It's been a rough writing month for me. I even told my family that I might not participate next year. I've been challenged to find moments to write about since my moments have such a monotonous sameness to them (blaming that on the pandemic).
I circle back to the questions Dana posted in a comment (10 years ago) to my plea for how to help my students reflect on a month of writing. They are so good that I'm including them here for you:
Reflections - hmm....some quick ideas:
What did you learn about yourself as a writer?
What topics did you write about (go through and find patterns)?
What piece do you feel proudest of and why?
What strategies did you use when you were stuck?
What would you suggest I do different with students if I repeat this challenge next year? What should I do the same?
I return to my favorite question and the one I've used most frequently through the years. What topics did you write about (go through and find patterns)?
Is playfulness in your March toolkit?
Just buy the book!
What’s in the brown bag?
A love letter!
Is there a tape recorder in your house?
Serious Commitment Issues
Sometimes a Book Arrives at the Perfect Time!
Tracking my reading life!
Do you Read more than one book at a time?
Celebrating Beverly Cleary
I will never run out of books I want to read!
Book Spine Poetry
Revisiting March 2020
Rainy Day Plans
The Grands (3)
Stepping Away to Savor the Moments
Precious Memories to Last Awhile
It’s Friday Fun Time!
My Slippery Slope
Ten Early Morning Musings
Venturing Out (2)
Celebrating March 9th
I Went to Island Books
Year 10 (2)
Celebrating my tenth year!
A quick March through my first decade of slicing
Inspired by others (2)
Party Time at Leigh Anne’s Place
Celebrating Green (and blue and white and pink and purple)!
There's something I love about reflecting on a month of writing by looking at patterns. It's not surprising that the topic I wrote about most frequently was books (after all my email address includes the word bookwoman). I was surprised that poetry was my next largest topic. I have no problem describing myself as a writer, but it's harder to claim my spot as a poet. Meandering and the grandkids tied for 3rd place. No surprise there. But nature coming in last place? I apologize for this oversight. Especially since nature has been my source of solace and perennial pal through much of the last year. I vow to include homage to this dear friend more frequently in my weekly slices.
And one final question to include in this reflection: What piece do you feel proudest of and why?
That would have to be Serendipity. First of all, I simply love the word serendipity. I remember teaching this word to sixth graders when it occurred in one of our basal reader (I'm dating myself here) stories. I love that this slice was inspired newtreemom's 12071 slice, the serendipity of grandson's Tupperware pics appearing on my FB memories just as I was writing this slice, and the double serendipity of Diane reading my post and claiming her spot as my inspiration. I love that something so simple as a Tupperware bowl can evoke such memories, a testament that family heirlooms aren't always the physical objects, but the memories that are attached to the objects.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this challenge and providing the space and support for us year after year. And thanks to this magnificent community for sharing stories with me and encouraging my writing life. I'm pretty sure I'll be back next year!