Need structure? Want to find camaraderie? Tired of writing in solitude? Join our virtual office space. At TPR someone is always in the cubicle next to you.

Here's how the practice room works:


At the given date and time (weekly schedule posted below), meet at post 1. It appears 30 minutes in advance of the hour (barring unusual circumstances), giving us a chance to set our goals in the comments. Declare your goal. Work toward furthering your project; word counting, revision, or whatever it needs - you decide.

Post 2: WE ARE UNPLUGGED! announces our hour. During that time, we write! The rules: no procrastinations. Please feel free to make tea or stand on your head as needed.

When the time is up, Post 3 appears with a chat box and we will get a chance to converse, or you can comment old-style to tell us what you got done! We are dying to know!

Read about a typical first time here. I make the schedule every Sunday. It will remain up in the side bar until I post the next week's schedule (feel free to make requests for particular times in the comments - I take them into serious consideration). All additions will be noted in in the side bar. Come back and check it often. (The schedule times are listed in Eastern Time Zone but the blog posts in Central - Tina's time zone. Our visitors are from all over the map.)

Please email me with questions, comments, or just to introduce yourself! tina dot laurel at gmail dot com

Don't forget to sign the guestbook at the bottom of the page!

Aug 9, 2011

Hangout Over: 4:25 EST

Thanks to Brandy, Heather, Amy, Dianne, Krystey, Marisa! We had 4 writing sessions of 25 minutes each, people checking in and out as needed. It was nice to stop and ask questions. And it was nice to hear the productivity of others. Not as many problems today I thought. I thank you all for working with me! I look forward to writing together again in September! Thanks for holding down the fort until then. :)

Hangout will begin at 2 pm EST

I will open the hangout to my TPR circle. Look for the announcement in your stream. This time we will try the Pomodoro timer for our hangout. We will chat the first 5 minutes and follow with 25 minutes of writing. At the 2:30 mark chat again. Follow with another 25 minutes of writing to repeat from there. I will try to post writing and chatting times right on the hangout so that if you need to join late. We will wave at joiners and wait to catch up till it is time to chat.

Here were some of the problems from our last Hangout on Google+: It was hard for some of our computers to run Word and hangout too. There was lots of background noise. People seem to need a new invite, if they got kicked off. Please email me or IM me in Gchat with problems and I will do what I can to help figure it out.

Expect frustrations; like everything else, our hangouts are practice!

Also, Hangouts only accommodate 10 people, last time that wasn't a problem but we tested the limit. Please make sure you rsvp on the schedule post, so I know how many to expect. If you haven't RSVPed yet, hurry(either email or comment on the schedule post)  there's still time!

See you in a few minutes!

Post 3: Reconvention!

Maria, Amy, Heather and I. Writeoncon and inspiration and being stuck.


Unpluggage runs from 8 am est until 9. Meet at post 3 for the chat.

Post 1: Unpluggage begins at 8 am est

Let me know you are here with me. Leave a comment.