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Last Class 4-06-22

Last night was the last in the Creative Writing Masterclass at church and it was the best one yet!

My answer to Linda G Hill’s prompt for One-Liner Wednesday

This was two hours before class.

First, we had a guest speaker who is very experienced in writing memoirs because he has already written his own. Just to get to hear some of what he has written was a real treat! He is such a gifted writer!

“I want to read your novel because I’m sure you’ve written one!”

That’s what I told him (Rob) when he was done with his readings and our lesson for the day.

So now we know the difference between memoir vs autobiography, and we know how to write a memoir based on our memories and perceptions of just when we know Christ was in our life. For me, it wasn’t a particular day, I looked back on my life experiences and wrote how God had put me in all the right places and situations. I thought after rewriting it three times, surely I had it wrong, but they enjoyed it…but the teachers didn’t hear it, so I still don’t know if it was “correct” or if ALL memoir is correct because it’s your perceptions and memories of how things occurred.

But Rob was so eloquent and so detailed in all his writing about one small situation or two, I wished I was the family he was leaving it to so I could read the entire thing. He knows how to show-not-tell and that is what I still struggle with. I am not the most flowery writer, yet I know I have it in me somewhere, I just need to listen to feedback from other people and take their advice. That is what I enjoyed about this class. The fact that I got so hyped up and excited after every class made me feel like I’d found my people!! That is what has been missing, trying to do it alone. We all need fellowship, feedback, and of course, instruction. Tips and tricks of the trade.

We had to write a few small vignettes like our first kiss, our favorite vacation, and the night before our weddings. We heard some really cute and funny stories.

As we were leaving, I was invited to come back for Bible Study this morning and I went and it was nice. It’s a pretty large group, and they are studying the book “The Will of God.” The discussion got very philosophical. Plus, I’m meeting more and more members of my church and that is a great thing!

Now I’m wanting to join the choir if Dave doesn’t care, and they said they really need me because I’m an alto and they are very short on those. 😉

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WOD Challenge 3-18-22 Balter Like Elaine

Any other Seinfeld fans in the house?

Photo credit: Tenor

As soon as I saw the meaning of today’s Word of the Day- Balter, all I could picture was Elaine in that famous scene where she is dancing to an Earth, Wind, and Fire song, and now every time I hear that song, that is all that comes to mind.

Have you ever danced with careless abandon, like no one is watching? Jay-lyn I’m talking to you, 🤣😂

Similar dance move 🤣

Seriously though, I used to be like that. So much so, that I did the high kicks and everything, thinking everyone was as into watching me as I was having the time of my life while doing it. It wasn’t until I went to a club one night with my brother that I was told I looked like a fool. I didn’t care! I definitely didn’t look like Elaine, but I DID have my own signature moves, and when I was in the service, guys always wanted to dance with me.

Maybe it was cool at the time, or maybe I was the butt of a secret joke, either way, I didn’t let it change me or the way I danced. Plenty of guys wanted pictures with me after seeing me dance, and I still have them. They don’t look like they are making fun of me as far as I can see.

To balter is to “dance clumsily with no particular skill but usually with enjoyment.” Well, I certainly enjoyed myself back then but I thought I had skills and still do. But isn’t enjoyment the bottom line, the real reason we dance to begin with? I like to think so. I sure embarrassed the heck out of my brother, though, and that kinda makes me laugh to this day.

Changing gears and speaking of my brother, yesterday, he invited me to come to his house for lunch and we ate and had a good talk…some more grief therapy for me-and maybe him-too. Then, we got into a sort of biblical conversation and as we were talking, he told me about a very cool app called Verse by Verse Ministry that you can download from the app store that “teaches you God’s word, clearly and boldly in it’s proper historical and theological context, and for the purposes God has ordained: to persuade the unbeliever of the truth of the Gospel.” I am a believer by the way, but it’s good to study the Scripture in any case.

I started on it today with the current chapter and verse, which was Mark Chapter 2:18-22. I don’t know if I want to keep going with that or dive into Revelation, but the beauty is, you can start where you want to. It’s free, and let me tell you, it breaks each scripture down to the point where anyone patient enough to get through each lesson will come away knowing more than they ever thought they would! My lesson today was around an hour long, and I really enjoyed it. I did it while I was doing my Diamond Art instead of watching something on Hulu…certainly a more wholesome choice! (not that watching Hulu is bad)

I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the Word of God or just wants a spiritual experience to check into it. I have read the Bible, but not this way. This is studying the Bible, there’s a difference! I’m so glad my brother shared it with me, therefore, I’m excited to share it with you.

Have a spectacular weekend everyone! May you be blessed by the grace of God.

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