Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tribute to OYAN Summer Workshop 2012

2 hours, 59 minutes. Name tags. MNU. Nervous laughter. Apprehension. Bell. Enthusiastic welcomes. Tables. Name tags, name tags. Narwhals stolen. Red fedora. Twisted strings. Rolling tables. No room keys. Familiar faces. Unfamiliar hair. Platypi as bush babies. Laughter. Nerves. Joy. Sian. Sandy. Jonny. Braden, Blaine. Kyle. Isaac. On and on. Music, dancing. T-shirts for sale! Room key mess. Survive. Line, line, endless line. 174. Is this 174? Pizza. Time-travel. Brain dead. Hello to strangers. Real names, fake names. Not strangers. Friends. Surprise. Sheepish. Chocolate. Cards. Love. Foot circle. Spider-man and friends. Introduce yourself. Tianna. Hug. Hug forever, please. Just the beginning; not even the beginning. Bed. Sleep.

Dress. Sleeves. TARDIS. Seats. So many. Oh, so many. PenKnights in fedoras. He has the clicker. Mr. S. Every book is a TARDIS. Every writer is the Doctor. Every reader is a companion. It’s here. I can’t believe it’s here. Life. Precious. Important. Shipwreck. Value. On stage. 12th century. Belong. “Food.” Sleeve adventures. Nerves. Owls. Kalina, Lindsay, Miles, Justin, Sandy, Sierra, Brian. Bjorn. Where is Bjorn? Bjorn is late. Uncomfortable. Awkward. Read. Critique. It’s okay. Sporks. Afternoon blur. Skype Er. Hug Tianna, I’m sure. Platypi supper. Laughter. Memories. Stuffed platypi! Gross greasy grouse. Man vs. Cafeteria. Laughter. Pictures. Video. Mark Twain in TARDIS. Golden arm. Amazing. First fifty pages. Cheers. Drink. Cheers. Drink. Cheers. Question and answer. Good stuff. Grassy Knoll. Search for Blaine. OYANers go poof. Curfew. Die. Not really. (Love you, Mr. S.)

Mrs. S. is a pirate. Celtic day. Hug Tianna. Gaelic Gangsters. Dancing Texans don’t dance. Bolts of lightening. No useless knowledge. Leaf. Niggle. Knight of Elyon. Write, always write. Of course. Write. Never stop. Write. Description. Pain in head. Description inhales air quickly. I will learn. Lunch. Light saber fights. Costumes. Costumes. Costumes. Critique group. Bjorn late again. More comfortable. Lone Wolf, Chelsea Smile, Third Time, Forest of Lies...Sporks again. Hug Tianna. Celtic singing. Trash can? Drum. Kilt. Scarborough Fair. Amazing Grace. Food and laughs. Silent football. Mister Gamemaster, sir. Platypi row. Christian Speculative Fiction. Largest group in nation. Too many good books. World details. Long list. I am sunk. I can still learn, right? Music, music, music. Mr. S. is Scottish. Hug. Sing. Dance. Laugh. So many groups. Fiddler on the Roof. Shared cookie. Halfway. How can we be halfway. How?

Pony coloring book. Robin Hood in afro. Or William Tell? Pen mightier than arrow...Publishing houses and proposals. Good with me. Panel. Critique groups. I am late. Mentoring session. Exciting. Editor. New York City. Return. Pepperoni animals. Parliament of Pepperoni Animals Eating Owls with Sporks? Maybe. Just maybe. Whovians. So many. Everything grows. Awful lot of running. Dinner. Ice cream sticks. Laughter. Sides hurt. Contest videos. Braden sings. Crush on characters? Yeeeeep. Adventure box, God box. Same box. <3 C. S. Lewis. Improv. More laughter. Book quotes. Wal-mart. 95% of the Earth. Rebellion! D.y.i.n.g. Posing with TARDIS. Improv team becomes cooler. Kor’Vare is mature. Tired. Sprinklers. Refuse depression.

Prey on the weak that you might be strong. Wow, Sarumon. IRS agent. Accents, accents, more accents. On stage. God through me. Blab. Hope they get it. Think they get it. Jesus won. They must get it. Laughing Lothlorien Ladies. Dudney and Jonny. Mr. S. and Mr. Oswald. Changing world. Exciting. Platypi lunch. Signing t-shirts. Mocking signing t-shirts. Laughter. So much laughter. Late to critiques again. Denouement is working. Hurrah! Important things: signing, signing, signing. Music and tumblr. Disney face swap. Braden. Taped. Execution. Out with the...cameras. Photo shoot of Addison’s face. Mini-Ten and my hat at supper. Calleigh’s swords. Poking. Ice cream contest. It’s almost over. How did this happen. Enjoy it. Enjoy it now. Eat sugar for supper. Real food is bleh. CELERY. CoatRack. Singing. Marxist turtles. Quilt. War of Two Trees. Life and Death. Tears. Thunderous applause. We’re bigger on the inside. Testimonies. So many. More tears. Good tears. That’s love. Love hurts. Beauty hurts. Extended curfew. Still too short. Last hug. She’s gone. Winding down. Prayer. Talking. Ninja. Goodbye, Elizabeth x 6. Cry. Countdown. Love. Tears. Laughter. So. Much. Love. Heaven. Hugs & Tears. Flying man-hugs. Inside jokes. Change the world. O.Y.A.N. Life is good. Very good. Beautiful.

So much to come. Separated. Strong.

OYAN Workshop 2012.

My image.


Julia D said...

That's perfect. Simply beautiful. ^_^

Sandy said...


This is so good. This captures it just. Just. Right.

I choked here:

"Unfamiliar hair."

{Tomorrow Song} said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Everything is so beautiful.

Miss you all terribly already

Writing is good.

God is better.

{Tomorrow Song} said...

Beautiful, beautiful. The Workshop was so beautiful.

Writing is good.

God is better.

Miss you all.

LadyPenWarrior said...

Hug Rachel. <3


Anonymous said...

Wow. That summed up so many things so well.

What a blur. What a blessing. What an experience!

Can't wait for next year!


Sandy said...

You've been nominated/tagged for the Liebster Blog Award! Yay!

Godsgirl said...

Nai.... I think this might be my favorite post of the Workshop yet. That. Was. Perfect.

*hugs* God bless you, Nai. Always.


Olivia said...

You've been nominated for the Liebster Blog award! Check back at Epiphanies for more details. ;)


Nairam said...

@Julia: Thank you. :) Even if most of my job was in capturing the beauty that was there, not creating it.

@Sandy: Your scream is one of my main memories from Monday. :P The funny thing was, after you screamed, *I* looked and I think my eyes maybe did this: O_O I didn't realize I knew that person until you brought that attention to it. :P (though I also heard and empathized with the second hair epiphany...)

@Abby: Truth. :) Miss you guys too.

@Penny: Hugs Penny again. :)

@Pippin: Yay! And amen.

@Godsgirl: Thank you. God bless you, too.

Anonymous said...

That was brilliantly put.

Anonymous said...

Yep. It was brilliant. You summed it up beautifully Rachel. :)

Elizabeth (made2glorify) said...

Reaction: Epic, but there wasn't a box for that. So I went with "cool"

I laughed at the "Familiar faces, unfamiliar hair"
I almost cried at the "Last hug. She's gone."
Then I laughed again at "Said Goodbye, Elizabeth x6"

Siani Delaney said...

This post came up on my dashboard and I had to check it out, so I did, and let's just say it made me laugh and choke up several times.

Amazing way to sum it up and thank you so much for this, truly. It is a fun and unique way to recall that week.


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