I Did It! Year 9!

I realize that I tend to spend the 31 day of this challenge
celebrating and reflecting, which I’ve done over the years HERE.
This year, 2022, my 9th year, I will do the same!

Hurrah for me!
I wrote and posted for 31 days, each morning around 6:30am.
I commented every day on exactly 3 others in the AM.
Always the two slicers who posted right before me and the one who posted right after.
This morning routine serves me well. And it always made my day
when fellow slicer, Erika or Fran, posted right below or above me which frequently happened.

Then I’d return most/some evenings to comment on my slicer friends.
I’d also try to read new slicers who found me and left me a comment.
I will admit, in years prior to Covid, I read and comment much more.
But I’m giving myself grace and just happy that on all days,
I at least commented on 3.
As I discovered during 2014, my first year, reading other slices is such a gift
and actually improves my writing because the slices all become mentor texts.

This 9th year, I am proud that I lived like a writer
and made a conscience effort to write about something from the current day.
Looking back, I notice I crafted:
10 school-related small moments
4 personal small moments
2 family-related slices
5 slices related to the war in Ukraine, very much on my mind this month
8 slices related to authors and books, two topics that take up much of my time
2 slices related to shows I am streaming
4 slices related to the PD I gave and the conferences I attended this month

This 9th year, I am proud of the craft moves I made.
Looking back, I notice I wrote:
1 letter, 9 poems, and 20 small moments.
I included flashbacks and dialogue
and am starting to feel more comfortable describing in verse.
I includedapplicable hyperlinks
and If linking to a book, I linked to an Indie bookstore.
I added photos as a featured image and at times as a tiered gallery.
I added tags when I remembered.
It’s taken me 9 years but I am starting to understand all that this blog can do!!

This 9th year, I checked the numbers.
Looking back, I notice I wrote:
10,217 words and received 252 comments.

This 9th year, I can’t thank this community enough.
I feel so suppoerted by so many who take time to read my slice and leave me a comment.
I feel so priviledge to be able to read gorgeous poetry, decriptive small moments
and stories that move me to tears.

This 9th year, a big THANK YOU goes to Stacey, Amy, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, and Melanie.
This seems a bit inadequete to all this March Writing Challenge gives me.
It is a safe place to share my stories.
It is a safe place to receive encouraging feedback.
It is a safe place to work my writing muscle.
I am so grateful this online writing community exists.
and it only exists because of the tireless devotion of Stacey, Amy, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, and Melanie.

This 9th year, also a big THANK YOU to my biggest fans:
Fran McCracken gave me the MOST comments (24)
Erika Victor came in 2nd (22)
Fran McVeigh came in 3rd (17) and spotlighted me on her blog on the 11th! (so kind!)
I look forward to thanks all three of your someday soon in person!

I also look forward to having a writing break now |
But I will be back on Tuesdays.
(But maybe not until May when I’ll have wedding stories to write and share!)
And I’ll definitely be back in 2023!
For now, 2022 is a wrap!!

16 thoughts on “I Did It! Year 9!

  1. juliemckelly4 says:

    Wow! 9 years of tackling this challenge! You shared an idea that I had not fully wrapped my head around- but reading your reflection brought it home– “reading other slices is such a gift
    and actually improves my writing because the slices all become mentor texts.” Thank you for sharing this nugget.


  2. cmargocs says:

    I love the reflection and gratitude in this post. You’ve inspired me to go back and categorize my own Slices over the years. Data speaks loud here, too, in your word and comment count. Huzzah for completing year nine!

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  3. Erika says:

    I always love reading your reflections (and of course, I am one of your biggest fans because I learn so much from you!). It makes me want to go back and analyze my slices like you have here. Are you going to ALA? I think that is when I will be in DC and I hope to see you then to talk books, writing, and more!

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  4. Beth Sanderson says:

    I love your annual reflection at the end of the slicing month! Look at all that you accomplished this month. I want to thank you for always encouraging other writers. Every February for the past five years or so, you have given me a calendar and an orange sheet of stickers. You KNOW those stickers motivate me on days when it is late in the evening and my well seems dry! Thank you for writing, commenting and creating a community of writers wherever you are!

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  5. Elisabeth Ellington says:

    This was such a delight to read! Yes, this is such a safe place to try new things and to receive encouragement and support. Now I want to go through my slices and see what craft moves I tried. I really like that you included the techie stuff you did too! Adding photos and links does add to the whole experience.

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  6. Rita K. says:

    What a great post! I love that you collected data about your writing and responses. It certainly shows the impact Slice of Life can have. This truly is a meaningful experience and you expressed that so well in your post. I will look forward to hearing more from you in the future, Sally.

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  7. mschiubookawrites says:

    Your reflection posts are the best- so thorough in craft analysis and routines. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from you as I have started adopting the comment regimen you have. Cheers to my writing cheerleader! The sticker chart kept me going during the dry spells. Thank you so much!

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  8. MegMcCormick says:

    A true reflector of one’s craft! I loved reading this slice and all of the ways you enriched our reading and writing lives these past 31 days! Thank you for being the advocate you are for all things writing and reflecting! You are an incredible writer and mentor!!

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  9. humbleswede says:

    This is a great post. I love how you looked back at the different types of posts and the variety of subjects. I think you were much more diverse than I was. The word count is funny. I’m tempted to do that, especially since I work with a few kids who obsessively check their word counts: “I’m up to 362 words…that’s a lot for me!” I tried to write a few shorter pieces this month, since I think I can get too wordy at times. Thank you for all of your supportive comments this month!

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  10. Lainie Levin says:

    First of all, WOW. Year 9. That shows such a high degree of commitment to your craft. I also loved the format of this post, this stock-taking you’ve done. I may have to do the same now, simply because I’m curious what I’ve done with my past month. And the discipline you showed by your scheduled posting and commenting. THAT inspires me. Thank you for this post!


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