January and February I focused a lot on reading and settling.
March I focused on generating new material.
April will be a month for revision and rehearsal, as my public reading at Interlochen Arts Academy is Thursday, April 29 at 7:30pm in The Writing House. I’d like to personally invite all local readers to attend, as it’s a great way to see the campus and students and get a feel for what life is like here.
May will involve grading and prepping classes for the Summer Arts Camp.
And with the recent news that I was accepted to Vermont Studio Center—though not given quite enough financial aid—I have declined that offer due to finances, resolved to reapply, and in the meantime will get to spend SEVEN WEEKS IN ALASKA this August and September. That’s going to take some planning, no doubt, and it’s already on my mind.
One more rejection rolled in this week, along with another acceptance—this time from Driftwood—for a short-short I wrote here at Interlochen. It will be published this spring along with 20 other short-shorts that were chosen for this special, themed issue.
I’ve also read a few more books since my last check-in: The Coast of Nowhere by Michael Delp, Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy, and I finished The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and Tabloid Dreams by Robert Olen Butler.
My Afghanistan/teenage narrator short story draft is in the hands of a trusty critiquer, I picked up a freelance novel critique gig today, and I have one essay due for my arts writing. Between those three things and TRACHODON, spring promises to be as busy as ever.