Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Give Yourself A Break

It feels good to be slicing. It is like a great workout. Getting up the gumption to do it sometimes seems insurmountable, but once you start you are glad you have - and afterwards you have that 'feels so good' high.

It is absolutely pathetic that I haven't sliced since last spring. It isn't that I haven't been writing, but not with these muscles. It feels good to use these muscles again.

The purpose of slicing is different than the writing I have been doing, as well as the lens with which I look at my writing, has been different. All the mini-lessons on narrative writing flit to the front of my mind as I look critically at the previous paragraphs.

Best advice I ever received as a 'slicer', "It's draft writing - give yourself a break."

Sunday, March 1, 2020


Disappointments - those things that you have high hopes for and then, well, it just isn't what you had hoped it would be. Let me give you some examples.

Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs. I am a dark chocolate girl, all the way. I can often leave milk chocolate sitting there and not be tempted by it. For some reason I LOVE Cadbury Mini Eggs. You know, those egg shaped chocolates that are encased in speckled, hard candy shells - I love them. It would make sense that Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs would be an improvement on the original, right? No. They aren't. Truly disappointing.

The Hobbit movies that came out in 2012 - 2014. Please tell me you are nodding vigorously in agreement that these movies are on my list of examples of disappointments. I could write paragraphs about my love of the book, what a read-the-book-don't-bother-with-the-movie person I am, and how long it took me see the LOTR movies because of the previous comment, but I'll cut to the chase. I gave the first of the Hobbit movies a chance. Yes, I was concerned that the shortest of the books was going to be made into more than one movie and yes, that shouldn't have been enough of a warning. #disappointment #toomanyogres

Have you ever settled in for a flight, somewhere in the 8 - 10 hour range, looking forward to what movies you might watch with a chunk of time extended before you only to find out that your personal entertainment system - and by 'your' I mean just the one for you, not the entire plane's - doesn't work? And the flight is completely full. And rebooting the system doesn't solve the challenge. Yeah, disappointment.

I was pleasantly surprised that as I thought about ideas for this post I struggled to come up with them. I have a couple of others that made my brain storming list; cancelled trip, professor with deep knowledge, but poor public speaking skills, and something else that I wrote in some form of shorthand that I can't figure out what I mean.

Oh, and this one...
The fact that I don't get to participate in the SOLSC this year as I won't have internet access for a good chunk of the month. Sorry, Mom. I know you are disappointed as you were looking forward to it being your favorite month for the ninth year. #streakendsateight #disappointed

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What I've Read

What I've Read This Month...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

We Made It! (31/31)

31 of 31 - SOLSC 2019

Thank you to Two a Writing Teachers for the opportunity; to the slicing community for the support; and to all the little moments in my life for the inspiration.

Spring Break beckons...

What I've Read

What I've Read This Month...

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Aging (30/31)

30 of 31 - SOLSC 2019

The introvert had to really gear up for a party, but gear up I did. I did not let other, more intimate offerings sway me, nor sleep, nor massage. I freshened up and headed out, though not particularly excited about it. 

Music, lights, and laughter welcomed us - along with friendly hellos at the door. Conversations, jiving music, and delectible food were all enjoyed. Knowing the dancing was coming, I felt the tugs in opposite directions; practical vs. the dance floor - and then everything shifted. 

The music, that had been enjoyable, though a bit difficult to talk over with anyone who wasn't within a three foot radius. As the dance floor opened the decibels were turned up a few notches. Talking diminished to only what was necessary. The dance floor filled as did my head, with pounding. I must be getting older. I thought to myself as I gathered my things and headed back into the night.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thank yous (29/31)

29 of 31 - SOLSC 2019

Like Dee Gordon, I have decided that saying "thank you" is important. I won't be taking out a full page ad in the Seattle Times. Those I want to thank won't be know to the world, let alone primarily by only their first name, but that doesn't diminish on the importance - perhaps it even enhances it.  

I'm toying with the idea of challenging myself to thanking someone each day or April, or maybe May - or my own observance of the month of Ramadan. I recently wrote a letter to someone that I had been drafting in my mind for years and years. I'm not sure why it took me so long to actually pull it out of my head and share it with them. Seems like a practice that would do everyone involved some good. I can't think of a reason to not do this. What are your thank you note rituals?