"I want MORE next time!"

Hearing that from a perfect stranger…I’d call it a successful first reading.

On Friday, Nicole picked me up from work and we headed down to CT. We stopped in to see my mom and freshen up then headed on down to New Haven for a little impromptu MFA reading.

First off, it was great to see everyone (including my summer residency roomie!). Living in Rhode Island and missing most of the FUMFA get-togethers, I forget that I belong to a whole community of writers. It was wild to see how very different each of our readings were, how each of our brains process and produce.

Since my stuff is super raw at this point, I wanted to keep it short; I don’t think my reading was more than five minutes long. But it was a section of my book that I love dearly, and it was nice to have some feedback on it. A total shot in the arm.

With everything that’s happened this month, though, writing new stuff has not come easily. I need to get my third packet in the mail so I can start my fourth, and I still have a long way to go. On top of that, there’s financial aid stuff to do, and our save-the-dates. It’s going to be a busy week, but if I can get it all done by Friday I know I’ll feel a lot better. Wish me luck.

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