What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life 1/31 #sol17

slice of life

My son. Page after page trying to capture this personality, this conversation, this moment.

Being a mom, parenting.

Trauma. Learning and understanding. Researching. Healing. PTSD, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue.

Myself. All the ways I get stuck in my own mind, fretting. Anxieties and angst. The gerbil on its wheel, going round and round.

Coffee shops. What I see and hear. The sticky spot on the table. The barista’s laugh.

Overheard snippets of conversation. My favorite from last week: “I have to get off the phone now, Mom, I need to work on my chain mail. [Pause]. Not that kind of chain mail. I mean the armor kind of chain mail.”

Lists. To do, to buy, to remember.

Drafts of emails I need to write.

Lesson plans.

Book musings. Thoughts on what I’m reading. Lists of what I want to read.

Ideas for writing.

Quotations.

Quickwrites to prompts I assign my students. I remember. I don’t remember. I know. I don’t know.  Write about your memories of first learning to read. Write about your best writing experience. Write about a place associated with your reading and writing life.

Half-finished drawings from the day my son forgot his sketchbook. I write around the lines, squiggles, shapes.

Reflections on teaching. How my students learned and didn’t learn. What I will change next time.

Names I like. Words I like.

Questions.

What I wonder. What I need to know.

 

Today’s Slice was inspired by Joellen McCarthy’s Try This! Write About Yourself as a Writer.

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16 thoughts on “What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life 1/31 #sol17

  1. I like what you captured in your post. So many thoughts rambling around in your mind. Perfectly captures the mind of a mom and teacher. There are so many beginnings here. So much to write about. Happy slicing!

  2. Compassion fatigue. WoW! So true for me lately. Is it just February? February is always hard. I think that’s why “they” put Valentine’s Day in February, so we remember to love one another in February.

    Also, I think I am in love with your notebook without even seeing or reading it. It sounds fascinating! I look forward to much more from it.

  3. A metaphor for the mind with thoughts all over the place…or it could be a physical notebook with all of your thoughts. Excellent post! I used to keep a journal of thoughts, but then I thought I was smart enough to remember them, so I stopped writing things down. I was so wrong!

  4. I love this idea…..a brain dump. I started bullet journaling this year and this method is so therapeutic for clearing one’s mind. Not only that, but there are lots of writing ideas within this post. I am new to this and am having fun exploring everyone’s ideas and first posts.

  5. I love this little peek in your notebook life, Elisabeth. Like you (probably), my snippets of writing fodder are not just in my notebook, but on Evernote, my iphone notepad app, on sticky notes and in my camera. Do you ever feel buried under mountains of what is possible to write about and become frozen in trying to choose?

  6. Love this list … you are well prepared to write all month long and more! I love reading your words, snippets of life in your world, Elisabeth. Welcome to another year of the challenge. I know you can do this. Happy to be on the journey together! Happy writing!
    ~Michelle

  7. So many things to write about! Your notebook sounds a little like mine… a menagerie of thoughts meandering… Can’t wait to read more about these, especially your book musings. 🙂

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