Day 1. February is over…Slice of Life Story Challenge 2019 is on! #SOL19

slice-of-life_individualMarch 1st:

Last year I signed up for the slice of life story challenge, and on day two I have to quit since my dad got really sick and I had to fly to Chile and stay with him. I didn’t have time or a state of mind to do the challenge, let alone to even connect to the internet.

 

My Thursday Creative Writing Workshop
My Thursday Creative Writing Workshop

Last October, I joined a face to face writing club in my little town here in Spain. We meet every Thursday. Maria, our mentor, gives us each week really serious and entertaining writing assignments that we have to bring back the following Thursday. Participants are very warm and talented writers from all ways of life, all from Spain. They know each other for more than eight years, but they welcomed me in a heart beat as “la chilena”. I love my workshop, and as Maria always says, Thursday is my favorite day of the week, since I get to attend it. We also have a whatsapp group where Maria makes sure to encourage us to write, to check her blog, and keep it up. In that chat we share also anything related with reading and writing and some nerdy jokes.  Once in a while, some of the participants arrive to the workshop with nothing written for that week, since they didn’t have time. I understand them, but I also know that writing, as anything else, requires discipline and practice. I set my mind to always make an effort to show up with something, even if it’s not that good. They have to endure listening to it, though.

Slide1Yesterday, been Thursday and the last day of February, we didn’t meet. On a day like this in 1980, the Andalusian electorate voted to make Andalusia an autonomous community of Spain, and from that year on, every February 28th, Andalusia celebrates its day, Día de Andalucía (“Andalusia Day”) and is a holiday.  I work at home and for a US market, so my morning was the same as usual. But it was sunny and warm outside. Around 5 pm. I decided to grab my bike and go for a ride around the countryside.  I didn’t see too many people, just a handful of goat keepers. When I was in the middle of nowhere and with an only general idea of where I was at, I found a wagon full of people. They were singing and drinking, and they thought that it was very funny that I passed them in my bike. When I see a slice of life of other people or interesting landscapes, I post them in my story on Instagram. Biking always helps me to get rid of bad vibes, to think, to get inspired, and when is a boring and not dangerous ride, to listen to an audiobook. By the way, yesterday I started listening to Sonia Sotomayor´s memoir My Beloved World, but that´s another story.

Somehow in January, I remember the Slice of Life Story Challenge and thought I should do it this year. I have two blogs, one in English, and one in Spanish. In the English one I haven’t published anything since August 2018! The Spanish one is not too much better, November 2018 is the last post, but in my defense, I have to say that I have 41 drafts waiting for me to press the publish button. I am not kidding when I say that writing is like getting naked little by little. Probably when I die, my children will find these treasured drafts and they will start eventually to understand their mother in a deeper level hahaha.

Writing in English is a challenge for me. I have to think twice, and it takes me much longer than to write in Spanish. My vocabulary is much more simplistic and dull, and I commit tons of mistakes. My daughter always laugh at my English, even though she likes it and think it’s cute, especially when I speak. Nonetheless,  I am up for the challenge, and I am happy that March is here!

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15 thoughts on “Day 1. February is over…Slice of Life Story Challenge 2019 is on! #SOL19

  1. I relate so much to this! Every year I make this commitment (I think I am on year 5 now) and don’t know how I will find all those little moments to share. It sounds like you are already on the right track! I love that you capture moments for your Instagram….those will prove Slice worthy for sure! Welcome to this challenge- it will be an amazing month!

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    1. Thank you so much Katie. I hope I can endure as much as I can endure in my bike hahaha! 😀 Looking forward to reading you!!! Where can I find you? I clicked on your name and says that you deleted your wordpress :O

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  2. I love this line: “I set my mind to always make an effort to show up with something, even if it’s not that good.” Your post shows grit, resolve, and such courage. I agree with you when you say writing is a little like getting naked; it almost feels like a voluntary vulnerability that inevitably evokes feelings of uncertainty and self-doubt. But you’ve committed to write right through that! Kudos! So glad you’re part of the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Lanny! I will try to do my best. I just finished setting up and saving all 30 blank blog posts, one for each day of the challenge left, as Michelle suggested in her blog post of February 24, 2015 http://literacyzone.blogspot.com/2015/02/sol15-10-tips-for-challenge.html . I think she gives pretty good tips. Jumping on the river is the hardest part. Then it’s a question of start swimming before drowning hahaha. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. “Writing is like getting naked little by little”… I love this line! And I so agree…. I also have many unpublished drafts in my blog. Looking forward to reading more from you this month!

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  4. If this opening slice features “simplistic” English vocabulary, Pia, I can’t imagine the variety of Spanish words you can bring to bear! I’m glad you’re back for the Challenge, and I look forward to learning more from your perspective. Keep pedaling 🙂

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    1. Well, thank you Brian. I guess I am starting to understand why part of the challenge requires commenting on other people’s slices. I feel encourage to write more when I see people are reading (and maybe a more intimidated since I have to make sense). I always dread online classes when they ask you to comment. The first online class I took was in 2005. I am a slow thinker, so I just placed one throughout comment weekly (with references, and hyperlinks), and then move on with the rest of my life. To my dismay, nobody even care about my comments, and people just wrote messages like if they were texting and not just one, but many every single day. It discouraged me so much., because I felt I needed to be in front of the computer 24/7, and commenting with no purpose, just because a stupid robot was counting how many times a week I was logging in, and writing. Later, I realized how important is the human interaction in an online environment and how much impact can have a timely and meaningful feedback, from both, your teacher and your peers.

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  5. I wouldn’t have know it was a challenge for you to write in English if you hadn’t have said it was. I enjoyed reading your story and am hoping you continue the challenge. I’m jealous of your Thursday writing club. What a terrific way to keep you accountable.

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    1. Thank you so much. My Thursday writing workshop is a treat. I look forward to it every week. I don’t know why I didn’t know about it before, since I live in the same town, and believe me, it’s a small town 🙂

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  6. Your writing group sounds amazing! And I understand your struggle with blogging in English, as it takes me at least twice as long to write a post in Spanish! And I’m always nervous of making mistakes or saying something not quite the way a native speaker would say it. But it’s excellent exercise for our brains and the courage muscles in our hearts! 🙂

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