Thursday, March 16, 2023

SOL 16/31: Will I Be Able to Stop at Three?

Come scroll with me. It's my favorite day of the challenge! We've passed the half-way mark. Woo hoo!!!

I open my computer to a seven year old marvel! I saw Fran's post last night and had no words to capture what I felt as I looked at her granddaughter's list of words. So I stopped my scroll right there and went to bed.

And then I read newtreemom's post with its list of comments from naysayers about her upcoming workshop at Highlights. Put those folks in the rear view mirror, Diane!

Trina's Rambling Autobiography will leave you wanting to try one. Did she really do this in three minutes? I loved using Linda Rief's Quickwrites in my classroom. Trina's reference to Linda Rief's newest book made me break a promise to myself to not buy any more professional books. (I've been retired for nine years.) I'm trying to not buy ANY books (the operative word is trying). When we moved last year, I got rid of so many books. And my shelves are full of books I still want to read. 

BUT ... 1. A book with an alliterative title... 2. by an educator I love... 3. about poetry! It's a triple and I can't resist. 

And there you have it! Three stops, three comments left, three posts shared, and one post written. I'm off to pack for tomorrow's book club retreat. It's our first since 2019. And this year marks our 25th year together!

This is my twelfth year to write a slice of life each day during the month of March.  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.   


  1. I share your gratitude for this opportunity and community. And I love how you lift up the three writers here. And your book club retreat got me thinking about recommending that to my friends…

  2. I love your enthusiasm which is apparent in the opening paragraph, and how you continued to lift up other writers in your subsequent paragraphs. So much joy! I also like the idea of a writing format on reflecting three other slices . . stay tuned I may give it a whirl . . . Heidi (Wordsmithing blog)

  3. I am sorry that I made you break your promise! I think that Linda Rief is worth it though! I did really write the rambling autobiography in 3 minutes. However, I had been thinking about it ahead of time (so I had ideas already swirling in my head). Since I was putting it on my blog, I did some light editing and revising...

  4. Thanks for the shout out. I enjoy how you’ve featured other slicers in your posts! Have a great time with your book club! Looking forward to hearing about it.

  5. I could feel your enthusiasm and momentum as I followed you through your commenting journey! I keep opening more tabs than I mean to because so many posts look interesting, and then I comment on 3, force myself to stop, and leave all the others open because "some other day I'll have more time"! Will I though? lol - We'll see - one of your other posts from a few days ago is sitting in my browser still! :-)

  6. What a great way to write a slice and also connect to other writers. Very nicely done! Enjoy your retreat. Always a fun thing to do.

  7. Trina's post made me want to buy Linda Rief's new book too. I'm sure I will cave before too long (maybe right now??). I admire your commitment to buying no new books. I need to try some "no buy" months! Maybe in April.