Christmas was supposed to be (according to some) a time to consider those less fortunate than ourselves. Well, Christmas is over and it is now time for me to consider those MORE fortunate than myself, the writers who are off at the 2010-2011 University of Nebraska MFA in Writing Winter residency at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.
They should all be getting there about now, if they haven’t arrived already. Ten days shut away from the annoyance of the outside world to focus only on writing. Lectures related to writing, workshops related to writing, readings related to writing, mentor interaction related to writing, bullshitting related to writing, drinking related to writing, partying related to writing, eating related to writing, dancing related to writing, movie watching related to writing, and on and on and on. Everything non-writing related (work, children, crime rates, taxes, the Iberian colonial situation, etc.) can just be forgotten for ten beautiful days.
Not that I haven’t gotten my share of that. I got all five residencies that I was supposed to. The people there right now are just getting theirs. They deserve it too. Still, they are more fortunate than me because they are there right now and I’m not.
Admittedly, if I actually got to live like that I probably wouldn’t have anything to write about. As much as we all want time and peace in order to write, being totally withdrawn from the everyday world doesn’t tend to give much perspective in contemplating it. As the main character in Barfly once said, nobody worth a damn could ever write in peace.
Now, I do get to put in an appearance. I’ll be able to go down and snag two nights of time I don’t deserve to see graduation and everybody down there and pretend like I didn’t have to stay home this time. I guess I’m just still coming to terms with the fact that it won’t be for ten full days.
Well, I really thought I had more on this than what I’ve already blathered about so far. The people there are just starting to have all the fun I wish I was having and I’m jealous. I do wish them well, though. I hope everyone is having a good time and takes in everything in order to turn out the kind of writing I expect from this program. They better, I’ll be down there on the evening of the 4th to check and be sure that they are.