I read the first of my students' packets yesterday evening; this morning, I've just finished the first student response letter and sent it off. I wasn't sure how that would go, but it was actually fun; one of the nice parts of this program is that you get to look at a lot of a student's work and really talk to them about what they're trying to do. In many ways, this feels more like the interactions I had with Katie, my advisor, as I was working on the dissertation project, than the typical first year fiction workshop classroom. Fascinating.
It's tempting to just keep going, but my fingers are getting sore, and I do want to do some revising of my own work today. So a break for an hour or two, for lunch and reading (finishing up the Alice Munro, gorgeous as always), exercise and groceries -- then revision, hopefully. Back to the student packets tomorrow; the plan is to do one a day this week.