…things are busy – buzzing quite frantically, actually.
I realize I haven’t done a writing post in a while, so here’s a little update on how things are going.
Last week, O.T. went to hear Kimiko Hahn read at SJSU — it was awesome, even though we got there late-ish and got a bit lost (at one point, a wise guy who will not be named decided we ought to shortcut through the “Botanic Garden,” only to realize that the darn thing dead-ended with a hedge and some dumpsters – we ended up tromping through a hole in the hedge, anyway…) and, in fact, ended up with so little time before the reading itself that our “dinner” ended up consisting of the hors d’oeuvres served afterwards! One of the members apparently knew Ms. Hahn, which was pretty cool (he’d taken a class with her before), and much to my amazement, he boldly invited her to our Friday reading afterwards! (She didn’t come, but it was cool that he was brave enough to ask).
Friday, of course, was the long-awaited reading itself. We had 8 readers (all of whom did an awesome job – I was mystified that so many of them had been shy about sharing in draft exchange when their work was so good!), a great spread of dessert donated by the English Department, and a surprisingly large turnout. All the chairs that I set out in the Writing Center were taken, and I think people pulled up more afterwards. The night turned out to be a smash hit, as far as I was concerned, and I even had to kick people out when it was time to lock up the building at 10 (they were hanging out, having fun around the food). I can’t wait until next quarter — with SOCA, the AATP collaboration, and our own reading, it looks like it’ll be absolutely wonderful!
On the more academic side of things, I’ll be visiting SFSU today and sitting in on a workshop class. Fun times! Well, more like “exciting” than “fun”…especially as I have to come home to the fog of paper-writing I’ve been living in for the last three days (and will continue to live in until the end of the week…). Will bring along the camera and blog about the visit when I get home.