I’ve sometimes despaired of this blog, as perhaps you know, because it takes time — somehow I’m always writing to you in my head, as life goes by — for a relatively small audience, which has never really grown in all my years of writing here. Today I ran into a friend from the neighbourhood, whom I haven’t seen in many months. She rushed to hug me. “Your blog has been a lifesaver!” she cried.
I have no idea why, but … how nice is that?
And then a former student wrote about the last post, about my many rejections: I appreciate your honesty as I’m sure many of your readers do. You are presenting the daily slog of an already published author and award-winning experienced teacher who is juggling writing, editing, teaching, the ups and downs of family relationships, overcoming illness, trying to stay fit, enjoying cultural events, overcoming self-doubt, railing against municipal, federal and global injustices and atrocities while creating beauty around you that you share with your readers.
Wow — this blogger sure spreads herself thin!
And then a longtime student and friend, who’d read the Epilogue of my new book, an update on where I am now, wrote, You did not mention the thing about you that fascinates me most, which is that you explore the most varied and current cultural works and events of anyone I have ever known. I marvel at how you keep up with the information and the schedule to attend to them all. You are tirelessly feeding your creativity and intellect as you engage both in person, and virtually.
What I bought at Ben McNally. I’m doing a memoir workshop with Laura Calder at Word on the Street next week, so will read her current book which is full of recipes, and look forward to Elizabeth Hay’s latest novel, about an actress.
The first crop from the garden – sorrel and mint. Will make a salsa verde for the first time. Hooray for green!