I’m so happy to see a rather morbid little piece of flash fiction I wrote is now available at Cosmonauts Avenue. I’d love to have you read:
Old notebook filled, new notebook begun. #writing
Just got THE VEGETARIAN from the library and can’t wait to read next. #amreading #writing
Hello, readers. It’s official: I’ve moved to Canada for a writing teaching position, and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the culture and literary scene here. The timing is downright odd, I know, and I’ll be writing about my experiences here as well as my thoughts on what it means to be leaving the States at this particular time. You can see some of my first posts on my Medium blog here:
And here’s an excerpt of my first post:
Hello, Canada! I’m new to you! The timing might seem suspect, an American arriving in Canada just now, after a crazy 2016 and a maddening election season. It’s so suspect, in fact, that I’ve gotten used to shrugging and smiling when people joke about my fleeing the country. But I’m here because my fiancé and I got teaching jobs at a university. This was in the works for nearly a year. So while I watched the election results with the same obsessiveness as all my friends, and bit my nails and watched too much MSNBC, there was always this knowledge in the back of my mind…that I’d be leaving soon. Either I’d be looking proudly on from afar as our first female president set up shop, or, well…I’d be high-tailing it out of there.
I knew I wanted to observe everything that was new to me in Canada as soon as I got here. My job as a newcomer, I think, is to look with big eyes and listen with big ears. To notice the differences and the similarities. And as a writer, my job is to observe and form theories about the national character. To see the contradictions and learn the jokes. To put my foot in it a few times and learn how to step gracefully out again. So this post will be the first of many scattered thoughts and observations about what might become my new home.
Stay tuned for more thoughts on the writing life from North of the Border, and also come back for some exciting new progress on the novel. More soon.
Here for a week, time to get into the library system. #newtocanada #mississauga #writing
My gorgeous new typewriter keyboard (early Christmas gift) that is so fun to write on. #writing
I’m so happy to learn that my story “The Home for Buddhist Widows” has been nominated by West Branch for a Pushcart Prize. #writing
Writing in a cafe and this cupcake van showed up just to cheer me on #writing
So pleased to have an excerpt from the novel appearing in The Worcester Review! #writing
This penny was sitting on the floor of #residency when I got here. I haven’t touched it. But often stared at it while writing for luck. #writing