A Reading Life

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School’s in session, but our second week got cut short with a persistent stomach flu.

Though right now I am in the final push of getting Simplified Organization The Course ready to launch, I have set up my book bag and quiet time stack for the September, when quiet time will be reading & creating time.

Spurred on by Charlotte Mason through Brandy, I have decided to keep 5 types of books always in my current reading stack (or, in my case, bag):

Inspired by The Living Page, I keep my favorite ballpoint pen & mechanical pencil (that’s actually my artist-sister’s favorite sketching pencil) in the bag and add commonplace entries long-hand as I go. I am just using a 17-cent spiral notebook, though, to keep the perfection pressure low. Plus, I like purple. And I like spiral bindings that lay flat. And I like college-ruled lines. So, I am resisting the calls of people encouraging nice notebooks and being happy with my cheap choice.

However, I’m still the paperless organization girl, and so I’ve added time in my weekly review on Saturdays to scan or type my favorite quotes from the week into my quotes notebook in Evernote. If the quotes are in Evernote, they are searchable and actually findable and useable in my thinking, writing, and plan-making (I like to write out quotes on my planning sheets).

wednesday with words

I’m also thrilled that Dawn (ladydusk) is going to revive (with Cindy’s blessing) the Wednesday with Words link-up!

So all this conspires to create a blog posting change: Wednesdays I’ll post my current reading stack, a quote from my commonplace, and a shelfie (because those are super fun).

Maybe I’ll be more motivated to finish the books that have been in my stack for months. :) One can always hope.

Around the ‘Net

This week was quiet at Simply Convivial, but I had a 5-day series at Simplified Organization that was fun to write:


The Humming Household Habits series is pretty much a reworking and abridging of GTD for Homemakers, and as I’ve been editing and condensing it for that series, I’ve also turned it into a free 6-part email course you can sign up for! Pam made the awesome graphic for me. If you like the series or GTD for Homemakers, I’d really appreciate it if you’d share Declutter Your Head on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or wherever you share things online.

Next week I’ll be sharing bits from Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done in anticipation of its unveiling on Friday! I’m really excited about it. I might have to stop adding things if I want to get it out there, but the beauty of it being an online course is that I can keep adding things and everyone has access immediately. I think you’re going to love it.


16 Responses

  1. Karen @ Candid Diversions
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    You’ve been busy!

    I’m excited about the new Wednesdays with Words. I like your ideas of what to share each week. I may steal the idea. :)

  2. Kelly
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    “Shelfie.” I like that. Is that random shelf in your house, or your current reading?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Just a random shelf. :) My Dad sometimes posts them, and I think it’s fun.

  3. Lisa A
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    Excited about Wednesdays with Words being revived. I’ve missed that. I just read Cindy’s farewell post today and was thinking of asking of I could continue, but I’m glad to see that Dawn has taken the lead. :)

  4. dawn
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    Mystie, Karen, Lisa … I’m glad you’re all excited about WWW … I know I am looking forward to see the ideas you quote and post and the books you read! I love your book divisions and list, Mystie.

  5. krakovianka
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    Mystie, when I had the privilege of visiting the CM archives in July, I looked for her “commonplace books” on purpose. There was only one, and it is exactly the kind of little cheap notebook you have. (With staples instead of spiral bound, of course.) This was not a life-long companion. If she kept a commonplace book regularly (and we know she was a voracious reader), she must have had dozens of these, no longer available to us. But anyway, if CM can do it, you can too, right?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Ha! Thank you for the validation, Karen. :) There are some quotes or thoughts I’d want to keep for long-term reference (hence, Evernote for me), but for the most part simply the practice of keeping a notebook while I read helps me pay better attention and feel more satisfied in my reading.

  6. Catharina
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    Looking forward to your Wednesday posts!

  7. Brandy Vencel
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    You’re killing me here. I am now debating over whether or not I am using the best pen and mechanical pencil. Especially the pencil. I love my G2 gel pens, but I find myself thinking that you linked to a pen I’ve never used. WHAT IF I AM MISSING OUT??

    I’m having a mini-crisis.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Ha! We are so kindred spirits. :)

      I love the G2, also! But gel pens always end up smearing on me, even that one. I like how black that one writes, though. The RSVP is my favorite ballpoint, and it’s one that doesn’t let out the occasional wads of ink on the page. :) Sometimes they’re pretty cheap with back-to-school sales; they really aren’t very fancy, but I like them.

      • Mystie Winckler
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        Oh, and my sister recommended that pencil because she said she wasn’t a pencil snob. She likes the grip on that one and that it comes with a pack of replaceable erasers. She likes erasers, and drawing pencils don’t have them. :) She also primarily works with oil paints. I don’t know if she reads comments on my blog…maybe we’ll find out. :)

        • Melanie
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          The erasers that come with those Papermate mechanical pencils, along with the ones on Ticonderoga pencils, are the only ones worth using outside of specialty art erasers! =)

        • Brandy Vencel
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          She reads it? ↑↑ is this her? :)

  8. Mystie Winckler
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    That’s her! :) MelanieThompsonArt.com

  9. prairiegirl50
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    I am so happy that Dawn is continuing Wednesdays with Words. I have been doing it on my own on my blog but it is so much better to do it with a community. I hope everyone is feeling better in your world. Oh, and I am doing the category reading as well but I have 6 categories. I am enjoying reading this way. I feel so big when I have finished a book and can move on to another book on the list.

  10. Flora
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    I absolutely LOVE your website. You are a remarkable woman who has greatly influenced me through your well thought out, rich contributions regarding homeschool life. I like how you broke CM’s 4 strands into your 5. I’m just trying to figure out what would be generally considered humanities (since my interests could so easily overlap into the other strands you mentioned and thus I could read 3 different books that really have a similar theme or concept). So, forgive me for sounding ignorant, but what would you classify as your humanities strand? For example, would reading up on all things regarding classical education or the philosophies and practicalities of learning be considered humanities? Just trying not to conveniently overlap. Thanks!!

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