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Slice of Life 8: Week 2 Challenge Check In

By Janice Ewing

It’s a week into SoL 15 and, as a first-timer, I’m thinking about what the experience has been like so far. The first word that comes into my mind is fluency.  Each morning I’ve written something, without a lot of self-censorship or second-guessing. I guess that speaks to the power of deadlines! Also, knowing that I’m writing the post for that day, not the oeuvre of a lifetime, is very freeing.

That’s not the only motivation though. There’s the sense of being part of a community of writers. Stacey and the rest of the team do a great job of keeping everyone on track and connected. Being part of a community not only provides much-needed social support, but also a sense of accountability. I signed on for something, along with many others. They’re holding up their end, so…

Along with the community comes the feedback. Stacey has stressed how important comments are to the whole process. How true! Whether it’s someone sharing that she or he enjoyed the post overall, a reference to a specific line, or the words “I felt that way too,” we need the validation that our words reached someone who made a connection.

Reading others’ posts has been so illuminating. The range of topics, themes, and overall approaches to the challenge is vast. One thing in particular I’ve noticed, and hadn’t given much thought to before starting, is that some writers tend to post varied observations from their day, focusing on family, classroom, or the wider world, while others tend to stay with one topic or theme and develop it day by day. Interesting… I don’t know if the one-themers made that decision ahead of time, if that’s what they’ve done in the past and it worked for them, or if they just found themselves doing that. That’s something I’m reflecting on, entering the second week. Not sure yet… I guess that’s part of the whole experience too – not knowing where it will take us.

* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.

???????????Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.

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  1. I couldn’t agree more, Janice! Everything you said resonated with me. I am new to the challenge this year, too. So far I have posted every day, and hopefully it will continue. The most fun is reading what others have posted.


    March 9, 2015
  2. Elsie is right…there are so many posts out there that it is difficult to get to all of them. I have noticed a lot of support…especially for what people are doing in classrooms…and although I have retired…it is still refreshing to see and hear what is happening in teaching today.


    March 8, 2015
  3. This was a great, reflective post to read. I know that I chose to stick with one theme because I am a planner and needed to have things planned out beforehand. My life does not afford me to “think up ideas” haphazardly. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m just too OCD for that. But I’m also trying out a book idea and am getting wonderful feedback from this supportive community. These are two things you mentioned in your post, which is why it so resonated with my brain and feelings.


    March 8, 2015
  4. It’s as though you eavesdropped on the conversation I had w/ my husband this morning about responsibility to read and comment on blog posts. I’m a first time slicer but did participate in the A to Z challenge last year. It’s in April. Not sure I can do two months. We’ll see. I’ve been writing my posts for the next day each evening. I’m in the West and know that the time lapse tends to effect commenting. I haven’t run out of topics; I have too many, but if I don’t use an idea, it goes stale the by the next day.


    March 8, 2015
  5. Rita Sorrentino #

    As I read your daily posts, I enjoy how you zoom in on your day with vignettes of teaching, home, pets, and weather, etc. Thanks, Janice. You do deadlines well!


    March 8, 2015
  6. Your observations are true, whether you are a first time slicer or an eighth. Writing in this challenge brings the many things you describe. For me, it is creating a space for me to do the writing that brings me satisfaction. I get caught up in curriculum writing and balance with the slice writing. Welcome to this wonderful writing community.


    March 8, 2015
  7. Great observations and so true. The difficult part is there are so many voices that it is challenging to sample them all.


    March 8, 2015

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