I'm always thinking of writing, even when I set off for a day of walking in the park. Therefore, I always carry a notebook with me. And sometimes I take my journal along as well. I have been somewhat remiss in keeping up my journal and vowed to try to write 10 minutes a day in it (so far haven't quite met the quota, but trying). The other weekend I went for a lovely, quiet walk in the woods at Central Park. Part of my purpose was to clear my mind and meditate. And at one point, as I sat by the duck pond enjoying the serenity of the moment, I wrote in my journal. A man came by and commented on it. "Ah! A writer!" I wanted to stop writing and ask if he was a writer too, but decided to keep the pen moving. You have to do that sometimes. And my purpose for being in the park that day was to write!
There have been a number of inspiring writing events recently and more to come later in October.
Last weekend I went to Words on the Street, downtown at the Public Library. In spite of a sudden windstorm and rain that suddenly blew down some of the tents and had people running for cover, I managed to take in several excellent (free!) events at the site.
There is always so much to take in at Words on the Street that this time I marked my program with colored stickers indicating the place and time of the events I wanted to see. My first trip had been to the poetry tent but they were evacuating as soon as I arrived there. So I walked around and listened to the Carnival Band for awhile as I have a friend who plays in it. Then I made my way to the Magazine Tent in time for the Haiku in Canada where people were writing haikus about hockey! (I'm not a hockey fan but I thought it was a unique idea!) Then I stopped by the author's tent and heard some excellent readings including a script reading by a playwright, Lucia Frangione,"Paradise Garden" which was interesting to me as I also have written plays. Next was a most amusing monologue by Fringe Festival favorite, TJ Dawe reading from his text of "Labrador. My main purpose of being there, though, was to hear the Chilean Canadian playwright/author Carmen Aguirre presenting her new book publication, "Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter." Because of my close association with my dear late friend Anibal, anything to do with Chile and the revolution is of keen interest to me.
As the rain was still coming down and the wind blowing, I holed up downstairs in the library after that taking in several excellent panels - everything from helpful hints to increase your writing income, memoirs, book business plans and how to get published. Very useful information for me at this point in time when I am preparing my novel for publication.
The whole day was inspiring and interesting. Besides that, I ran into lots of friends from the literary scene in Vancouver, and it's always great to net-work!
Writing is such a huge part of my life, in fact ALL of my life at the moment. So every chance I get to attend literary events is important to me. In a few weeks I'll be attending the Surrey International Writer's Conference and hope to make some agent/editor appointments. In the meantime, I'm keeping busy with edits and cuts on my manuscript "Shadow of the Lion" making sure it's ready to be presented to the world. Lots of work ahead, I know, actually far more than I'd been anticipating thanks to all the information I got at those panel discussions.