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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Coming off a month of a slicing, I'm back for Tuesdays because I don't want to lose the writing momentum. I can manage that. And writing 750 Words a day on top of that. And something every day for National Poetry Month -- not writing poetry though. I tried that one year and made it to day 5.
|National Poetry Month 2021 poster, design by|
Bao Lu, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn
Just reading more poems and doing digital poetry bombing is a better fit for me. Non-digital poetry bombing had a relatively short run, 1998-2016, and could make a comeback. Broadsided Poetry fills the gap. What else?
Right about now is when I get in trouble and start down the road to writing less instead of more. It's not these but all the usual I'm adding them to.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Made it through the month. I wouldn't go so far as to call 31 days of slicing and commenting the cure for pre-post-pandemic anomie (the contemporary version of a fin de siècle malaise) but it helped get me through the month and maybe even jump started dead blogging batteries.
|Illustrating "Yeats, Kipling, and ‘fin-de-siècle malaise’" in OUP blog|
Today, was the HUD inspection, that's done. Was not up to getting as much done as hoped but did make a start and even substantial dent in decluttering and reorganizing. Whether I keep on with it is as much hoped for -- and in the air -- as blogging.
On past last slices...turns out I skipped a challenge between 2015 and 2017, so this will make my fourth SOLSC not fifth. Either that or there was something wrong with my fingers when I came up with five counting on them. As for the 2017 last slice, I posted a selfie holding a small poster with a six word memoir, "Save the last slice for me"). This time I considered adding the "31 Day Writing Streak" badge but decided final slicing would not complete without the commenting (whether or not I comment more tomorrow and check WP Reader for reactions and replies).
I'm tired, ready to curl with some good slices and call it a day.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Welcome to the penultimate post. By tomorrow I may even have a handle on a workable post-challenge daily blogging routine, hopefully one I can adapt for a reasonably consisting blogging routine.
|from ITV video about Egypt's new capital|
On my radar (not to mention inbox and social media feeds): places along the way, highered austerity/academic labor disaster porn and the post-pandemic rolls on). As you can see from the pictures, I'm going for door one. From Giza, Egypt to Quarai NM...old stones.
|aerial view of Quarai ruins|
Wrapping up, TWT seeks SOLSC 2021 feedback... questions include "How many years have you participated in the March SOLSC?" and "How has participation in the Slice of Life Story Challenge impacted you as a writer (and/or teacher of writers)?
Monday, March 29, 2021
This question came up on an Essaying discussion thread: "What are you proud of this week?" The context was self care. It can mean concrete things but also means more emotional stuff, like sometimes allowing yourself to be proud of an accomplishment or saying no to take care of yourself when you're expected to say yes.
So what am I proud of this week?
That mattress had a big sprung out spot on right side. See, it's not there now. I wasn't sure I could turn it by myself and knew it wouldn't be easy. This afternoon I turned it. By myself. Concrete and emotional.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
What was I thinking about this morning anyway? Serves me right for not starting when it was fresh in my still morning fresh mind, not yet pushed out of the way by competing distractions. According to notes in my daily 750 Words log, media was on my mind:
alt & mainstream media, filter bubbles, confirmation bias -- run with it for today's slice and share selected items on Facebook
That led to link bundles titled "Media spaces: filter bubbles, echo chambers and confirmation bias" and "Information & Misinformation in the Time of Covid." Then came a few Facebook posts.
Another longish post emerged out of another link shared from the morning idea bundles but I can't find it now.
In between media stuff, I managed a few more "short sets" of cleaning, decluttering, trash bagging and hauling three utility cart loads to the nearest Manor bin. Come afternoon I took a longer than usual afternoon walk. The day was sunny and the usual shifting 20+ mph North winds were taking the day off. I checked pantry shelves reading labels for items to add to the higher sodium items in the monthly Senior Box, loaded the cart again and headed out to deliver them to the 24 hour pantry off Main St.
The trees haven't started budding yet, so this what the Manor grounds look like.