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AWP Makes Me Sleepy, Inky, and Blissful

My friend Beth enlisted a food service professional to snap this shot. Yes, those beers ARE that big.

My friend Beth enlisted a food service professional to snap this shot. Yes, those beers ARE that big.

There’s a whole bunch of post-AWP posts this morning.

Here’s one I like most, my friend Beth wrote it. Beth is my new in-person friend.  My friend Jamie is why we know each other. Jamie is a good yenta.

The Missouri review posted this.

This guy I met is the editor of this great site, and I encourage all of you to read The Rumpus every day. And buy that incredible coffee mug. I did.

I met Jane Friedman. In person. Jane Friedman is a social media/author platform/online savvy hero of mine.

VIDA is fucking great.

Julianna Baggott wrote a serious blog post about AWP that is worth your consideration.

There is too much to give you a total rundown of the people I saw, met, and was excited to be in the same town with. AWP is rad. Exhilirating. Happy-making.

I spent most of my time at the book fair. I can’t wait to go next year.

Anybody from Seattle reading? Want a 4-day couch surfer in March?

Inked

I stayed in Gloucester which is a bit north of Boston.

I got a tattoo on my arm that says Strident Feminist.

COOL!

COOL!

That’s not a great picture. I’ll get a better one & show you soon. Promise.

I got the tattoo from James LaCroix at Compass Rose in Gloucester, I recommend both.

Blissed Out

While I was there, I felt great. I felt special. I tweeted about it, and I’m still trying to reckon out how it works that I felt special–like I’m doing what I ought to be doing, unintimidated by the huge number of other writers, most of whom are far bigger deals than I am. I should’ve felt like an imposter, like I feel every time I sit down in front of a blank screen or page. I should’ve felt like there’s no hope for my success in this world. But I felt the precise opposite.

It was affirmative. Encouraging. And gave me more tools for moving forward, even though I failed to make as much use of the conference as I wanted to. As I should have.

My Brain Feels Mushy

And I want to take a nap. A two-day nap. I think I can manage a two-hour one sometime tomorrow.

6 comments on “AWP Makes Me Sleepy, Inky, and Blissful

  1. I WANT TO PRINT AND FRAME THIS POST. I’m writing a longer piece for workshop in which you will be featured. I’m giddy to be included, let alone headline this wonderful piece is art! Also, how precious is that Isaac Fitzgerald? I saw him holding hands with a man in the mall, and I’m like: once again, gaydar way, way off, and then I heard him call them man, “Dad” and noticed they have the same nose. Sweetheart award. I love that you linked to MO Review, my favorite of the lit mags. I also plan to spend some time with the Baggott one, but I’ve been so busy catching up on sleep that I still need to get groceries and WRITE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER! xoxoxoxo

  2. Just as fun to read your prose as it is to meet you. Love this, dear, and loved hanging with you and your sweet, sweet, pal, Ben. xo

  3. Ditto! I started working on a post-AWP post of my own, but I keep falling asleep…It’s like a very writerly form of narcolepsy.

  4. I love this post. I love that you guys hit it off. I’m so happy! :)

  5. [...] not overly superstitious, nor am I overly tidy, so This Mug, which I advised you to buy on Monday, has helped me get back on the express line to my draft. I got derailed a bit just before AWP. It [...]

  6. […] I waited on a table of a big family. A sweet older woman grabbed my arm and read my tattoo. She looked at me quizzically. She said, “You don’t look like a feminist. You look […]

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