It’s very different being here, in Regina Beach, in the middle of winter. I’d forgotten. Yesterday was clear skies and balmy weather. This morning, it was white on white on gray. It took me longer to clear the snow off my car than it did to drive to the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre where I am again serving as writer-in-residence. I am so pleased to be back for another stint! It’s such a great gig! I love being out here, even with the snow and winter and all that means on the Prairies. But it’s really quite lovely. Yes, I mean that.
I’m not staying in our rustic cottage at Lumsden Beach this time. That would require a prairie constitution I don’t quite have. I mean, if I had to, I could stay in an uninsulated place, chop wood, haul water, etc. But I don’t have to. I have made the acquaintance of many wonderful people here in Regina Beach and one such wonderful person, Audrey, offered me the luxury of her spare room. This is the view from her kitchen window this morning. Beyond those trees is the lake, long frozen over and dotted with fishing shacks. A couple of them will be attacked with art during the Ice Fishing Derby & Winter Festival the first weekend in March. I look forward to seeing how the Shack Attack transforms the fishing shacks.
Though the view out my office could be considered rather glum today, I’m loving it. There’s nothing quite like a storm in the country. And I have a great view of the countryside from this second storey perch!
I’m here for four weeks this time. The call for submissions to the anthology we’ll publish this fall has resulted in a nice stack of reading for me. I will be reading through it, suggesting edits to the contributors’ work, if needed, and divining a way to put it all together. And doing the administrative work on it, too.
I’ll also be teaching a couple of classes while I’m here. One is a make-up class from the fall. I was unable to teach The Realm of Nonfiction because I came down with the flu at the end of my previous session here so I’m offering it next Wednesday, February 26 at 7 pm in the Cultural Centre. Two weeks after that, on March 12, I’m offering a session on Marketing Your Work, which really should be entitled Sharing Your Work, because that’s how I have to look at it or I’d never send anything out! And I’ll be doing a Women’s Words & Art Workshop with the Lumsden & District Arts Council for International Women’s Day on March 8.
And now I shall read.