Slice of Life: What now?

I never thought I would participate – much less complete – a month long writing challenge shared with an actual audience of readers. Well, I blogged every single day in March and then “poemized” every single day in April. I am WIPED. In fact, when my husband asked what writing habit I was completing in May, I was bumbling and felt almost…lost?

Randomly, I applied for a scholarship spot in Susannah Conway’s Journal Love Club thinking I would try my luck, but feeling “certain” I would never actually hear back. Guess what?! I DID! Even though my husband and I both said, “that’s it? That’s the only commitment?,” it does feel scarier than one month because it is a one year – one WHOLE year – of responding to a daily journal prompt. Yikes!

Another goal I had for 2021 was to complete one book a month, and while I barely made it in March and April, my reading life was truly an afterthought both of those months. May sounds like a good time to lean deeply back into reading!

I have absolutely nothing cool or insightful or tender to share today, so here are five random thoughts:

1 – I’m scheduled to deliver my second son in twenty days (!!!)
2 – There are 13 school days left until I begin maternity leave
3 – I’m so, so excited my sister will be here soon from Hawaii to help us with the arrival of our extra human!
4 – I’m currently reading We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
5 – I am truly having a notebook crisis: should I try using dot grid paper?! (There are blogs upon blogs and Youtube videos galore with comparisons and reviews for all types of paper… in case you were wondering)

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I’m participating in Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life weekly challenge.

9 thoughts on “Slice of Life: What now?

  1. Erica J says:

    Nothing cool or insightful! How is that writing opportunity NOT cool and insightful! Give yourself more credit. The journaling thing sounds AWESOME and I am so happy for you.

    I have to agree — slicing and poeming took a lot out of me as well. I’m happy to make May the month I finally wrap up version 2.0 of my first novel. I’m looking forward to new projects myself this summer — including trying to read more.

    The book club with TTW earlier this month reminded me how much I love book clubs and want to just chat endlessly with people about what I’m reading. I hope you’ll share some of your reads.

    Also, take the plunge, try out dot paper for your notebook! It’s a risk but what’s life without a little variety?


  2. Tim Gels says:

    Britt, for the life of me, I don’t know how moms do it, much less do it it well! I didn’t read all of them (wow, there were a lot of slicers this year!), but I have really enjoyed all of your work! A year-long challenge sounds daunting, at best, so good luck!

    I’ve been enjoying the dot paper, and I splurged (it was a small splurge) on a fountain pen to go with it. I don’t really do lines that well (actually, my handwriting is atrocious . . . it’s a good thing I don’t teach it . . . wait, I do), so I like the freedom to write “on the lines” when I want to and to do my own thing when I don’t!


  3. arjeha says:

    Let’s face it, having a newborn is no work so of course you will have lots of extra time on your hands to complete a year long challenge. With all that time I am sure you could get through two books a month. If course I am not being serious. I applaud you for the choices you made and I know you will succeed at all of them.


  4. Irene says:

    Brit, all we can do in life is just try. Some things will be great and others, not so much. I love Susannah Conway and use her photo walk ideas for inspiration. Enjoy!


  5. Stuart Danker says:

    Lol, I like your 5 random thoughts, because that reminds me of how my journal posts look like. They’re typically like ‘Nothing much happened today but here are some random happenings.’

    Thanks for sharing!


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