My dreams are the most vivid if I’ve woken up in the early morning and then went back to sleep. This morning I dreamt that I had slept in to 1pm on a residency day. I got onto campus to find it completely different with walking statues and crumbling stone walls. And there were more people on campus than I usually see at a residency. But none of them knew where 4th Admin was. So infuriating! And then I woke up. What a waste of dream time.
The final day of residency is always bittersweet. We’re really feeling the sleep deprivation and missing our homes and families. But we also don’t want the week to end just yet. The last day is a short day. We have our final module in the morning and then the last workshop session and the graduation. We’re done around 4pm and after congratulating the graduates our numbers gradually dwindle as people leave.
Most of us stay around one last night and go out to dinner.
In the past residencies, I was so tired I’d just go back to the hotel room, call my family, watch a movie, and go to bed. But I was actually social this time around and stayed in the lobby with classmates and instructors. I don’t drink but still had fun with everyone. But now that is all over and I’m sitting once more in the airport. It’s not as crowded as I thought. I just want to get home to my wife and girls. Maybe I will write on the plane. Maybe I’ll read Hexed by Kevin Hearne. Maybe I’ll sleep.
The end of a residency is always heart wrenching. The final point on the schedule is the commencement exercise for the Graduates. Congratulations to all of you. We’re all honored to have worked with and learned from you. Best of luck to all. I can’t wait to read your published works.
And like the commencement speaker said, “It’s magical, this place. It’s like our only little Hogwarts that vanishes when we leave. We want to turn right around and return but know that no one is there.” But the relationships will always remain. Congratulations!
Yesterday started off with another workshop session. It was a smaller group so we all had more time to give feedback to the authors. It was my favorite session because it was led by my mentor, Scott A Johnson. After lunch we didn’t have any modules. Instead we had Kevin Hearne as the guest speaker. He’s the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. I listened to the audiobook of the first in the series before coming out here and loved it. The series is about a 2000 year old celtic druid living in Arizona and appearing to only be in his 20s. He’s tried avoiding old enemies and gods but has finally given up on trying to run and hide and decides to face the opposition. For the urban fantasy type it is a breath of fresh air because it’s not about werewolves or vampires. But they are in it. They just aren’t the focus. There’s some off color humor that always makes it fun. Mr. Hearne spoke a lot about the craft and business of writing in the first session and then the rise and fall and rise again of epic fantasy in the evening session. I can’t believe I only have one last day of classes and workshops left of the residency. So this breakfast feels like a last meal in some ways. Especially as the module this morning will be by Scott.