It’s been more than two weeks since I started my gig as writer-in-residence at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (LMLCC) and I am starting to feel a little settled, more capable of taking on what I said I’d take on. Yes, moments of doubt haunt me from time-to-time! But I can and will do this.
I’d already moved a computer desk and chair into my studio space at the Centre. This morning my husband helped me move in a rather large basket of books and a couple of bags of art supplies. Attending Gerri Ann Siwek‘s Artist Trading Cards (ATC) workshop here last weekend reminded me how much fun I’d been having with the multimedia work I’ve been doing on and off for a few years. So, I’ve decided that while I’m WIR, I’ll spend a bit of time each week working with words in other ways. The ATCs posted here are from that workshop with Gerri Ann. Both are unfinished but Garden 3 is the one that really inspired me to take this work forward, perhaps because it provided me with another way into a poem. I don’t know if I’ll make any more ATCs, but I will be making more poems!
And I’ll be helping others make new poems, too. And fiction and nonfiction, as well. That’s what the basket of books is about. They are almost the full extent of my About Writing reference library. I’ve been mentally leafing through a number of them since posting the list I created in collaboration with Facebook friends last week, jotting down the occasional note-to-self as a reminder to pass along this or that tip to students. I’d thought it best to have copies here for easy reference and to leave the library’s copies in the library for those who might be interested in reading them. I’m excited about our first class beginning on Tuesday night, 7 pm sharp, in the lower level of the LMLCC!
Before that, I have a busy weekend ahead of me. Tonight (Saturday), I’ll be at the Lumsden Beach Corn Roast, encouraging people there to submit their work to the anthology we’re publishing next summer. Sunday, I’ll take some family time because my sister’s visiting from Alberta and there is a Rider game to watch. And on Monday, I’ll be costumed up and taking part in the Lumsden Duck Derby Parade with the Library’s Book Worm as well as checking out in the festivities there.
Have I mentioned that I love my job?