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

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. 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.)

    • 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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!

    • 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!!

  8. 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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