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Slice of Life 23: Thanks to…

Last weekend at the PAWLP seminar, our keynote speaker, poet and author Janet Wong was generous enough to give away some books to the attendees. My book? Austin Kleon’s The Steal Like an Artist Journal.

I love Austin Kleon’s other two books, his original Steal Like an Artist and then Show Your Work. His work on creativity, and nurturing the creative spirit, are more important now than ever. I paged through Kleon’s journal when I got home, considering which prompt I might use for my slice today.

While there were many to choose from, I decided that what I needed most today in my writing—and really, in my life right now—is a little bit of gratitude.  So here’s what Kleon’s prompt looks like in the journal, and below that is what I’ve got:

Thanks to my mom,
Who taught me math shortcuts in my head whenever we went shopping.

Thanks to my dad,
Who taught me to feed the squirrels in our backyard.

Thanks to my brother,
Who taught me that you can play with G.I.Joe and Tranformers and Barbies, all in one scene.

Thanks to my husband,
Who taught me that you can have too many favorite boy bands.

And thanks to my boys,
Who demand of me, every day, the best version of myself.

slice of lifeThis post is part of the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers, who have created a space for writers and teachers of writers to come together. To learn more about this challenge, click here.


  1. I love this format! I might just be trying it out myself. I think it would be a great one to use in class as well. It is very non-threatening.


  2. This is a wonderfully generative format. I love Kleon’s books too and often copy a page from the journal to share with the juniors and seniors in my capstone course as a daily warm-up. I’m especially fond of the Tip Jar Wars page, but they often seem to like the more meaningful pages better.


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