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January 6, 2018.
Happy New Year! Still working on books. "The Puberty Drawer" published in The Feathertale Review. My life is quite different now.
Happy New Year! It's 2018, and my world is much different than the last time I wrote! It's freezing cold outside, and I have committed to staying in my apartment for two days straight. This gives me just enough downtime to write to you. Hi. There's a pic of me up there celebrating New Years with a fish I met.
So I guess I'll get right into it — by far the biggest thing that's happened to me has been my work with CUPE 3902, my union that represents my teaching work. I first became involved in working on the bargaining team for my teaching unit, and once we got into negotiations, I was hooked. I now am on the Executive Committee and am exploring different ways I can further commit myself to the labour movement. We'll have to see what the future holds!
I have still been working away on my two books, despite a very busy semester. I spent most of the fall and early winter editing and writing for Just Pervs. Now, I'm hoping to move onto my novel for a bit. I keep thinking I'm finished and then I walk away from it and get another brainwave and have to rework the whole thing. It's been a very humbling experience (which is good for any writer I think!). I went to my friend, Menaka's, cottage to have a writing retreat with her and Sofia (photo above). We got a lot done, and I'm planning a solo retreat in February so I can focus on my novel.
One of the stories from Just Pervs, "The Puberty Drawer", came out in The Feathertale Review this winter! I also did a couple readings in November and December. I'll write in more detail about these another day.
As usual, I've been loving reading. My top books that I read in 2017? Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum , Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, and History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. I also read Madame Bovary for the first time this summer and screamed, "THE BOV, NO!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT? OMG," the whole time. I was a little over-invested.
Thanks for reading!