An important and essential aspect of my time at ICFA this year was more pool and sun time than last year. I spent an hour swimming earlier, and it was very refreshing to get back into the water. The last time that I went swimming was ICFA last year, and that was only a single night swim. My waist line necessitated a slightly larger pair of swim trunks, so I’ll be damned if they don’t get properly broke-in during this trip.
I walked down the main strip about a mile from the Marriott, and I found a Cracker Barrel and Starbucks. After having supped on French toast, grits, and fried apples at Cracker Barrel, I’m relaxing at the near-by Starbucks with a grande Pike’s Place before walking the mile back to the hotel.
While I was waiting for my grub in Cracker Barrel, I worked on prioritizing the remainder of my panel gazing at ICFA. Tomorrow morning, I will participate in the SF Graduate Program panel at 10:30am. Other than that, I think I am going to focus on author readings and get work done on a book review and journal essay that comes due next week. However, there is a panel on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm that I need to attend on “East Meets West: Colonialisms, Cultures, and Identities.” I’ve already spoken with Janice M. Bogstad, who is presenting in that session, but I would like to invite the other panelists, Mayurika Chakravorty and Suparno Banerjee, to submit something to The Postnational Fantasy book project that I’m working on with my colleagues Swaralipi Nandi and Professor Masood Raja.