Day 24. I can accept the challenge but can’t compete #sol19 #solsc

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March 24th

Honestly, I can´t pick just one person to enter this weekend challenge. Remember my motto is why make things easier if you can make them much more complicated!

As a writer, who has encouraged me, moved me, inspired me, and lift me up?

I can´t compete. It is forbidden to mention ALL my patience and consistent visitors and commentators. I would be disqualified if I enter. I can’t just pick ONE. Genuinely, all of them have been sweet, funny, connected, and many times I have caught myself writing with them in synchronicity.

Lanny Ball , Fran Hayle, Katie Diez, and Brian Rozinsky are my steady commentators. They visit my blog if not every single day, almost. They never fail to leave a comment for me to read which is very uplifting, especially when I start to know them better, and get curious of what will catch more their attention. Even though I know Brian, Fran, and Katie are part of the welcome wagon volunteers, and that maybe I was “assigned” to one or two of them to make sure my slices were not orphans of comments, I think that they genuinely are enjoying the torture of reading my very long sentences hahaha.

Lanny on the other side, as part of the creative Two Writing Teachers team can’t be even be mentioned in the challenge! He was forced to read me after my annoying appearance in his blog since the beginning of March. Since my last name starts with A, he was cursed to be my designated “counselor” in the event I have questions, and I did. Now, I almost think I know his habits, or at least I imagine them. I assume he gets up really early, probably around 5 or 5:30 am and writes his slice, Then he goes and comment on a couple of them and then starts the jog of his busy life.

This quote from his blog describes how I picture him (He said it, not me!)

I wonder if sometimes the lockers chuckle to themselves- “There he goes again, running late.”

Lanny Ball, SOLSC ’19 Day 21

Probably he doesn´t take a break until 10 pm when he may check or not some blogs. I imagine many times he just drops dead in bed.

Katie and Brian, on the other hand are more random in their publishing at least for me. I don’t know when they click the publish button, probably for two reasons: Brian has a blogspot so he doesn’t show up in my wordpress feeds. Katie’s blog took me until yesterday to find since every time I press on her gravatar, it says that she has deleted her blog. Yesterday, I took the time to dig deeper, and I found Katie’s Korner!

I don´t imagine their routines so well as Lanny’s but usually they comment in the evenings when I am getting ready to go to sleep or I am already sleeping. It’s gratifying to get up the next morning and read their uplifting and witty comments.

Brian’ s skiing slices made me jealous but mostly happy since he reminds me of my son and his love for snow.

I like this quote from one of his first slices in March 2019, where he describes to non-skiers what skiing is all about

“For non-skiers among you slicers and readers, imagine dancing lightly through soft, white space in a way that feels simultaneously slow and thrillingly fast.”

Brian SOLSC ’19 Day 3

Katie is really good at giving me comments of encouragement, and to keep writing. She always picks one or two lines she likes, and then develop her comment tied to them. I really appreciate that.

Even though Fran looks much younger than me, she has a son around the same age as mine, and I muse myself at the idea that 21 years ago we were wondering around the world pregnant at the same time. It makes us not just writers but motherhood buddies. I hope she wins something one time. She not only write beautifully but she endured the 75 comments challenge with grace and gratefulness.

Jennifer Floyd told me she was glad she discovered my blog just two days ago. It felt good as she enjoys the whole me writing and not just one random slice, even when she might not comment at all. I do that with many blogs. Sometimes I read so many entries, that I end breathless and wordless.

Diane and Lynne puzzles me because I never know who is writing the comment, Diane Esolen Dougherty or Lynne R. Dorfman? Still, I appreciate their bits of advise and nice comments. Their slice of today “Alfabetically speaking, you’re OK” left me thinking about the time I live in Chile under Pinochet and how so much hate and fear was in the atmosphere.

Terje at Just for a month is my ESL buddy, and have given me encouragement and understanding.

Like the humor and honesty with which you write. Wordjourneysite is a retired English teacher that writes endearing pieces on her blog. I enjoy her journey along with Lemon, her sweet granddaughter. I feel very honored when she stops by and drops me a comment.

There are so many other people that I haven’t mentioned that have commented on my blog. As the Two Writing Teachers rightly say, stories without readers are not stories. I really appreciate all comments because they become my story.

I arrive at your blog, looking forward to what I’ll find since it’s unpredictable. Brian left that comment one time, and I chuckled. It made me wonder if that made me choose as a husband a very patient individual, who I have to say, has been the number one cheerleader during this slice of life story challenge. He is my triage screener and confidence builder. When I feel insecure, uneasy or maybe that I might be out of whack, I show him my drafts before clicking the publish button. Probably, I should give him the full recognition and nominate him. It’s too bad he is not doing the challenge, because he has a blog, and is a good and clever writer.

Mati a tope (Small)
Thank you for all your comments!

Day 23. Brevity is the soul of wit #sol19 #solsc

slice-of-life_individualMarch 23rd

Sometimes I think I am witty, but as my daughter always tells me, it’s the sort of wit that only I can understand.

I want to talk about my friend and author Manuel Valderrama Donaire, that I have mentioned already in another slice of life. He is a fan of our writer’s workshop and once in a while he pops in to see how we are doing and shares his latest work in progress. It’s always fun to hear what he has to say. He is an avid reader and knows a lot about literature and history. A good writer has to be a good reader, he says. He has a radio show called the irreverent reader, but he is also an irreverent writer.

Three years ago, I read one of his three novels, Uno de los vuestros (PeZsapo, 2016), a very witty and sarcastic short novel where he touches on the Spanish 21st century economic crisis and corruption in a humorous way. Through the life of Juan Anselmo, the protagonist, Manuel calls into question the entire society, and the things that people can do to be what is considered ¨successful and  powerful.” I went to the launching of this book at the public library of my town, where I met Manuel for the first time and learned that we live very close by.

Despite living in the same small town, I never saw Manuel again until I joined the writer’s workshop last October. Then I realized he has published a third and more ambitious novel, Egolatría [Egotism]. I kept thinking I should read it since I was seeing him more often. I was being cheap, and decided to check his book out at the public library. I already had so many books to read that never opened it. Then I thought, I should buy the book and support local authors. He is the type of writer that I want to keep publishing.

I pushed away the temptation of grabbing my phone and getting the novel in one click, and probably cheaper, via Amazon. Instead, at the beginning of March, I stopped by at the local bookstore, had a nice chat with the owner, and bought the last copy. It felt good. I saw Manuel two times after my purchase. I knocked my head on the wall for not having the book with me, so he can sign it.

Last Thursday, I had the hunch he was going to join us at our workshop, so I put the book in my already full backpack. And voilá, when I entered in the room, there he was! I got the autograph! The book is now in my suitcase, and will fly with me to the States. When I finish it, I promise I will write about it.

Manuel also fed my own “egotism” by writing a very nice dedication on the title page. I feel flattered and humbled at the same time, and so inspired. Now I need to write a novel since I can´t be brief. I hope I keep my wit, even if I am the only one that understands it.

A mi compañera escritor y amiga, Pía, que lleva el metrónomo de una novelista insertada en su prosa. Mil gracias y un besazo, Manuel VD” [To my fellow writer and friend, Pia, who carries the metronome of a novelist inserted in her prose. A thousand thanks and a big kiss, Manuel VD]