So, apparently, Mabel isn't artistic enough to warrant a bursary to go to grad school as all applications were judged on artistic merit and my application was rejected.
Should have written bad non-sensical poetry. They'd be throwing money at me then.
No, I'm not bitter. No. Not at all.
What I'm most proud of since my last update here, is that I've been writing or editing my novel six days a week, without fail, and without much effort. That feels good. Like I'm accomplishing something. I've send the first chapter to the Manitoba Arts Council in hopes that I'll get a bursary for studying, I've sent the first two chapters and a synopsis to a contest from which I will hear back near the end of August, and after re-writing the first 3 chapters and a synopsis for project approval, I've just finished the first round of revisions on that. And, I've been working on the re-writes and edits of the next few chapters for my next deadline which is July 25.
Mabel, the novel, is really starting to take shape. Now if I can just get on paper what is in my head, I think it could be an excellent story. Hopefully by the time I'm done with my M.A. not too much will have been lost in translation. It helps to be working on the novel every day. It keeps me in the moment, and thinking about the story and the characters.
I was talking with a co-worker of mine earlier today and apparently there is a petition readers are sending to J.K. Rowling to keep writing in the Harry Potter world after the series ends. There could be so much to work with. That does beg the question faced by a lot writers: How long do you keep writing in a particular world? At the moment, I think I could write a few books with Mabel. She's grown so much in depth and character, and it helps that I've changed the place where this first book is going to end which could lead itself to future novels. I'm getting ahead of myself here. What I'm just saying is that I love Mabel, and I could see myself writing her for a while after this one is done.
So how was the June Residency, you ask? It was fantastic. I can see where the second residency is hands down the least stressful. Why? Because I knew most everyone, I knew my way around mostly, I knew my mentor. I did have some stress going into it though, with having started the process for project approval before the residency, which apparently not many other 2's had started, and may not have mentioned it in their mentor meetings. But as I was rewriting the chapters for the bursary app and the contest, I was fine with getting that started. The deadlines matched with my timeline.
My Books To Read shelf has now expanded into two full shelves totalling about 80 books, not counting the 25 or so I had read between January and the June Residency. I had divided the books into books I need to read while in the program, and the ones I'll read after I graduate. That still means I have about 40 books I want to read before January. However, if I don't get all of them read, I won't be too disappointed. I've accepted that if I'm reading, I'm not writing. So I've got my set time to write, and my set time to read. As I'm a slow reader, I have to accept that some books will just take me longer to read.
While I'm discovering some fabulous authors -- Tom Holt, Jim C. Hines, Charles Coleman Finlay to name a few -- I'm doing my best to limit any further purchases, at least until September. Hopefully by then I'll have my bookshelf dwindled by a couple to make room.
All exceptions are made for Harry Potter 7, naturally.