In the fall of 2006, I spent three weeks here, thanks to the Hedgebrook Foundation:
Since then I have occasionally felt overcome by guilt. I should have finished that novel by now. It should be out and in print by now. Oh, why did they throw that residency away on me?
But now I remember what Hedgebrook's Executive Director Amy Wheeler said to me when I was going through my moments of panic during those three weeks. She said, "Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes this place evokes writing that can only come together after you've left."