The high point was Saturday when I attended the Barrelhouse writers’ conference, Conversations and Connections, via Zoom. I attended sessions by Tommy Dean (micros), Randon Billings Noble (lyric essays), and Claudia Gary (villanelles). It was a comfy way for me to attend a conference. Even so, I get a little overstimulated. Plus, I had to feed the cats their very complicated breakfast during the micro segment, so I couldn’t do the writing. I learned some interesting stuff, and if I ever get a clear head again I plan to make use. If they offer the conference online again, I highly recommend it. The cost was not high, and we get a couple of free books.
Also this week, I did the following:
- worked (from home)–the usual crap–no more, no less
- cleaned the living room and my daughter’s old bedroom (even got rid of stuff nobody is going to want)
- was frustrated because of the pandemic and because I am tired and don’t feel so great (Valley Fever)
- was in pain, particularly my arm and shoulder
- wrote a review of Beth Ruscio’s poetry collection Speaking Parts for Main Street Rag
- played with my art journal
worked on the beginning of the new draft of the memoir
- got frustrated working on the beginning of the new draft of the memoir
- cleaned up cat puke from several cats and wet litter dragged through the house by my old girl, Pear
- groomed Pear every day and worried about her
- was annoyed by the gardener worrying about the covid variants and the vaccines (he’s an overthinker)
- was annoyed by an identity theft issue and the stupid bank it occurred at
- attended a telehealth appointment and made more medical appointments
- talked to my mother less than usual, but was glad to hear she got her second vaccine dose (I also owe phone calls to two relatives and a text to my brother–I can’t seem to want to communicate with people lately–maybe that’s why Perry chatted with you last week hahaha)
Almost everything this week, other than the conference and the art journal were energy sucks. I can’t stress enough how therapeutic the art journaling is for me (you too?). I know I suck, but I am learning techniques. I have to remember that I am starting from absolutely ground level.
Looking forward to an energy sprouting week ahead. Who’s with me?!!!!