Monday, July 03, 2006

Lucky Girl in Residence

I've been so lucky here, hanging out with talented, wickedly fabulous, interesting women-- it's been so fun sharing our ideas and our visions and our fears and our stories. Every Sunday, we've had a reading/workshop, and yesterday's was so fucking cool. Almost all of us read things they'd recently written, things this place has fostered and inspired. Gloria Steinem arrived here on Friday, and it's been so fun having her be part of our dinner table, and hearing all her stories. She joined us yesterday and read something of hers as well.

My fellow residents, Rosemary and Ghida and Munju and Rosemary and Susan and Gloria, gave me some brilliant suggestions and encouragements. It's surreal being in a workshop with Gloria. She gives such right-on advice-- on wording, voice, details, and the title-- prefacing it with, "Once an editor, always an editor." It was incredible; possibly the most helpful workshop I've ever participated in.

This place is a gift.


Blogger Leila said...

I am really happy for you. Still wondering if you'll cross paths with Erika Abrahamian, but she may be arriving after you leave this summer. Too bad.

I'm applying for next year. Sounds amazing. Meanwhile I'm doing the childcare/novel writing marathon. "scuse me while I log off and do a little work...

4:32 PM  
Blogger Elka said...

you live in magic land, you lucky lady of magic land.

wish you could be here tomorrow for our bbq.

by the way, Carla wants to help you arrange a reading at Pegasus Books in Berkeley when you're here in the fall.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Doniasha your sister said...

Hi Randoood!
I love you and I miss you and I am so happy for you that you are having a fabulous experience!
yalla talk to you soon
-doniasha fartass

6:28 PM  
Blogger rockslinga said...

thanks, Leila!!! Thanks, all!
doniasha my love...i'll call you on wednesday!
Elka, teasing me with the bbq, huh? I'd love to read at Pegasus...what's Carla's email address? Did you really buy a car?

4:32 AM  
Blogger C(h)ristine said...

awesome! i am so glad the spirit there has moved you! and the women writers have moved you too!

btw--i went to school with Erika Abrahamian...she will be there later, no overlap!

5:31 AM  

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