The highlight of the month was a long-weekend revision workshop with Lidia Yuknavitch, followed by a few days of solo writing in Portland where I revised and submitted a short story called Breeding Season. What I love about Lidia's approach is her encouraging, thought-provoking mode of critique. I've not experienced anything like it, in science or in writing, and it comes from close reading and praise and thoughtful questioning. A pulling up of the heartlines of the piece so that - visible - they can be strengthened. It is possible to feel good about yourself and rip open your work at the same time.