Friday, June 08, 2012

Day 8: I know you were hoping for more pictures of those damn mountains. I don't disappoint.

I can't help myself. I know when I'm home and I don't have this view anymore I'm going to miss it. Today I was up with the sun, so of course I had to wander out on my lawn in my jammies to snap a few pictures. Luckily, nobody was really out at 5:00 AM.

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Not quite as nice as the sunrise on the hills by the windmills when I came in December. But still not too shabby.

Today was, as I said, completely full. I had a graduate lecture on setting I wanted to attend, lectures by visiting, big time famous "it" authors, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Stephen Dau. I have to say, people shouldn't be allowed to be as talented and charming and fun to listen to as Ms. Bergman is. Not only was her lecture wonderful--on strange beauty--but she was a delight when I sat down with her one on one in the afternoon. She inscribed a copy of her book that I purchased in the morning. I couldn't be happier to support such a wonderful person.

After lunch (salmon and some version of the same salad we've been having for four days), I had fiction workshop again. I love the class I'm with this time. Funny people. Time goes by quite quickly. After workshop I spent a lot of time running around--I had my meeting with Ms. Bergman and then I remembered I left my power cord in the suite where we had class.

I'm starting to get sad that this thing is almost over. Just like last time, there's a complete range of emotions  during this residency. It seems to be quicker overall, I think because the social aspect is so much easier. I am around so many people who are all encouraging each other to grow and to do well. It helps that I know most of their names and faces now.

I am really excited about one thing, though. E, Henry, and Addie are all coming tomorrow morning. I have to be up with the sun again so I can drive out to the airport to pick them up in the early early. I can't wait for them to be here and to meet some of the people who have made this such a great experience.

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