The dress I was planning to wear today fit a week ago, and is a little tight today. I think three days of delicious cooking and three days of sitting in comfy chairs talking about writing may be having an effect. Maybe I should stop heaping my plate with seconds, or at least go for a walk in between crit sessions. 🙂 Pictured below — gnocchi in a mushroom-onion cream sauce with blue cheese.
In other news, the worskshop continues delightful and productive.
There is an extremely affectionate cat here. If I could guarantee that a cat we got would be quite this prone to curling up in laps and being petted, I would be very tempted to get a cat again. Kevin thinks Ellie might not take well to one, though. Hmm….
Finished Tempest‘s first-50 crit; now, I think, cake. I love how many garden phlox there are here; I have some, but clearly, I need more. I would like a path swallowed up in phlox. And Craig and Sam wandering down it.
So far today, I’ve had my first-50-pages critiqued by the group (they mostly really liked it, yay!, though there’s a few things I can do to hopefully make it even better), critiqued Eric’s first-50, gone for a walk, and stuffed myself with Valya‘s tamales. So full. Kind of want to nap, but we’ll be starting another round of critiques shortly, so I’d better go make tea instead. Luckily, they have PG Tips on hand. 🙂
At the Wyrd Words novel workshop, and it’s going swimmingly. I arrived last night at this splendid house, to find Valya Dudycz Lupescu and Stephen Segalhad everything all ready for us. I was joining workshoppers Sam J. Miller, K Tempest Bradford, Scott Woods, Craig L. Gidney, and Eric San Juan. On arrival, Valya served us a delicious chili, followed by birthday cake for me (so sweet!) and cheesecake. We just spent time getting to know each other last night, preparatory to four days of intensive workshopping. That’s the room I’m sleeping in; very comfy and lovely.
This is a terribly fuzzy photo, but I wanted to note that it was super-fun watching the Shatner documentary, _Chaos on the Bridge_, about the making of the first three years of Next Gen, which were apparently super-dysfunctional. It’s a neat little film; if you’re a Trekkie, I recommend seeking it out. Melinda M. Snodgrass introduced the show, and I have to say, it added something special to have her sitting behind us and making snarky comments disagreeing with many of the people in the documentary. I had NO IDEA.