In this last quarter of what has been one of the most challenging years of my life, this.
I am extremely grateful and surprised to have been offered a scholarship and a month-long residency at Vermont Studio Center, the largest international artists’ colony in the United States. That I have been offered this gift and that I am actually in a place in my life to be able to accept it seems miraculous to me. A couple more miracles will be required to actually make it happen, but then, what doesn’t require a miracle or two?
Solitude, time to focus on my writing without the demands of home and other employment, and the company of other creative people in a creative environment have proven to be the exact formula needed for my best work to come forward. Never in my life have I had an entire month of those conditions. Now, I will, which is both thrilling and daunting. With all excuses removed, how will I do? Will I rise to the occasion, or will I find out that all the things that I thought were obstacles were not the obstacles? Now that I’ve gotten what I thought I wanted (or a piece of it anyway), will it be what I’ve imagined it to be?
Time to really believe what I often say: Leap, and the net will appear.