Six Word Summary

Made it to the end. Felicitations!

Less angst, more self acceptance.

Living in the gray of the not quite perfect slice

Accepting my voice, big or small, words sparse or loquacious

Taking the time I would have spent endlessly reworking a piece, and instead invested it reading other Slicers.

Feeling more confident and identifying as a Writer

Developing a sense of belonging within the group (Its taken all of these 5 years!!!)

Grateful for Two Writing Teachers leadership

Hoping next year is a go.

Year 6, here I come!

16 thoughts on “Six Word Summary

  1. Congrats on five years completed. There’s much to be learned from you. “Living in the gray of the not quite perfect slice,” and using the time saved to invest in other slicers. Bravo, glad you’re feeling at home in this community!

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  2. Kudos, Book Dragon! Not sure if I mentioned this to you or not but there’s a 4th grader at my school who makes dragons out of paper and marker every single day – she shows them to me at dismissal and whenever I go to her classroom. They are stunning. Yesterday’s was even 3D – she stuffed it! Somehow I find a parallel here beyond the obvious “dragon” connection – in your words about self-acceptance, investing in others, the attempt, confidence, experimenting… something unique and amazing comes from it all. I believe I love this line best: “Living in the gray of the not quite perfect slice.” It’s all about the experience and the sharing vs. perfection. So grateful you are here. Keep on flying, Book Dragon. 🙂

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    1. Oh my gosh, Fran. Thank you for your deeply thoughtful response. I loved hearing about the student who constantly revisits dragons. There is something mythical about them – the magic of promise and opportunity.

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  3. Investing in reading other pieces has also made me more conscious of other parts of the world, other perspectives and experiences. When we acknowledge those things, we can become better writers. We made it. Congratulations.

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  4. Congratulations on completing another year! I have enjoyed reading your slices!

    I really liked this, “Living in the gray of the not quite perfect slice.” I feel like I did this more this year too. And also, “Taking the time I would have spent endlessly reworking a piece, and instead invested it reading other Slicers.” I think I did this too.

    See you next year!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I’ve also enjoyed reading your slices (especially the ones about chronic pain – it’s invisible & you making it visible with your words comforted me)

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      1. Aw thanks. It makes me feel good to know I helped/comforted someone.

        Can I ask what you have going on? I have fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, chronic thoracic, lumbar, and sacral back pain. And maybe part of the fibro, maybe something else, my big toe has chronic awful pain. And my thumb flares up with pain on and off too.

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  5. I see myself in all of your lines, especially in these, “Living in the gray of the not quite perfect slice” and “Accepting my voice, big or small…” What a wonderful reflection on the slicing experience. (Tam Truong)

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  6. Thank you for sharing your writing and for all the wonderful comments you left for me! Your reflections really resonated with me. I, too, feel like I connected to the slicing community more this year than ever before. I look forward to reading more from you in future years!

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  7. Wholeheartedly agree with your slice and the emotions you convey. It’s all about improving oneself and doing it step by step. I also agree about the sense of identity, this is my fifth year too, so maybe that’s how long it takes! Look forward to connecting again next year!!

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