Well, I survived. I am officially back from my first residency in the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College.
What was it like? Amazing. Inspiring.
Who was there? A lively collection of wildly talented people creating characters and stories I want to read about. I found myself in awe at the faculty readings and many of the graduate and student readings too. The lectures were thought-provoking and the discussion in the workshops was definitely a high-level discussion of craft.
How did I hold up? Amid all the readings, lectures and workshops, I didn’t sleep much, I lived without AC, and I found it hard to “shut off” my brain, even to get some Zzzz’s. Am I complaining? Not really. Even though my brain still feels a bit like scrambled eggs, I mainly find myself thinking, “How lucky I am.”
Best. Decision. Ever.
I’ve been paired with an amazing mentor and I absolutely can’t wait to start the semester’s work.
In the excited air of this new beginning, I’ve decided to leave you with some of my favorite “inspire me to write-on” advice from Neil himself in 2013:
P.S. I couldn’t help but including a few pictures of my garden. How excited was I that the blackberries weren’t all gone by the time I got back!?!? They’re still turning (thank you, God).