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@alice simpson I just contacted them. This was a story in Paris Review. Hardly believe they would fake it.
1 year ago on Tweet lands writer best workspace ever
This program is advertised on AMTRAK's own website so I have NO idea why you got that letter...
@PeggyDover @DenisePikolycky @SusanTuttle1 @ Gwen @condawgdeuce I think deadline was th 25th but go on the entry page and it will block you if it is closed
1 year ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
I submitted a poetry application
1 year, 1 month ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
Don, I agree with you about the creative vibe there is on a train in motion. My most memorable one was years ago from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. It was early AM and there was a layer of wispy fog on the Puget Sound. Out of the mist a pod of orcas leapt (they were fishing for breakfast!) and I wrote a poem on the spot! It got published in Prairie Schooner literary journal later and one of the editors has it hanging in her office to this day. I look forward to another creative space and more exciting topics for poems.The great thing about creation on trains is that your subjects keep on coming as you rumble by on the tracks. GREAT material happens moment to moment. Some of my poems have happened while simply IMAGINING trains or train stations. Yeah, there's definitely something going on with trains and creativity.
1 year, 1 month ago on Tweet lands writer best workspace ever
@DenisePikolycky @CarolWilletteBachofner well, i read somewhere that they instantly notify you of the receipt of your application. I don't think I got that. Hmmm, wondering ig I should reapply????
Now that I have applied, I'm wondering when the decisions will get made. Fingers are crossed and I have a suitcase at the ready! When will this get rolling?
It is so exciting to think of getting on the train and settling in with my laptop for a nice long writing session. I also LOVE eating on the train....my mouth is watering at the thought of join to the dining car and meeting people and having breakfast!
@GeorgeRoyall Yeah, we who have time to travel and not so much money would appreciate some great discounts!
1 year, 1 month ago on 6 Tips for Cheap Amtrak Tickets
My train trips have included a longish (24 hours) one from Frankfort Germany to Rome Italy. It was a sleeper and I loved the rocking back and forth all night. So soothing.
The easy sway of train travel is like a heartbeat. As the thrub, thrub of the wheels goes on, my mind is in a state of heightened awareness. I see and feel more than in a stationary place. When I travel by train, I get a view of the local areas from a whole different point of view which sets me to wondering about the people in those homes or businesses, or about the people who are drawn to tag buildings (why do they do their deeds in darkness for example?)
Sleeper trains are amazing. They provide a quiet space where I am able to fully concentrate and observe. Nothing else gets in the way. I once took a sleeper train from Frankfort Germany to Rome, Italy and found it the BEST way to travel. It was like being born all over again as we emerged in a new place just as day arrived.