I have a habit in a new city getting myself lost and figuring my way out of it. Morgantown was no exception.
This past Saturday, I took the very long way to downtown Morgantown, walking past the morning tailgaters and into the very quiet downtown. I was rewarded with a cup of coffee from Blue Moose Cafe.
I’m pretty sure I walked about six to eight miles to make it into downtown. Though I had coffee and something to eat, I was still hungry. This past Friday, I ate at Black Bear Burritos and was promptly defeated by The Nacho Man. I also ate in the downtown location that Saturday.
Eventually, I made my way back to my hotel and stayed there because I was so exhausted from my journey.
I’m in my new hotel now and it’s a lot better than the horror show. My experience has been better in Morgantown but it still is a city that is challenging to move around in. The rapid transit system used is good if you are a college student at University of West Virginia since it gets you from one side of the campus to the other (and it was a help in getting back home) but I’m struggling to find the literary culture here, the arts. Even the alternative paper is incredibly thin. Maybe it’s because Pittsburgh is so close. I’m not sure. The next time I’m here (and I know with another project coming in a few months, there will be a next time), I’ll have better luck.
At the local comic book shop, I picked up the first trade paperback of Brian K. Vaughn’s new series Saga. It’s really good and I’m going back to get the next trade paperback. If you are into space operas the way Brian K. Vaughn always wanted to write one, you’d be into it.
I also have a poem in the latest issue of Black Heart Magazine, which you can check out here.