Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge InviteWelcome to the 8th 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 writing.  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, then head over to the Classroom Challenge, which Anna, Beth, and Tara are hosting this month.  (Please see the previous post.)

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year.  As of 9:30 p.m. last night, we had 95 new Slicers who filled out the participant information form!

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. Even if you’re back for your eighth challenge, please read through the essential information before checking out today’s writing inspiration.



Please use the SAME email/username information on all of your March comments.


  • 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. Once you arrive, 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 Julieanne Harmatz, who is helping us with tech support, or from one of the TWT co-authors.
  • The six of us worked together to create some comment guidelines. We may, at any time, remove a comment from our blog if it is inappropriate. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting this month:
    • Self-Promotion: Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion. The links in the comment section of our Slice of Life Story Challenge are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives–not just whatever was on your blog that day.
    • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life Stories. Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later that day to leave at least three comments.
    • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: Copying and pasting a comment from one post to another, or leaving a message such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at…” This kind of comment is a form of spam.  We reserve the right to delete comments that fall into this category.

Thank you for appreciating and standing by our guidelines.

  • 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, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions? Contact Julieanne Harmatz at mjharmatz1{at}
  • 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.
  • If you have a Blogger blog, please make sure you’re using the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” option or removing the security layers to make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog posts.  Click here for more information about “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.”


Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You’ll be eligible for a prize if:

1.     You fill out the participant data form, which went live on February 22nd.

2.     You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (3/1 – 3/31/15).

3.     You sign a Slice of Life Story Challenge Participation Pledge on April 1st.  (We’ll post the pledge and will ask you to “sign.” You’ll sign by leaving a comment certifying you wrote and linked daily, as well as commented on at least three other Slicers’ writing daily.)

  • 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 to be eligible for prizes.
    • Only links left before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will count when you’re signing-off on the participation pledge on April 1st.
  • The call for slices goes up at midnight EST. Everyone has the same 24-hour window to post, regardless of the time zone in which they live.
  • Please play fair and leave only one link each day.

Social Media:

  • We are using #sol15 on tweets about Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • NOTE: You must leave a link to your slice of life post on the daily calls for slice of life stories here at Two Writing Teachers to be eligible for a prize.


  • Should you have questions about getting started with this Challenge, please contact:
    • If your last name begins with the letters A – I, please e-mail questions to Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}
    • If your last name begins with the letters J – R, please e-mail questions to Dana, dmurph08{at}
    • If your last name begins with the letters S – Z, please e-mail questions to Stacey, stacey{at}


  • BE INSPIRED.Michelle Nero has been sharing slices of her life over at the Literacy Learning Zone for five years.  Readers can get a sense of Michelle’s voice when they read “The Next Adventure.” Michelle used a variety of techniques, like playing with font treatment, to make this piece of writing come alive so we can identify with her topic.
  • I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to images from the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board so you can peruse it. Click on images that entice you. Perhaps something will help you find what it is you are to write about today.
SOLSC Images
SOLSC Images
  • Click here if you need topic ideas.
  • Finally, here’s a visual definition of a slice of life story:
Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.
Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.


“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” -Anais Nin


As of last night, we had the greatest concentration of participants from Illinois. The smaller the name of your state/province/country, the less Slicers there are from your part of the world.  (Created with Wordle. Click on the image to enlarge.)
As of last night, we had the greatest concentration of participants from Illinois. The smaller the name of your state/province/country, the less Slicers there are from your part of the world. (Created with Wordle. Click on the image to enlarge.)

360 thoughts on “Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

    1. Wow! I admire your enthusiasm! One of the guidelines of the SOLSC is that you link only one Slice of Life Story each day. This helps keep the challenge fair and equal for everyone. Feel free to write more than once each day on your blog, but only share the link to one post per day.

      If I am having a good writing day, I will sometimes schedule a post ahead of time for the next day on my blog.



