Because work, school and life aren’t busy enough, as evident by a complete lack of activity on your blog, you should join a collective. No seriously, trust me – I joined one and it has been great!
Continental Shelf is a writers’ collective formed by some feisty University of Victoria undergraduate writing students. Why that name? Because we’re on the edge; the edge of our writing careers, the edge of academia, the edge of western Canada, and also because of books!
Sean Michaels from Said The Gramophone read two excerpts from his debut novel Us Conductors. Jo, from the collective, led a fantastic interview, touching on what drives one to write and the phase shift form writer to novelist. Munro’s was there selling copies of the beautiful book, and Sean got busy writing inscriptions. Lastly theremin art-pop band Cleopatra & the Nile finished off the night with a performance encompassing a backdrop of black and white films, projected off a reel, while the duo channelled haunting theremin and synth sounds.
Also don’t be fooled by Solstice Cafe’s website – they’re licensed for more than just beer!
For me the highlight of the night, other than camaraderie of course, was Sean’s commentary, and yes I’m paraphrasing, on the cacophony of thematic interrelationships that drove the creation of Us Conductors. For me it was a glimpse into the magic actions, and interactions, that engenders something greater than the whole, pulsing electricity, that overcomes the many barriers and ultimately creates art.
My 3rd calendar year of courses at Uvic is now complete. This year I successfully transitioned from a Fine Arts Diploma student to a Creative Writing Undergraduate student (2nd Degree program). In total I’ve engaged in seven semester equivalent classes, 4 of which were in Writing, and I’ve learned that:
I’m energized by creative writing
despite my enthusiasm, creative writing is harder than it looks
2 classes every semester, on-top of everything else, is ambitious
I quickly grasp concepts – but always require more practice
(Critique) Workshops are essential to improve as a writer
In an ode to irony, while my interest in writing has skyrocketed, my posts on exploring-art.com have plummeted. Only six posts in 2013, but I’ve learned that people like:
2014 is going to be great! I’m registered in two classes next semester, I’m committing to at least one exploring-art.com post a month (including either a picture, cocktail, or concise observation), and I’m going to play more squash this year (this shouldn’t be hard I’m pretty sure I didn’t play any squash last year).
Happy new year’s – here’s to the year ahead, and turning over new leaves. Cheers!
Here’s a few more photos from my recent putter around B.C.’s Gulf Islands.
My writing goals and my local reading aspirations are already in jeopardy as summer, though it has yet to officially arrive, seems to be slipping by. I must double down on my resolve, and create more time to read and write.
Have a fabulous week regardless of how you choose to spend it!