#SOL18: Magic






Picture aficionado

Picture aficionado



Family – oriented

Family – oriented



International traveler

International traveler

A Pennyslvanian

An Iowan

And that’s a list of what I knew about a fellow “Slicer” before we met up IRL (in real life) last Saturday for breakfast.

The power of blogging.

The power of paying attention.

The power of responding to fellow bloggers.

The power of subscribing to blogs written by other folks.

It felt like “old home week” because we’ve been blogging weekly and every day in March for several years.  I could look it up, but this post isn’t about the numbers.  It’s about the friendships, respect and genuine “kinship” of fellow bloggers!

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They are on their way to California for their nephew’s wedding and several months ago said they would be going through Iowa.  We met up at the Iowa 80 truck stop and had breakfast together before they headed across Iowa. Westward, Ho!

It’s convenient.  Literally one block off of Interstate 80.  Loaded with choices of places to eat.  Knickknacks to examine. Souvenirs. Halloween items. Toys. Toys. Toys.

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I’m not positive that the ferris wheel works. But it adds to the scenic view.  And that’s the outside. The inside is spacious and puts most stores to shame with WIDE aisles and plenty of browsing space.

And vehicles. This is one of two trucks on the INSIDE of the building!  Truck tail gates adorn the walls.  And memorabilia fills all the nooks and crannies everywhere!

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If you are going to be on I-80, this truck stop is about an hour west of the Mississippi River (the eastern border).  Leave yourself some time to explore!  LInk

So when you are planning to meet, talk and enjoy some face to face conversation, The World’s Largest Truck Stop should be on your list because it’s entertaining, easy to access, and also like all truck stops . . . has really “delish” food 24 hours every day!  Check it out!

Take a risk.

Start blogging.

You will be amazed at the friendships that will develop.

Write. Write. Write.

Blog. Blog. Blog.

Fellow “Slicers”, how many have you met IRL? 

Where do you go to “meet up”? 

Does it involve food or drink? 

What do you have planned?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                              slice of life 2016

22 responses

  1. I haven’t met any IRL, but have struck up communication outside of Slicing! It’s a wonderful community we have here; glad you got to meet face-to-face!

    1. OMG – will you be at NCTE in Houston? There will surely be a “meet up / slicer event”!

      1. Unfortunately, no…my conference days are relegated to our librarians’ conference in April. I’m sure there will be a fun get-together for those who are there!

  2. I like the IRL term–that’s a good one. And yes, it’s amazing how well we know each other from slicing. I wish I’d gotten to NY to see you. Maybe this fall…

    1. Melanie,
      Fall and Saturday reunion is tricky. So many schedules to coordinate. NCTE? Maybe?

  3. Ah, those reunions are so sweet!

    1. Tara,
      Yes, and typically in a bookstore or over food and drink! We’re pretty easy to please! ❤

  4. It is pretty amazing to “know” a person through their writing and then get to meet them in the flesh. I can only imagine the great conversation you had. What fun!

    1. It’s like continuing a story. A brief pause and then going on! Such a pleasure!

  5. I still the remember how fearful I was to walk into my first slicer get together at an All Write conference. It’s so fun to meet our blogging buddies. Glad you had this opportunity.

    1. Ramona,
      Slicers in DC at NCTE was my first go round. Nervous, yes! But so much fun – I think there were over 20 of us!

  6. I’m glad you could meet in person. I still value all the times we’ve met IRT!

    1. Sally,
      So nice to meet the voices behind the print! I still want to come see your school!

  7. It’s very cool that you met in person. I have been blogging since March 2017’s Slice of Life and there is a blogger in England, who often exchanges comments with me. We both love gardening. I have imagined meeting her on a trip to England someday! Wouldn’t it be cool! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. That would be amazing! I’ve met slicers from CT, LA, CA, MT, PA, MO, VA , Cambodia . . . and then some!

      1. Wow! That is very cool! You should compile those meetings in a book!

  8. I love meeting blogging friends IRL! Here’s to dinner next summer in Bryant Park!

    1. Catherine,
      That sounds like a wonderful plan!

  9. Fran, it was so nice being able to meet up with you on our trip. We enjoyed the time spent with you. And yes, the Truck Stop is a must see for anyone traveling I 80 through Iowa.

    1. So glad it worked out! Thanks to you two for the delightful breakfast and company! ❤ ❤

  10. Truck tail gates are a real thing? The truck stop you describe sounds amazing, I’d love to meet you there one day! ________________________________

    1. Yes, I wish I had captured that picture. Next time! The difference in the brands . . . Ford, Chevy, GMC and through the years! Let me know. We can make it happen! ❤

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