Sunday 11th September
Jacey Bedford writes: This morning (most of us) managed breakfast between 8.00 and 9.00 without growling at each other. The conversation became Milford-ish almost immediately with a breakfast conversation about suicide by chainsaw and the technicalities of using gaffer (duct) tape to bypass the safety cut-off. Whereupon the following utterance drifted down the table:
“After that I can smoothly segue into accidental death by biscuit oven,” Dave Gullen.
Milford sayings, best when taken out of context, are usually recorded for posterity. Expect more as the week progresses.
Jim Anderson writes: The first day is done and it’s been an excellent day. Those of us who had stories up for comment now have lots to think about, as all the stories generated vibrant but not heated discussion, lots of good commentary and many (many) suggestions for what might be done to make the readers happier. And now we have settled into the library, talking through the events of the day and sharing pictures of scars (don’t ask), soon to be followed by dinner and then games until bedtime. Last night some of us discovered the joys of Cards Against Humanity (I must now buy this game), a fascinating game to play with people of imagination.
Siobhan McVeigh writes: Munching Honeycomb Fairydust Carrot Cake as the clouds scarper along the escarpments chasing sheep shadows over the hills. What’s not to love? Classic crit moment of the day: You know there’s a prison on Portland? (arq raarq goes the 3 minute alarm). ‘If you get someone really good, but someone like me…’ ‘Injured questions of religion…’ the hubub of ‘the next big thing is just a couple of years away…’ Trigonos library feels like coming home.
Terry Jackman writes: I have the same bedroom as last time, which is great, and they’ve taken out the extra bed too. So now I can move all the furniture and set the table in the window. [Trigonos staff haven’t realised that yet but they didn’t complain last year]. As usual the cast of fifteen are all starting to look like they’ve all known each other for ages, and it’s only the first day. Some are already making interesting discoveries. Quote: “I thought this story was surreal – but then I realised it was a bit like my life.” Feeling quite happy at the moment, sat by a wood fire – but then my first submission is up tomorrow, so the future awaits.
Amy Tibbetts writes: Today I walked on a wooded path along the lake, through blackberry bushes and green meadows, then through the quaint gardens where hobbit-size slate bridges span the little rushing brook. Trigonos is always a place of stillness.