Residency and a Retreat

October: the month I get to go away.

I’m leaving for my first writing residency on Monday, October 12. I’ll fly to Arkansas and catch a ride to The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH)  in Eureka Springs for a week in the Muse 3 Suite, one that is “tucked away downstairs and has a writing room with huge windows looking out at its own patio and a wooded area beyond. It has a private entrance.”

I’ll fly back to Maryland on Tuesday, October 20. The plan is to wash my clothes and pack for my flight on Wednesday morning to Mumbai, India. I’m going to a writer’s retreat in Panchgani, which is a five-hour drive from Mumbai and looks like a hidden paradise in all of the photos. Now that I have my visa and vaccines, it feels real. I’m going to India.

I come home to the U.S. on Friday, October 30. Three weeks to write and work and live my dreams. This morning, my teacher Chloe Caldwell posted some thoughtful, excellent advice for how to make the most of my time. Whether it’s from other writers’ or people in my life who are always in my corner, I feel completely supported.

I think I’m just about ready.

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