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Welcome to Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #sol14

WRITE. Every day in March write a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post in the comments on each daily call for slice of life stories here at TWT. GIVE. Comment on at least three other slice of life stories/blogs.
WRITE. Every day in March write a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE. Link your post in the comments on each daily call for slice of life stories here at TWT.
GIVE. Comment on at least three other slice of life stories/blogs.

Welcome to the Seventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Whether you write every day or haven’t written in a long time, I am glad you are here!

If you’re participating in the individual Slice of Life Story Challenge this is where you share your own writing.  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, then head over to the Classroom Challenge, which Anna is hosting.  (Please see the previous post.)

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

  • Please use the SAME email/username information on all of your March comments. This makes tracking the number of slice of life stories you write more manageable for Robin, our Giveaway Guru.
  • In order to be in the running for a prize at the end of the month, you must leave the link to your slice of life story by 11:59 p.m. EST.
    • This is different than last year.
      • Comments will not close at the end of each day. Only links left before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will count.
    • Please play fair and leave only one link each day.
  • If you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation. I will monitor blog comments a few times today so I can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to re-post your comment if it doesn’t appear after you click “post comment.”
    • If you use the same username/email to log in when you leave your comment, then your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions? Contact Beth Scanlon, who is part of our Tech Support Team, at scanlon.fefee[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • If you haven’t filled out the participant information form, please do so SOON.  This allows us to keep a Slicer List on Twitter and to expedite prizes in April.  Only the TWT co-authors, Robin Sheldon (our Giveaway Guru) and Bonnie Kaplan (the head of the Welcome Wagon) have access to this information.  
  • Please include the permalink (aka: unique URL) to your post when you leave a comment. Click here and scroll to the “New to Slicing” section of the blog post where you’ll find two visuals that illustrate an example and a non-example of a permalink.
    • If you link your slice of life story incorrectly today, you’ll receive a reply to your comment from Beth Scanlon or from one of the TWT co-authors since I will be attending a Bat Mitzvah for most of the day today.
  • Each day you’ll find a section called “BE INSPIRED,” which will follow each day’s essential information. That section will include something like a link to someone’s slice of life story, a quote about writing, etc. Please scroll down for today’s writing inspiration.
  • We are using #sol14 on tweets about Slice of Life Story Challenge.
  • If this is the first time you’re participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, please let us know that when you share your link as a comment. 
  • Should you have questions about getting started with this Challenge, please contact one of our incredible concierges.
    • If your last name begins with A – M, your concierge is LeAnn Carpenter (aka: Elsie) – leannecarpenter[at]sbcglobal[dot]net.
    • If your last name begins with N– Z, your concierge is Amanda Villagomez (aka: Mrs. V.) – amandavillagomez[at]gmail[dot]com.

BE INSPIRED:

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  • I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to images from the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Rather than linking to one person’s slice of life story today, here’s a link to that Pinterest board with you. Look around it and click on images that entice you. Perhaps something will help you find what it is you are to write about today.
  • Click here if you need topic ideas.
  • Finally, here’s a visual definition of a slice of life story:

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OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

273 thoughts on “Welcome to Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #sol14 Leave a comment

    • Carol, I hear the heaviness in your words. I appreciate you sharing this time in your life…and your mom’s life…this time of change and letting go will most likely be a process for all of you. And it will be different for each one of you. I have experienced grieving over a huge change in my life that I couldn’t control. The best gift I gave to myself was letting myself grieve the lost and look forward to the new beginning. Your family is blessed to have each other. Thank you for sharing…

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    • Hey, Diane! Your site won’t let me leave my comment – keeps saying I entered the captcha thing wrong. ?? Here’s my comment:
      Diane, I love this word for you! Seems like a perfect fit! Isn’t that amazing how the word just showed up in your life like that? That keeps happening to me, too. I’m so thrilled that you decided to Slice with us, too. I’m looking forward to reading your stories!

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    • I am one of the two teachers and I posted my first blog! Maureen, I feel the exact same way but I couldn’t have expressed my feelings the way you just did. I may bring my computer to your classroom to make sure I blog every day. So nervous but so excited and glad you brought me into this. I feel more powerful already! You continue to be a blessing in my life. Here’s to blogging!

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  1. Excited for another year!! Love that since it started on a Saturday I feel ahead of the game having a post in before noon! Woot! 🙂 I am going to try to stick to story-telling this year, since that has been a struggle for me in the past. Here is a cute one about what my little first grader is going to be when he grows up! Welcome to all new slicers! I can’t wait to meet you!!
    http://jenbaum-laughoftenlovemuch.blogspot.com/2014/03/day-1-when-we-were-working-on-word.html

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    • Shelly- Welcome to the 2014 SOLC. I am unable to access your blog via your link and currently your blog is marked as private when I go there directly. You will want to look at your wordpress settings and see how they are marked. You will then want to click on your title for today’s post and copy that url into the comments here. Email me at scanlon.fefee@gmail.com if you need further help. I am a tech-helper today. I look forward to reading your posts this month.
      Beth

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    • Funny how we miss things so often in our day and experiences because we haven’t experienced them, or learned to see them. Recently, I read that YA authors begin stories in the middle of something–something is happening. While I liked that quality, I never recognized that that was happening…and now, it is the first thing I check when I pick up a book. I equate it to the phenomenon of buying a particular model car, and then you start noticing that same car everywhere–you buy a VW, you see VWs, etc. Your point about Hatchet…it is on my classroom bookshelf and I never read it. It is beat up and well-read, but not by me.

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    • Wow. I heard YA author Jack Gantos last weekend at the SCBWI conference in NYC. He said that the reason why go to books is to change. What happens when we read something? Who/what changes? We change. The book doesn’t change. The book stays the same. I was reminded of this by your post. Gantos’ statement applies to any strong writing–and I felt that twang of change inside of me as I read your post. Well done.

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