Eastern Michigan Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute. The application was due March 1st. I submitted my paperwork on March 1st at 5:36 pm. One of my friends at school sent me the link for the session a few days ago. It wasn't until Thursday, when I opened the email attachments, that I realized the application was due on Friday. I didn't have time to make my usual list of excuses. I had to make a decision quickly then compose a page or two about why I was interested in participating in the EMWP Summer Institute, how my students engage in writing, my previous experiences that shaped me as a teacher, and my professional activities. I wrote in my head for a day then began barfing it out on the paper at 2:30 on Friday. I could have gotten home from school at 12:30 because we had a half-day, but I had a meeting and I was trying to get progress reports done which cut my time. At 1:30, I started to talk myself out of the whole thing. Maybe it was silly to try and I probably wouldn't get accepted anyway. When I flew in the door at home, I flopped my bags on the floor, whipped off my coat, and fired up the computer. It was go time. I had to bring it. Even if I don't get accepted, it was a sobering reminder of how it feels to write on demand.