For the past month (July 24 – August 24, 2017), I’ve been in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY. Mostly, I’ve been writing. Sometimes, I’ve been taking photos. My time in residence at this beautiful artists’ & writers’ colony came to a close this past Thursday, but I feel like I’ve taken a bit of Saltonstall home to Brooklyn with me. Here are a few photo collages / an attempt to capture my time in Ithaca.
I’m writing tonight from Savidge Library at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where the leaves are turning to fire and the turkeys roam free.
During my month-long residency, I am revising a novel and working on a group of poems. I knew my time at MacDowell would be special, but it’s hard to fully capture the magic of this place in a few words and pictures. I honestly feel like the luckiest writer in the world.
It hasn’t been hard to tap into the creative energy buzzing all around this place. Thank you, MacDowell. Looking forward to the rest of my stay.
I just got home from spending two weeks as a writer in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE. More residency, puh-leez! I got a lot done out in Nebraska, and I had an amazing time hanging out and sharing work with the other writers & artists who were in residence while I was out there.
I got a lot accomplished in NE. Here are the writing highlights:
Worked on my novel-in-progress every day. Guess what: when you have 12 days in a row with no day job concerns and minimal freelancing, you can get a lot done! All told, I almost doubled the length of my draft while in NE and made some good revision progress on early chapters, too. Go me!
Started a new poetry thing! Yup, a non-specific “poetry thing,” because I’m not sure where it’s headed yet, but I have a few poems and a few more ideas toward it now, which is very exciting.
And here’s a bit of the rest.
Nebraska by the Numbers:
In 12 days, I
wrote 23,600 words
wrote 4 poems
read 5-ish books
ate 3 enchiladas with a billionaire benefactor
witnessed 2 dinos creeping across some family’s roof
witnessed 1 (different) roof catch on fire
watched 21 episodes of Pretty Little Liars
took 4 long walks around town and photo-documented my exploration
ate only 1 box of Annie’s (pats self on back)
ate 1 entire jar of pickled jalapeños (pats self on back)