Monday, June 04, 2012
What's Going On?
It's June. Yesterday it was April, I turned two score and ten, and summer seemed interminably far away. Four more days and my kiddos are free.
With most of my students gone for the summer, work has puddled into a slower routine. Life has, too. For the first time in eleven years, I have *real* weekends, ones not marked by mandatory church appearances. The silver lining in Henry losing his job is the extra day.
Other than the line of T'storms and tornados that blew through Friday night, the weather this past weekend was as perfect as it gets. I got in some serious hammock time both afternoons. Kind of healing to watch clouds sputter by, open up and then contract around the sun.
Reading a lot--UP FROM THE BLUE by Susan Henderson. LONE SURVIVOR by Marcus Luttrell. GILEAD by Marilyn Robinson. THE GREAT GATSBY by Fitzgerald. Short stories by Dubus and Hempel and Lydia Davis.
Tomorrow begins class #3 in my progression towards my MA in Creative Writing. This class focuses on setting, the role it plays in story and how it interacts with characters (and vice versa). We have a book a week to read--fiction and non-fiction--and I'm kind of excited. I like the structure the program provides; I need it.
Writing-wise, I'm putzing around with a few shorts and poems that need fixing. I feel lazy, not in the mood to submit. I feel lazy about working on my *big* stuff. Finishing up revision two of THE HUNTER numbed me, made it difficult for me to get my mojo back. The case always when I finish up a chunk of a big project.
I have another crit group, online. Some amazing poets and fiction writers, very blessed and honored to be invited to work with them. A couple of stories coming out soon, a contest I hope to submit to, or not. The hammock beckons more than the desk these halcyon days.
What's going on with you?