Saturday, March 1, 2014

Slice of Life - Day 1

When Oprah still had a daytime talk show, I would tell my friends that one day I was going to be the author of one of her Book Club selections. 
As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved reading and writing. 
In the beginning (back in my middle school days), I mainly wrote poems.  Then I started journaling and eventually I moved on to short stories and essays.  Writing was an outlet that got me through a lot of hard, lonely days.  Writing helped me figure out who I am.
I used to write constantly.  Some of the time it may have only been a paragraph or two that were just ramblings but they were mine.  I put pen to paper and made those ramblings happen. 
When I’m really focused, I can turn out some pretty decent pieces of work.  But, when I’m tired and stressed, it’s hard to be focused.    This has been a hard school year and I’ve let work impact other aspects of my life including my writing.
Recently, I’ve finally come to the realization that I can’t let work define me.  There are other parts of my life that are important and need to be nurtured.
I want to write.  Stressed or not, I need to pick up one of my many pens everyday and write.  What I write may not make it to the New York Times Best Sellers list but I’m still going to write it.
I have a voice and it needs to be heard...even if only one person hears it.
I’m putting down the excuses and picking up my pen. 


  1. Glad you joined the Slice. This is my first shot at blogging and SOLC. I love your last line--put down the excuses and pick up the pen. ;-)

  2. So glad you have joined the SOLC! Maybe you will make it to the New York Times best sellers list one day--who knows! Isn't it true that we learn so much about ourselves from writing!

  3. Welcome! I started blogging seven months ago and haven't looked back. I have learned and grown so much as a teacher, reader, and a writer. I think you will like what you find here - support, encouragement, inspiration! Good luck. I look forward to reading more.