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Making Decisions

Day 95

I am trying to get back to some semblance of a routine. I’m looking forward to the future and all the things I am excited about.

Moving Forward

Becoming Mrs. Lewis
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We should be doing chores, but my mental capacity at this point is craving some soothing. Instead, I decided to blog early and then decide how I hope to spend the day.

Earlier today I signed up for an online book club. We live rather remotely and getting out to a book club meeting is not always feasible, especially if the weather is unpredictable. This book club meets online once a month and I think it would be a good way to read books that I may not otherwise choose for myself.

One of my co-bloggers mentioned a used bookstore in Asheville which I would love to go visit today if I can coax hubby into it. The atmosphere sounds peaceful and divine and the idea of perusing used books appeals to me today.

About My Writing

I am anxious to finish my online class with Margaret Atwood. I have learned a lot and have earmarked a couple of her books I want to read. I watched a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale but listening to her talk about her writing, I think I would like to read the book and see if I can pick up on the nuances.

I also found a three-day writer’s workshop to be held at a local college in July. It is intriguing but I wonder if I am ready to undertake such a thing. I might not hesitate except for the steep price for the three days. So, to you readers who are also writers yourself, drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts about writing workshops. I would love to read what you have to say.


This week should be rather cold here and there are early predictions of 3-5 inches of snow this weekend. It might be time to plan a few hearty warm soups and casseroles to go along with a few books on my reading list. I have selected the book I want to start reading tonight so I will be updating my Goodreads account later on this afternoon.

Moving on…

“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want–you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don’t know. I’ve forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn’t matter, so long as you move.” 
Ayn Rand



9 thoughts on “Making Decisions”

  1. I love the idea of an online book club, although I’ve not heard of such groups before. There are lots of great used book places in Asheville, as you know. Captain’s Bookshelf and the Battery Park Book Exchange are the distinctive ones, along with Downtown News, and there’s Mr. K’s out towards Fairview.

    I barely managed a post today before our championship football game started — I had spent too much time trying to access it back at the house without success, so we’re at a sports bar during halftime at 10:15. Ugh.

    I’m a fan, but hubbie would have been really dissapointed not to see the game live on TV. So,….we’re here.

    I’m not sure I’d sign up for a 3-day writing workshop myself. I think a day is about all that we really can do as adult learners as a “learning” format. If it’s a retreat, with lots of varied and experiential exercises, maybe, but NOT conventional “instruction.” I feel quite strongly about that as someone who worked with informal adult education for decades. We are not meant as humans to sit and listen to folks tell us stuff all day long.

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    1. Your hubbie must have been excited to see Clemson win! I am so excited to get to all the used book places — so much character there. We have a great place here, but it’s only open on Saturday but the collection of books is impressive. I appreciate your feedback on the workshop. I will go back and look for the details. Three days is a long time.

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      1. I was excited with the Clemson win, too —Dabo runs a great program with an amazing positive culture for his players. Minimal issues, great academics, supportive culture — and you’ll appreciate his faith-based approach — it definitely seems to work.

        My football fan story is an interesting one (I was a student at UT Austin in their glory days of football, but never watched a game, nor did I in graduate school), so needless to say, I’ve only been a fan of our college teams, and college football in working at the places (first Georgia Southern, which was a Cinderella story at the time we were there, and where I learned the game, and was small enough that Tim knew the coaches from the locker room and we had players in our classes….). and now following Clemson, not as cozy an environment, big-time for sure, but under Dabo, magic.

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  2. Thank you, Lisa! I will check it out. I need to decide which group I want to join, but this sounds intriguing.


  3. I co-tutor on a three day creative writing course in Scotland and we ensure there are plenty of writing exercises in the mix (with the reassurance to participants that when writing ‘on the spot’ we are not expecting perfection). Each day is divided into two sessions on various aspects of writing but we leave the last session blank so the participants can ask for any specific topic we haven’t covered. And we have one evening when we do one-to-one sessions with anyone who wants feedback on work or has questions. We’ve had several returnees so we must be doing something right. You should be able t find out a bit about what the course involves before you sign up and part with your money! Our participants have said they feel exhausted but inspired by the end of the course.

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    1. Mary, how divine that sounds! If only there was room in my budget for international travel. Who knows, though? Stranger things have happened. 💕 Thank you for the comment.


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