Thursday, March 25, 2021

SOL March 25: Depending on when you met me...

I might have been

            —listening to a baseball game on the radio late at night in the late 1950s;

            —a college dropout living in a commune in Washington, D.C.;

            —riding in a car late at night through Pennsylvania to visit my boyfriend in New York City;

            —a new assistant editor after my boss died, and I was unable to write a rejection letter unless I pretended to be my own secretary (because I didn’t have one);

            —a free-lance part-time copy editor at one of my favorite publications, “The Village Voice”; then full-time staff; then copy chief;

            —a free-lance part-time copy editor at “Publishers Weekly”; then full-time staff; then managing editor;

            —co-founder of the Network of East-West Women, an organization supporting women activists in the newly non-communist countries of Eastern Europe;

            —a member of multiple writing communities, including this one.


(I got this idea from Heidi's Musings, and just what I needed for a late-night post.)


I’m participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers. This is day 10 of the 31-day challenge.  It’s not too late to make space for daily writing in a community that is encouraging, enthusiastic, and eager to read what you have to slice about.  Join in!



  1. Second time I've seen this illuminating format. Yours reads like eight slices of life in one.

  2. Dear Sonia,

    This is the first of its kind for me - seeing the "Depending on When You Met Me" style. I like it! And I must say, you are quite the impressive trendsetter and adventurer. Thank you for what you've added to so many lives - and even in this brief post - my own. #lovedit

    ~Carla Michelle

    1. Thank you, Carla. I hope this format idea spreads. It's a great way for people to see what they have actually accomplished in life, when too often we only remember what we wanted to do and didn't.

  3. You have lived many lifetimes. Impressive!

  4. I've seen several "Depending on When You Met Me" post, this is the one to beat. Nothing like mileage for material. Also good for playing liars poker as an ice-breaker with a class of first year college students.

  5. Thank you for joining my party - ID Required! It has been fun reading about everyone's lives before today. I love reading about your writing experience! Thanks for joining and I will add your post to my round-up!

  6. thank you, Leigh Anne. This is such an encouraging format. I was so glad to see the post Heidi did, because I knew a day would come when I wouldn't know what to slice. And I impress myself when I go through what i've accomplished in my long life.