Archive for June, 2006
It was two weeks ago tomorrow I was headed up to VA for the OSC writing class. I had a blast up there, made some friends, and got to interview OSC for the Wordtrip podcast ( you can find the interview over at www.itsthestorystupid.com ). I’ll be posting my notes from the class over at Wordtrip.com and talking about them in the podcasts.
This week I also started a new job at the bank, moving from Computer Operations, to an Application Support Developer role. The first week was fairly slow, waiting a couple days to get my new PC for the cubicle. But I learned some cool new things about the way things work at work, and managed to take care of a couple of issues as well.
Last weekend Jake got a scratched cornea ( a friend was flailing around and managed to hit Jake’s eye). Sam’s been Sam, Grace has been Grace, and Alicia has gotten no sleep… so the usual. Alicia’s still getting used to my new schedule as well, and not having me here in the AM to let her get a couple hours of sleep after a long night with babies is taking its toll on her. I’m still getting used to the early morning hours too, but regulate my exhaustion with copious amounts of coffee.
Well, after a long drive (about 8 hours) I’ve made it to SVU where I’ll be taking the OSC Writing class for the next couple of days. I arrived last night about 7pm and at 7:15 a group of us all went out for chinese food and had a great time talking and talking, with a little eating on the side. We’re staying in the dorms and my temporary roommate was smart enough to remember that every dorm room needs a poster on the wall, so he brought a Beatles poster and put it up. The campus is beautiful, large old trees everywhere and the main building looks like a victorian house on steroids.
The main drawback to the campus is that there isn’t wireless internet access in the dorms. They have it in the main buildings, and apparently some of the rooms have ethernet (which I of course forgot to bring a cable for), but wireless is missing from the dorms. Now if I was here for the full week boot camp it would be a blessing as I could then have fewer excuses to not write at night. But, as I’m only here for a couple of days, it would be nice to have the convenience. Anyway, I’m off to see what a mormon college cafeteria can scrounge up in the way of vegetarian food for breakfast. After that it’s time for class and I probably won’t be back on until late tonight.
I posted it on Wordtrip, but had to share it here too. Next week I’m driving up to VA to attend Orson Scott Card’s (my favorite living author) writing class. I wasn’t ready for his literary boot camp this year, but have been overjoyed just to get to attend the class. As many of you know I also do a podcast for Wordtrip.com ( at www.itsthestorystupid.com ) and on the off chance it would work out, I sent an e-mail to Card’s people/person/assistant (not real sure what her title is) and asked if I could possibly interview him for the podcast and it sounds like I’ll get a chance to do at least a short little interview after class on Monday. I’m so excited, and glad I’ve got a few days to calm down so I can act like a reasonable person when interviewing him.