Riding Bitch is back from Vermont! But like the title says, not exactly in ship-shape. Remember the loose tooth? That manifested into 4-hour oral surgery this past Saturday. I’m now on pain medication, antibiotics and sleeping with an ice pack on my face every night because the right side of my face is swollen. I also have a sinus cold and the puppy is on meds for a skin condition that she developed on our travels (otherwise, she’s good).
I won’t lie. It’s been a tough re-entry back to Los Angeles. At the residency I got to write all day and was responsible for nothing except my laundry. Now, it’s “back to life, back to reality” and I’m struggling to adjust to our old lives and get re-focused. Being under the weather isn’t helping, but as my mother used to say one thing at at a time.
The good news is the residency was fantastic and very productive. I finished a draft of my book, started my pilot, met some incredible artists and writers, all of whom reacted very favorably to the excerpts I read out loud. I also got to know Vermont, which, despite the cold, I totally fell in love with and would move back to in a heartbeat.
Now, there is much to do. I have to tidy up the most recent draft, finish the book proposal, solicite an agent, editor, publisher, and get published. I am also producing a script and directing a play this spring. Just a few little things.
Many thanks to the readers who checked in and left words of encouragement while I was away. I have missed you, missed blogging, and am looking forward to making my way through your posts to catch up.
Here are some images from Vermont. More to follow.
February 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Good to hear your back all safe and sound..I was just thinking about you yesterday actually, wondering how everything was going. Sorry to hear about the tooth. Ouch.
February 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm
Hey Paula. Thanks, it’s good to be back, tooth issues and all. I’m glad to be on the mend rather than dealing with the loose tooth, which was far more stressful. One day I’ll laugh about it all, right? Hope you’re good.
February 14, 2013 at 12:52 am
Yes you will. Irish knocked my loose tooth out about 2 years ago…horrible than, funnier now that it’s fixed and I don’t look like some toothless hillbilly. How am I? Meh. Better now today that I got in to town to finally get some Coffee. Bit growly and miserable the last couple days without it. Gotta have the java, man 😆
February 14, 2013 at 1:01 am
“Growly.” 🙂 Glad you got your java on!
February 13, 2013 at 10:05 am
Welcome back. Sorry you and the pup are not feeling so well though. I’m sure you will both be back in tip top shape in a few days. It sounds like your trip out east was very productive. At the pace you are going you can movie this way seasonally, have the best of both coasts.
Glad to see you made it home safely. Happy writing.
February 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm
You have described my ultimate goal in life, to be bi-coastal. 🙂
February 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm
Nice to hear from you! Glad the residency went so well. The pictures of Vermont could be Wisconsin – very similar. You’re an inspiration to all of us half-assed writers. 🙂
February 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm
In that case, I must visit Wisconsin as well! I was pleasantly surprised to not be freaked out by the cold, as long as I was dressed warm enough and my hair wasn’t wet (it actually froze a couple of times, ha!).
February 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Definately come visit – but so much nicer in June than Feb! Contact me if you’re ever here – really.
February 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm
That’s very kind, thank you. I will do so if/when I come out there.
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