At the Colony: Day 25 and a Fond Farewell

Day 25: We had our last group event today, a tour of the Millay estate. We learned that Vincent (Edna St. Vincent Millay) had rules. If you wandered into the pool area, you best be nude. No exceptions. She also moved her husband to his own suite of room to accommodate her lover in her bedroom. Oh Vincent, you were a complicated woman! Her husband, Eugen, addicted … Continue reading At the Colony: Day 25 and a Fond Farewell

At the Colony – Day 23 and 24

Day 23: Two full days left at the Colony. I started to write a new chapter today. After one month at the Colony, I planned to spend one week getting adjusted to family and work, then resuming my writing schedule. I committed to write at least 350 words a day until I finished the novel. I took a nice long walk after lunch, submitted stories … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 23 and 24

At the Colony – Day 21 and 22

Day 21 – For the last twenty days, my routine was as follows: wake up around 11AM, work until 2PM, eat lunch and take a reading break, go back to work from 4PM to dinner time at 6:30, enjoy some wine and good conversations with the other residents, then return to my studio around 9PM, and work until 4AM. Repeat. This schedule was not going … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 21 and 22

At the Colony – Day 18, 19, and 20

Day 18, 19, and 20: I added a couple of more pages to my draft. It is now 111 pages. I resisted the urge to go back and re-read the manuscript. I started to write something new, possibly a new chapter. I thought about my grandmother. She pops up when I feel especially insecure. She died in an accident in 2003. My grandmother tried to teach … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 18, 19, and 20

At the Colony – Day 16 and 17

Day 16: It was a shitty day. I surveyed my pages and let the insecurity demon spit in my face. I regrouped. Read some poetry from a lovely book by Susan Hartung called Inclusion. One poem, “Food” poses the question: “which would you choose, a great meal or great sex?” You can plan for a great meal, but not great sex. I printed out a … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 16 and 17

At the Colony – Day 14 and 15

Day 14: Lasagna night turned out well. After dinner, I switched gears and tried to write a verse, but my head wasn’t in the game: Dependence and submission, syringes and meds, biopsies and breathing tests. The torture of healthy cells, the loss of penance, hunger and survival. Words strung together. Ideas for dialogue. I don’t know, but I’ll post it here for posterity. I kept … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 14 and 15

At the Colony – Day 8, 9, and 10

Some days at the Colony, you are just a workhorse… Day 8: This afternoon, I took a three-hour nap. I woke up and thought about my project and how the third part was still elusive, then I realized that third part is the overarching story. The mystery that the main character thinks she needs to solve to make sense of her world. Day 9: Laundry. Impromptu … Continue reading At the Colony – Day 8, 9, and 10