Six months into this writing journey, I took a look back at my first 50 slices. I reach 100 (a year, now) with today’s post, so it’s a good time to glance back again. So here are some of my thoughts about the second fifty.
Family is so important to all of us, and I love the comments when I write about family. I love this way of keeping memories as much as keeping a photo album, and there is something special about sharing them. I love the glimpses into your families, too.
This is a great place to feel support as you try different writing challenges. The feedback is so encouraging when I try poetry, especially. Around Christmas time, I wrote two poems that meant a lot to me: The Reindeer and An American Story.
Reflections about writing bring on a lot of encouragement, too. I got a lot of comments when I wrote Story Seeds. But strangely, I didn’t get comments on the follow-up, Little Laughery Creek. Sometimes it seems the time you submit your link makes a big difference in the responses, too.
This community loves reading as much as writing. Sharing thoughts about books seems popular. I enjoyed writing a poem in response to a Kate DiCamillo book, The Tiger Rising. I tried writing a piece with nouns and verbs only in response to Strider by Beverly Cleary. I tried a book reiew of Sources of Light.
A recent slice that got many comments was my reflection about the name of my blog and whether I should change it. I’ll be writing a follow-up before the end of the March challenge.
Thanks to everyone in the SOL community who has read some of my writing and to all who have sent me comments! Being a writer as I try to guide my students in writing has had a huge impact. All of you have helped me grow as a writer, a teacher, and a person. Thank you.