A random look back at Muse 2010

Talking with Joan FitzGerald at Muse 2010 lunch

Chatting during lunch at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace 2010.

Grub Street, a fantastic nonprofit writing center in Boston, today launched its new daily blog, Grub Daily. I’m excited to see what the blog has in store for local writers. Today’s introductory post promises a schedule for every weekday: writing exercises, success stories, guest posts, literary advice and approving nods toward achieving members, aka Grubbies. Fantastic.

Another cool thing featured on the site: Flickr photos from Muse & the Marketplace 2010 — and yours truly is featured in a handful.

Photos were taken by Alonso Nichols.

Talking with Joan FitzGerald at Muse 2010 lunch

Lunch: Talking with Joan FitzGerald.

Above and below: Talking with Joan FitzGerald. We sat next to each other at a lunch during Muse 2009, too. I like these photos, the one below especially, because it’s photographic evidence that I can be engaging, and engaged, in a conversation. 🙂

Talking with Joan FitzGerald at Muse 2010 lunch

Lunch: Talking with Joan FitzGerald.

Mingling session at Muse 2010.

I'm standing with the gray shirt and black netbook bag strap.

Above and below: I’m standing with the gray shirt and black netbook bag strap. Below, it looks like that might be Sally Bunch sitting down in the black and white dress. We followed each other on Twitter since then, but only officially met at Literary Death Match in Cambridge last month.

Sally Bunch at the red table.

Looks like that might be Sally Bunch sitting down in the black and white dress.

Below, I finally meet Crystal King, the blonde in the black shirt, whom I followed on Twitter since Muse 2009. At right is Stacey Resnikoff, whom I also bumped into at Literary Death Match last month, when she was kind enough to give me and my wife a ride from her parking garage to ours, a quarter of a mile away, in the below-zero temps.

Talking with Crystal King and Stacey Resnikoff.

Talking with Crystal King and Stacey Resnikoff.

Below: Nice photo, but probably the worst one of me.

Muse 2010 class.

Nice photo, but probably the worst one of me.

Below are just some random cool shots that I added to my Flickr favorites.

Muse 2010 lunch room.

Muse 2010 lunch room.

Muse 2010 lunch room.

Muse 2010 lunch room.

Chuck Palahniuk, Amy Hempel and Bret Anthony Johnson at Muse 2010.

Keynote speaker Chuck Palahniuk, with Amy Hempel and Bret Anthony Johnson at Muse 2010.

Above: Chuck Palahniuk, at left, was the guest speaker. At his table is writer Amy Hempel, whom he described as a god, and Bret Anthony Johnson.

Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy, author of Refresh, Refresh and The Wilding.

Above: Benjamin Percy. With a voice inhabiting the unlikely offspring of John Wayne and Optimus Prime, Percy captivated the class with his expertly written story of how the mere thought of the movie “Toy Story” agonizingly claws at his core. I since saw the same article, “Consider the Orange: Writing Meaningful Repetition” in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. I bought his short story collection, “Refresh, Refresh,” the fantastic title story of which I hear is planned to be a movie, and I’m about a quarter of my way through it. (Just read the story, “The Killing,” which has an interesting ending.)

This was an unexpected look back at Grub Street’s Muse & the Marketplace 2010. Since then, I’ve taken two fantastic classes with instructor Tim Horvath, as well as day-long or night classes with Tara Masih, Amy Yelin and Ethan Gilsdorf, among others.

All have contributed to my honing my skills as a writer. Networking with fellow writers, whether in class, on Twitter or Facebook, through this and other blogs, or random meetings at bloodless death matches, I am finding to be an essential aspect of a budding writer’s world. As Palahniuk said in his keynote speech last May, some of his best work has come from going out and socializing rather than sitting at home in front of his computer all day.

And while I plan to make this year count, by taking the material that I produced over the last year and polishing it, and most importantly submitting it, to literary journals or online literary magazines, I surmise that part of a successful writing career would benefit from getting out there, bumping into people, not being afraid of opportunities that may present themselves.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Stanley,
    That was me! I was having more fun than it appears. To my right in the gray jacket is Stephen Dorneman and across is Tom Meek.

    See you at the next Muse, if you go. Thanks for sharing the photos.

    Sally

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