Of Late

“Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry."
Jack Kerouac

I did it.  Two 10,000 word assignments have left the building (thank you, thank you very much) and two brand-new-slightly-intimidating-but-nevertheless-exciting papers now stand in their place.  I'm reading (a lot). And writing, too;  the "Stranger & Co" experiment is well and truly underway and I've found myself adrift in the sea of words sent to me from far off places that I must now fashion into individual poetry pieces to be handwritten and sent away.  I'm looking forward to it; I am doing this partly for inspiration, partly to connect with others, partly to practice the art of poetry and interrogate my own creative process, and partly to be prompted by being made accountable for my work, in order to make good on my promises to myself (and now, to others) to just write. I apologize for my absence; those assignments almost got the best of me.  But now I'm back, and I hope to be more regular with my posting, now that I've got a tiny bit more time on my hands. 

What does July have in store for you?


  1. Congrats! What a relief to have knocked off all those words. I remember my honours year and being completely overwhelmed at the huge word counts each final essay had. So can totally relate to how awesome it is to see the back of those two essays. Take time to celebrate before focusing on the next two :)

  2. Thanks, Ana! I did enjoy the projects but they were hard going at times - the longest essays I've had to write thus far. Good practice for the big Masters thesis though (here's hoping...) :)

  3. Congratulations on surviving! 10,000 word papers are so exhausting. I do not miss writing seminar papers at all, even though I love to read and I love to write. Best of luck with the next two!