Written By Heather - October 1, 2011

The continuing saga of a writing residency in the mountains. The writer admits to insecurities surrounding her novel and is caught dancing by security officers.


I’ve been feeling a bit nervous about the prospect of finishing the novel – the book – before I leave the Banff Centre, and wondering if I was going to be able to wrap the story up in a way that makes sense. With this being a first novel, it should, in theory, be able to stand on its own. Fantasy novels are frequently presented in series or trilogies, but I want this book to be something that can be read as a self-contained story.

Wednesday morning.

I was slogging along, this afternoon, trying to work out just what it was that I wanted to do. I had a mini-epiphany mid-afternoon, and decided to crank up the music…switching from sedate classical to something a lot bouncier. And, you know…I may have been dancing in my chair as I worked. Just a little bit.

Misty morning.

Maybe a lot.


Wouldn’t you know it? Dancing away, arms in the air, and all of the sudden, BANG BANG, BANG. Three security officers on my porch. I was caught in the act…unauthorized dancing on a non-dance residency.


As it turns out, there was a fire alarm in the colony – somebody in a studio nearby had burned some toast, badly, and his studio is a lot smaller than mine, so he was able to trip the smoke alarm with it. They come around and check all of the studios to be sure, I guess. Or they saw my unauthorized dancing and felt that they had to intervene.

Upon on Sulphur mountain.

So, at any rate – I’m working at a faster pace than I have been. More of a sustained, concentrated effort. Will I manage to finish the book in time? I really hope so. I’m going to give it my best.

Birch trees.

Of course, that may require some more unauthorized chair dancing. Breakthrough = breakdance? Possibly. Probably.


The meals:
Breakfast: yogurt, eggs, English muffin, coffee, grapefruit
Lunch: egg salad sandwich, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, club soda mixed with cranberry juice, cookies and cream ice cream
Dinner: Korean BBQ beef, sautéed zucchini, pasta with cream sauce, bun, lemon cheesecake and strawberry tart

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  1. kmkat says:

    You had your Friday sammich at Banff! But no Fresca, mores the pity…

    Deer appears to be saying, “Whachew lookin’ at?”

  2. Heather says:

    Sadly, no Fresca to be found anywhere on campus. I don’t know why, but I was a little bit disappointed by that.

  3. Pam says:

    I think the chair dancing is necessary! I hope you did lots more of it while you were there LOL!

  4. Fred says:

    And yet, no chair-dancing pictures?

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