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Home Safe!

Made it home safely this morning.  It was kind of a dicey drive-I got really sleepy on the way but no traffic so I made it fine.  I guess I didn’t sleep as good as I thought I did.  TUrned in my keys and whatnot and got it all taken care of before I left.

Now I am waiting for Bob and my youngest to get back home from church.  They should be coming in soon.  I already have laundry going so that is a good thing.  The house doesn’t look trashed so I am counting that as good.

So I still have assignments for class–I have to write two essays–one about the workshop and what I learned and another about the seminars.  I looked at the essays I wrote for last time I did this and that has helped.  I think I will have a lot to say this time around that I didn’t last time-I felt a lot better about the seminars this time than I did last time.  So that helps.

Well. Bob and she should  be on their way home.  Hope everyone has a great Sunday and a great week next week.  I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule until we go to the Carolinas on the 13th.

 

 

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Last Day

Today we wind up the meetings etc. of our residency.  We have a final meal together after the last seminar I beleive so that should be fun.  I don’t have workshop this morning since I came in early and we met on Friday afternoon when the others did not.  SO I may go out and get breakfast and eat leisurely this morning.  Not sure yet.

I always enjoy coming here.  I’ll come back in the fall barring something going wrong this summer. I am kind of sad that the end is here but I will be glad to get home snd around familiar things again.  I just hope I don’t fall back into my usual patterns and try to sleep all day.

I so hope the nonprofit I want to work for  gets the grant at some point this summer.  i’d love to start work on this stuff as soon as possible.   I think I am well enough to take on a long project and will see how it goes.

I go home to a week full of appointments–I have somewhere to go every morning of the week–good thing that my youngest is going to be at VBS helping out with the kids.  She always enjoys that.  Then we vacay then we’re home and we vacay again then back home and then band camp starts far too soon.  THe summer is going to be really short but hopefully packed full of fun.

And I am looking forward to staying stable through it all. I’m going to get breakfast.  Hope everyone has a good day and weekend!

 

Social Scene

So the others have developed a routine of going to Harvey’s for a happy hour immediately following our afternoon seminars but before the nighttime readings.   I feel uncomfortable  because almost everyone goes and I feel left out.  In my more paranoid moments, I wonder if they talk about me and the fact that I don’t drink.  Even the others who are on psychotropics go and drink.  I just don’t get it.

One guy who lives in Columbus invited everyone over to his house last night for a party celebrating the almost-end of residency and his passing his thesis defense, I guess.  I went but only stayed an hour.  I have never been around so much alcohol.  I left when one of the matrons in our program was nearing being drunk enough that she kept touching my shoulder for support.

Otherwise I have socialized well.  We meet up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the cafeteria or at different restaurants.   I seem to get along with everyone so that makes me feel good.  Some I have been around  more than others, so that is just the way that is.  I like to think I’ve made friends. We will see.

Residency is almost over.  We have today and tomorrow, and I will head back Sunday morning.  I’ve enjoyed myself but will be glad to get back home.  I hope I will take away some of the habits I’ve learned here about writing and keep them going.  I hope I can wake up on time and not have to sleep during the day.  I hope I can stay happy.  I plan to take my daughter out more instead of both of us holing up in the house all summer.  Grand plans, I know.  But maybe I can stick to them.

 

Tiny LIttle Breakdown

I had a tiny little breakdown yesterday during workshop.  One girl turned in some deeply nostalgic pieces about growing up with her grandmother, and I got to thinking about my own grandparents and I was just overwhelmed not so much with grief, but with a sense of missing them.

I got up and went out and sat in the empty student lounge and just bawled out loud, crying.  SO that was s but much.  I had a crying fit at the last residency I went to–during Tammie’s thesis reading about her son dying.  I hope it doesn’t become a pattern.

Otherwise things are still going well–we’re having good workshops with our group–I’m up for workshop today with my latest piece I’ve written.  I’m really interested to see everyone’s reactions to it.

WEll, I need to go to get breakfast so I will be settled in for class.  Hopefully today with go well with no hiccups.  Day by day, I have to keep reminding myself.  Take it day by day.

 

Mentoring

Part of our work here at residency has been meeting with faculty about our writing and what is going on with it. During workshops I  have gotten fantastic feedback from my workshop leader, Paulette Boudreaux–she lives in California but grew up in Mississippi and is involved with the graduate program here as a fiction instructor.  She has published a novel that got a lot of attention a couple of years ago.
I got to meet with her for an hour yesterday afternoon to talk about what I can do to get that last little edge that is missing from my writing.  I was so honored to have her time because she was so straight with me about what was missing from my writing that could really help me with audiences, publishers, etc.
I told her that I knew a lot of times my narrators seemed to be a disembodied voice in the void  just talking to himself/herself.  She said I needed to get into the interiors with my characters and give a physicality to their feelings.  Show the reader what the narrator is feeling rather than tell them.  SO now I know what to do when I’m revising my thesis and my fiction.  We will see how it goes.
Everything thing else is going well as well.  I’m up for workshop for the last time tomorrow.  We get a break Saturday since we met early on last Friday; I will use the time to pack my car so I can go home early SUnday.
I guess I will get ready and go to breakfast.  I am staving.

Waking Up

I woke up on time but didn’t get up immediately so now I am a little bit under the gun.  Had a wonderful workshop of my short story yesterday; my workshop leader made a wonderful suggestion to my story to amp up  the impact of the climax and  i’m certainly going to do it and soon.  SO that made for a very successful day.

Talked to Bob and made sure everything is right on the homefront.  They had a lazy Memorial Day so that was good.  He said they were holding up well so I am glad.

We didn’t have readings last night since it was Memorial Day so no excitement there.  We start them over again tonight.  One guy I am really nervous about hearing read.  His stuff si way out there, I hear.  But it’s only a five minute reading, so–we will see.

I think I am going to run eat breakfast now.  Hope everyone has a good start to their week.  Happy Tuesday!

 

 

The Reading

So I signed up to be the first reader at the public event last night.  I always do that so I  can set the tone for the evening.  🙂  I read “Above My Raising” which is my angry piece about watching a Hallmark movie with my inlaws.  So people were laughing at the beginning but stopped about halfway through.  I was surprised by their laughter.  I didn’t think the piece was funny at all.  I almost felt like they were making light of my anger?  Which is never a good feeling.  But I am trying to be chill with it and not let it bother me.  Most of the people there were there for the thesis reader, Thomas, who lives here in Columbus and maybe didn’t know what to expect from me.  So.

Otherwise everything is going smooth as silk.  No one is being a diva about any of their work (except me above) so that is making things very nice.  I am having fun talking to people about writerly things.  It’s like a class reunion with everyone you liked in your senior class.  We don’t see each other in their program since it’s so online except when we get together for the residencies.

I get a fiction piece workshopped this morning so I am looking forward to that.  I am trying to decide if I want to go to Cracker Barrell for breakfast or not.  if so I need to be getting dressed for that.  So I will run and see what is going on with that.