Things I Should Turn into Lists: Slice of Life #sol21 30/31

  • photos of Chipotle that should be a meme
  • flowering trees in Detroit (in the order they bloom)
  • books I bought in March
  • books I bought during the pandemic
  • books I had every intention of reading but instead of reading I bought more books
  • things to remember about March
  • things to remember about today
  • ten poems I discovered since August
  • buttery, chocolatey things I wish I could still eat
  • weird things I wish I could find in a thrift store
  • photos I thought about taking
  • things I wish I had more of
  • things I wish I had less of

Today’s slice came to me by a circuitous path. I was looking for a collection of slicing ideas since I’m bored with all the ideas I’ve collected and didn’t feel like writing about any of them. I was aimlessly searching and not finding what I wanted, when I suddenly remembered Michelle Nero’s excellent Slicing Pinterest board. The very first pin shared Terje’s lists inspired by hula seventy, a post from May 2019, which sent me to hula seventy’s blog, apparently for the second time. Though I don’t remember her project of 365 lists at all, I absolutely love it all over again.






21 responses to “Things I Should Turn into Lists: Slice of Life #sol21 30/31”

  1. Cathy M Avatar

    I love a good list! This one made me chuckle. I especially loved your, “books I had every intention of reading but instead of reading I bought more books.” Oh my goodness, I have that list too!!! When writing is hard, I find listing a great way to discover ideas. I see several nuggets here.

    A little over a year ago, I bought a bullet journal with dotted pages and use it strictly to make lists. Sometimes something comes to me and I just want to list it out. This journal has been a fun deviation from my regular writing notebook. Lists: one of life’s little pleasures.

    Thanks for sharing! (And yeah to Michele. She’s so thoughtful in the way she organizes lists in Pinterest.)

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Another thing I meant to write about this month is my bullet journal, which I just started using this year–and exclusively to make lists! I also write a lot of lists in my writer’s notebook. I find them so generative as well as a quick way of capturing my thinking.

  2. Terje Avatar

    Without reading your post first, I was on the list thought line myself. I like your idea of lists of lists to write. The items on your list make me curious. especially the ten poems. My list today is about the things I didn’t write this month even thought they were on my original list when I planned for the SOLSC.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ooh, I love the idea of a list of things I didn’t write this month. I have 2 different lists going of things I didn’t write but meant to! Tomorrow’s post maybe??

  3. Trina Avatar

    Lists are the best! My list today might be what I still want to do during Spring Break

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I realized that today I’m halfway through spring break! I need to think about what I want to do and do it!!

  4. TammyB Avatar

    A list of lists!

  5. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    This is a fun slice. Everyone loves a list, and as Tammy B notes, this is a list of lists! I’m very interested in your list of weird things you want to find in a thrift store.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You know what’s number one!! Embroidered dog portraits!!!!

  6. arjeha Avatar

    A list of thing to write a list about – love it. Definite cats have to be at the top of the list.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I tried to limit myself to just one cat entry, because you know I could come up with several cat-themed lists to write!

  7. jarhartz Avatar

    Lists of lists to do. Such a perfect combination. The need for lists must be our desire to keep up with all that we are exposed to, and then forget.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, that makes sense. I know that my brain also thrives on unexpected juxtapositions and lists so often provide that.

  8. Melanie White Avatar

    I am mercilessly teased by my family for my many lists so this was reassuring to read this post and realize that I’m not alone! And this one: “books I had every intention of reading but instead of reading I bought more books” – made me feel seen 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So many of those books! And I have an online cart filled with more right now!

  9. Lainie Levin Avatar
    Lainie Levin

    Lists. They have such a way of sneaking poetry into our lives, don’t they? And yes, I am a hopeless lister. Lists have taken over my blog in all kinds of forms and fashions. All of which is to say, your post really resonated with me today. Thank you.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! This is one of the reasons I love lists so: they can be these little poems, no pressure to be Poetry with a capital P because it’s just a list, and yet…. how often they turn poetic.

  10. Amanda Potts Avatar

    There’s a slicing pinterest board?! How did I not know about this? Fear not: I just followed it. And I love your list of lists. And I’m definitely on board for Chipotle memes. I almost wrote about Tippy again tonight, but instead I wrote a list – perhaps you and I are on far too similar of a wavelength!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Some cats provide so much writing material. I was petting Smudge yesterday as I was writing and feeling a little bit bad because I’ve never written about him, but as I tried to imagine a Smudge post, I could think of literally nothing to say. He’s a lovely cat but somehow not generative for me as a writer! And I’m delighted to know I have a list to read when I make it over to your blog later today!!

  11. karpenglish Avatar

    Your list is so fascinating! I want to read all the book lists and write some of my own. My favorite (after the cats!) entry on your list was “books I had every intention of reading but instead of reading I bought more books.” That’s one of my very favorite activities!

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