Thirty-One Things I Learned in March – Plus a Picture Poem

  1. March is a long month.
  2. I am a slow writer.
  3. The Global Pandemic ended on March 6.
  4. Writing makes me hungry.
  5. Those little blurbs we have to write on TWT when we post our slice are like a whole other assignment for me at 6:00 a.m. when all I want to do is get the darn thing posted.
  6. I noticed more funny things in my class in March.  Did my class get funnier or did I just start noticing more?
  7. Number 6 is a question not something you learned.
  8. I can be very picky at times.
  9. The hour from 10:00 to 11:00 goes really fast when I finally get on a roll and want to finish a piece of writing so I can go to sleep.
  10. Reading other people’s stories often gives me ideas.
  11. Reading other people’s stories sometimes intimidates me into inaction.
  12. I still compose best in Comic Sans. It’s like an anticoagulant.
  13. I begin a lot of sentences with And.
  14. And I’m okay with that.
  15. The books I read often inspire me to write.
  16. I take frequent breaks until I actually find my idea.
  17. Out of the first 20 items on my list of “Possible Slice Topics,” I only wrote slices for 7.
  18. Out of the second 25 items on my list of “Possible Slice Topics,” I wrote slices for 24.
  19. Yeah, but that’s because you added them after you wrote the slice.
  20. Sometimes I feel like I have a split personality.
  21. You do.
  22. No matter how much practice I’m getting with my writing, I always think the stuff I wrote last year is better than the stuff I’m writing now.  
  23. Staying home so much made it a little harder to find new ideas.
  24. This challenge made me a little more self-centered than usual.
  25. Daily writing is easier for me than weekly writing. 
  26. Writing shorter pieces is not easy for me.
  27.  March is a really long month.
  28. You can’t say that twice; it’s cheating.
  29. So is putting obnoxious responses on line 28 and pretending it’s something you learned.
  30. “The Class Menagerie” and “The Year of the F-Words” were my favorite slices and my favorite titles.
  31. I like having this huge writing community, but I love having a small crew of faithful, thoughtful commenters.

Finally, here is a “poem” dedicated to 2020.

Written in Collaboration with a Woodpecker

11 thoughts on “Thirty-One Things I Learned in March – Plus a Picture Poem

  1. Brilliance, wit, and wisdom all in one list! I’m impressed you are not only writing, but on a roll writing, between the hours of 10-11. Thanks for opening my eyes to comic sans as anticoagulant! Hope you shared that poem with your class! It’s perfect ending to your successful 2021 challenge! Congrats!

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  2. Did you see that tree in real life? I was thinking g to myself, that you wrote that whole list and then you thought “hey, why not a poem too?” Very neat. Your you-ness shines even in a list. A mix of funny and smart, and very real. I related most to 22. I have mostly been admiring other people’s work this year- yours included of course.

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  3. Your list is, no shock, hilarious. It sounds like *you* and made me chuckle several times. I’m always really happy when you write – even when you write hard things. And your picture poem is a riot, too. I’ve decided to teach poetry next week, and since the unit is going to be truncated, I may need to start with your trunk….heeheehee

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  4. I’ve got two I really connect to. #6- I do think when you truly are looking for ideas for writing, your life seems more interesting. #25- I’ve been thinking this all month. Why can I do this month mush easier than the Tuesday challenge? Maybe it relates to #6? I’ll try harder for Tuesday’s. If I can find something daily, I must be able to weekly? Thanks for making me smile often this month.

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  5. A true grand finale to the SOLSC! Every line a truth (even if “obnoxious” – which none really are; just fun). I can relate to so many of these points. For one thing – March IS a long month! I also begin many sentences with “And.” But that is okay. And I begin sentences with “But,” too. Poetic license, I say, even when one is writing prose, for let’s face it: there is a “sound” to writing. Writing makes me hungry, too – why is this?? Surely fodder for a future post. #12 is an absolute zinger: “I still compose best in Comic Sans. It’s like an anticoagulant.” – That is a fascinating observation and word choice! Your “Class Menagerie” and “F-Word” posts were priceless, indeed (I went back to read the latter). The post on your grandmother is one of my favorites; it stays in my mind. Thank you for sharing your words, reflections, and humorous take on things – all are such gifts.

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  6. This one made me roar:
    “Those little blurbs we have to write on TWT when we post our slice are like a whole other assignment for me at 6:00 a.m. when all I want to do is get the darn thing posted.”
    Those teasers are hard for me too!

    So glad you returned for another year of slicing!

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  7. I’ve finally found some time to come back to enjoy your list, which I read in a flurry of activity at the end of March. It’s so witty, wry and fun. I love the way your brain works and that you’re willing to spill some of it out here and share it with us. Comic Sans as an anticoagulant is brilliant. (Random thought–if you’re concerned about your word flow being too voluminous, could another font offer an antidote? Mix and match? Half and half? Though personally, I’d rather see you keep the words flowing!) I also TOTALLY relate to the pain of writing teasers. They are absolutely like another assignment slipped in at the end. I struggle with titles as well. Thanks for brightening my days with your slices and for teaching me so much about how to write well. Congratulations on completing the challenge and I hope to see you on Tuesdays!

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