Why do we slice?
For me, last year, I was motivated by the prizes, initially. I loved the idea of winning something at the end. I fall back to my childhood days of being at carnivals or Chucky Cheese. Prizes are fun. No doubt about it.
But, after making it two thirds of the way through last March, I had a day when I shared my slice but did not comment on other blogs. I wrote about it here:
I was disappointed in myself. I wanted to be able to say, at the end of March, that I completed the whole challenge. Slicing and commenting!
Here I am again. Only six days in and I have realized that I forgot to go back and comment last night. But I feel differently about it then I did last year. Last year, I was devastated. I know, seems extreme but I was, though I put on a good face in my day 27 post. Seriously. I was really, really devastated.
Now, here I am. Out of the running of prizes, again. No big deal. I know what the prizes are for writing every day – increased creativity, passion, and love of writing, being part of a community of writers, sharing in the journey of the Slicers.
My plan – continue in this process. Write and comment every day.
Regardless of my non-commenting yesterday, I remember that yesterday ALSO brought other opportunities…
I got to spend the day with my local Writing Project group (PAWLP). I got to be in a room with other Slicers like Dalila Eckstein and Lynne Dorfman. I got to have face-to-face conversations with these writers and others. THAT was awesome.
I was able to share the work I have been doing with teachers about getting them excited about writing with an amazing Voxer group I am a part of, started by TWT’s very own Kathleen Sokolowski!
I downloaded a new book to my Kindle last night called Make Writing by Angela Stockman and began reading it! (Inspired by Jill Davidson from Shelfie Talk and Michelle Haseltine’s work with her 6th graders!)
I texted my friend Becca to get her psyched about running a Writing Maker Space this summer in our district. And since she is my only friend that actually reads my slices and gets them delivered to her inbox AND retweets them sometimes, she deserves a special shout out! Love you Becca!!
See? Those are the real prizes you get from participating in the March Slice of Life.
So, if you too are motivated by prizes, just know that there is more to this. (AND you can do what I did last year…head to Amazon or your local book store on April 1st and buy yourself a brand new book or journal or some pretty pens!)