Something Wild


I don’t jump in very often. What I mean is, I think about things for a long time before I do them. Usually. Not this time.

I saw an article floating around social media today, clicked the link, and thought it sounded like fun.

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This small town is full of book shops and one of them is offering people a chance to live in a flat above the bookshop for a week while they learn to run the place. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to have a bookshop, so this appealed to me immediately.

And then I thought maybe I would like to do it someday. Go stay for a week, see what it’s like to sell books, enjoy life in a little harbor town in Scotland. Then I asked myself why not now? I couldn’t come up with a good reason.

Jolene and I have been talking about a possible trip for a while now. I looked at the calendar and estimated the dates I thought we would be there. Flying into London, doing goodness knows what for a week or so, making our way up the country…

So I found the place on AirBnB and requested a week I thought would work.

Then I twiddled my thumbs and got discouraged because of course the dates aren’t available anymore, why would they be, of course this won’t work out, but I really really want it to work out so I’m going to be calm and then an hour later…

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Everyone — I’m going to Wigtown! I’m going to be spending a week in a little town, about the size of the one I grew up in, working at The Open Book. I can hardly believe it. It’s a dream come true!

24 Replies to “Something Wild”

  1. This is amazing! What an incredible adventure you will have. I’m so impressed and envious of your leap of faith to do something so unknown and potentially life changing. Way to go!

  2. This sounds like such an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So glad you jumped at the chance, and that it worked out for you. Looking forward to seeing what transpires!

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