How’s it goin’?

December 1, 2009

I had an amazing experience at the Minnesota Writing Project last summer.  My final piece for the summer institute is entitled “Getting Lost.” I wrote about two life-changing events: buying my first house and the end of my relationship of nearly eight years.  I’ve decided to use this piece for my final writing project.

I love “Getting Lost” and a part of me is anxious about trying to adapt it into a digital writing piece.  I know already that I can’t be too attached to the entire piece.  I will probably have to edit out some words and shift things around to make it work with images and sound.  I’ll also need to resist the urge to use every photo I’ve taken of my house since I first saw it in mid-January.  I don’t want my viewers to overdose on images.  I’m excited to find music that conveys the mood of these two milestones in my life.  I plan to use a few songs that I will probably always, for the rest of my life, associate with the relationship.  Like the songs that Curtis put on a mix tape he made for me in college before we even started dating.

Below is a sneak peak.  I dug out this strip of photos this morning.  I haven’t looked at them in over a year.  Already, looking at them is bringing back a flood of thoughts and emotions.  I’m a little nervous about where this project is going to take me emotionally.  I feel like I’m on the verge of opening up a big Pandora’s box.  But I’m also hopeful that this whole process will be therapeutic for me, just like it was last summer.  Here goes nothing….

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5 Responses to “How’s it goin’?”

  1. wanderingturnip said

    very brave Kelsey 🙂

    • Kristin said

      Kelsey,
      Your project sounds very interesting. I think everyone has gone through major life changing experiences, in one way or another, and will be able to relate to the emotions that you experience. I am excited to see what you come up with!
      Kristin

  2. Deb S said

    I loved your writing piece this past summer.
    I look forward to seeing your final project.

  3. Mary said

    As we are ‘currently evolving’ your writing sisterhood will walk with you on this one and be there to lean on too. Wrap our words around you as you write this project; trust that you are as Julia writes:

    …Wise
    Funny
    Humble
    Brilliant and Brave
    Independent …

    …Exploring genres
    Remembering
    Recording
    Weaving
    The fabric of our lives…

    …About connections of the heart
    And the joys of choosing

    We shared heartache near and distant
    Because some of us were losing
    And all of us had lost

    We gained
    Strength
    Resolve
    Confidence
    Conviction
    Friendship
    Unity

    We were experts
    In writing
    In living
    In showing one another
    The mazes
    Of our complicated
    Familiar
    Hearts

    We are
    Women with words
    We remain
    Currently evolving

  4. Maria said

    Kelsey,

    I can’t wait to see this finished piece.

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