Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Rez: Day 5

This morning I was actually up with the sun, and as I opened the curtains I caught sight of the sunrise reflected on the hills to the west of Palm Springs.  The mountains were glowing red, so I grabbed my camera and stood out on the chilly balcony to try to capture it.

I suppose this is the kind of thing people file under reasons Palm Springs is kind of gorgeous.  I'll give 'em this one.  It was breathtaking.

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Just to illustrate how different it looked, here's the same two shots taken at about 5:00 PM, right after the sun drops behind the mountain.  Still pretty, but completely different.

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Today has been so busy, though, I haven't really had time to take pictures.  This morning I made it to breakfast (yay) and then I had two lectures before lunch.  The first was a close read of the first chapter of Winter's Bone, the second was about gimmicks, tips and tricks (or writing prompts and constraints) to generate writing ideas.  Both were fabulously engaging.  Oh, and I had a sit-down with the creator and editor of Hobart, an indie lit journal, in between the two classes.  All of that before lunch.

After lunch I had nonfiction workshop, which went really well after we could finally get started.  One of the guys in my class had a major allergic reaction to fish so I had to run back to my room to get him some Benadryl.  Always the teacher/mom.  Poor guy.  He's doing okay now, but he didn't look good for a while--hives and such.  Since he ended up leaving we workshopped the two pieces for today in a very small group but we had great conversation.  My nonfiction group is a little more informal and relaxed, which is a nice contrast to my fiction group.

I have yet to workshop either of my two pieces yet (I'm not up until Thursday and Friday) but a few of my classmates mentioned to me today that they'd read my pieces, which was honestly just nice to hear.  I'm nervous about being the focus of attention, but at this point I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.  I really respect everyone in both of my classes, and it seems like there's an earnest intent to make the pieces under examination better rather than to tear them apart.

I haven't decided what to do with myself for the rest of the evening.  There's a poetry talk that I'm not sure I'm going to go to and then after that there's an informal student reading at about 9:30, which I'd love to go to but I am about 99% sure I'll be asleep by then.  I think it's going to be another night where I put on my cozy pants and snuggle into this ridiculously huge King size bed with my book and/or laptop.  Speaking of snuggling in and getting cozy, last night I finally (well, not finally since it was only on the night before, but I felt like I was behind...) watched Sunday night's Boardwalk Empire.  Holy Oedipal overtones, Batman!

Anyway.

Still happy to be learning, learning, learning.  Being here is humbling and confidence-building at the same time.

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