I found this on fellow slicer Elisabeth Ellington‘s page at The Dirigible Plum. I liked the idea and decided to use it (Thank you Elisabeth!):
The highlight last month was: I finally- FINALLY – stopped letting, and I do mean letting, all of the little things get in the way of me concentrating on the book of poems I had been working on forever and worked on finish the first draft.
This month I want to feel more accomplished with the book and so far I am feeling really good with how far it has come compared to where I was at the beginning of the year. Hell, I am feeling really good with how far it has come compared to where I was at the beginning of last month.
I’ll be over the moon if by April I have it back from the editor so I can move on to the next step.
One thing I’ll regret not doing in March is not having the whole process completed so that I could have a physical hardcopy in my hands by April 1 which was my original goal date.
I want to give myself permission to not shoulder what is not mine to bear. Sometimes self-care means saying no loud and clear and not accepting feeling guilty for it.
If I get stuck I’ll remember that I do not have to do everything on my own. I do have resources and it is not a failure to use them.
Week I down – three and a half to go! It is Day 7 of the March Slice of Life Writing Challenge for 2020. Stop in and see how others are slicing it up today!
I’m now rooting for you to finish that manuscript and put it in someone else’s hands! Go, go, go! I went through this process last year at around this same time with a book of essays, so I feel the tension and know the reward. You will succeed!
From your lips… Thanks Sherri
Congratulations on the completion of the draft – here’s to a timely editorial return. This line stood out to me in your post: To “not shoulder what is not mine to bear.” It takes great inner strength to come to such a realization and to separate oneself. Lots of power here in your words.
Thank you, Fran.
Great structure! I’m with Sherri and rooting for you to meet your goals with your poetry!
You know I’m pulling for you to feet that manuscript in shape and into hard copy and in your hands by month’s end!! So excited for you!
Thank you! 💋
Sorry for sleepy, early-morning thumb typing! *finish, not *feet! 🙄
I thought you meant “feel” it’s all good! 👍
What an amazing project to be working on these next couple of months! It’s so easy to put our writing projects on the back burner and prioritize every other thing. I am so glad you’ve prioritized your own creative work! And glad you found inspiration in the “Let’s Check In” form. I do love me a new slicing format!
It is a great format. Thanks!
Sounds like you are on a roll with that finish line in sight. Your excitement shines through.
Thanks. It’s exciting and nerve wracking.