Hi and welcome to Slice of Life Sunday. I started my first blog, Cricket’s Hearth, in January of 2008 after much coaxing from a very dear friend, greatfullivin of the Gratitude Journal (who is also the designer of Slice of Life Sunday header -thank you Mo!). Like many who begin a blog, I did not have a clear focus. I just started writing. Within a few weeks of visiting other blogs and leaving comments, and participating in several memes, I soon learned I enjoyed writing about things that happened in my life. And what was even more exciting, readers expressed enjoyment of reading the slices of my life. I also discovered I liked reading short stories about real life experiences that other bloggers posted on their sites. I have laughed and I have cried reading these real slices of life of everyday people like me. I now have a clear vision of what I want to accomplish and have created Slice of Life Sunday.
I am a mid-50’s mother of two and grandmother of five who has a lifetime of memories to share. I am devoting this meme to helping myself and others, like you, look at moments in our lifes: the good, the bad and even the ugly. My hope is that while we enjoy remembering the good times, we will be able to gleen what we can from the bad moments and then put them to rest. I believe the slices of our lives are similar to ingredients in a recipe. One ingredient of a recipe rarely makes a tasty dish. It takes a proper balance of ingredients to get the desired result. In the same vein, one slice of our life does not constitute our entire life, unless we allow it to consume our life. If we allow ourself the opportunity to look at all the slices and place them in perspective, we will surely see “. . .all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
I have both a short term and a long term goal for A Slice of Life Sunday. In the short term, I hope to collect slices of real life experiences from people just like you. As different as each of our lives have been, we also share common threads of events that happen in everyone’s life. I will provide three “life events” each Sunday for you to choose from to write a personal experience account. Do not think you have to be “a writer” to participate. All I am searching for is honesty, not fiction, but a real experience from your life . . . a slice of your life.
My long term goal is to take some or all of the Slices of Life Sunday submissions and have them published. I am still playing with the final format of the book, but every writer will be given recognition and payment for their contribution. If one or more of your life experiences are used in the book, you will receive advance notice so you may choose to have your blog name or a real name posted with each of your submissions. You may want to remain somewhat anonymous by using your blog name for some entires and your real name for others (only blog names will be used on the Slice of Life Sunday blog).
Each person submitting a life event entry to Slice of Life Sunday that is selected to be further published in my book, A Slice of Life, will receive payment for their writings. This payment is based upon sharing fifty percent of the contracted price I receive from a publisher with all writers of entires selected to be in my book. Now don’t think you are going to get rich and retire from this possible book deal. A very basic example is: Contracted Book Deal is $50,000.00. I will take half or $25,000.00 and divide it between the slices of life entries published in the book. Let’s say there are 1000 slices of life entries in the book. Each slice will receive $25.00. If ten of these entries were slices from your life, you would receive $250.00. Knowing human nature, I realize some of my readers may be thinking, “Geez, only $25.00 (although it could be more) for a slice of my life?!?” I just ask that you consider how much you have been paid for participating in other weekly writing meme’s. I myself have received only the joy of writing. Obviously any amount I do pay is subject to the total number of entries used in the final book, the amount of the book contract deal, and most importantly, that I get a book contract deal in the first place!