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Miscellanous Update

Last night's Memoir Writing class went really well. We were able to move into a different room, so we could all sit around one table, rather than all side-by-side in rows. Instructor Marc thinks that's better for workshopping, and he's right. It's nice to be able to see who's talking about your work, rather than just hearing a random voice. It's nice to be able to talk to the person who's writing is being workshopped rather than just speak into the air.

For the in-class assignment, I wrote about the slide I had as a kid. While I liked the brief (one page or so) piece I wrote, I will probably revise it and make it longer. I still have to go over everyone's comments and my own notes, but I think it might turn out to be a really nice piece. Funny. I always knew I loved that slide, but I didn't realize just how much until I started writing about it.

The longer memoir I brought in for workshopping next week is about David and I renting our beach-front apartment in Lincoln City, OR. I was a bit rushed at the end, and I'm sure there will be a lot of comments on that next week. Honestly, I'm not sure I really want to write about that at all. I mean, I do, but at the same time, I think I'd rather focus on something else, like my childhood in Pasco or Cle Elum. Then again, the LC piece could be really good - it starts out happy and optimistic and ends tragically. There's no real resolution, but there really wasn't any resolution for me for many years. It's still not completely resolved. Maybe that's why I should write it; maybe I'll find some resolution.

*Sigh* I don't really want to think about that. Not today, anyway. So, on to happier things: the Atascadero flea market is tomorrow afternoon. The Weather Guessers keep saying there's a chance of rain, but I don't buy it. Sure it's a bit overcast and cool, but I really don't think we'll get any rain. Even if we do, it won't be enough to deter us from attending the flea market.

The past few years, mom and I have found some pretty cool stuff at the flea market: a metal coffee maker we use to melt wax for candlemaking, some wooden blockes we painted and stamped so they spell out "Merry Christmas", a 12" Revere copper-bottom skillet with a lid, and a clip-on hair piece that totally matches my hair colour, and completely fooled my family when I wore it this past Easter.

We really don't have anything we're specifically looking for this year, but we like to look at all the neat crap people have. You never know when you're going to find something really, really cool!

And finally, I would like to personally thank Jace at BlogHosts for helping me with my site! I had managed to completely screw it up, and he fixed it for me in a matter of minutes. Or, at least I'm guessing it was a matter of minutes. I don't know. Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you, Jace! You rock! I promise I'll never again mess with any permissions or codes or anything I don't understand!