Lesley Residency 3.9

A publishing panel has twice now been the opening event of the final day of our residency. In both cases, though less so today, it has offered us a decent helping of doom and gloom as we prepare to head back into the real world. Thankfully the day had enough hours left in it to turn all of that around. At the end of the day, at the end of this amazing experience, I can say, honestly, that it turned out just the way I wanted it to.

After the panel and lunch and brief meetings with our advisors, the lot of us third semester fictioneers sat around the same green plastic tables we’d peopled the night before and we tried to come up with some way to pass the time. The ocean was suggested. Shera, being from the midwest, doesn’t get to see the ocean all that often. Jill and Sara were up for the ride, too. Scott skipped out.

The thing is that I don’t know any beaches close to Boston. Our road trip consisted of a lot of road and not as much ocean but, in the end, was very satisfying. We spent the afternoon driving to and from a beach in Gloucester and we spent about an hour there in between. We all had fun.

We made it back in time for dinner and my car didn’t rebel against me entirely, though it really wanted to, and dinner was good and then there was the culmination of the residency: the student reading.

This time, the student reading was made even better with desserts supplied by Finale and beer and wine supplied by one of the students, who also happens to be a trustee or something. The readings were superb to boot. The first semester students were especially noteworthy, though everyone that read was just incredible. Those first semester students were intimidating. They’re good.

Parting was hard. Hugs were given all around. When it was down to the core of us again, we said our goodbyes and promised to keep in touch. I’m supposed to drive Shera into Logan tomorrow morning so she’ll be the last one I say goodbye to. I guess I’m stretching this end of residency out longer than I need to but when you have an experience so positive, why not?