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30 June 2008 @ 05:55 pm
From Les Semaines, June 29, 2008: First Week of Clarion West 2008  
Damn, Paul Park is a great teacher, especially great as a first-week teacher for Clarion West. I know I've talked about this more than once before so I guess there's no point in repeating that, but it is still an amazing process to watch. It's powerful to watch people learn so much in such a short time.

Paul's Tuesday night reading was wonderful--he read from his most recent novel, The Hidden World, which I just read a couple of weeks ago, and new short story, which was also dark, smart, and delightful.

The students seem like a great group of people--Leslie and I have really been enjoying them inside and outside of class.

Friday night's party was fun, too, though as always I got a little into my ubiquitous tongue-tied party mode, which I really am getting sick of. When there are too many people to talk to, I find I can't talk. It didn't help that I was painfully tired.

Jim was up in Victoria this weekend visiting my parents (who are still suffering from their long home-rebuild project--it has been about three months now) and our friend John. I spent a lot of time reading and sleeping, both accompanied by cats in various configurations. I also sat down to watch The Buccaneers, thinking it was a movie and discovering that it was a five-part series. Could I turn it off to get some sleep? No, I couldn't. I did enjoy it, even though I was fighting to stay awake by the end. Silly me.

After all this lazing around, though, I did finally reach the end of the first draft of my new novel.
Hooray!!!

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E.C. Myersecmyers on July 1st, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing the first draft! I know it's busy there, but I hope you do some proper celebrating :) And please keep me in mind when you're ready to get some feedback on the novel...
Neile Grahamneile on July 2nd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)

That's a wonderfully generous offer. I will definitely take you up on it when I get through the next draft.

Thanks!
Melinda Danskymelindadansky on July 1st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
After all this lazing around, though, I did finally reach the end of the first draft of my new novel.
Hooray!!!


Hooray!
Neile Grahamneile on July 2nd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)

Thanks, Melinda!
Chris Furst: grinning clowntheclownhunt on July 2nd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the first draft!