Slice of Life:

If anyone had told me I’d slice every Tuesday during 2014 and every day in March of that same year I would have said, you are crazy. In fact that is exactly what I asked myself in my first SOL post in November of 2013: Am I Crazy?

I sliced even when I thought I nothing to say or sometimes too much to say.

I worried when I hit the publish button.

Did that make any sense?

Was that too personal?

Too long?

Too short?

Was that a slice?

This happens sometimes, in fact all of those questions are rattling around in my mind right now and as I publish this reflection on my year.

Maybe I should just write about something safe.

In the Slice of Life community my worries were unwarranted. Not that every post was perfect, or couldn’t be improved. SOL welcomed me, typos and all.  The community allowed me to just write, to try.  In joining this community of writers I started to consider myself a writer.

Slicers’ comments quieted my fears, made me brave, and brought me back. Without feedback I know I would not have written week after week.

Today I remember those slices when worries surrounded my words. I hit publish and held my breath. Slicer words came back and I exhaled. Someone read my words and understood.

When I started slicing I thought it would be a place to help me become a better writing teacher .I had no idea what I was in for.

Friendships created through written words is a very special thing. I had no idea. People who share their words and understand mine.  Miraculous.

Thank you Slicers. Thank you Two Writing Teachers. Thank you Anna, Beth, Betsy, Dana, Stacey and Tara. You have changed me as a teacher, but more importantly you have taught me the power of the written word.

Read more slices here.




18 thoughts on “Slice of Life:

  1. It does take a bit of craziness to write. You are vulnerable. Your inner critic is constantly active. Yet, the learning, joy and fun of writing are so worth it. I am so glad you share your words. I am glad I met you (so far virtually, but who knows.) Happy writing in 2015!

  2. What a great way to remember and reflect and show thanks. It’s always good when we find something that keeps us going. Crazy? Eh. Maybe? At least we’re all crazy together.

  3. I have enjoyed reading your SOL reflections. I think it is a great opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences. Maybe next year I will even try to join in. 🙂

  4. This is a nice capture of the Slicing experience, I just started last March and it is just such a great thing! I am thinking about trying to commandeer folks at my school to join. Such a way to get to know people better!

  5. I love your post! They are worries that I and all my students share as we press our words through our fingers and out to the world! Happy New Year! Good work making it through all the Tuesdays and March!

  6. I love your honesty about the fears we all share. Yet we keep writing for exactly the reason you say: the knowledge gained and the friendships forged. This community is indeed miraculous. Happy New Year, my friend!

  7. I have been lucky to read your slices after 3 years of solid slicing.I dropped off for a season this summer and it is also very nice to be welcomed back. Happy New Year, and a toast to those who
    ‘give it a go’ every week. Thanks for being a part of all of this. xo

  8. If this is crazy, sign me up! This community is definitely something special. It’s been so powerful to connect with each other through writing. This is a lovely, reflective post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It’s amazing what happens when the written word is shared with others! So glad you joined in and that I have met you. Happy New Year to you!

  10. I have often wondered “IS that a slice?” after posting something. The answer, I have decided is yes. If it’s on the writer’s mind, it is a slice of their life. I know mine are sometimes too long, to short, too whatever, too, but they are just snapshots of life, not finished products. Thanks for joining and staying!

  11. I can relate to this so well. My blog stats this year reflected that I have written every Tuesday and every day in March. Quite amazing. What this means is that I have met and gotten to know wonderful people like you. How great was it to see each other at NCTE? I feel like I have this whole community of cheerleaders holding me up at the top of the pyramid. Thanks for always being there. My stats also told me that you are one of my top commenters. Thanks! Comments mean so much!

  12. Beautifully written, perfectly said! You have expressed what I and I am sure many others feel. Thank you for being a part of my community. I love reading your words and appreciate the stories you share. Have a happy new year?

  13. “I had no idea what I was in for.” You took the words right out of my mouth!! I am so grateful for your support and friendship! Who knew what could grow out of blogging?!?! I always love reading your thoughts! Looking forward to another wonderful year of blogging together!

  14. Julieanne, I think you captured what many of us think. Did our post hit the right cord? Will it be viewed by those that can provide helpful comments? Does it meet expectations? These are the questions reflective writers ask. I am delighted that your journey and mine have met through the REFLECT WITH ME Galleries and now in a face to face meet-up at NCTE 14. Here’s to another year of journeying and writing.

  15. It’s almost as if you wrote this post about me, Julieanne 🙂 I have pondered all the questions you list, and then some! I do agree that belonging to a writing community has helped me grow in confidence!

  16. A lovely post! So heart felt. I know I worry too – more that now that I am retired from teaching, maybe I shouldn’t continue. But this is such a wonderful. supportive community and I do want to grow as a writer. So I will continue

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