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

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Oct 20, 2013

Week of October 20th

I submit to Th-Th by Tuesday. We meet Thursday at 11:00 am est (email me with questions).

Dianne's group tomorrow at 8pm eastern.

 I will try an afternoon hour of unplug this week. How about starting with Monday at 1 pm central, 2 pm eastern? Setting the posts now, hope I see you there.

 There is this TedTalk about fear and storytelling. I want you to watch this and think about how this relates to your writing life.

Can you consider the stories that you tell yourself about your writing life? Both best case scenarios and worse case scenarios. Can you consider those fear stories as the stuff of fiction, the stuff of make-believe, the stuff of story telling? If you were to do that, you would gain the distance of perspective and you could let those stories spin all the way to their hair-raising ends. You might save your own life.