spin class at the gym, doing two sessions of writing intensives and ending my day with watching my kids at swim meets. I want to write posts about spinning AND swimming and what this whole experience is teaching me about writing, but this is the best I can do, RIGHT NOW.

And tonight we had a fabulous Writopia Lab Reading at The Voracious Reader despite the thunder storm. Those kids really do rock it.

How is your summer going? What are you up to?


  1. Lena- we miss you! But it sounds like so much is going on and you are having a blast. Love hearing about you and the students - you are changing their lives! Kudos to you. come back again soon. We miss your voice.

    1. Oh Elizabeth - thank you for reading and for letting me know that my voice matters to you!

  2. Hey Lena! Sounds like you've been hanging with young writers. I just finished my last summer Freewriters class at the teen center yesterday. Go, Lena, for inspiring me! What? almost 2 years ago now? Will look forward to what spinning and swimming have taught you about writing.

    1. Yay Amanda! Thank you for the encouragement . . .

  3. Oh, that cute kitty . . .I've been thinking about you a great deal . . . so glad you took a little time to share what I know is a very rewarding experience. And you're even managing some time to work out. ;-)

    1. I can't believe that I'm actually showing up at the gym! The kids have to be at swim practice anyway . . .

  4. Sounds like your life is just packed with fun and worthwhile endeavors!

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