June 07, 2003

Finding the Sunny Side

I don't have the energy to put this in a more creative way, so: today, after the end of the first week of the writer's workshop, I am simultaneously over-stimulated, overwhelmed, exhausted and invigorated. I feel like I should take a day or two to debrief, going over everything that my mind has touched on lightly since Monday, recording every author, literary and philosophical term, each named book and spin-off thoughts from all that.

And, I should write a 'mission statement' that reflects all of the ideas for how my writing energies could, should be redirected after this landmark event, not let the vision or the energy die, get something on paper about where the next year could take me. But I won't do it today. Nor will I work in the garden, or paint the upstair bath, or pay bills... things I've deferred for a the past week in total immersion of the workshop.

And there is the sense of loss. It isn't often you meet someone you feel like you've known all your life. After class yesterday, I told Dr. Higgs "Jack, it's a bitter blessing to have met an old friend for the first time on Monday, and then say goodbye to him on Friday. I hope our paths cross again". And maybe they will.

No, I'll not chip away at my list today. Soon, I'll be going with the Appalachian Studies faculty and a few more students to the Carter Fold, home of the original Singing Carter Family. It is likely to rain bullfrogs all day. If I am exhausted now, my brain will be a veritable mush by the time we return to the college at about 2:00 tomorrow morning. And I'll be that much further behind in my duties and self-assigned projects and resolution writing, not to mention writing for its own sake, including some reflections on the trip to Hiltons. This is a wonderful opportunity, and I'm glad I'm going, but I confess, it's a bit of struggle to keep on the sunny side.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life. It will help in all our ways, It will brighten all our days. If we keep on the sunny side of life.
Posted by fred1st at June 7, 2003 09:43 AM | TrackBack

I'll keep on the sunny side in spirit. "In fact" is currently an impossibility.

For you. It loads extremely slowly, but i'm fairly certain you'll enjoy it. Go hug a tree or something while it's preparing.

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You folks have a spiffy weekend!

Posted by: Anne at June 7, 2003 11:25 AM

How goofy - that song has been in my head since some time Friday, when I started anticipating Funny Cide's run yesterday. And dammit, he took third.

Posted by: peggy at June 8, 2003 09:31 AM

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