There's a couple things about a one-week residency. First, because of the vagaries of residency programming, travel exhaustion, and "so you're in x area let's meet up" plans, I feel that a longer residency--for instance, a two-week--really lets you sink into a project or set of projects without giving up too much. It's hard for me to just hit the ground at maximum efficiency because I like to orient myself and my workspace. The second Two Urns residency put me in a B&B room that I'm familiar with, which helped a lot. But a one-week residency, unless you're more disciplined than I am, is more about the social, cultural, and personal benefits of new space than it is about pumping out a fully-formed project. In that sense I feel successful.
My goals for the residency, which I outlined in this post, were as follows:
- Write one flash fiction story and one poem each day
- Make a list of submission targets
- Revise a novel (pacing, outlining, and figuring out what should be changed)
- Go through a writer's activity book
- Revise short works for publication
- Begin to modify website for switch
- Go through this daily drawing challenge class
- Make a list of application deadlines for future opportunities
- Meet with a rescue cat that I might adopt...
I did way more research for submissions than I intended, and have a healthy list of 1/31 deadlines. I also have a decent list of opportunity deadlines and applications in mind. The 'future planning' side of me kicked in this week, and now I feel like I have a roadmap for 2016.
I met with a rescue cat, but I'll be writing separately about my worries and frustrations with that.
In terms of revising short works for publication, it depends. I had two goals in mind when I wrote that one down--first, to revise a short story that I wrote, and second, to revise the short works from prior days of residency. The former goal was not met, but the latter was. Still, I'm going to spend this week revising a ton of work and I'm feeling very positive about that.
I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't touch pen to paper for the drawing class, and that I didn't touch my website except to write blog posts; however, I did map out what the site would look like structurally, and I know that's going to be a long task.
In other news, the trip to Chicago indirectly helped me put my desktop computer together, so I'm writing this from a real screen and typing with a real mechanical keyboard. Now that it's all together, I plan to chart out revision goals for the week ahead of my list of Sunday's submission deadlines. Happy writing!