I feel like I've been in a dream these last seven months, and upon waking, I find that several major projects are suddenly finished. It's a nice feeling. In January, I started my final term at Bennington with Deirdre McNamer, who really helped me solidify my ideas for my novel. Every time I talked with her, I got excited and wanted to start writing immediately. I consider that response a hallmark of a great teacher. I also began working on my graduate lecture, which dealt with the cross-section between science and literature. Andrea Barrett, whose work I admire, gave her feedback on it, which was awesome.