ArtsLab Shopfront's artists in residence

First Post

I realised I’ve really been dragging the chain on posting so far, not that my test post doesn’t count. So, I’d like to use this post to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to so far.




To be more specific, I’ve been dividing my time between shopfront, a few libraries and a small room in a shed in my backyard trying to get some things down on paper. I’ve got a few larger abstract ideas and one or two tangible ones I’m trying to work with so far. I don’t want to disclose those ideas yet just to keep things a surprise if you happen to come to my show. What I will say is that I’ve been very very inspired by Virginia Wolfe and her ability to write the internal lives of her characters in such an engaging way that even mundane, upper class British life can seem riveting. So I guess I’m trying to tap into that and find ways to make my use of language interesting enough that exploring ordinary situations will still feel engaging. I’ve also been fighting my ongoing urge to turn everything into some kind of sci-fi or supernatural tale. We’ll see how that progresses over the next few weeks.

It has been really cool working on this project so far. It’s been a good opportunity to try and establish my writing process and develop some of that much needed discipline. Although I’ve still given in to plenty of time wasters so far, I feel like I’m slowly flushing out my desire to procrastinate 90% of the time. If I can get it down to 80-85% I’ll be super happy. The most useful thing so far has been scheduling time as though it’s rostered work hours and leaving the house and going somewhere else to write for that time period.

Today I also got to meet with Miles Merrill, who has agreed to be my ArtsLab mentor which is very exciting. It will be great having his guidance while trying to figure this thing out.

That’s all for now. More to come later. Until then, here’s something that will, hopefully, get you in the mood to hear more prose being read: Kurt Vonnegut reading from “Breakfast of Champions.”





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