#SOLSC and #DigiLitSunday


This week’s theme for #DigiLitSunday is “Slicing our lives”.  Head on over to Margaret Simon’s “Reflections on the Teche” for additional posts.

Slicing our lives is what many bloggers do each Tuesday throughout the year.  But when March arrives (whether like a lion or a lamb), it’s time for the “Story Challenge” where bloggers write each day of the month.  So that’s 31 consecutive posts to write as well as to respond to fellow bloggers in the community!  This year is the 10th annual SOLSC so that’s a whole lot of stories.

Why Slice?

It’s an opportunity to write stories every day and live a more writerly life . . . in public. Sharing stories allows us to build a community of writing friends.  Perhaps in the first year of slicing, you only read the posts of those persons who post just before and after you.  But after a while, you branch out and look for those who write about similar topics, teach the same grade, have similar jobs, people you follow on Twitter or those you have met in real life (IRL) or face to face (F2F).

What is a community?

It’s often considered to be a group of people joined together for a common purpose or passion.  Today I celebrate both the Slice of Life Community and the DigiLitSunday Community. Friends from around the world that I rely on when I’m looking to learn more.  Friends that I often meet in both the blogosphere and the Twitterverse.  Friends with whom I enjoy spending time!


Members of both communities that I have met face to face at NCTE and/or TCRWP Institutes or Saturday Reunions include:

  • Margaret Simon
  • Tara Smith
  • Carol Versalona
  • Julianne Harmatz  (We even presented on a panel together at NCTE15!)

Slice of Life Community members that I have met face to face at NCTE and TCRWP (Institutes and / or Saturday Reunions)

  • Stacey
  • Dana
  • Betsy
  • Deb
  • Michelle
  • Melanie
  • Lisa
  • Catherine
  • Paula
  • Glenda

Slicers that I have met face to face at TCRWP Institutes or Saturday reunions:

  • Sally
  • Erika
  • Phyllis
  • Lanny
  • Dayna

Slicers that I have met face to face at ILA or NCTE:

  • Clare
  • Lynne
  • Rose
  • Elsie
  • Jennifer
  • Leigh Anne
  • Linda
  • Ramona

Slicers in my neighborhood that I see at local/Iowa events:

  • Kathy Scuitema
  • Deb Day


Slicers that I am looking forward to meeting:

Everyone of you that I have not yet met.  I so enjoy reading the “About” section of blogs to see where you are from and whatever additional information you provide.  I have gone with you to quilt shows, Africa, France, to family events, to dinner and have so enjoyed learning with and from so many talented writers!

My life is richer for all the slicers that I know around the world IRL (F2F) or online!  Thanks for being so generous with your time and stories! I’m honored to have so many great “blogging mentors” in my life!  Thanks to so many of you for stopping by, reading and commenting.

(And my sincere apologies, in advance, for anyone I’ve accidentally left off the list.  I started it two days ago and I’ve been checking my blog posts and my ILA, NCTE, and TCRWP notes to try to be as accurate as possible.  However, the mind is the first thing to go . . . with old age!)

slice of life

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 


37 responses

  1. Thanks – 1st year here – more inspired

    1. Thanks, John, for stopping by, reading, and commenting! The Slicing Community is a fabulous place to try out all sorts of new writing!

  2. Ah! You nailed it, Fran. It is the community that supports our writing and the hosting sites that make it all possible that drew me in. I’m relatively new… just a year this month, and I’ve not met any face-to-face, but I feel like I have so many new friends. And you are one of them!

    1. Thanks so much, Alice.
      It’s the supportive, caring community that Stacey and TWT have carefully crafted that brings us all together!

  3. I couldn’t agree more! I still remember meeting you for the first time. I wasn’t planning on doing the challenge this year, but when I starting reading all the slices on the first day — the people brought me back.

    1. Clare,
      The people
      Our people
      To be united together
      To learn together
      And meeting you and Tammy –
      Such a pleasure because you are both so warm and gracious. And as published book authors, you’ve always been so accessible!!! ❤

  4. Fran — I’m a first time slicer and can’t believe how challenging, yet rewarding the first five days have been. And I so agree with you about how rewarding “meeting” others through slicing comments and Twitter chats has been. (Two of my commenters have even made me cry…good cries.) Thank you!

    1. Christie,
      The good news is that we have ALL been a first time slicer and we know how it feels. I used to wonder “IS this good enough to publish?” and some of those posts had rave reviews. Ones I labored over, fixing, revising – not so much. Write from your heart. Write for yourself!

      Writing and becoming a stronger more confident writer is a wonderful goal! ❤

      And welcome to the slicing community!

