Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.
Keep your promise! Don't look at the daily response page on TWT. Stay away from the reading list on blogger. And above all, do not open your email. You know Elsie's post for today is there calling you to take a quick look and luring you down the slippery slope. It could be about food or travel or one of her posts that combine poetry with photos. I repeat, keep your promise today to post before reading and commenting.
And so I insert a photo taken earlier in the month. How remarkable is it that this page on writing is the focus of my Susan Branch calendar page for March?
Here are some favorite quotes from the March page:
- There's the all time favorite William Wordsworth quote, first introduced to me by my colleague, Alice. "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
- "There are places I'll remember all my life." Isn't that the best line ever to lead into a slice?
- "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love; it will not lead you astray." - Rumi
- "Write like you talk - that's your true voice." - Susan Branch
- And three powerful effects from the act of writing . . . "Regular writing lifts self-esteem, helps achieve goals, and relieves stress." -Susan Branch
And because I'm not sure that I'll get back to writing about writing in the remaining three days of this month, I'm including a couple of additional quotes I love from the article, "Carry a Journal Everywhere You Go" by the poet, Susan Wooldridge. I found this article in the free resource The Writer's Guide to Poetry. The two quotes I'm sharing book end Susan's article, one opens it and the other closes it. Once you read these quotes, I'm sure you'll want to download The Writer's Guide to Poetry (see link above) and read the entire article.
- "Carry a journal everywhere you go. Next to your bed, inside your bed, in your car, wherever you find yourself, keep a journal and pen within reach. Para siempre. Always."
"Carry a journal everywhere you go. Not just when you travel. Forget your summer in Venice. Forget about catching up. Start with now. Take notes. Listen for the hum. The glimmer. An impulse. Forget the outside world. Catch emerging words and begin to guide them into form, or not. Write into discovery. An act of love. Enjoy."
I'm happy to report that I kept my promise today! I ate my vegetables (wrote my post) and now I'm off to enjoy dessert (reading posts and leaving comments). Tomorrow I may be back to eating dessert first!