Slice of Life Story Challenge


slice of life_individualWelcome to the third day of the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Hooray for you being 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 Beth, Deb, Kathleen, and Lanny are hosting this month.  (Please see Deb’s previous post.)

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year.

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 tenth challenge, please read through the essential information before checking out today’s writing inspiration.


Please watch the video, in its entirety, for some important announcements.

(Ppardon my appearance. Yesterday was a bad hair day with all of the wind we had in Pennsylvania. So, as you’ll see, I gave up.)



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 Beth Moore, who is handling tech support this year, or one of the other co-authors.
  • We 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. The co-author team and I will monitor blog comments a few times today so we can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to submit your comment multiple times 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 Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore[dot]work.
  • 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 19th.

2.     You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (3/1 – 3/31/17).

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 #sol17 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 – G, please email Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to Lisa, lkeeler{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters N – S, please email questions to Melanie, meehanmelanie{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Stacey, stacey{at}


  • BE INSPIRED.Bob Hamera of arjeha has been slicing with us for several years. Recently, he wrote a slice of life story entitled “Sometimes You Just Have to Call for Help.” It’s a humorous slice about a daily conundrum. The simplicity of this slice about something that popped up Bob’s daily life is worth checking out since we can all strive to write about our lives in this way.
  • Click here if you need topic ideas.




351 thoughts on “DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC #SOL17

    1. Hello and welcome to the SOLSC. Please note this is not the permalink to your blog post. This is the link to your blog’s main page. Tomorrow please be sure to click on your published post and copy the URL from the navigation bar.


    1. Beautifully stated!
      I am not religious myself, but I agree with everything you said.
      We are given tools and guidance and someone always has us under there wing.

      Jewel actually talks about this being crucial in her childhood and development in her book “Never Broken” that I think would resonate with you. She experienced the opposite though, a very eye opening read.


    1. I feel you, Janie. My 5th graders live by the schedule, and changes in it are noticed, noted, and sometimes freaked out about! Today is an inservice for us. I’m pretty sure my students are still asleep. 🙂


    1. Hello jodimahoney. Please note that this is not the permalink to your blog post. Please be sure to click on the published post and copy the URL from the navigation bar — this is the url to the main landing page of your website. Thank you.


  1. I wasn’t going to do this…then yesterday with my “Connections” post, I realized I wouldn’t be making the connections this year if I didn’t. So here I am. Late. But connected. The beginning of my post is my work on the Peace Poem 2017, and some Madness! Poetry tournament talk, but at the end I have my “Slice” – a reflection on yesterday’s connections! I loved yesterday!


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