open invitation no. 41: fancy

Be a little fancy.

“Everybody wants to be someone fancy. Even if they’re just shy.”
—Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

If you’re looking for a writing topic, consider something fancy. Fancy, I am sure, conjures different ideas for all of us.

If you already know your topic and you’re looking for a way to write it, be fancy. Try fancy words. Try fancy paragraph breaks. Try a fancy genre.

If you’re having trouble getting in the writing mood, break out something fancy. Maybe you have a fancy hat, a fancy ring, a fancy tea cup, or fancy cheese. All of these things have the potential to make you feel writerly.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.


Open your blog and write a post. Just write.


Reply to this post, jot a note and paste your URL.


Comment on other blogs. Soak up the magic that will find you.

grab an image for your blog

Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

17 thoughts on “open invitation no. 41: fancy

    1. ABSOLUTELY – The power fully rests in the the action she takes. She does not need to believe she can; she needs to do what she says she can. – ABSOLUTELY! Thank you for your clear and honest courage! It is inspiring.


    1. As always – Molly – you get me thinking. Love the photos, art work, and really great thinking behind puzzles – the planning and thought process.

      You are right – Play — of all kinds — is a powerful, profound, and fun tool for learning. Let’s be brave, open, and creative. Let’s discover the more, and use it.

      Definitely part of my Zen Toolbox for No Teacher Burn Out!


    1. Memories are so important. Loved hearing about your wonderful grandfather and your son’s connection to him.

      Another book to put on my list – Bittersweet. I’m going to need another bedside table!

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    1. OH – PERFECT – I am sharing this one with my teachers. We are blessed to continue to be in-person – fingers crossed! Thank you – yes – listening to children and listening to each other!


    1. Loved going back with you to Bozo and pedal pushers. My favorite is your 4th grade teacher – She wasn’t fancy in her black skirt, white shirt, and oxfords. But her love was so fancy. Every student was her favorite. Every life mattered. And when I struggled, she persevered. – Just what a teacher should be! Thanks for sharing.


      1. And Mrs. Copeland…she was one of my strict teachers. It is so amazing that many of her classroom strategies I adopted… what a wonder. Thank you for commenting. xo


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