  1. So glad to be starting another slice challenge! Eight years! My post today is both funny and not. It a little “forewarned is forearmed” coda:

    For anyone who’s new to my blog or hasn’t been by since the last time we were all slicing for March, you should know: I am writing a LOT about race and anger and all the ways that the status quo of this country is too unbearably unacceptable. Not every slice will be from the heart of my anger, but I’m sure that many will. My anger doesn’t mean I’m not open to conversation. I always am, always welcome it — though it might be a good idea to read some of the other pieces I’ve put up lately to prepare yourself for where I am right now. You’re welcome here. I hope you’ll comment, challenge me, ask questions, share your views. As a country, we’re standing in a big, open doorway. I’m looking for folks to walk through with me.

    Looking forward to a month of discovery with all of you!
    — Stacie


    1. I too was a third world teacher. I spent a decade teaching at the American-Nicaraguan School. It was a chance in a lifetime. I would love to hear about your impressions of the people on the streets, the children, the aged, etc. I would also like to understand how you felt witnessing such poverty.

      This may all be too personal to share…It would bring up some deep emotional feelings should I do the same. I just wonder how first world people overcome the trial of understanding happiness amidst the incredible poverty.


    1. I love the idea of an overarching theme! “Making each day better” is an excellent writing topic too.

      I would love to be able to stay mostly with my blog’s topic of writing about my experience as an international teacher and travel, but I have a feeling that it will be too constraining for the number of posts I need to write this month!


    1. This was lovely to read. I particularly enjoyed the pictures of your kitties. As a new blogger, this makes me want to incorporate images in some of my SOL March posts. Best wishes with your new babies.


    1. @aggiekeslar,

      I’ve also been having a hard time recently trying to keep everyone happy and walking that tightrope. This is my first year at my current school so I’m still learning who I can trust. It is always nice to know that someone has your back…especially when you find out that someone else has stabbed you in the back. Sigh.

      Hang in there and keep fighting the good fight!

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    1. I love how you started your post with questions. I was either going to be a nurse or a teacher. I planned to live in a small town. While I am a teacher, I live in a Chicago suburb.


    1. It’s hard to put yourself out there, but it’s something we expect of our students. I completed the SOL challenge in 2013, but didn’t last year. I’m back again this year, putting myself out there too.


    1. Whoohoo! I found it. So stinkin’ excited to have some fellow slicers this year. Very impressed you got your blog up and running completely on your own. You’re a level 3! (Ha! Ha!) I look forward to reading your daily thoughts.


    1. I’m new to commenting here, and I’m realizing that i’m not sure which comment I’m replying to! I’m trying to replay to the post on the teachtoinspire blog.

      I definitely agree that weekends are made for wandering and brunches. My friends and I in Valencia (Venezuela) just found a new to us brunch spot and enjoyed the lovely tropical heat and great prices of a five star hotel brunch. Fun.

      I’m really looking forward to reading more of your posts because it looks like you are a fellow international school teacher who has taken an interest in photography! In Venezuela it is too dangerous for me to bring my DSLR out and about, but I still try to take pics when I can with my iphone (but people have been robbed because of them too!).


      1. Thanks for your comment!! I’m so glad to meet another int’l school teacher and photographer! 🙂 You can leave comments directly on my blog posts by clicking on the blog post, and leaving a comment in the comment section. I’m looking forward to reading your posts as well. 🙂
        –jee young


    1. Love this idea, Aileen. The format is interesting and I think probably fits the personality of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. Looking forward to getting to know your son better this month.

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    1. “Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius
      One of my favorite ways to studythe past is to explore the quotes of others and to find personal meaning behind them.


    1. Hi Terje. I loved your quiz idea. I copied a question. Here goes. If you could meet three famous persons, who would you like to meet? I get the feeling from the question it can be a person alive or dead. Hope I’m right. I would love to meet Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of mine. I would also love to meet Helen Keller, which given the language barrier, I suppose that means my third want-to-meet would be HK’s teacher, Annie Sullivan. I suspect all would have much to teach me. Jen


  2. While I’ve done some Tuesday “slicing”, this is my first Slice of Life Story Challenge! Here’s to a month of writing and growing (my students will be participating on the class page, too!) My first post of March tells about the end of my crazy February and features a video of my nephew from about 6 years ago that he would probably kill me for using! Best to all of you!


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