First Workshops

Progress is being made. 🙂

This morning I designed a card for my first offerings. Because I’ve been writing Postcards to Voters since the fall of 2017, and because I like designing my own postcards, I’ve become quite adept with Avery.com and I’ve always got a stash of postcard stock handy. This is what I came up with:

I offered Word for Writers through my town’s library back before Covid, and it went pretty well. Plus I’m always explaining to other writers how Track Changes or some other Word feature works, so even though I’m nowhere close to a Word power user, I’m sure I can do this. (I’m currently taking Allen Wyatt’s online course on Beginning Macros. Maybe when I complete that, I can call myself a Word semi-power user.)

Letters to the Editor — well, I’ve written quite a few in my time, and back when I worked for the Martha’s Vineyard Times I copyedited most of them. The Times publishes most of the letters it receives, and as you might guess, the caliber of the writing varies. My claim to fame was that I generally managed to edit the letters in a way that the writers didn’t realize I’d changed anything. More recently, I’ve been to a couple of online workshops for activists on how to write good letters to the editor (which in activist-speak are known as LTEs). They were pretty useful.

I’m offering two options for each, and who knows whether anyone will show up. I’m thinking of this go-round as dress rehearsals so there’ll be no charge. In future, I’m thinking $20 a pop sounds pretty reasonable.


At last report, I wasn’t expecting the sofa bed I’d ordered to arrive till the middle of the month. Pleasant surprise: it arrived this past Monday morning. I’m very pleased with it. The Wayfair website had said that some assembly was required, which worried me a bit, but the only assembly required was screwing the stubby little legs into the base of the sofa. The bed part unfolds easily.

I’ve also acquired a wastebasket, a wall clock, and a card table (which will only be set up when needed). This is what the room looks like now:

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