Writing Prompt: Excelsior!

Blog Excelsior If you’ve seen Silver Linings Playbook then you’ll understand this reference: I feel like it has been a week of “Silver Developments.”  In the movie Bradley Cooper’s character, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has been released from a mental institution and is trying to improve himself with positive thinking. His mantra becomes “Excelsior!” and he attempts to see the silver linings in his daily life. When something good happens, he declares it a “Silver Development.”

I have had such a series of Silver Developments this week. Number One: Our mentor, Jon Katz, announced this week that the Hubbard Hall Writers Project, the group I’ve been a part of since last June, will be having a reception and reading of our work at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY on May 31st. This is an exciting opportunity for each of us to share our writing in a wonderful venue.

Number Two: I received a call from a fellow writer on Thursday. We used to work together at The Valley Business Journal and she now writes for our region’s primary newspaper, The Valley News. She is writing an article on memoir writing and wants to interview me for the piece. I think it will be fun being the one interviewed for a change and it is great exposure.

Number Three: After a lovely lunch with the Common-Thread-Give-A-Way members at Jon Katz and Maria Wulf’s new Bedlam Farm, I had a great talk with Jon helping to define some future goals for my writing and this blog. I have some brainstorming and hard work ahead, but am really thrilled with the possibilities. I share all this not to boast, but to celebrate. This blog has been the beginning of a new creative journey for me and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Excelsior!

Writing Prompt: Write about a Silver Development in your life.