HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019
- I say goodbye to my Hotmail email address.
- I (quietly) prepare food for over 100 people who are in silence.
- I live on a non-tropical island.
- I attend a birthday party for a vending machine.
- I have café con leche with a donkey, a cow, some chickens, and some sheep – all on different days.
- I walk across (most of) a country.
- I go to the former “End of the World.”
- I take a rock from a lake and throw it into the ocean.
- I write very little, but I organize my writing a lot.
- I start driving lessons, even though I’ve had my licence since I was 16. #vanlife2020 #maybe
- I sleep in 45 different beds.
- I don’t buy toilet paper for the whole year.
WRITING RESIDENCY ON TORONTO ISLAND
Spring 2019: I spent 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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018
- 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 become concerned about “The Bots” on my mailing list.
- I stop sending out email newsletters.
- I delete Facebook – for real this time.
FIRST SHORT STORY PUBLISHED IN LITERARY JOURNAL
Fall 2018: 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.
THIRD BOOK IN BETTENCOURT SERIES NOW AVAILABLE
October 2018: 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.