Thankful for This Writing Community
Last Tuesday, Michelle Haseltine stepped into the professional blogging world. She dropped by last week’s call for slice of life stories and submitted a link to her blog post along with a comment stating it was her first slice of life story. By the time I read it at 9:00 p.m. last Tuesday evening, ten other Slicers had already commented on her blog post welcoming her to the SOSLC Community! Seeing those comments made me very thankful for the way the members of this writing community welcome newcomers into our midst.
November is just a few days away, which means 30 Days of Thanks is about to begin. (Click here to read more about 30 Days of Thanks, which happens on blogs and social media in November.) If you’re looking for something to write about today, any day in November, or any day of the year, consider a slice of life story that focuses on the idea of gratitude.
Here are some things I’m grateful for when it comes to the SOLSC Community
- People give each other genuine comments to fuel each other as writers.
- Relationships form through writing.
- Educators come together to celebrate when something works or to lament and move forward when it doesn’t.
- Advice is given, thoughtfully, when writers ask for it.
- Members of the community rally around each other when times are tough.
- Classroom ideas are shared and swapped.
- Slicers get together with each other when they find themselves in the same city. (Can’t wait to meet some of you for the first time at NCTE next month!)
Finally, a little “programming” note: Starting next week, Dana Murphy will host the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. Each month a different co-author will host the SOLSC (e.g., Tara Smith will host in December, Betsy Hubbard will host in January, so on and so forth). All six of us will participate in the Challenge as writers and commenters during the months we’re not hosting. However, only one co-author will host the Challenge each month. (I’ll be back in March to host the month-long Challenge. More on that once 2014 begins!)