Archive for January 24th, 2013

SHU WPF: 2013 Jan Residency (Day 5)

The final day…

Like last time, with the graduation  scheduled for the afternoon the educational modules were flipped to the morning slot. On this day, it was the last of the required, pre-assigned, modules: Revision (run by Lawrence Connolly).

Personally, I think this one (at my stage) was worth the mileage. It helped to actually see the honing/tightening process and get a better understanding for how to edit my own pages (or ways to look deeper at someone else’s), especially where the exposition is concerned.

After lunch, it was time for a short workshop session (only two stories, instead of three), a brief break then graduations. Many of us planned a bit more conservatively this time (staying an extra night instead of having travel plans soon after graduation… planning for weather may have been a factor). Many members of the program (staff and students) went out to various places after the reception for a proper dinner (I was with one of two groups that went to the Olive Garden).

Then it was time to away to the hotel, pack, and prepare to leave the next morning.

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Swimming Lessons or Wh-Otter Play

I am a flounder, not a fish. I did not grow up with regular access to a pool, and even summertime access was sporadic at best. I have become decent enough for regular pools, but competition for Michael Phelps I am not.

Our son, however, is much more aquaticly inclined. MC signed up for a “Mommy & Me” swim class at a local fitness center. Sessions are twice a week for four weeks, and the label is a misnomer – MC is the only “Mommy” that has been in regular attendance, ther other kids just have their dads. (Yes, I have been going as well, but we are the only full couple that has been in the water for most of the sessions.)

Since most of the children are so young (we are near the youngest end, although there is also an 8-month old in the class), they have several toys available: watering cans, little sailboats, plastic balls (like from a jump-pit).

His favorite? The jump-pit balls.

And when he has hold of one, when he be on his back, he looks like a human baby version of this:

or this:

Otherwise, he seems to be enjoying his time in the water, even though he’s not quite at the “stretch the arms to paddle” point, but he has the frog-kick going pretty well. And frogs aren’t that far from dragons, right?

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SHU WPF: 2013 Jan Residency (Day 4)

Another day, another round of workshops first thing in the morning. (My selections this day: mixed genre pieces.)

After lunch, it was time for the first (“program students only”) session with Kevin Hearne, our guest speaker. I don’t have my notes in front of me, so I can’t really go into the meat of his talk (which lasted three hours, and he broke down his agenda early – three different topics at an hour each, with a pause between topics for questions), but I can say this with full ease: he was engaging, entertaining, and provided good enough information that it didn’t really feel like three hours had flown by.

From the afternoon session it was time for dinner – and this time it was the Mystery dinner which turned into a small affair.

Then it was time for Hearne’s evening session, which was an even open to the public. Followed by a book signing. Where he sold out. Sold. Out. He was signing for over an hour (and I was near the end of the line…)… then it was back to the hotel.

Now, a few thoughts about Kevin Hearne. I may have heard of him before he was slated as the guest for the residency – from browsing stacks at the local B&N – but I can’t say for certain. His book series sounds interesting (Celtic mythology? Sure!), and is something I’d be willing to give a shot. Eventually, under normal circumstances. After this experience, though, much like some of the other people I have had good Con experiences with, I am more inclined to move his books higher on my list. Definietly worth checking out his website.

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The Rush Induction… preview

Last month, as a fan, I was thrilled to discover that not only was Rush a) finally up for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but b) they were inducted! (As a fan, the induction is a no brainer, but considering how anti-traditional-establishment their career has been, I must admit I was a little nervous, considering how long after they first became eligibile before finally getting nominated).

According to recent news, itlooks like they will be inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters – a band that I think comes from a similar “on our own terms” mold.

Happy day!

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