Monday, June 04, 2012

Residency Day 4: Wherein I recuperate and reassess my recreational choices.

So. This morning we remembered why drinking an entire bottle of wine by oneself is (though it may seem fun at the time) an activity best avoided if one wants to... oh, let's say, function properly the next day. And though it may make you courageous and awesome (in your own mind or otherwise), the cost far exceeds the benefit.

Simple economics lesson from writing camp, folks. Cost-benefit analysis.

It's not really awful that I drank myself silly, here. I didn't leave the property. I had a fun time. But this morning was kind of a waste because of it. I can't sleep in anymore, even if I want to. Which I did, and my body promptly awoke at 5:30 AM. So today was just a lot of waiting to feel better. But let me back the bus up and write about the stuff I was too loopy for last night:

Yesterday morning I attended two lectures, the first from Steve Almond (hilarious!) on the topic of self-publishing. The second was from Electric Literature's editor-in-chief, Andy Hunter. Each was inspiring, enlightening, and useful in terms of specific information about getting writing out into the world.

Workshop yesterday was cross-genre (like a minor), and it was my first ever poetry workshop. It went really well. In poetry workshops we get to discuss a much wider variety of work just because it's short. So we workshopped a poem I wrote last month, Yummus. It's about (duh!) hummus. I'll post it soon. I didn't die, which is my threshold for workshop success.

Last night went about how you'd imagine it.

This morning I had already planned not to go to either lecture, so the aftermath of my fun-tastic shenanigans the night before didn't keep me from anything other than a good mood. I spent the morning doing some laundry in my bathtub (yeah I did), napping, laying by the pool, and napping again until the headache was gone. Lord, have mercy. I made strict plans NOT to drink tonight.

By lunch all was well again and workshop today was hilarious. We had some interesting threads coiled running through our discussion today. I am lucky to be a part of such supportive but also funny workshop groups. I had dinner with fiction peeps from last quarter, and then attended an interview of Geoff Dyer (big time, famous author) by David Ulin (big time, famous LA Times writer and faculty member). Ten kinds of awesome.

Tomorrow I get to hear Jillian Lauren (author of Some Girls: My Life In A Harem) speak, and I have my first one-on-one sit down for the week with her as well.

I'm exhausted. Again. In a good way.

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  1. lovely blog. Do you want to follow each other darling? XoXo

  2. oooh I wish we had workshops like that here. I could really use a few pointers. I've been to a workshop before but it was so boring and it was really mentally draining. Hehehe. Great pictures by the way.

  3. I can't wait to hear about your sit down with Jillian Lauren. That book was ten kinds of crazy, and she seems pretty awesome.
    I'm following these residency posts religiously and living vicariously through your fun. :)