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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Fun in the Snow

(Picture this building covered in snow!)

I'm going to be in residence at The MacDowell Colony from March 15th to April 19th. Almost five weeks of being fed and sheltered by people who deeply care about artists. Thirty plus days! What am I going to do with myself? I do plan on reading and writing like crazy but I'm getting worried that I will have too MUCH time on my hands. With no internet, no television, no cell phone. Yikes! Call me Fred Flintstone!

My days will be "disturbed" by only two events:

7AM: Breakfast with the other residents.
7PM: Dinner with the other residents.

Lunch will be quietly delivered to the door of my studio. It's really too much! And from what I understand there are presentations and open studios but attendance is not required.

So back to my concern. What am I going to do with all that time? How would you spend your "non-working" hours at an artist colony? Tell me!


Reb said...

I believe writers are supposed to befriend a hot painter or scultper and offer to pose naked.

Eduardo C. Corral said...

I'm not even packing my fig leaf.

Collin said...

I'd definitely need a computer. I could live without a TV and cell phone...but no Internet connection. I'd be bouncing off the walls. Unless there's a hot guy there who wants to shag all the time. Writing and shagging for a month... that's my dream holiday.

And what's with getting up at 7 a.m. for breakfast??? I know there are writers who get up at the crack of dawn to write, but that's ridiculous. I'd stumble downstairs, sneer at everyone for 20 minutes, then go back to my room and sleep for three more hours. I can't write when I'm sleep. :)

Eduardo C. Corral said...


There's WiFi connection in the main Colony Hall. And there's ONE computer for common use. I don't have a laptop so I'll be using pen and paper for a month, which might be good for the writing.

The trouble is, like so many people, I've become dependent on the internet for my news, entertainment, etc. I'm kinda worried about his. Oh well. I hope the natural beauty of the place will make up for it.

And yes, it's crazy early for breakfast! But I'm a night owl. Breakfast is dinner for me: the meal I eat before going to sleep.

Shagging? Yes! Yes! I really hope a scultper who welds is in residence at the same time as me.
It would be nice to cross off that category from my lust list: welder.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Congrats on the residency Eduardo!

nolapoet said...

At Hambidge, I went for many productive walks in the woods when weather was good, and burned a lot of firewood and ink when it was snowy.

But the good thing was, I only had to interact or show my face at dinnertime. Not breakfast.



Ron Mohring said...

Eduardo, Can you (or someone near you) get a loaner laptop? I used to always check one out from the campus library to lug to conferences (not willing to lose my own laptop in an airport or hotel or taxi). Just a thought.