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I’ve met a few.

I still keep my autographed books separated from non-autographed books.

I’m less inclined to loan those “special” books out.

And slicers who are authors . . .

It is so delicious to read their comments on my blog posts.


Fuels the writing passion.

Today I’m thanking an author that I don’t believe I met in real life.

But she was a reader and a responder to my Slice of Life posts

And I thank her for that.

Words matter.

We become friends as we read each other’s posts and learn from the stories about our families and our stories. We travel through space and time in our stories. We grow and learn from our stories. Our lives weave together over time. That has been the power of #SOL.

That is what I learned from Diane Dougherty and I thank her for learning the value of reading and responding. (For more info about Diane, check out Lynne’s slice here.)

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What “slicers” have you met in real life? What “slicers” do you still plan to meet? How do “slicers” contribute to your writing life?


Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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Diane Dougherty 

20 responses

  1. I am feeling this — commenting and feedback really helps motivate you to keep writing and reading more blogs; the power of someone reading your words, and taking the time to respond, is really lovely. I am glad that you are noting your gratefulness here.

    1. Thanks, Heidi.
      Commenting and feedback is a powerful loop that fuels more reading and responding!

  2. What a great post and so true! The glimpses into someone else’s life create a kinship of sorts. But also the task of writing and responding together. A shared effort.

    1. Sharing stories.
      Reminding us why students also need to share their stories.

  3. Leigh Anne Eck | Reply

    I have met so many amazing people in real life through this community! The list is just too long. Who could ever imagine how leaving a comment and reading others’ stories could enrich someone’s life like this experience has enriched mine!

    1. Leigh Anne,
      Enriching lives … yes, that’s the power of SOL!

  4. What a great testament to your friend and to this process of writing and sharing pieces of ourselves day by day.

    1. Thanks, Sheila,
      Process, yes.
      And multiple products: the writing, the responses, and the friendships!

  5. Thank you for celebrating Diane … I’m still trying to find my words,

    1. Clare, your words will be superb!

  6. This is a wonderfully supportive community. I don’t see myself as a writer but this is my 4th year doing the challenge. There’s no way I would continue without the support of this community. For the past two years a group of teachers from my district are slicing together and that has made it an even better experience.

    1. We have to talk ourselves into the belief that we are writers. Every time we hit “publish”, we agree to share our writerly selves . . . Ready or not!

  7. I was so blessed to have known Diane as one of my Writing Project mentors. I was always so thrilled when she read and responded to my posts. I valued her feedback so much.

    1. Wow!
      Blessed for sure!
      She was remarkable!

  8. Getting comments is a sure motivator. Having someone who is published comment is special. I met Diane a few times when she and Lynne presented at PTELA. What a lovely and generous person she was.

    1. Her writing with Lynne is exquisite. I am sure that she was as well

  9. I haven’t met any other slicers in real life. I hope to one day be able to meet those that live in the Pacific North West.

    1. We have met up as Slicers at NCTE. Do you have anything regional in your area? I know we go to California this year. I have not yet been to the Pacific NW.

      1. No, there isn’t anything in my area. (I live in Vancouver, Canada).

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