As the month began I had worries. What would I write about? Could I do it every day? My work calender was facing me and it was far too busy for my liking. How would I find the time to read and comment? I knew how important comments had been to me last year. I wanted to continue to support the writers whose words I had grown to love through the year. I wanted to meet new people through their words of their daily life. This was going to be a jam packed month.
I wrote. I completed 31 days of writing. Mostly my writing was a moment of my day. Such as . . .
- It may have been a moment as I shopped for food (often unsuccessfully finding the item on the quest) or fixing some part of a meal.
- Several of the moments came because I was sitting in my car observing the world around me.
- Schools I worked in gave me something to write about.
- I noticed the process of completing tasks and the process reminded me of the process of writing.
- Creatures of nature crept into my writing. Some were welcomed, but others were looked upon with abhorrence.
- A milestone in my blogging career was observed.
- Poetry crept into my blog. I tried a variety of forms.
- Photographs aided my words and showed the world I live and walk in each day.
- Plus I wrote on your blogs. My words are the words I would say to you if we were sitting somewhere sharing a beverage or perhaps a meal.
I read my friends from year round slicing and I discovered more amazing writers. You let me into your lives. You related joyous moments of celebration. You shared incredible stories of bravery and perseverance. You wrote of sadness and heartbreak. My mind was filled with your stories of your life, you affected me with the words you chose to share. I feel honored to count each and everyone of you as a friend. I also read the words you left for me. Those words of encouragement spurred me on to create another post for another day. Thank you!
Through all this reading and writing I had to continue my work. Too many lost hours were spent in the car, not being able to read. I traveled 2,519 miles this month. I have not been home for more than three days consecutively during the last three weeks. Today, I get to put my suitcase up for the next ten days. I will savor my time home. My plan is to sit on the patio and enter the world of Wonder. I need some time to breathe.
The joy this challenge brings to my life can’t be described by me. I have grown as a writer and thinker because of you. I can work with teachers and be authentic when I talk about the challenges of writing every day. I bring your voices to the teachers who don’t understand that to teach writing you have to write.
These are my final words . . . until Tuesday. See you there!