On another workshop

Goodness!  I seem to be doing a lot of these things lately.  But that’s what one does if one wants to become competent in a certain field, isn’t it?  Train, train, and train some more.

This time round I’m doing an advanced workshop in clinical pastoral counselling.  For the practical component we’re working in a hospital with intensive care and terminal patients, which is daunting to say the least.  I’m writing this over the weekend, and by the time you’re reading this I’m already more than halfway with the workshop, so hope with me that I’m still holding up okay.  These things tend to be emotionally draining.

I’m pretty sure by now I just can’t wait for tomorrow so I can get back to my wife and my home, though the thought of navigating the Easter weekend traffic in the most densely populated hundred-and-fifty kilometres of South Africa is already giving me a headache as I write this post.

Oh, well.  At least there’s nothing planned for the long weekend.  I probably need to try to catch up with my writing for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m so far behind now…I think I’ll try again in June.  And there’s my actual studies also still crying out for some attention.  It just never ends, does it?

Song Title Challenge #43: Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

It’s time for this week’s Song Title Challenge.

To take part, write a short piece of fiction, about 300 words, using the song title as your story title but without listening to the song.  You can pick your own genre or use the one suggested to me.  Leave a link to your post in the comments section.  You’re also welcome to comment on my attempt which appears below.

If you would like to suggest a song title for a future post, you can do so from the challenge page.  You can also leave a suggestion on the Facebook page.

Thanks to bumblepuppies for this week’s very tame suggestion (compared to past titles) of Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day (not that I’m complaining – I think Green Day makes some pretty decent music and am very thankful to have a band that I’ve heard of before for a change).  The genre is Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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KokkieH Reviews The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carré

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold book cover

Alec Leamas is tired. It’s the 1960s, he’s been out in the cold for years, spying in Berlin for his British masters, and has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last – but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas’ mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done. - Online book description

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Song Title Challenge #42: There is a good reason these tables are numbered Honey. You just haven’t thought of it yet. – Panic! At the Disco

It’s time for this week’s Song Title Challenge.

To take part, write a short piece of fiction, about 300 words, using the song title as your story title but without listening to the song.  You can pick your own genre or use the one suggested to me.  Leave a link to your post in the comments section.  You’re also welcome to comment on my attempt which appears below.

If you would like to suggest a song title for a future post, you can do so from the challenge page.  You can also leave a suggestion on the Facebook page.

The wife seems to have taken a page from bumblepuppies’s book by looking up the strangest song title she could find online.  Her suggestion?  There is a good reason these tables are numbered Honey. You just haven’t thought of it yet. by Panic! At the Disco (frankly, I think the band’s name would make a much more interesting story).  The genre is Crime/Mystery.

There is a good reason these tables are numbered Honey. You just haven’t thought of it yet.

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On the series finale OR the nine-year April Fool’s joke that got us all

If you have no clue what the title of this post refers to, you’re probably one of those weird people who don’t watch television.  The rest of you will probably all have experience the emotional roller-coaster that was the final episode of How I Met Your Mother.

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Coming up…

I feel like I have to apologise for yesterday’s post as it seems to have upset some people.  On the one hand I want to point out that I did prominently mention the date and used the word “fool”, twice, besides the last sentence completely contradicting everything preceding it.  On the other hand I’m genuinely touched that the idea of me quitting this blog is distressing to some of you.  Made my day, it did.

At least I can assure you my being back is not an April Fool’s joke.  The few weeks’ break was good, but I’m quite ready to get back into the swing of things.

Speaking of April Fool’s, the best one I saw yesterday was the announcement that G.R.R. Martin will be publishing only one copy of The Winds of Winter in an attempt to truly make Westeros real for us.  Then there’s also the series finale of How I Met Your Mother that many wish was an April Fool’s joke (and in a way it was, but more about that on Friday).

In the coming weeks you can expect several reviews, some new song title challenges (once you wonderful people send me some new suggestions), and some thoughts about misleading exercise equipment.  Curious?  Good.  That’s right where I want you :-)