Sunday, February 12, 2006

VSC Day 8

February 12, 2006

Today I am writing and posting on the same day, so no lag on this post. I continue working hard. I have written around 12,000 words. I just hope some of them are good enough to keep! When I first start writing, it is just getting ideas on paper and it takes a lot of time and revision to get my soul into the work. I had a little breakthrough on that today - finding my raison d'etre for a particular section which had previously felt like a laundry list. With the right framing, it is suddenly much better and gives me hope that it will shape up into some excellent writing eventually.

My goal for VSC centered on quantity, not quality, so I don't want to get carried away and start doing revisions. That is for later. This is my equivalent of "write a novel in November." Yesterday the town of Johnson held a winter carnival. I had planned to attend some of the festivities, but it felt so cold when I walked to the store early in the morning that I gave up that idea and just worked.

Perhaps I'll have a meltdown due to overwork before I leave ... I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

We have been eating well. Perhaps too well. Tonight was my least favorite meal since we got here - baked tofu with roasted fennel bulbs and carrots, sticky purple rice, and a fresh tomato salsa. I didn't eat the tofu; I just don't like it. The sticky purple rice was okay. The fennel was pretty tasty, it was new for me. The highlight of today's meal was the mint chocolate ice cream and frosted brownies! Yum.

I understand that the Crones have been alerted to my blogsite. Hello to all my "Cronies" from Northwest Community UU Church. Also, a big shout out to my friends and colleagues in the Friday Morning Writers Group. Last - but certainly not least - hi to Alix, my longest (and dearest) reader.

I am so happy to have this opportunity to work at the Vermont Studio Center. I feel really privileged.


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