Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

I Am Back!

VT College of Fine Arts Jan 2013Yes, I am!

I can’t believe it!

Did I just return yesterday?

When I think about it logically, and trace the dates back, it sounds right. Mostly though, all the days are still kind of jumbled up together. Am I dreaming or something?

No, I can’t be. Because I’m more awake than I have been in a while.

Yes, Vermont was that amazing.

It surpassed my every expectation.

Turns out, my friend Patti Brown was right. Vermont College of Fine Arts really IS the perfect place for me.

I planned a couple of blog posts to share with you in the next month or so about some of what I have learned, some of my adventures. It’d be impossible to cover even a quarter of it all, and I’m too busy with homework to even try. But I did take some notes for you. Just please continue being patient with me in the next few weeks (months) — really, in the next two years 🙂

And hang in there 31-minute challenge participants. I thank you for the guest posts (two more coming up soon from Dori Stone and her husband Jim!) And thank you for the continued thanks and emails. I’m sorry if I can’t always answer it quickly. They do mean so much, I swear! I’m so glad it’s working for you — for those of you still writing every day, that is.

Personally, I haven’t actually been writing every day. But taking into consideration the lectures and the workshops and the thinking, the new ideas, the occasional writing exercise — I did work hard on my writing even on the days I didn’t compose my own prose. (And I did make sure to write/think/read critically — with notes — while traveling.)

What I am trying to say is:  yes, I am still doing this with you.

More soon!



January 22, 2013 - Posted by | Personal Mirror, Writing Mirror |


  1. Welcome back, Katia! I know your mind is filled with experiences and observations from your Vermont course. Looking forward to hearing what you learned. And yes, I’m still in this. After that first day of only one 31 minute session, I’ve managed at least 2 or 3 every day. That timer is keeping me going! I’ve already finished a complete revision of my MG novel and I’m starting on another.

    Comment by Joanne Fritz | January 22, 2013 | Reply

    • That is seriously amazing, Joanne. You’re moving at lightning speed now! I’m not, as it isn’t exactly my time to do that, but I am cheering for you.

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  2. I am so very excited for you and want to hear every little thing but I do realize you can’t put it all down. I’ll be watching for all the little ways the Vermont experience and learnings ooze out in your blog and in your writing.

    Comment by joycemoyerhostetter | January 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you, Joyce! Watch for the oozing, great idea — yes! 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  3. Katia, I’m glad you had a great time. Your pic looks so beautiful, and I’m glad you kept up the writing. I look forward to hearing more about your trip.

    Comment by Jessica | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  4. Glad it was all you hoped for, and probably even more. Great to have you back.
    My MS Word still quits on me, no idea why… I think I’ve now lost my chapter ten three times (twice toda), so I’ll quit for tonight and try again tomorrow. Each rewrites comes out a bit different. Best wishes to all of you writing. Barbara

    Comment by Barbara | January 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Hey Barbara! It’s kind of cool actually, that you’re playing with rewrites this way. Maybe that’s what the universe means for you to do right now? 🙂 Either that, or it’s testing your persistence, lol! Hang in there — the month is almost over.

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  5. Welcome back! I cannot wait to hear about your experience. Too much to put into words, I’m sure. I love the picture you posted…wish I was there! As for me, even with a big move on my hands (next week-moving from north of San Francisco to L.A. area ) I still have been getting my writing in, which I’m quite proud of.

    Comment by Robin Hutchinson | January 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Great job, Robin! This is your way of saying what’s really important to you. Good luck with your move.

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  6. I don’t like snow, so I don’t wish I was THERE, but I do envy the writing experience. Good thing that I can live it vicariously with you! And FYI, I technically “failed” this past week. But I’m still going.

    Comment by Wendy Greenley | January 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Wendy, I read your blog (for some reason I have trouble leaving comments…they don’t stick!), but it doesn’t sound like failure to me. Sounds like you’re still working your craft, figuring things out, so, even if I have to take your name out of the drawing pool for the prize, I’m still happy for you. Cheers!

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 24, 2013 | Reply

  7. Welcome back. That’s a lovely pic. I’ll watch out for all your posts about what you learned.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | January 24, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks, M! Don’t expect a deluge of those posts…but do expect a couple… 🙂

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 24, 2013 | Reply

  8. Welcome back! Am so happy for you. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Comment by nan marino | January 25, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks, Nan! I missed you!

      Comment by Katia Raina | January 25, 2013 | Reply

      • Same here. We need to get together soon.

        Comment by nan marino | January 26, 2013

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