Today I Stop at Three 27/31 #sol23

At least temporarily. I need to write my own slice, and I’ve had an idea in mind since I read Ramona’s Will I Be Able to Stop at Three?

My answer to Ramona’s question has always been no. I can’t stop at just three comments! Not when there are nearly 200 slices to read each day.

But today, I stop at three. I need to write my own slice and figure out my day.

I’m still thinking about Alice’s non road trip and wondering where I would go. A bookstore and a hike sounds perfect to me as well. It’s my spring break. My road trip of the imagination could easily become reality today.

With a visit to a bookstore on my mind, I can’t help clicking on Leslie’s Bookstore slice to read about her bookstore trip with her son. I’m trying to guess what that 1200-page book might be–and what 500-page title he selected instead. I’m also curious about a classroom where a teacher includes a 1200-page book on a list of possibilities for a class project!

I end with Amy’s 5-4-3-2-1 post, a format I always enjoy. Amy finds surprising beauty and depth in this format. I say one line of her gratitudes out loud just to enjoy her poetic phrasing: “Long mornings of still silence while the house sleeps peacefully.” Her gratitude for sunshine reminds me of the weather forecast for the next two weeks: cloudy forever with barely a glimmer of sun. And I’m grateful again for yesterday’s sunshine and blue skies and glad I got outside for a walk.

I glance at the time. I still haven’t decided what to do with my day. I’ll just comment on a few more slices as I figure it out.


Today’s post was inspired by Ramona’s Will I Be Able to Stop at Three?.






24 responses to “Today I Stop at Three 27/31 #sol23”

  1. aggiekesler Avatar

    I can never stop at three either!!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s impossible! Even when I have a busy day and HAVE to stop at 3, I always circle back the next day and visit a few dozen blogs to catch up!

      1. aggiekesler Avatar

        I’m the same!

  2. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    I can totally relate. It’s hard to stop at three.
    Love your commentary on each writer!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I definitely have reader FOMO if I try to stop at 3. There are simply too many great writers to read!

  3. Anita Ferreri Avatar
    Anita Ferreri

    This year, because I am semi retired and because I needed writing inspiration, I decided to set my goal at 10 comments a day. Here’s the funny thing I have found. The more you read and comment, the more you crave! It’s just like writing, the more you do the more you can do!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I find that to be so true too! I can easily spend a couple of hours on the weekend just reading and commenting on slices. It’s so easy to get drawn into thinking “just one more!”

  4. arjeha Avatar

    One of the great things about this challenge and reading so many different slices is that there is so much inspiration out there. When stuck for a topic or format there is sure to be something inspiring that someone has already posted. No, I can’t stop at just three either.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! This is my selfish reason for reading so many slices. It’s great for my own writing inspiration. I always have far more ideas for slices than I have days in March because I collect topics and formats from others all month long.

  5. Suzanne Avatar

    Brilliant! In pondering and reflecting on three posts you send your readers off to read three more! You must be a teacher! Hahaha! I love the way you incorporated smart commenting into a slice that was so enjoyable to read!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      There are so many great blogs to visit, we can’t possibly get to them all! I loved how Ramona highlighted three posts I might have missed and sent me to visiting those writers too.

  6. edifiedlistener Avatar

    Such a thoughtful response to the initial question which speaks very much to the spirit of community that makes this challenge unique. Thank you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Whenever I’m short on ideas, I can always count on this writing community to provide inspiration!

  7. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Nope. I can never stop at three. And now I plan to go read the three you linked to!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s just what I did when I read Ramona’s post too–had to go read the slices she linked to!

  8. Trina Avatar

    I seldom stop at three either! I hope that you enjoyed your first day on spring break!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It was a perfect first day of spring break! (Bookstores, coffee shop, road trip!)

  9. EugeniaKouts Avatar

    I read a lot more than I comment on. My goal next year is to comment on every single slice I read, but I’m worried that I won’t get to read as many as I do now.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I read more than I comment on too. Sometimes I run out of commenting steam but not reading steam, so I’ll read a few more.

  10. Celia Fisher Avatar

    Sometimes I wish everyone would write just one sentence slices and then I could get through a few more!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This comment had me laughing out loud! I used to write much longer slices, but my attention span has dwindled to nothing these days. I’m always happy to find a short slice to read and comment on because yes, then I can get through a few more!

  11. Ramona Avatar

    Thanks for using my format. It was fun to hold myself to just three comments (at least for a bit). I spend a lot of time commenting. When I went to Amy’s post, I found I had already been there.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I am definitely not used to holding myself to three, at least not most days. Like you, I spend a lot of time commenting. I think I slice mostly just to get to the commenting part!

  12. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Nope! Love how you walked us through your thoughts, dipping and diving into some awesome linked slices.

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