Hard to believe, today is the last full day of this writing course. Everyone will be preparing to leave tomorrow morning. How should I best spend my time in the remaining hours outside of class? Let me recap first.
It's drizzling outside. I have not brought the right clothes at all. Otherwise I would have taken long walks in this beautiful, secluded country-side of infinite green fields. Instead, I've been dreadfully cold, shivering in my thin Kenyan striped pantaloon trousers and walking in my day-old socks in sandals, very much a hippy out of water.
What are some of the things I learned from my peers on this course? It's what I remember about the Landmark Forum last year, where among a group of people you can find someone with similar life experiences from which you can learn.
I am aware I've been wasting time while thinking that I was just borrowing time. After two years of experimenting with what I could do and wanted to do, I am finally doing what I set out to do in the first place ---- write, go on a writing retreat, meet other writers, and get feedback on my writing.
What a world it has opened for me! Books I've never read. Authors I've never heard of. Where have I been all this time? Marooned on an island? Cocooned in a Dutch village, that's where!
16 July 2004 Friday
Arvon Foundation - writing courses
By fluke, I finally figured out what was wrong with my laptop keyboard. I've done it before but couldn't remember. This morning I noticed a light, symbolising that the <NUM LOCK> key was pressed. I lived with pressing the <Fn> key whenever I wanted to get the letters 7, 8, 9, 0, u, I, o, p, j, k, l, ;, m to work.
As a touch typist, I can't stand the inconvenience of not being able to type on a regular keyboard. In Germany, I had to contend with a slightly different layout. The last few days I had to press the <Fn> key. I'm relieved finally