Friday, June 16, 2006

In the Mountains

Taos has been good this year. Great critiques, so far. Last night Walter made his traditional black roux gumbo and rice and for desert, flaming bananas foster. The stories have been ambitious and that has given us a lot to talk about.

Rio Hondo is always a strange balancing act between the extraordinary beauty of the landscape and the nearly perfect temperature, and the vicissitudes of altitude. Just climbing the steps at the Snow Bear lodge is challenging for us (we all get to the top floor and pause, gasping.) Altitude makes people sleep fitfully. The air is so dry that my sinuses are whacked. The cottonwoods are dropping a dusting of cottonwood and Daniel Abraham's allergies are in full bloom. Alcohol hits us all twice as hard. Last night, Walter made margaritas. I figure we'll be positively giddy at today's critique. Today we do three stories, including Walter's. Tomorrow we do the last two. Sunday I fly to Wisconsin for the Writer's on the Lake. My email is working poorly, alas.


Blogger Beth Adele said...

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June 17, 2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Beth Adele said...

Sounds heavenly... even the bit about email working poorly. [grin]

It's like living in a sopping wet wool blanket here, so the thought of dry Taos air is actually enticing. But I hope your sinuses rehydrate quickly in Wisconsin.

June 17, 2006 11:11 AM  
Blogger Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

Maureen, have you received my email regarding Armadillocon?

June 21, 2006 10:46 AM  
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June 22, 2006 6:42 PM  

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