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Monday, February 25, 2013

T minus 72 hours #SOL 2013

With only hours to go until the SOL Challenge, I need to be very careful how many words I "spend" on this blog post!  If words are "capital" then every word saved is a little bit of "cash in the bank." 

While I have LOTS to say normally, knowing that I will have to write every day for the month of March raises my anxiety just a wee bit!  It also makes me KEENLY aware of the stress our students feel every day when we wind up that mini lesson and send them off to write for 30 minutes!  To be quite honest, it is a little bit like the anxiety and excitement we feel before the first day of school combined with the anxiety before running a marathon (not that these knees will ever know what that feels like)!  

I'm ready with a few topics "up my sleeve" and lots of English Breakfast tea!  More importantly I am preparing myself to see my life through my "writerly eyes."  I think I can handle the writerly angst if I see this as a challenge with huge rewards coming from hard work! 

7 comments:

newtreemom said...

Time to get "writerly!" Love it!

elsie said...

I'm hoping to get a few ideas banked away for those days when inspiration has faded. Your analogy made me laugh! Spend wisely, shopping time is around the corner.

Nanc said...

Those of us who have been doing the slice certainly know the rewards. I know you love your tea and I love my coffee. I think we will get our ideas from each other. Last year I had at least 5 starts before I began. This year sadly, I have none and I am a little worried. I'm going to try a story on each of my family members this year, including the family I grew up in. I hope Ruth sends her ideas chart again. I agree that we both are understanding our students much better these days. xo

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

This time next week I'll be deep into my idea bank! Yikes....

Terje said...

I'm with you. Lets use our "writerly eyes." Lets go on a mission. Fortunately we can use the support and inspiration of our fellow slicers. Thank you for the post and for your comment on my post.

Christy Rush-Levine said...

I love your wordplay with the idea of spending words. Too funny! I have that same feeling--like I need to store away words and ideas like squirreling away acorns.

Anita Ferreri said...

I love all of your analogies. I'm feeling like I am saving my "best gifts" for Christmas morning today as I "want" to write, but want to "save it" too!