Why I should already flake on the SOL challenge…

  1.  I haven’t had enough coffee.
  2. I need to make dinner.
  3. It took me 2 hours to drive home from work.
  4. Writing in front of kids=comfort zone.  In front of adults, not so much….
  5. I should be sending work emails, making calls for the fundraising event at the YMCA, and planning for tomorrow.  And many, many other items on my to-do list.  (AKA, my to-distract me from writing list).
  6. A small person is saying “noooooo….Noooooo….NOOOOOO” to her brother in the next room.  I should probably handle that.
  7. And now I think I have had too much coffee….

Bottom line, writing is amazing and fun and cathartic and freeing and really really really hard.  But the really, really hard part is what is in front of me write now.  I mean right now.  This challenge, while something I am so excited about, is feeling like a huge uphill battle today.  And it might feel like that again tomorrow.  And I guess that is OK.

But the title is “Slice of Life,” not “Define my Life,” right?  I guess I have a whole month to piece together that definition of my life.  I don’t have to do it today.  Maybe tomorrow….


14 thoughts on “Why I should already flake on the SOL challenge…

  1. Love your list and can certainly relate. Many times my own to-do list has kept me from writing. But now we’re both “slicers” and that can’t happen…at least for the next 30 days. Good luck and keep writing.

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  2. I connect with the title of your blog. Not much time at the end of the day for anything else. Grateful for your post, especially number 4. It is so much easier to write for an audience of kids.

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  3. It’s why we do it – right? It’s hard! And, we can understand the struggle and the process that our students go through as they wrench ideas from their heads and put them on paper. Congrats! Keep it up.

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  4. Your post left me smiling. Wanting to flake on day 1, and the lengthy list of legit-sounding reasons all made me laugh, especially #6. The incremental No’s followed by, “I should probably handle that,” is just plain funny! And real. And still, we will write, right? Glad to be sharing this experience with you.

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  5. “4. Writing in front of kids=comfort zone. In front of adults, not so much…”

    Isn’t that the truth. I think you will find that this is a very positive group. i hope we inspire you.

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  6. I’m glad you didn’t flake on your first day of SOL! It’s my first day as well, and I barely know what I’m doing. But I know it is worth it–just like you do! Your list was great, and the small person making sounds from the other room made me chuckle. Your sense of humor shines through your writing! Good luck tomorrow, and I hope your day is easier!

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  7. It is okay, because that’s what living the writerly life is all about! A struggle to get words on the page to make any sense! But you did it, day one done. Get ready for day 2! It’s not going to be easy, but the point is to struggle and celebrate and reflect on the journey of writing every day! Enjoy it! And welcome to the Slice of Life community!

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  8. Your post made me laugh! But it was also a great way to start the month of slicing. My experience has been similar to Mindy’s. At first I struggle, then it gets easier, and by the end I am sad it’s over!

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