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Blogging has taken this connection to a new level -- now, I can share my connections with the writer and my readers can leave their thoughts and feelings for me! Nowhere is this more true than the Slice of Life community. After reading the same people's snippets of life week after week and engaging in dialogue with them about our writing and our lives, I really do know them. (Husband makes fun of me for talking about you all like you're really my friends. However, I know you are!) Actually, due to the power of writing, I'm sure I know some "slicers" much better than many of the people I see every day in "real life".
This past weekend at the Dublin Literacy Conference, I was fortunate enough to turn a blogging connection into "real-life". I got to meet the incredible Ruth Ayres in person! Not only that, but I got to learn from her firsthand at two breakout sessions. This was a huge deal, since she's basically my blogging hero. I wouldn't even have a blog if I hadn't been inspired by Two Writing Teachers last summer! Moreover, I have grown so much as a writer and teacher due to the Slice of Life community.
One of the highlights of my day was when Ruth asked during one of the sessions if anybody had participated in Slices of Life. When I spoke up, she asked about my blog and said she remembered it, right in front of everyone! Knowing there would be an autograph session at lunch, I had printed out the green SOLS logo at home. I was a little embarrassed to ask Ruth to sign it instead of her book, but she liked it!
|As soon as I get a frame, it's going up on the wall of our computer room to inspire me on those hard days!|