The Good Life.

June 10th, 2008 → Leave a comment

When I was a lil’ girl, I imagined having a big beach house to live in. Steps from the sand. And now, that dream is true… well… for at least six weeks. This is one of those summers where life looks the way I’ve always wanted it to be.

That’s right kids. A year and half ago, I got a mysterious letter in the mail saying I had been nominated for the Hermitage Artists Retreat on the Manasota Key off of Englewood, FL. I was nominated by one of their board members. I cried when I got the letter because pretty much the letter said that without an application or particular project, that the space and time to create was mine if I wanted it. The pictures of this mysterious retreat were breathtaking. It’s pretty much the MacArthur of artist retreats– well… in that unsolicited gifts from heaven kinda way..

That would be my house behind the palm trees.

That would be my backyard.

The view from my office/ writing room.

The steps out the door.

There are big seashells washed up on the shore.


It’s amazing to be here. It’s my first day here and I feel like I’ve been here for two weeks. I am also the only artist here. The next artist doesn’t come until July. So I’ve got this two bedroom cottage to myself and have my run of the kitchen, living room and big house on my own. I hope that time continues to stretch like this so I can make progress on the book. And there’s absolutely no commerce on this key. I have no car. And if there are any singles out here, they are all over 65 years old.

It’s going to be a ripe environment to get work done.

I also saw an iguana today on the walk back to the beach. It was funny because I was like, “AAGH!” I thought it was like a mini dinosaur. I want to get a book about the animal, flora and fauna in Florida so that I can stop referring to things in terms in of TV shows. (“Oh wow, those cottages are like the ones on LOST.”)

And just in the last few days, I was in Minneapolis, MN for the Asian American Theater Conference. More on my fake panel later. But here are my fun tourist pictures.

Paul Bunyan mini golf at the Walker Art Center.

Sticking it to the man at the Mall of America theme park ride by not paying for their photos, but instead taking a picture of their picture of me on the screen.

Cheese bras with my friend Sam.

Cheese hats.

Some random kid I picked up and photo’d with at the airport.

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