So much has happened in the last couple of weeks. I finally (finally!) finished my novel rewrite and honestly, I wrote and rewrote that book so much I have no idea if I improved it or made it worse. Okay, okay, I know it’s improved, and by quite a bit but still, if you haven’t figured it out by now, writing can kind of suck sometimes (other times, it can really, really suck).
I also found out that I was awarded a spot at Wildacres Residency Program in North Carolina and head there in late September for a blessed week of uninterrupted writing time. I feel honored to have been chosen, and I cannot wait to cozy up in the cabin and let my mind roam free.
My flash fiction piece Portland II released in Flash Fiction Magazine, Issue 2.
And we also left Tucson last week. It was so bittersweet. We spent almost three months in a cozy little casita with the most wonderful outdoor space. It was the perfect location, within biking distance to the Himmel Park Library (my favorite library of all time), two outdoor lap swimming pools, Reid Park, the River Trail and Trader Joe’s (I love Trader Joe’s almost as much as I love the Himmel Park Library). Except for the weekends, when we rented a car to go run in the mountains, we walked, ran or biked everywhere and I loved the freedom of not having a car. Life slowed down, and we slowed down, and it was so lovely and beautiful and perfect.
I stayed off social media as much as I could and instead, I read. I read like crazy, and I wrote like crazy, and I ran like crazy, and then I ate like crazy because the fruits and vegetables in Arizona are to die for, especially after the sad excuse we refer to as vegetables in Alaska.
I’m in Philly now, visiting with my sister, and tomorrow we head to D.C., for my sister’s work conference. I’m hoping to visit some museums, run along the river, soak in the history and just, you know, be an irritating American tourist for a few days. I should be back in Alaska (home!) by mid-April.
Until then, here are some scenes from around Tucson, which I already miss. I’m totally infatuated with the desert. I love all of the moods, from the winter thunderstorms to the dry heat to the cool nights and the big fat moon rising over the mountain ridges.