In a week I will be heading off to Vermont for my fourth residency. Hard to imagine that I only have one more semester left of school and that I graduate in January. I still feel like I have so much more to learn and my nervousness and anticipation is much like it was a year and a half ago. I have had many residency dreams the last few days, as if I'm already laying out the foundation.
Last week I was in Prince Edward Island attending the L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory conference at the University of Prince Edward Island. While I was once again part of a madcap crew of tweeters and bloggers, I also gave a well received paper on how Gilbert Blythe continues to be part of our cultural memory. I have to admit, that although I had hoped that I would be entertaining, I didn't leave enough time for the laughter. Apparently, I'm quite entertaining. Lesson to all: If you plan on making jokes, leave room for the possibility of actually being funny because people will laugh with you- hopefully not at you (unless you want them too.) Also lesson to all: Believe in your own talent so that you can anticipate the funny.
One of the aspects of Montgomery's lives that we often discussed was her many communities. Later, at the end of the conference, one of the chairs mentioned this very thing and it was like he had read my mind.
As I mentioned, I did blog with the L.M. Montgomery Research Group about the conference. If you are interested, you can find it here.
I have been also participating in the Beyond Little House's read-a-long of These Happy Golden Years. Which has been so great because I love seeing other people's perspectives of this novel. I think we have one or two chapters left, so do check it out.
This time next week I will be at the Vermont College of Fine Arts about to start the intense ten-day residency schedule with another supportive community of writers and colleagues. We will be blogging again at Through the Tollbooth.
I'm also grateful for the community of Canadian writers I'm connecting with online and through the Canadian Children's Book Centre and CANSCAIP. Next to VCFA, these are some of the most devoted group of people to children's lit and writing that I've ever met.
Then there is the small writing group that I've been hanging out with. Although it has been a little while since we've met (because of our schedules) I find that we can still poke one another for advice and hopefully when I return from school we can meet up again.
I suspect that I'm repeating myself here, but I'm all about the creative visualization these days and by continually writing about these amazing facets of my life, I hope that I can continue to be grateful for the interconnected supportive network of colleagues and friends.