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 […]

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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 […]

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At the Colony – Day 11, 12, and 13

Day 11: I read a quarter of my book out loud, or I should say, I whispered it. It’s hard to gauge how badly sound carries at the barn. I like to listen to music as I write and edit. I keep it as low as a I can and not use headphones. I have […]

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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 […]

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At The Colony – Day 5 and 6

Day 5: Read some of The Road, but took a day off from my novel. After dinner, instead of heading to the local bar on a Friday night, we decided to buy some wine at the local shop in town and bring it back to the house. Our conversation went from art and it’s relationship […]

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At the Colony – Day 4

Day 4:  I woke up late today, around 11Am. Skipped breakfast. Opted for a walk instead. I walked for 80 minutes down route 22. The trails were muddy or covered in snow still. I was famished after my walk. Hurray for leftovers. I made an avocado salad and ate it with leftover pork tenderloin and white […]

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At the Colony – Days 1 and 2

Day 1: I arrived at 2Pm. Spent the rest of the afternoon getting settled. Ate dinner with the other residents. Home for the next four weeks is a converted barn. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and four studios on the second floor. From 9pm until 1AM, I devised a work plan. […]

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