Wednesday, November 29, 2006

You think it's funny, but it's snot

Recovering, finally, from a yucky cold. It is mind-boggling how much mucus one human body can produce. And that's all I'll say about that.

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This is good.

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Need a cat? I stumbled across this gorgeous boy who is currently at Rescue Farm in south-central Indiana. He looks almost EXACTLY like my Honey Bear. I've seen cats who looked kinda like Bear before, but this guy could be his twin. He's a bit smaller, but then he's only 8 months old and probably has some growing to do. (He's already a big boy though -- look at the size of those paws!) If his personality is as much like Bear's as his appearance is, he is perfect. Sure hope he finds a really good home.

Why I look at shelter websites when I am not looking for a cat, I don't know. I like to torment myself, I guess.

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Working up a proposal for an Individual Artist Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission. I don't want to jinx it by describing what I have in mind, and it's terribly competitive (more so this year than ever before as they're giving larger, but fewer, grants). Suffice it to say that should they decide to award me a grant, I'm going to be one very busy -- but very happy -- poet between July 2007 and June 2008.

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I think I'm going to try to go back out to Provincetown for another summer workshop next year. Anyone want to join me? I'll let y'all know when I know who's teaching what, but it's a safe bet that there will be at least five workshops I would love to do....

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You know what I love? I love when y'all blog about what you do on retreats and at colonies and suchlike. Also I like reading about the putting together of manuscripts. I am fascinated by how writers go about approaching projects, I guess. I am fascinated by the writing process in general. Sometimes I like thinking about the process more than I like actually engaging in it. That's not so good, huh?

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Word that's making me giggle for no reason lately: iterative.

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Odd Things Recently Seen, Automotive Dept:
  • A Prius with Republican bumper stickers
  • A big old SUV with an environmental license plate
  • A burned-out Hummer by the side of the road. It looked like an engine fire or something; we saw the fire trucks and the tow truck and waited in traffic until we were able to pass, and we never saw any ambulance, so one assumes nobody was injured. The whole engine compartment was burned up and the front seats were pretty thoroughly torched -- very impressive!
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Quote o'the day:

"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."
--Peter Golkin


Anonymous said...

I miss Bloomington and riding my bike to the library.

I love both the writing process and the effect the process has on the rest of my life. I'm knee-deep in a fiction project and my house looks like it was ransacked by crazed vandals. I'm not sure what will happen when I have all the chapters assembled: either the roof will blow off or we'll be living in perfect Martha Stewart order. Could go either way.

Unknown said...

I really want to take a memoir workshop in P-town this summer and maybe also a weekend poetry workshop. I think you get a deal if you do both. Or I may do memoir one week and poetry the next. Just have to see how my finances are. If IU has one I really, really like I may do that instead. I wishe they'd put up the schedules a little earlier. I need like 9 months to plan for these things. LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking about taking a workshop at the FAWC this summer too. They send out early registration forms with the classes and teachers listed sans the course description. It gives you a chance to get a jump before the classes fill up. (And to get an apartment if needed.)

Since you've taken classes there before, you'll probably get this early registration privilege. I usually receive it in the end of December.

I'll let you know when I get mine if you let me know when you get yours! :)

Anne Haines said...

Garbo - if only ANYTHING about the writing process nudged me in a Martha Stewart direction! Alas, my house is a pit whether I am writing or not. Heh.

Jenni - cool! Keep me posted. At least last year, FAWC didn't give a discount for a week + weekend, but if you do a second week-long workshop, you do get a bit of a deal. I think you'd have fun. :)

William - yep, I got the early-registration stuff last year, and actually called up Dorothy at FAWC and made her read me a couple of the full descriptions so I could make a decision. :) As I recall, I got it about a week before Christmas. I'm already watching my p.o. box like a hawk! I really want to stay on-site again... loved doing that this past summer. I'll keep you posted!