Jan. 12th, 2009

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Home! Home! I'm home!

That was one hairy ride. Getting out of Maine was difficult. Actually, getting up the hill out of the hotel was difficult. I was slip-sliding all over the place. It's not all the snow, per se; it's that my lightweight little car can't get any traction, so driving in snow is pretty close to just floating randomly all over the place until I run up against something heavier. Very scary! But south of Maine, the snow gradually became less of a problem. Then it was just the typical I-95 antics. For eight hours.

The semester and the residency were great. I finished my third-semester nonfiction thesis, I had two workshops with Jim Kelly (Kelly Link didn't make it up this time), and I read a lot of terrific fiction, including a good bit of fun speculative stuff. I learned a lot. I went to the usual bunch of amazing classes, and listened to the usual terrific readings. I ate a lot and slept not nearly enough, and made new friends and was sad to see old friends graduate. 

My fourth semester will be with Jim again. My creative thesis will be a collection (two novelettes and three short stories), and I'll be doing a presentation on exposition in July (entitled "As You Know, Bob..."). Hopefully, I'll also crank out another half dozen stories (I try to maintain a regular writing and submission schedule in addition to what I'm doing for the master's program. Which is why my posting has gone down the tubes lately.)

It's been a terrific experience, and I'm glad to have met the people I've met, but I'm so ready to be done!

For all my Stonecoast buddies, I hope your travel home was safe and smooth.

June 2009


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