Here are the big things that are happening . . .
This past year I was on sabbatical from teaching at John Jay College. (which is part of City University of New York), and in that time I finished one novel and started the next. These books tell the story of Kristin, who tries—in often surprising ways—to remain resilient, despite the chaos which surrounds her.
In January, I presented a Remembering Writing Is Fun workshop to the West Conn MFA .
In June, I thought I would be traveling to Ireland to present my talk on Writing, Technology, and Creativity at the Arts and Society Conference in Galway, but then, COVID. So I made a virtual poster instead.
Along with my crafting my novels and presenting my research, I wrote three different essays for Rock and Sling: one that weaves my sister’s death with scuba diving, one that wonders if COVID will become a landslide, and one that questions my white-woman privilege in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
As I return to (online) teaching, I will continue working on the novels. But I also expect to publish some poems and stories that have been simmering.
If you’d like see more of what I’ve been up to, you can go to my publications and events pages.
But, of course, the real writing life isn’t about these big events. Rather, it’s about constant, quiet contemplations while walking around the lake; or about meaningful conversations or silly shenanigans with friends and family; or about everyday adventures where I’m surprised by the unexpected. It is this–these moments of daily joy and awe–that then infuses the writing. And sharing this life-writing-process with you, here and through my Instagram blog, is all part of the fun.
My #writinglife #inprocess
Work in progress: a novel series in which Kristin grows up grappling with questions of worth and of learning and of love.