We celebrated with certificates, pizza, cake, and a mutual sense of accomplishment and completion.
My favorite part was seeing so many smiling faces. I wondered if these young writers had any idea just how challenging this experience really was. For me, I had days where I could hardly find the time and energy to post a simple acrostic poem. The Slice of Life is difficult. Year two was more difficult than year one. Coming up with fresh ideas, publishing on time, and commenting on other posts coupled with all of my day-to-day responsibilities left me feeling like the challenge was too much for me to accomplish. Despite wanting to give up, I never did. I pushed through. I'm glad I did it, and I am looking forward to doing it again next year. I truly think this is something I'll continue to do for as long as I am a member of Katy Collins' writing community. I had so hoped to be insightful and inspiring, but I really just barely got by. I don't think I made any groundbreaking posts, or stirred the emotions of any young writers. However, I did complete the task. I'm an adult, I have an established work ethic, and I follow through with my commitments. To see so many young writers do the same, knowing they are just beginning to develop the aforementioned characteristics, is truly inspiring. I hope they one day look back on this experience and realize the tenacity it took to accomplish this goal, and feel the pride for themselves that I feel for them today. It is their accomplishment that motivates me to accept this challenge every year. I'm so proud of them, and I hope every student feels the way Haven felt: