Here I am at 12:09 a.m., commenting on slices, having just posted my “Day 2” slice about 30 minutes ago, and I notice I have a new email. I click on the Outlook icon, and I see that it is the “Day 3” call for slices! Oh my, I think. I’ve just barely gotten in my second slice, and already there’s a call for third slices!
And, this is the moment when I simultaneously think: How will I ever make it through 31 consecutive days of this? AND I could write my third slice now!
So now, it is 12:13 a.m. and this is the moment when I do a little happy dance in my head because, when I wake up in about 6 hours, with about 5 hours of sleep, I will be oddly ahead of the game. Deprived of sleep, but relieved to have my slice checked off my list before I head off to school to slice with my students for Day 3!
It is 12:19 a.m. and this is the moment when I realize that I am writing this slice faster than my second, but that I still write and rewrite, and stare at the words on the screen, for minutes at a time, and so “faster” seems to be a relative term that offers little consolation for the concern I raised at 12:09 a.m. which is, How will I ever make it through 31 consecutive days of this?
Do slicers develop better routines? I’m wondering. Do they get more efficient at writing? What secrets do other slicers know that I have yet to learn?
At 12:24 a.m., I will need to put my questions, and myself, to bed! I will dream of answers…