Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rolling out April one #sol21 Tuesday at a time

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. 


Slicing with Two Writing Teachers one Tuesday at a time


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Last slice... | #sol21 Day 31

 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.



It’s the last day of the 14th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge
 

to get more fresh last slices while they're still hot!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Penultimate slice, blogging on, places along the way etc | #sol21 Day 30

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

Blogging on, minor modifications aside, I remain a late night slicer, channeling my inner night owl, battered as it by age. Setting up the day's draft with partial title (| #sol21 Day _), basic labels and footer in the morning saves time come the pre-deadline rush. Sometimes I have enough early notes to work with, other About TWT advice to late night slicers: TY and very sound but no one following it is a true Pantser challenging their inner owl. 


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)? 

Tomorrow, SOLC 2021's last slice. Bring on the graphic



 


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Monday, March 29, 2021

Turned that mattress by myself, I did | #sol21 Day 29

 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. 

Tomorrow, kitchen floor and stove -- in fits and starts.



 


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Sunday, March 28, 2021

lost my morning idea, then found it and the rest of Sunday | #sol21 Day 28

 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. 



And so went another Sunday at the Manor in Yuma, Colorado


 


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Saturday, March 27, 2021

On a decluttering deadline too | #sol21 Day 27

 March 31 isn't just the last slice, it's also the looming deadline for a Manor HUD inspection announced without much notice. I've been picking away but not vigorously enough for the task at hand -- feeling anxiety now. I've read the HUD guidelines and know that it's not a military inspection. The emphasis is on safe and healthy, but I but still feel anxious. I'm on oxygen and supposed to avoid tiring  -- stress too -- but tire easily. So I work in short sets.  

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Slideshow snagged from an AARP article is a fair repesentation although my apartment is much smaller

Decluttering is the biggie, best done gradually, which I don't have time for now. I knew there were decluttering, books, articles, videos, even courses and more but didn't realize is that it's a genre and a whole industry. There's "mindful decluttering." A comparison to writing advises, "think of it as an invitation to write your story.

No thank you. This is how I'd rather be writing my story. I'll be avoiding the articles too -- sure fire anxiety generators. On a possibly brighter side, it's a distraction from worrying about what I'm going to write about.



 


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Friday, March 26, 2021

Short, late and an un-birthday surprise | #sol21 Day 26

Of course, late but not due to procrastination or a writing block this time. I was on the phone with my son who recently moved to from Denver, Colorado, to the outskirts of Springfield MO with wife, guide dog and parrots. Boone has big yard, Sandra has a sewing room and even the birds have a room of their own. There's more space for everyone inside and out and rooms for guests.

Anyway, my daughter had mentioned that my microwave had died and I was thinking about getting a toaster oven instead. So Chuck called to tell me he had ordered me a Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 (compact pressure cooker and air fryer). It should arrive tomorrow. Not my birthday, so call it an unbirthday surprise.

...and a welcome one even if I had no idea what a Ninja Foodi was or even looked like. Thank you, Google. I'd been looking for a small low-end toaster oven. Thank you, Chuck. Another plus ~ I'll have more counter space in my very small kitchen. Good bye dead microwave, thrift store crock pot and toaster.




Look for the #sol21 tag on blog posts (and tweets) marking participants in this year's blogging  challenges from Two Writing Teachers/ This month, it's SOLSC, the annual March 31 day writing streak. Keep up and stay connected after (and until next March) with #SoL Tuesdays. Read more posts by taday's slicers here. Commenting and sharing encouraged and appreciated.