In September I’ll be joining the MFA program at Guelph-Humber. MFA programs can be contentious and they’re certainly not for everyone, but for me, an MFA always meant time. Time to write, think about my writing practise, and get some teaching experience.
I’ve always balanced money-work with writing-work and for the past two years, money-work has taken up a lot of my energy. It feels like a gift to have the next two years dedicated to writing* and working through all the sticky, ugly, complicated stuff of life that I can’t stop thinking about, like plastic-permanence, sex, and inherited trauma.
I’ll be working on a novel and maybe even a small poetry collection too. I want to try something new with the novel form and step outside my comfort zone. In the past year I’ve started to feel the familiarity of the short story, which is a good and bad thing. Familiarity means I know how to write a short story (finally) but it also means it’s time to feel stupid again. The space of a novel is intimidating. I’ll be learning how to meander with purpose. In a short story, everything matters. In a novel, you get to take your time. A novel is more forgiving, but that’s not to say you can get lazy and superfluous. I’m learning to meander as I work through the first part of the new manuscript.
More change-not-change happened in my non-writing life, and Chris and I got married on August 18. We were skeptical about having a wedding, being the anxious over-thinkers we are, but did our best to throw caution to the wind and do something just for the fun of it. It was difficult for us but we survived and it was worth it. I’m so glad we did it. It was small, just 50 of our closest family and friends, with an immediate family only “signing of the documents.” I’ve never felt so loved.
This Friday, Chris and I are headed to New York for the museums and dive bars and to eat as much pizza as humanly possible. It’s time to take a time out from everything and reset for what’s ahead.
In other news, Cracker Jacks for Misfits will be launched at the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on October 9. More details to follow.
* The world being what it is, I’ll still be money-working. If you have any copywriting or content needs, drop me a line and perhaps we can do something cool together.