It’s cliché but the September light just gets me every time. And this feeling of renewal. Fresh pencils, fresh pages. The metaphoric made real. I often dreaded school as a kid but I looked forward to walking up the aisles of the dollar store, picking the right binder. These things felt like talismans, like good luck charms. The magic I wanted was the chance to make it different this year. As I get older this feels a bit more dangerous. Maybe different is not exactly what I want, I’m not looking to totally transform myself from one year to the next anymore. Nerd one year punk the next. I’ve done that. So what to do with this fresh pencils fresh pages feeling? Stay busy. Write it all down. Take long walks in the September light. Nurse these brave resolutions for as long as I can.
I’ll be doing manuscript consults on Sunday September 25th at the Word Vancouver festival at 3pm in the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
I’ll also be doing manuscript consults on Tuesday October 4th at the Fraserview Library. This consultation is free but you must register in advance.
I’ll be doing another reading in Vancouver November which I’ll post about as soon as I have the information.