*The view from my bedroom window. Every morning I wake up to the best sunrises I think I’ve ever seen in my life.
*The block I’m living on this week. These houses are so cute.
*Another view of where I’m staying, this one taken on a morning run.
*My walk down to class and meals each morning has me checking to see how much of the Olympics mountain range I can see. You know me and my feelings on nature, but this place is pretty amazing.
*This last picture was taken from Sirens, a pub in Port Townsend. It’s close to the best coffee place in the world and the best bookstore in the world. (Dad, I should’ve graduated on Whidbey because I have found your happy place. We could walk back and forth from the coffee shop to the bookstore, to the pub, back to the bookstore, and back to the coffee shop – which is what I plan on doing today.)
I went into this residency with a goal to read an essay out loud and I chickened out when the sign-up came around. But yesterday, there was a cancellation so I signed up and got to read one of my stories. I think it was one of my favorite parts of the residency so far. Not so much that I got to read, but that I got to share a story with people who have shared their stories with me.
These residencies always stretch me, and for the duration of them I am usually confused and overwhelmed, but no matter how difficult they are, I am so thankful that I get to do this.