well, that's over for another year.
The combination Festival weekend (Tennessee Williams and Saints & Sinners) was, as always, a lot of fun and inspiring. It's always lovely to see friends I don't get to see very often (if at all), it's always fun to talk about writing, and listening to writers and readers talking about books and stories and so forth always rejiggers my creativity (which, granted, has been working overtime lately but hasn't had the requisite 'park ass in chair and type' drive that is necessary to get anything done.
I didn't sleep well either Thursday or Friday nights, so Friday and Saturday were slogs for me. After my reading Saturday I came home, and just basically sat around the house, too tired to write or clean or even read. I went to bed early, and FINALLY slept well, so I felt rested and was raring to go on Sunday...until the closing reception was over and once again I hit a wall. So I took the streetcar home and watched Rogue One, which I'd bought on iTunes on Friday morning (release day), and then Feud, before going to bed. I slept in again, and I don't have to be at the office until later today...I have a short day which is absolutely lovely.
It's always lovely to go to events where you get to mix with other writers. It doesn't happen very often--I'm luckier than most writers in that I get to do so more regularly than others--and there's always that, I don't know, sense of BELONGING you get when you're around other writers, that is so terrific to feel.
I also bought some new books this weekend: a new copy of A Confederacy of Dunces, due for a reread; Kristen-Paige Madonia's Fingerprints of You (we were on the y/a panel together--the second time, and I had meant to get her first book the first time and remembered to get it this time); All Over But The Shoutin' by Rick Bragg (whom I've never read): and Long Shot, by Tyler Bridges and Jeremy Alford, about the Louisiana gubernatorial election in which Senator David Vitter, the overwhelming favorite, was defeated by a relatively unknown state representative. (I had kind of wanted to write a book about the rise and fall of both Vitter and former governor Bobby Jindal, titled Implosion...but I am not a journalist nor do I know enough about Louisiana politics....so I am glad someone wrote a book about Vitter's fall.)
So, this morning and this evening I am going to try to wade through my emails and get caught up on that and everything that went on in the world while I was safely inside my Festival Bubble. I also have some writing to do this week!
So, to launch the new week, here's a hunk for you, Constant Reader: