First of all, I'd like to thank you for accepting the residency. We've been very lucky to have you. Since you had heard of Sea Change before this residency, was it as you expected?
The biggest factor was that this was in the summer. I couldn't do winter here: the amount of alone time was a big adjustment for me. The residency would be especially good for collaborating, or if you were older and came here with a partner. I'm a single straight male, which was a little unusual for P-Town. I didn't have a car, either, which I don't think you could do in the winter. I'm definitely glad I came here in the summertime. A friend of mine came to visit for like two days, and then everything was different. It was a whole different place. But mostly I was on my own.
Did you feel comfortable in the cottage?
I decided to use the stipend for meals - I ate out every day. The stipend is great. So I guess I would have had more of a sense of home if I'd been in the cottage more, or if I stayed in to cook or really settled in, but I wanted to spend more of my time working on projects.
Did you work on a lot of projects in your time there? Do you feel like it was a good place for working and relaxing?
Oh yeah. I read 500 books. Did a lot of writing, reading, and relaxing.
Could you tell me a little more about what it's like to be there in the summer? Were there a lot of tourists?
Well, there's been a lot of rain, so it's been limiting as far as what you can do around here. But there have been less tourists than usual, and that's better for projects. I had the space to relax and think. A lot happened while I was here. There was the subway crash in D.C. - that's my route, that's my time, that's my station. You start to think maybe this is a blessing or something. I've thought a lot about that.
Do you have any advice for incoming residents?
When my friend was here we tried to cook once and he set off the fire alarm. We had to open the window. You might want to add an instruction about how the air circulates in the room - there's not much of a vent, so you have to open the window if something like that happens. You also want to leave a light on at night because it's so dark out. The steps are dangerous; there are bats. I also took of my socks and shoes in the house, but parts of the house are a little bit hazardous, maybe they shouldn't do that.
Is there anything we could do to make the stay more comfortable?
The kitchen was very well-stocked when I got here. I was glad I could print, but it would be good if people took the printer paper out when they're not using it, you know, so the moisture in the air doesn't get it.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
It'd be really cool if writers all contributed a book when they left. I really liked the black book that's been left here; maybe it would be nice for everybody to add to the bookshelves.