Thursday, May 1, 2008

All for the children

We finished the Chalmers residency yesterday, and I will miss those kids. They were amazing. I know I must experience this at the end of every residency, but right now I want to say that was the most enjoyable time I've had in a classroom. The kids filled out a questionnaire for us about their neighborhood, their favorite music and movies, places they like to hang out, etc., and over half of them wrote something about gangbangers, bad people in the neighborhood, trash in the streets. Some of them have been directly affected by gang violence, and yet, these kids are generally positive, kind to each other, and really fun to be around. That's a huge testament to the school.

I just made my first post to the Barrel of Monkeys blog. I'll be blogging there about the Chalmers workshop and school show over the next couple of weeks, so you can check it out.

And PIcked Up happens tonight -- with me in it! Thursday is pay-what-you-can.

Writing's been slow, but at least I like what I'm getting. Yesterday, I counted up my progress for the past couple of days. I got somewhere between 1100 and 1300 words in over two days, which is less than I'd like, and more than I'd feared. I'll update later today.

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