Why You Need to Fund Your Own Writing Residency

I’m currently sitting in Lyon, France in a sweet little apartment in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. It’s as charming as it sounds. Even though I applied for four different residencies all over the world, and was accepted for two and declined one, I still decided to fund my own trip abroad to spend some quality time with my book. It had nothing to do with a revolt against the system or a declaration that I can do things better on my own. My decision came from an answer to a question that I asked myself when I sent off all of the applications in the first place – What if I don’t get into a single one? The answer – I’ll go anyway.

So I have. Here’s why you should fund your own residency too.

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Who Says You Can’t Find “The One” on the Road?

The first time I met this hunk was in Austria in 2006 and he was going by the name knackerl. Since that time, I’ve looked back on him fondly, remembering the quiet mornings we shared with tea and smoked ham. Grief pulling at my heartstrings in the way we parted that last day. Me, chewing him out. Him, surrendering to my vicious gnashing. Not that he didn’t deserve it.

They say that an astounding number of people meet the love of their life in the supermarket. I had always dismissed this as nonsense until yesterday at Bellecour when I wandered into the monop express. There he was. Waiting. As if he knew our reunion was inevitable.

Of course, he’d assumed a new name in France. I couldn’t hold it against him. Didn’t we both deserve a fresh start? From the moment I put him in my basket, he sidled up next to the saucisson just like old times, and I knew that we were meant to be together. Ah, my little knackerl. How I have missed you.

Barbara Kingsolver: Flight Behavior

I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and I thought it would be fun do a book review and talk about what I liked about the book from a writing perspective. My first reaction: I liked this book.

I could completely identify with the main character, Dellarobia. Kingsolver did a fantastic job of showing us her life without laying on the melodrama. This character was very aware of how her decisions had landed her in a stale marriage with two kids and a dissatisfying stint as a stay at home mom. She blames no one, she doesn’t feel sorry for herself, she simply lays out the facts of what has gotten her there and how she feels about her situation. Including how she feels when she runs toward, and wants to embrace, big mistakes. But that’s not all.

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