August 6, 2010, 16:01:00
Day 1: Madison NJ
I realize my blogging stopped abruptly in London and I'm hard-pressed to find an excuse, except a general one. Life! What I will say is that England gave me a lot of time to work on writing and blogging; the atmosphere (dreary) lent itself to many long, toasty evenings shuttered inside the library, typing away. Needless to say, I had a wonderful time in good 'ole GB and returned State-side in one piece.
I'm back in Madison, NJ now for my final residency and I'm greeting it with a mix of excitement and trepidation. I feel like each residency has lent itself to a significantly different version of me - last August I was single, bubbly and excited to meet new people. It was right before my trip to Peru and several months after a devastating breakup. I didn't turn down a beer or a smoke or a even a dip in the campus fountain. In January, I was more reserved - missing home and the boyfriend, slightly out of my element - I spent a lot of time alone in contemplation or with only one or two other people and did a great deal of writing. I'm not quite sure who I'll be this time.
I'm sad it will be my last time with all these wonderful people, as the residencies have left a lasting impression on me. I'm also scared of the fact that this is my last year - to do some serious work on my novel, to get my thesis together and to prepare myself for a new career in teaching. So many changes are ahead and I feel like I've just gotten the hang of this whole thing.
Ran errands like crazy this morning - finished packing, fed the cats, took out the trash, returned library books, filled a prescription, got some groceries for the dorm...Settled in completely around 3:00 (it's surprising how fast you can build a life!) and read some of the workshop pieces in my room. Waiting now to go pick up Drew and Becky from the train station.
Thinking of our first night together last August; how we went into town and had slices of pizza and beer outside a local pie shop together. How everything seemed full of possibilities...how there was the feeling of creating a new beginning...how tentative and exciting it all was. Will try not to think of this as an ending. Good friends last a lifetime.