Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Slice

The phrase “wrestling inertia” feels like a paradox, but that’s exactly, um, metaphorically what I’m doing.

I met Kathleen Sokolowski in 2002 during the Long Island Writing Project Summer Institute. A year later, I moved far away from New York. I joined Twitter a dozen years thereafter and, within five months, serendipitous Tweeting had re-connected Kathleen and me. That’s a tiny example of the power writing (even tiny character-constrained writing) holds.

Kathleen has since gently and insistently shared invitations with me -- as I suspect she does with many in her network: #sol16, #EdTime2wrt, LIWP, Two Writing Teachers, among others. Blending writing evangelism and encouragement, she is winning me over as great teachers do; albeit in fits and starts as risk-averse students do.

That’s how writing goes for me, in herky-jerky fashion as I wrestle inertia. It’s certainly easier not to write. To re-purpose Sir Isaac Newton: a body not writing tends to not write. Kathleen, though, is a force whose actions are changing my writing momentum. Full disclosure: A snow day today helps, too, but I’m the force seizing it for my first slice. As for an entire March full of slices… (shudder)

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  1. Kathleen is certainly a force! I'm so glad you used your snow day wisely and wrote your first slice. Welcome!!! I love, "serendipitous Tweeting" and "wrestling inertia"!! Your post made me smile! I see you teach middle school...so do I. Welcome again and I look forward to more posts!

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  2. That should be Kathleen's new title: writing evangelist and encourager! It fits perfectly for her.

    Welcome to our writing community, Brian. I hope you'll continue to join us on Tuesdays and all March-long.

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  3. Welcome to our community! Getting over the inertia is half the battle - but once you do, you'll find the community draws you out and cheers you on.

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  4. Brian, welcome to slicing! I agree with you and Michelle, Kathleen is a force to be reckoned with. I also love your comments about writing inertia-- when I'm not writing or not reading or not exercising, it's easier to keep on NOT doing it. But when I do it, I kind of get on a roll, and I keep going. Hope you will keep slicing with us!

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  5. Brian, welcome to slicing! I agree with you and Michelle, Kathleen is a force to be reckoned with. I also love your comments about writing inertia-- when I'm not writing or not reading or not exercising, it's easier to keep on NOT doing it. But when I do it, I kind of get on a roll, and I keep going. Hope you will keep slicing with us!

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  6. Welcome, Brian! Why is it that habits we want to encourage are hard to fall into while greed and general sloth always slip on like a comfortable shoe? This is a wonderful community and the writing support is invaluable. Looking forward to seeing your slices regularly!

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    1. That question/simile sounds like a blog topic.

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  7. Welcome, Brian! Why is it that habits we want to encourage are hard to fall into while greed and general sloth always slip on like a comfortable shoe? This is a wonderful community and the writing support is invaluable. Looking forward to seeing your slices regularly!

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  8. Welcome, I have been off for a few months and am diving in again, stretching my brain and my hand muscles. It is hard to restart, but once you are in the thick of things it seems necessary.

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  9. Hello Brian! I was hoping my gentle nudges wouldn't be seen as annoying! I am thrilled to see your blog post here! You would think it would be easier not to write, but, for me, life makes more sense when I write. After 14 years, I still remember things you wrote during our LIWP summer. Isn't it remarkable how our writing can live in another's mind and heart? So very glad you blogged today!!

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    1. "life makes more sense when I write" And that's why you're an inspiration.

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  10. You have a terrific voice--look forward to hearing more as you shove inertia aside in March. :)

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  11. Yay for you! Welcome to an amazing community! "Wrestling inertia" is something we all struggle with... but remember the other half of Newton's law -- a body in motion tends to stay in motion! Glad you've gotten "moving"! :-)

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  12. You and I share first slice bravery this week - yours inspired by coaxing and quiet snow, mine by fatigue and I really should have been sooner . . .

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    1. No time like the present, be it snow-bound or exhausted or both.

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  13. It was a snow day that set my writing life into motion five years ago, and to my surprise, I'm still writing. Finding that sliver of life to divulge to the world is a challenge but yet become addictive when someone actually reads it and comments. Don't shudder at the thought of March. Just play with it for a few weeks and you will be ready to dive into the pool of words. Welcome!

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