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When the Same Old Won't Do


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I've been writing and editing for most of my life. When I was eight or nine years old, I wrote a short story called "Jackie, the Pelican." Jackie's cousin came to visit, and they went out on great adventures. Most recently . . . well, that would be this website.


It's getting harder and harder to think of things to write, to make myself sit down to write. In an effort to jump-start my writing efforts, I signed up for an online writing course. My plan isn't working. I still don't feel like writing. I'm submitting pieces I wrote many years ago. That's not fair to either the course or myself. I know that, but it's the best I seem able to do at this point.


Maybe something is trying to tell me that it's time to move on, do something else with my life. That's entirely possible, of course. We can't put all our eggs in one basket, as the old saw goes. And, so, I've signed up to take an online interior design course. I hope I can get my act together for it, because I don't have a stash of old designs ready to submit.


If I have one concern about the course, it is that my likes and dislikes in interior design differ greatly from the younger generation's likes and dislikes. They are the people who most likely will be taking the course with me. They will opt for Bohemian, Farmhouse, and Minimal designs. Not my cup of tea.


My home looks like what the millennials call "my grandmother's house." Well, why wouldn't it? I am a grandmother. But, then, my house looks a lot like my grandmother's house. I always loved her house with its traditional decor. My mother, on the other hand, liked mid-century modern. Maybe this is something that alternates with each generation? Could be.


My instructor offered a quiz to help us determine which design style is right for us. I got "Coastal." Not what I would have chosen, but I do like certain elements of the coastal style. Just don't ask me to frame sea horses and ship wheels and hang them on my walls. My taste for the coastal style doesn't run that deeply. But I do like beaver board walls and lots of windows and wooden floors, and I do have a modest seashell collection.


We'll see. Maybe, just maybe, an interior design course will give me something new to write about.

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