Slice #1: Depending on When You Met Me…

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“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.”  

          ~Truman Capote

Today is the day we begin the Student Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC)!

What does this mean?

  1. It means you will be writing EVERY DAY in March. Yep, even on the weekends!
  2. It means you will be commenting on other student blogs (minimum of 3) around the world EVERY DAY.

What is a “slice of life?”

A slice of life is a description of the ordinary details of real life.

What should you write about?

Anything and everything! Think of the challenge as an opportunity to journal the exciting as well as the mundane aspects of your life.

Other Thoughts:

  • Write a snapshot, drabble (exactly 100 words), dribble (exactly 50 words) or a tiny story of an observation you made on the way to or from school (a stray dog, monkeys raiding your mango tree, the roti motorbike).
  • Sit quietly in a place for 10 minutes. Notice everything around you – what do you see that you have never noticed before? Write a poem or description of your new observation.
  • Listen to the conversations that go on around you. Take a snippet of the conversation and turn it into a drabble (100 words).
  • Write your opinion about something that is happening in the news.
  • Write a photo essay. Using photos you have taken, post them on your blog and write creative captions underneath each photo that reveal the story behind the lens.
  • Write about a pet peeve.
  • Write about an act of kindness you noted that day.
  • Quote wise words you overheard and explain their wisdom.
  • Write about an embarrassing moment.
  • Write about a proud moment.
  • Write an Ode to an ordinary object. Use Pablo Neruda’s poetry for inspiration. Read Ode to My Socks to jumpstart your thinking.
  • Write about something you wish you could ‘do over’.
  • Write about something that is troubling you.
  • Personify the sun, describe a sunset or sunrise.
  • Personify a storm, describing its actions.
  • Speak to a quote that you find meaningful. Explain what it means and why you find it meaningful.
  • Critique a book or movie.
  • And so on, and so forth…

Our first slice serves as an introduction, inspired by one of the contributing authors of Soul Pancake’s: Chew on Life’s Big Questions, Devon Gundry.

“Depending On When You Met Me” by Devon Gundry

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a checker’s champion, the kid who squirted Super Glue in his eye, a competitive Ping-Pong player, Tweedle Dum, a high school valedictorian, a fake blond, 1/12 of an all-male a capella group, a graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, a nomad, a street musician, or a pigeon assassin.

“Depending On When You Met Me” by Mrs. Peters

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a high jumper, the innocent young girl who believed she was Mary Poppins one windy day, someone who attempted EVERY sport yet mastered NONE, a follower, a high school wallflower, a mentor of young minds, a book nerd, a closet writer, a visionary without a plan or the courage to LEAP!

Please read the comments below to view 6C’s individual introductions…

What’s Your Tiny Story?

Fiddle Oak’s Big World: Self-Portrait

Actor, artist Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wondered what it would be like to collaborate creatively with artists from around the world. Gordon-Levitt’s seed of wondering grew into a collaborative production company called hitRECord that he and his brother, Dan, contribute to and manage. One result of hitRECord are the ‘tiny stories’ that are written, illustrated, and sometimes animated.

Nourished by the words,

“The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.” ~Muriel Rukeyser & Wirrow

Gordon-Levitt encouraged thousands of collaborators to create tiny stories through words and art. The Tiny Book of tiny stories is a collection of these wonders. To date, there are three volumes published. You can see selections of tiny stories from Volume 3 on the Brain Pickings blog.

We all have ‘tiny stories’. What would be a tiny story about you?

Begin collecting your seeds of wonderings for your tiny story.