The Compulsive Reader: Getting Back in the Groove

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting Back in the Groove

Yesterday a co-worker mentioned that the last blog post was almost three weeks ago (gasp!) and while it sent little shivers of guilt down my spine, it was also the jolt I needed to get back to blogging. Or at least put blogging back on the to-do list.

A lot has happened since the last post--I went to Vermont for my fourth residency at the VCFA Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program. There was a lot of snow and it was quite cold, but I was warm and happy the entire time I was there because I was surrounded by my beloved VCFA family, and my lovely Craftographers. I climbed on a sign and ate crepes (so many crepes) and listened to brilliant lectures and participated in a dynamite workshop, witnessed the legendary Katherine Paterson receive an honorary doctorate degree, threw a dance for the graduating class (Darling Assassins FTW!), and absorbed so much information that when I flew home last week I was in a fog and barely managed to make my connection. Then I slept for an entire day. And then back to work!

Some photos from Montpelier:

One must not go to residency unprepared...

Especially not when there are maple cayenne bourbons to be had...

And completed theses to be found in the official Thesis Room!

Signs must be climbed.

And College Hall demands to be marveled at.

From many angles.

Yeah, that happened...

But the Darling Assassins graduated!

And I dressed up as Other Mother for the Villain Ball...

And knitted this beauty during all of the fantastic faculty and student readings!

My Craftographers have a fantastic sense of humor.

And I came home with a surplus of books, per usual. But four of them are signed!

If you write books for children and teens and you haven't been to Montpelier, what are you doing with your life? It's really the best thing in the world.

I'm sharing these photos with you all in the hopes that you'll forgive my lack of updates. As much as it looks as though all I did in Montpelier was climb on things and dress up and party, it was a lot of work and the work is only just beginning. I'm starting my final semester, which means that I'll be busier than ever and I'll almost have an MFA. (Which is crazy.) Next time I go it'll be for the last hurrah and graduation, which is altogether too depressing to dwell upon, so we won't.

I've got a whole slew of books to talk about, and a huge pile of books to read for this semester. I've got some fun giveaways, new releases, and cool blog tours happening soon. So, check back. I promise it won't take me three weeks to write again.


Liviania said...

Maple cayenne bourbon sounds amazing.

LinWash said...

Woweee! Time is really flying for you at VCFA!!! I miss Montpelier!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Liviana, it was incredible. So I went back for another.

And Linda, I KNOW! Where is the time going?