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    I am. This is.

    Got into my studio, finally, last night at 7:30pm, nine days of waiting. Yesterday I wandered, edited on the grass, worked in my temporary studio, but it felt like temporary work, ungrounded. By 10:30pm things were unpacked enough to feel here. Then a little karaoke with the residents, then work until 1am. Today, all day, in the studio editing my manuscript, aka my thesis. Which is due tomorrow by midnight pacific time.

    It is the end of the 4th quarter and I am wondering what surprise I am supposed to have up my sleeve, the spontaneous, last minute decision that is the answer, the magician’s trick, in the last moments of whatever game I am playing.

    Whatever freshness will eek in at this protracted hour will be inspired by my meeting with Aimee Nezhukumatathil today, her responses to five poems. Maybe the final questions needed for the last comb through. The perfect jolt. How can I surprise myself tonight?

    I just finished being the MC for the first resident reading, six writers who were awesome. Now I am listening to The Strokes, Is This It, loud in my headphones, dancing and writing this, because it makes me bizarrely happy. And now I can dance in my studio, because it is on the first floor, and it is just mine. Also, pertinent title, didn't even notice.

    But the real question, is there time for the season finale of Game of Thrones? Because they are mentioned in one poem, I feel like maybe I am allowed. Though this is a make-up post, and I still need to do todays, and think about Aimee's comments more, and it is....

    late

    [leyt]

    adjective

    1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time; unexpected

    2. continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted.

    3. an advanced stage of a historical period of cultural movement

    4. flowering or ripening toward the end of the season.

    5. near or at the end of day or well into the night

    6. belonging to the time just before the present moment; most recent.

    7. immediately preceding the present one; former.

    8. recently deceased.

    9. occurring at an advanced stage in life

    adverb

    1. after the usual or proper time, or after delay.

    2. until after the usual time or hour; until an advanced hour, especially of the night

    3. at or to an advanced time, period, or stage; toward the end of a period.

    4. at a time in the near future, afterward.

    5. recently but no longer; formerly but not now

    noun

    1. the most recent news or fashion

    Origin

    before 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired; cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted"

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