Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Tale of Two Residencies

This past year, I was lucky enough to participate in two different writers' residency programs: one in Banff and one in Barcelona. I recently wrote a short post about my time at the Banff Centre here.

In Barcelona, I was living at Jiwar Creation and Society. The founders organized a six-week residency to coincide with Festa de San Jordi, a Valentine's Day-like holiday when people exchange both flowers and books with their sweethearts. (This is obviously my new favourite holiday.) At the end of my Jiwar stay, I was invited to do a public reading in the garden. It was an unforgettable experience to read from my novel in the same neighbourhood where the work was originally inspired. I'm so grateful to have spent time in both of these artist-supportive and beautiful places.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Mermaid Renaissance

One of my favourite things about publishing stories is that once they get out into the world, sometimes they take on a life of their own. This past week, my mermaid story, “Apoptosis,” published back in December by Taddle Creek, had a surprisingly busy schedule. Here’s what it was up to:
  • It became available to read on Taddle Creek’s website.
  • It was mentioned as a recent favourite story by Jane Campbell on PRISM’s blog.
  • My local library group linked to it on Facebook.
  • Writer, Kathy Friedman, used it to teach something called “Freytag’s Pyramid” to her students. (I have since asked her to please teach me about this pyramid as well. Lesson pending…)

In the spirit of providing random support to stories that are out there pounding the pavement, my own favourite story of recent weeks is Molly Lynch’s “Acute Failure” published in Room Magazine, Issue 36.4. I really loved this story. It’s lyrical and raw, and so much larger than its word count. Check it out if you can get your hands on a copy!