Fall flew by this year and was filled with busy days at home and at work. Home is where I'm writing these days, and I've been keeping up the schedule I envisioned when I started working full time last April with relative success. Even just an hour a day after work makes all the difference. Small sprints during the week so by the time Saturday and Sunday roll around, I'm primed and ready to jump into more intensive, thoughtful hours. I think it's about keeping the work at the top of mind and not letting things get pushed to the background. The stuff of life, those real world aches and pains, traffic on the way home, a burnt out light bulb, an empty printer cartridge, it all seems to be working against you sometimes, getting in the way of what you really want to be doing.
But I survived and have a better sense of how much time and space I need to write. That's why I applied to the Banff Centre this fall, and I'm excited to report I'll be attending for a 10 day residency in February. Most of all, I'm looking forward to the time. What will I be working on? You'll have to wait and see.
I'm currently reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neil, a book I picked up this summer at the Eden Mills Writer's Festival where I got to read in the emerging writers' set, the Fringe. It's taken me a while to get to because I got caught up in some true crime (my absolute favourite of the genres) as well as a large book gifted to me my Chris' dad, An Affair of Honor by Richard Marius, an epic about a double murder in a small southern town.
On another note, June is sweeter than ever this time of year, and is especially affectionate when it gets cold out. We're staying cozied up inside. Stay warm.