      1. Thank you for your encouragement, Fran. I am finding every aspect of this adventure terribly rewarding. Best wishes.

  5. I love your lists and helping all of us realize how many different ways we connect and are connected. I enjoy reading your slices, Fran. Your enthusiasm and your sincerity comes through in every piece of writing!

    1. Lynne,
      After reading your books and meeting you in person at Clare and Tammy’s session at ILA, I’m so honored to have you read and comment on my writing. To be among literacy stars who have time to stop and talk . . . priceless! Thank you so much! ❤

  6. Oh, how I love this post! Meeting you, and other slicers, has been wonderful. I bring you into my classroom each day and my students are better for it. Thank you, Fran!

    1. Michelle,
      I had to look . . . I was like . . . OMG, did I yes or no include Michelle in those slicers I have met face to face!

      So like “old home week” or a “family reunion” when we meet as we’ve been chatting all along – slices, tweets, & Voxer of course! ❤

  7. I’m so glad that we have actually met face to face. I also enjoy listening to your reflections on the G2G Voxer. This post covers it all. When I first started slicing, I was doing it for my own writing. Now it’s all about the connections, the community. Thanks for being a part of so many of my communities.

    1. Margaret,
      I know the layers of connections – especially if I add in Voxer! Holy Moley! It would be like building a family genetic diagram.

      Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community and your family through slicing, blogging and tweeting! ❤

  8. Love that we meet here regularly and meet in person in NYC! #bestwritingcommunityever

    1. Absolutely #bestwritingcommunityever and I believe that I am seeing that you have fellow Discovery teachers “slicing” as well! That’s so wonderful!

      And the days we meet in person are extra special because we have been “visiting” all year long!!! ❤

  9. First timer here, too, Fran! I’ll be at the Scholastic Reading Summit on Wednesday, June 21st and at LA Chicago on Saturday, June 24th if you are heading to either of those events!

    1. Lori,
      Welcome to the “Slicing Community”! It’s such a great place to learn and grow!

      I had not seen the date for the Scholastic Reading Summit so that’s a possible. . . My summer is almost full already!

  10. Fran, I loved seeing all of the connections you have made and how often you have been able to meet up with friends in your writing community. I’m Grateful you take time to write and share!

    1. Joanne,
      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. I will have to do a similar #G2Great connections post as well as so many of us equally have multiple connecting points. I truly believe that the “common connections and beliefs” are what continue to bring us together day after day after day!

  11. I love the format of this post and how your mentioned those that you have “met” on your writing journey.

    1. Thanks, Christine!
      The world shrinks every day that we work on building more connections whether face to face or while online. The best thing about beginning online is that when we meet, it literally is “old home week”!

  12. Fran, this post could not hold more truth! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Shari!
      “Finding our tribe/community” literally helps fill our writing/teaching souls. And this is such a great community!

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

  13. This truly is a wonderful community to be a part of, Fran. When I first joined four years ago I didn’t imagine how welcoming and supportive a group this is. I have not many slicers but I know so much about so many wonderful people through what they write and share in their Slice of Life.

    1. Bob, you are so correct! To be surrounded by so many writer friends on a daily basis in March and weekly throughout the year is amazing. What a “family” of connections we all have! ❤

  14. This is a lovely tribute. I think you and I may have met at the SOL dinner in Atlanta. Am I right or wrong.
    I’m glad you mentioned the Digital Sunday challenge. I’ve never participated in it, but my post today is on tech problems, so I think I’ll check it out.

    1. Glenda,
      YES, to Atlanta meeting! Thanks for the reminder! How many years have you sliced?

      Do check out Margaret’s post. I had such technology problems on Day 2 that I totally understand! 🙂

  15. It’s fairly amazing the connections I’ve made, the people I’ve met during these years since I’ve been slicing, Fran. I possibly won’t be going to more conferences, but I loved meeting online connections in person.You’ve written it right, ” joined together for a common purpose or passion.”

    1. Linda,
      I was compiling data from 15 major events and considering that only one of the 15 was paid for by my employer. So interesting to think about that data.

      I hope our paths still cross some time! 🙂

  16. This “community of writing friends” has enriched my life, both personally and professionally, in so many ways. I can’t imagine how we all survived without it. Will I see you on the 18th?

    1. Yes, I am looking forward to the 18th. Time to recharge!

  17. Fran, I also feel fortunate for having met you in person and so many other slicers. Our collective union of voices strengthens the work we do.

    1. Carol,
      Yes, “our collective union of voices strengthens the work we do”!!! So great to know you IRL! ❤

  18. Fran! You’re a rock star! Can we meet up in NYC on March 18th @ TC Reunion??

    1. Yes, Let’s plan on that!

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