I'm just finishing a 10 day residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. To say this place makes working easy would be a vast understatement. I've made leaps, connections and choices creatively that I don't think I would have come to, or had the guts to come to, working at home.
Over the past year, for any number of reasons, I've had a hard time finding dedicated time, space and solitude to write. I'm grateful to the Literary Arts program for taking me in here in the Rockies. The Centre has provided me with a quiet place, supportive facilities and, above all else, time. Time to move at my own pace, to structure my day however I see fit. Time to mull it all over and eventually make tough decisions in the service of my project.
Leaving here will be bittersweet. I accomplished what I set out for myself when I left Toronto but I'll so miss this kind of writing freedom. Not to mention the long winter hikes, the mountains, the air, the snow and the wildlife.
I won't talk about what I've been working on (just yet), so in the mean time, enjoy some photos of my adventure, shot on iPhone 8 and the Fujifilm X100. I'm not the best photographer, but with scenery like this, its not hard to take a good photo.