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Busy is as Busy Does…Writing in the Thick of It.

Boy. Life has been extremely busy. That’s why I haven’t written a post – well, a post specifically about my writing life – in many days. I feel like I should apologize, but I won’t. Because one of the things I have to constantly remind myself is that when I’m working hard on things, I need to commend myself for doing so…and not feel guilty about the things that may fall to the bottom of the list for a while. I’ll get to the bottom of the list. And do my best while I’m there too.

This is what my work space looks like right now:

I’ve got a mother-effer of a ‘to do’ list that I may or may not get through. Luckily, this blog, as I mentioned, has moved its way up to the top.

I haven’t been neglecting my writing life. In fact, I’ve somehow managed to continue editing my YA novel and I’m up to chapter 23 of 30-something. I am still attempting to make the Baker’s Dozen deadline of early November as well as the Secret Agent Contest this upcoming Monday, October 22. If you haven’t already subscribed to Miss Snark’s First Victim, then you better get on it. She’s (the almighty Miss Authoress) an angel in the world of getting an agent and making your writing the best it can be.

I’m in a play. Like, on stage. I have a small role that was written just for me by my best friend and writer extraordinaire, Christopher Lawrence Menard. The play is called Drag 3, and it’s a beautifully wacky story about love against all among a very diverse family. Click here to get a great write-up about the show by Bob Steele on CBC radio’s ‘The Bridge’.

It has been such a thrill to be a part of this talented and hysterical cast, as well as be so close to my best friend who wrote this amazing play – the third in the series. I mean, he’s publishing his words in stage play format, and people are performing them, and still more people are paying to come and watch. The shows are SELLING OUT over and over again. It’s like publishing a book and talking to people who keep buying it and loving it. I’m so honoured to be a part of this amazing accomplishment.

I’ve been guest editing a poetry anthology about Windsor. I’ve been working with a team of editors from the University of Windsor’s Editing & Publishing Practicum taught by Marty Gervais. It has been a busy, challenging semester thus far, but I’m super excited about what we’ve accomplished thus far.

BookFest Windsor is happening next weekend. I’ll be offering Poetry On Demand  on Saturday, October 27th from 10am-6pm at The Capitol Theatre. There are so many amazing authors and events happening this year. Go Windsor!

Sigh. I’m off to submit some work to a couple of contests…The CBC’s Short Story Prize has a November 1st deadline as does The Malahat Review’s Open  Season Awards . I’ve submitted to both for years…nope, never won…but why stop now?

Great news though, I was awarded a Writer’s Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council again this year. Yahoo!! This is such a wonderful grant that’s available for all writers. Be sure to check it out!

Thank you for reading and commenting and caring. It keeps me going.


2 thoughts on “Busy is as Busy Does…Writing in the Thick of It.

  1. I’m starting to believe the rumour that you have a twin sister. No one person could accomplish all that you do! You are an inspiration, Vanessa, and not just to me.


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