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Jun. 15th, 2013 | 09:09 pm

I am in a dorm room on a small Ohio campus with beautiful Gothic architecture. I am spending the next week at a writing workshop - class every day starting tomorrow, 8:30-noon, lunch, free time (I hear there will be homework - the focus of the retreat is generating new work), and evening readings.

I realize I have not mentioned this at all--partly because I don't write a lot of purely personal journal here, but also because it has been a Big Week.

In short--last weekend I ran this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADVqHfUK7is&feature=em-share_video_user

 - my first busker festival as Artistic Director and not as a performer. It went great. Also, you can tell which performer the cameraman has a big crush on :)

Then I flew to Las Vegas and helped with a big move, which went pretty well until THE FUCKING CONDO COMPLEX TOWED OUR GODDAMN RENTED TRUCK. I mean, this is not an apartment full of tenants, this is a condo full of owners. I cannot imagine anyone being pro-towing-of-moving-trucks-full-of-belongings, WITH a note on the dash with our unit number. No knock on the door, no call, no warning. It cost SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS to get it back, on top of it taking five hours to drive across town, wait for the truck, and get it back. (We beat the tow truck to the impound yard). My only theory is that the condo manager who refused to meet with us has a payoff deal with the towing company. Why else would a security company hired by owners tow an owner's vehicle?

So I flew back to Detroit on the redeye and drove directly to writing camp, enjoying the backwoods (backfields?) route through rural Ohio. I stopped at a farmers' market. I looked at barns with an eye to maybe one day buying and converting a barn into a house (note to self: must live somewhere more liberal than rural Ohio). I set up my dorm room (first step - move the furniture!), had a nap, had group dinner and explored the campus a bit.

I am insanely tired, which is good, as I stayed on Eastern time in Vegas, which meant waking up between 3 and 6, as I'd like to be getting up at 6 here to exercise and eat breakfast without rushing, before going to class. Also, I am not super happy with my body right now, and have parked my car in the visitor lot and will be walking everywhere this week. Thank goodness they put me on the third floor in a no-elevator building.

Tomorrow is class. I am not sure whether I want to be best in class for the sake of my ego or not best in class for the sake of learning more. Either way, I'm hoping for an ass-kicking. After getting an MFA in 2005 and not doing a lot with it, I've been teaching myself/practicing-writing-in-a-focused-way for about eighteen months now, and it's time to up my game.

So that's what's up.

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annaline

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from: annaline_39
date: Jun. 16th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
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The small pocket of semi rural Ohio I live in would welcome you with open arms. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
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And Yellow Springs is pretty awesome, too :)

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 16th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
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Have fun! :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Jun. 18th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome!

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
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Do you know the hooper's name? She looks really familiar...

Also, I'm pleased to see how many flow toys/fire spinners were at the festival! That looks like ridiculously good fun. :) I was about to ask what you do for busking, and then I realized it's kinda obvious.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
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Lisa Lottie, and she's awesome! From the Netherlands, based in London and Australia. I'm working with her a lot this summer, actually!

This one is my show:

www.angelsintheair.com

I start performing in two weeks and am not really in shape for my costume...augh....

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
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YES THAT'S IT, I know of her but I haven't actually met her. :) I thought she looked familiar!!

And oooh, you do aerials! I was thinking you did whips. :) I took an aerials class once and it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I almost cried during class because I got frustrated and it brought up a lot of emotions and I figure that's a sign that I really need to get back in there and do it more. Of course, I haven't yet.

I just clicked around more and realized maybe you don't do aerials and you are probably the bullwhip part of the show. What else do you do? Just whips? Or do you do silks as well?

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
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(You guys need a hooper. ;)

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drwex

Wow

from: drwex
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm all about the "wow." Like, wow that looks like a cool and fun festival and I hope it came out as well as the video made it seem.

And, wow, what an incredibly douchebag maneuver to have a moving truck of any sort towed and frankly I'd send them a bill for the costs because seriously, douchebaggery ought to be more expensive and even if all they have to do is consult their lawyer to ensure that your letter isn't a threat likely to be carried out at least it bled them a little.

I'm vindictive; have I mentioned that?

And wow going from all that straight into a full-time writing thing for which I would personally want to have at least a few days of mental preparation but that's me and I deal poorly with change and even more poorly with being away from home for extended periods of time.

Go you!

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Jun. 17th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
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How do you tow a rental truck that is in use?

Or is it the thinking, "Well, they're moving out anyway, so we don't have to care about them."

What an obnoxious thing to do!

Where do you get your energy? That's quite a week, and it doesn't seem to be tons more active than a lot of your weeks!

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