Saturday, February 26, 2011


Snowed in today.

I'm looking out the window down the snowy dirt road. The trees are all blanketed in snow, their branches sagging from its weight. I can just make out the brook, tiny specks of water visible in the mass of snow and ice. The bird-feeder is covered in snow. The sun is reflecting off the snow, creating a strange sense of brightness.

Jealous of my setting?

Might as well do some writing...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Grind

Not too much to report.

I received the response for my first big packet submission to VCFA, and the comments were great. Very thorough. I have done some things really well, and I have a great deal to continue working on.

Now I'm just plugging away at more reading and writing. It's a fun process to be completely immersed in all this.

Friday, February 18, 2011


I'm also skating again tomorrow. I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment.

Respect for Matt Christopher again

In her lecture at the winter residency, Jane Kurtz (one of my faculty members at VCFA) explained to the audience that the notion of surprise and originality needs to be considered from the perspective of the reader.

She said that while adults, especially writing students and faculty and those in the publishing world, will think that an idea is too “predictable,” a young reader may find that idea to be completely fresh and relatable to his or her own experiences.

Sports author Matt Christopher does an exceptional job of creating stories that are entertaining, but also have a clear, easy to relate to problem that the protagonist must go through in order to grow as a character.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Packet One

I just submitted my first big assignment for VCFA. All in all, about 50 pages worth of stuff: a letter, an autobiography, an annotated bibliography of all the books I've read, two essays, a picture book draft, and an excerpt from a middle grade novel. Wow, it doesn't look like much when it's written in one sentence like that, but I've really been busting my butt.

Off to do more reading. The next packet is less than a month away!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I finally got my computer back today from those wonderful people at Apple. Now I have to get down to business and finalize my first packet assignment that is due on Tuesday. Typey, type, type...

On a different note, what is going on with the boys in black and gold? Are the Big Bad Bruins back?

Monday, February 7, 2011


Jesse and I are spending a couple of nights in Montreal. We love this city. It always makes you feel a little Euro, which is nice.

Last night, we walked around, checked out a few shops and went out to dinner. The people working at every place we entered greeted us not only with a "bonjour," but with complete French phrases. They thought we were locals! This is huge. It's never happened to us before, and we were proud to fit in.

Heading to the old port for some crepes this morning. Yum.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Okay, I admit it. I'm a fraud. I spent a couple posts talking about how I hadn't been skating and all that, and now I've gone and broken my promise again. I played in a pick-up game this morning with a group of guys I used to play with. It was great. I had tons of fun, and I actually played pretty well, too.

Went to the Norwich-Middlebury game last night. 4-4 tie.

Now it's off to watch Norwich-Williams. This is a tough one. The school I played for against the players I coached just last year. I guess I'm rooting for Norwich, but I hope it's close.

Friday, February 4, 2011


I'm at the library today.

I was nervous walking in because some lady has been sitting in my favorite seat lately. I know the seat is open to anyone, but I've always been very particular about having one place to sit. My classmates at the residency even caught on and gave me a bit of a hard time. I guess I sat in the same seat for nearly every lecture. Anyway, this particular lady is in the same room at the lib looking at me right now. She wants this seat! HA! The way I see it, it's all about the simple things in life. If a little seat is going to make my day, then yay for me.

I have included a picture of my 2nd favorite seat to the left. Yes, it's a big gray hand from the kids section. I've been sitting in it reading Matt Christopher books. One of the librarians has been staring at me like I have nine heads.

In unrelated news, a friend has turned me on to a French Canadian band called Le Vent du Nord (The Wind of the North). Awesome fiddle and beat. I don't understand a lot of the words, but they're so good it doesn't matter. Ta-Ta for now.

Thursday, February 3, 2011



I'm not sure what it is, but I'm really stuggling coming up with new writing right now. Maybe it's a little bit of fear. My writing is not just for me now. It's headed to a great writer as an assignment. That's stressful.

I was looking through my residency notes and I found a great quote from faculty member Coe Booth:

"Don't fight it, just write it."

So, I'm going to use that as my motivation moving forward today. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Crazy Day

Drove to Boston in a snowstorm with Jesse to get her Passport. It should take <3hrs to get there. It took 4 on the way there and 6 on the way back. Yes, 6! I also forgot how crazy Mass. drivers are. After today, I won't soon forget again.

My computer is busted and in the shop. It was eating chargers. I'm freaking out because I have so much on there that I need in order to finish my school assignments. I have important stuff backed up, but I guess I took things like bookmarked research sites and saved internet history for granted.

Now I can't sleep. Ugh.