I haven't unpacked yet. That's how dedicated I am to giving you a report. This won't be a total report, because I am saving that for my Thursday's Children post, but I will give you some impressions.
First, some background; I have a phobia of driving on freeways. I carefully mapped a route that would let me avoid most of the freeway, and it was a nice scenic drive. Still, it was my first time driving outside of my local city. (Yup, I am a chicken.)
So, then I had to navigate a city that I am familiar with, but hadn't driven much. That was a little freaky, and the shuttle from my hotel was able to save me a lot of added stress.
I can't explain the amount of stress this experience put me under. It's too personal. Now that those barriers are down, not much is going to hold me back on planning more road trips, though.
|My Writing Suite|
Despite my best intentions, I did not get an iota of writing done. I did get a whole lot of interesting ideas and information on how to improve my craft.
|Me & Jen|
The take away message is this; I met some absolutely wonderful people (like Jen Naumann, author of Cheating Death), made promises I hope I can keep, and I hope that I have made friends for life.
All of the stress was worth it, and I am no longer afraid to leave certain comfort zones I had constructed for myself.
To everyone at University of Wisconsin Writers' Institute, I am grateful, and I miss you all already!