I’ve had a literary week this week. On Thursday I spent the day filling out my Writers’ Reserve grant applications and mailing them. Thirty dollars on postage – yikes!! But it’s well worth it.
Friday I took part in Stories in the North‘s Open Mike Contest. My usual pattern is, pay my fees, wow the crowd, lose. Hey, I don’t care – I love to perform, and it’s a fun evening. But this time I broke the pattern and won with my parody “Home in the Bush”. Talk about surprised – and also nervous, because getting up there and singing a capella is a little nerve-wracking. I also had a hard act to follow, as Ali and Len Doi did a parody about the trials of smartphones, accompanied by hammer dulcimer.
Tomorrow night is writers’ group. That’s four writing events in one week, which is pretty nearly a perfect week in my opinion, especially when you add the wonderful flourless chocolate cake with Grand Marnier-flavoured whipped cream that Dr Blois served up this afternoon. Who doesn't love a meeting with chocolate in it?
On Saturday David and I went to Science North, one of our favourite places to spend a day, and then to Chapters, where I spent my prize money on books. Oh, yeah!
And still moving along on The Last Black Swan, although not as quickly as I would like. But, hey, still moving, right? I’ll get this second draft done sooner or later. Probably sooner.
Ah, the writer’s life. Still mine for a couple more weeks before I go back to the day job.