Threes and Repeats: Slice of Life March challenge #1

 Threes and Repeats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I write in threes and repeats, choosing rhythm over rules.

I overuse fragments. Throw dashes where I pause.

Certain words weave their way in often: celebrate, honour, joy, quiet. These are the truths I want to capture.

I write like I am puddle jumping down a steep hill.

Leap. Leap. Step, step, step. Pause. Consider. Leap.

I write to hint at what I can’t always say. Not publicly. Not really. Not with full abandon.

I write to process the things that follow me around like an irritating pixie. Poking me. Waking me up. Nibbling at my toes saying, “Pay attention to me.”

I write to remember what I might try to forget.

I write to bring tears that will not come.

I write to be here.

I write in threes and repeats.

I write.

Bad Irony: Slice of Life

I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.

Slice of Life is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I thank them for the community they provide. Read more slices here.

60 thoughts on “Threes and Repeats: Slice of Life March challenge #1

  1. We talk a lot about repetition in my classes, the way it gives ideas emphasis, the way it creates rhythm and musicality and contributes to tone, the way it functions to develop theme. It is possible to be too rule-bound, which I tend to be, as though strapped into a jump seat that will eject me if I break a rule. I appreciate writing that free and natural.

    Welcome to #SOL. Have fun!

  2. So many wonderful reasons to write…and stated in such a lovely flow of words. Thank you! I’m looking forward to joining in this writing challenge with you.

  3. Carrie, as I read your writing, each time it makes me truly believe that connection between reading and writing. You are such an avid reader (ahem…There’s a book for that!) and I can see that influence so much in your writing. Even the image of the pixie calls to mind, for me, the book Rump! Your writing is lyrical and poignant and always delights. Not every slice can be a masterpiece since we write each day for 31 days in the midst of fast paced, busy lives, so don’t feel the “pressure of the praise” but know that your writing touches my heart each and every time.

  4. You know how happy I am to see one of my favorite book lovers on here this month. I love reading your thinking. Your honesty helps me be honest in my writing as well.

  5. The puddle inside me
    deepens as you look,
    notice the world beyond
    the reflection,
    and dip your fingers into the liquid
    of these stories,
    and if you dare, step right into my world
    in order to let the tension of the surface send
    ripples out, here
    and beyond ….

    — Kevin, doing a little line lifting as comment …

  6. Love that “puddle jumping down a steep hill”, and all of this describing what you do, how it makes you feel. Welcome, Carrie, so great to see you join in.

  7. Welcome! You’re going to love it here! Let me say that I love, love love love the name of your blog. I feel like it should be made into t-shirts.
    “I write to process the things that follow me around like an irritating pixie. Poking me. Waking me up. Nibbling at my toes saying, “Pay attention to me.”” This line is just so smart. So many of the things I write about just fester for a while. This reminds me of that.

  8. Carrie, your energy and expectancy is alive in this poem. The line that jumps out at me is “I write like I am puddle jumping down a steep hill.” Honor the moments and keep on puddle jumping.

  9. Ah, yes. And I’m reminded once again why I’m excited that you are joining in this month! Happy writing — enjoy the process and continue to leap!

  10. This is fabulous! This line hits home: “I write to hint at what I can’t always say. Not publicly. Not really. Not with full abandon.” That is me, completely. I love this whole piece but that line is the heart of it all for me. I look forward to reading more this month…whatever the pixie pokes you about and whatever is nibbling at your toes.

  11. I connected so much with the voice in this post. I often do my best writing in poetry form. I find myself listening to the rhythm of my writing to guide me. Your writing in threes and repeats resonated deeply with me!

  12. I chuckle to the image of thoughts as irritating pixies nibbling your toes. Love that you are joining the March challenge. Your writing speaks to my heart.

  13. I am a huge lover of dashes and ellipses myself. I think you captured the true spirit of writing perfectly. I’m looking forward to reading more from you this month. You always have such a great way of putting things.

  14. “Certain words weave their way in often: celebrate, honour, joy, quiet.” I love these truths that you want to capture. I love that you’re joining us for SOL this year. You are my go-to friend for book recommendations. And I love that I got to say hello on Saturday at the Children’s Literature Conference. Your introduction to Melissa Sweet was delightful. It was a fabulous day!

  15. Yes to fragments. Yes to dashes. Yes to rhythm. This piece felt so deeply familiar to me, capturing the essentials of how and why I write. So glad to know you and be your long-distance friend. And so happy to know I have 30 more slices to read from you this month!

  16. I keep forgetting that you have not participated in this challenge. I guess I read so much of what you write, slicing was just expected. So glad you are participating!

  17. So glad you are joining the slice of life challenge this March. There are so many things that I love about your post…my favorite line – I write like I am a puddle jumping down a steep hill. I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing this month.

  18. This is so lovely, Carrie. I, too, write in fragments — intentionally. There is something about an emphasis on meaning when we capitalize the beginning of a fragment, isn’t there? I’m thinking about this piece and knowing I need to maybe take some time to reflect on my own writing style and habits. Perhaps I am redundant and need to break out of a box. Thank you for making me think about this.

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