SO yesterday was fun.  I got up early and went to breakfast at a cool little coffee shop down the street from campus and came back and did workshop. I was not read that day but had fun reading everyone else’s stuff.  The workshops are really positive here–there’s no raking over the coals because we concentrate on what worked in the pieces first and only if the author invites criticism do we offer that.  So they’re very gentle and affirming mostly.  I won’t be read today either at workshop–my turn is tomorrow.  I will be reading a work out loud tonight at a reading, but it noncontroversial stuff I think.  (We wiil see!),

Then we had a seminar on drawing up a book proposal/query to  a publisher.  That mostly applies to nonfiction like what I write but the techniques  can spill over into a agent query as well, so everyone got something out of it, I think.  It was a good talk.  I took copious notes so I can do a better job on the seminar paper tthis time around.

Well, I offered to drive people to the coffeehouse this morning so I need to get ready to go.  I will let you all know how the reading went tomorrow and go over the rest of the activities.  I’m having some high energy–I am waking up at si without an alarm and I am not dragging around like I do at home.  Maybe it’s just being in a different environment.

Here’s to a wonderful Sunday for everyone and a good beginning to your week!



Late Night Posting

So today was an incredibly busy day of driving, getting settled, working in class, and eating out.  So I will post early tomorrow morning on my activities today.  I need to get my room together.  Hope everyone else had a productive day!

May 25–I meant ot post earlier before I left but I wound up not having that much time before I trucked out. Had a great drive up, almost no traffic until I got almost to Columbus.  I settled in at Harvey’s with some colleagues and we had a good lunch as always.  Came to campus fairly quickly and couldn’t get into the dorm–no one was here to let us check in.

So after we cleared up that snafu, I got to  my room and the tub was grotty–looked like someone had put potting soil in the drain and let it sit.  I couldn’t get it out so asked to switch rooms.  I had to go to workshop at 2 so I had to hurry through my notes to everyone then run over to the workshop.

They workshopped some of my poems and that went well. We went over other packets and got out just in time to run to the next meeting at 4 for orientation. But it was a really productive session and I enjoyed everybody’s readings.

After the orientation was over I moved into my new room and then went to the restaurant where we ate dinner, Mexican. It was all right, not great.

So today we have workshop, lunch, seminar, dinner, then free time afterwards. Tomorrow we start readings at night–I signed up for the first night as usual so we  see what happens.

Well, I am going in search of breakfast and will talk back tomorrow morning about today! Hope everyone is having a good weekend and wish me well as I go through this writing journey this next week.


Getting Things Done

So today is a day of getting things done before I leave.  I need to do Bob’s laundry so he will have his work clothes for at least another week.  Probably will get to do them again as soon as I get back along with mine from the trip.  But that’s okay.  I’ve done my youngest one’s laundry too although it is still sitting in the laundry room waiting for her to get it and put it away.

I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and picked up a few things for the trip so that was good.  I need to get meds refilled today and make sure I have enough to go through the trip.

I don’t think I’m forgetting anything.  I just hope the room has been cleaned up before the last resident left.  I’m not taking cleaning stuff with me except maybe a box of Clorox wipes for countertops and the fridge if it needs it.  So I need to get that out soon.

I am just hoping I don’t have an episode of some kind being away from Bob. I don’t travel without him for that very reason,  I do have it set up where I can see someone at the counseling center in case something does start–we set that up the very first residency I went to.  And if I really flip out, mom and dad are close enough to come and help me get home.  But I’m not expecting anything.  I’ve been on an even keel for a while now and should stay that way.

So let’s go get started on the last of it.  Hope everyone has a good day.

Early Wakeup

GOt up early to see my oldest off on her trip back to Florida.  Then went back to bed once Bob left.  SO I’ve not had much of a morning.  Yesterday went well–my oldest saw Bob’s parents for a good while and got her birthday presents from them.

I’m doing my laundry today to get ready to go to residency.  I have almost everything packed; just some last-minute stuff I need  to get for the trip.  I will probably go to Wal-Mart today to get that stuff.  I need to start reading for the residency as well since almost every body has signed up their works already.  I’ll still be blogging through it since I will have my computer with me–probably early in the morning since we don’t have class until 10 a.m.

Today is basically my youngest one’s last day of school–she doesn’t have an exam tomorrow so may stay home.  We will see how that goes.  We have church tonight so we’ll be there tonight as well.  Last day as a middle schooler–next year she goes to the high school. Big changes coming.

I feel pretty good today except for having needed the extra sleep.  I will miss my oldest but plan to stay busy today to counteract that.  Guess I will run and start doing everything that needs doing.  Everyone have a blessed day!




Tying Up Loose Ends

My oldest had a good visit with her grandparents yesterday while she is here.  SHe is off to see her other set this morning and then we will spend the afternoon pulling out the last of the things she wants to carry back to her new place and packing them into her car.

I am sleepy this morning. But otherwise I feel good. I have had fun visiting with my oldest and helping her get everything together.  I am still on my diet and am down about 15 pounds so far.  I hope I keep making progress there even while I am gone on my class trip.

I have a lot of stuff together for the trip but need to soon go to Wal-Mart and pick up a few things to make sure I have what all I need.  I am trying to figure out breakfast and what to carry if anything.  I may just eat in the cafeteria and do the best I can with the choices I have.  We will see.

I need to start reading for my class–the work that others have written that we will go over in workshops.  I will likely do that tomorrow after my oldest heads out.  She will get up early to go so I cannot be lazy at that point–I will just have to get up to see her off.  THe key thing will be to not drop into a depression when she leaves.  I plan to stay busy tomorrow to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far.  Happy Tuesday!



She’s Home

So my oldest is home from Disney World for a short visit.  She is busy figuring out what she wants to take back to her new apartment now that she has more space.  I am finishing breakfast and we will run to the grocery store in a bit.  My parents are coming down to see her for lunch and visiting this afternoon so that will be nice.

We had a busy weekend–out youngest had her dance recital Saturday so that was a little hectic.  But it’s good to have out of the way. It went well and my youngest performed beautifully.  My middle one got to come–it was the first dance recital she has ever been to as a spectator instead of a performer. So she said that was fun.

I  am happy to have had them home for a while even if they weren’t all three here at one time.  I am looking forward to spending time with the oldest and all.  Mentally I’m in a  good place right now–no hypomania or depression  on the horizon. I have a post coming up at on May 22 so you can pop over to take a look at that when the time comes.

I guess I will sign off and go help the oldest.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week.

Summer Project

I have come up with a summer writing project!  A few years ago, I bought the grandmothers some little books to fill out for their grandchildren about their life, how they grew up, etc.  I also bought three for me to fill up about myself for my kids.  So this summer I am going to work my way through filling one out for each child.  I think it’s going to be a great use of my time, and I can give them for Christmas if I finish them.  I’m looking  forward to it!

Today though I do some cleaning up around the house before I start on that. I/m waiting on Candy and Christy to get here to get started.  So we will see how that goes.

I set myself a challenge yesterday to come up with ten MORE stories to do on mental health for the possible job opening I have had come up.  ANd I did! SO we will see what happens on that front.  I guess there’s no shortage of ideas once you get serious about it.  I sure hope it comes through.

My residency class opened up on Canvas so I went ahead and sent my packets in and signed up for workshop times. I have Paulette Boudreaux as my workshop leader!  SO I am excited about that.  Hopefully everyone will play nice that week and we will work on our writing while being kind to each other.

WEll, I suppose that’s enough excitement for one post.  My oldest comes home Sunday night and we are looking forward to seeing her for the first time in a year. Love to all and hope you have a great weekend!