05/2019: WRITING RESIDENCY AND A RETURN TO INSTAGRAM
I spent the past eight weeks completing a self-directed writing residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. During that time, I once again followed the writing exercises in The 90-Day Novel by Alan Watt to finish the outline for my next book.
I highly recommend both of the above.
Also, I’ve recently returned to Instagram. I know, I know. I thought I was done with social media, too. But I wanted to capture some of my latest fun adventures. The next of which is to walk the Camino de Santiago. Walking the Camino is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I’m happy that time has finally come!
If you’d like to follow along, I’m @sandy.golightly.
01/2019: A YEAR IN REVIEW
Highlights: I temporarily return to sitting in a cubicle. I learn what cosplay is. I find out I’m full of stones. I play in a gigantic jungle gym. I get an undercut. I regret getting an undercut. I publish my first short story and my third book. I leave Toronto. Again. I miss coffee dates with friends and long walks in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I stop sending email newsletters because of “The Bots.” I delete Facebook – for real this time.
Favourite Fiction Book of the Year: I am David by Anne Holm. I re-read this book from my youth. It was one of my favourites. I’m happy to report it still is.
Favourite Non-Fiction Book of the Year: Worry-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons. I like reading personal finance books for fun. Seriously. This book has useful tips that I’ve since implemented to manage my spending and savings.
Favourite Movie of the Year: Hmm . . . nothing really stands out. But I did enjoy Avengers: Infinity War. I was on a Marvel and DC films kick for a while in 2018. Wakanda forever! I also liked The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society because #writer.
Favourite Documentary of the Year: The Vietnam War series on Netflix. How little do I know of this world in which I live.
Favourite TV Series of the Year: The Crown. I love all things British (well, almost all), and this TV series in particular. Also, I “met” The Queen once. She sparkled.
12/2018: FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED IN LITERARY JOURNAL
My short story, “Exposing Esther,” has been published in the current issue (#148, Fall 2018) of The New Quarterly (TNQ). This is the first time one of my short stories has been selected by a literary journal, so it’s very exciting. The fact that the journal is based out of my hometown makes it extra special.
I also provided a write-up of my (now former) workspace for the TNQ website.
10/2018: THIRD BOOK IN BETTENCOURT SERIES NOW AVAILABLE
House of Bettencourt, the third and (most likely) final book in the Bettencourt Series is now available!
It’s a little bittersweet to be moving on from this series, especially as there are still so many untold stories that could be written in the Bettencourt universe – and not just from Erin’s point of view. But it’s time to start working on something else for now.