Lectio

Heading home.

Written By Heather - October 7, 2011

The saga of a writing residency in the mountains draws to a close. The writer packs up an enormous suitcase and heads home.

More pine marten!

More pine marten!

I did laundry last night – washed everything, folded it up, and packed up my enormous suitcase. I’ll be heading out this evening on the Brewster bus, coming back to Calgary. It’s been such a good residency – I still can’t quite believe that I managed to finish my novel while I was here.

Entries from the guestbook.

Woke up this morning to quite a lot of rain, and even a little bit of snow mixed in with it. Though they’re mostly obscured by cloud, the mountains are snow-covered. It’s quite chilly and fresh this morning; you can see your breath in the air. It’s the full Banff weather experience: I’ve had it all now.

Entries from the guestbook.

So the novel is finished now. It’s printed off; I took it to Community Services last night to hole punch it and staple the chapters. I’m going to wait a bit before I start reading for the first set of revisions, though I’m starting to think that the wait won’t be all that long. I’d like to start right away. I really like this story.

Entries from the guestbook.

With the residency ended, I’ll be turning my attention back to grad school stuff. There’s lots of reading to do for that class on YA dystopian fiction, and I’m starting a French class this month in my bid to clear a proficiency requirement (a hypothetical requirement right now, but I wanted to start on it now instead of waiting for a hypothetical program application). There’s the return to my old position at work, which is something I’m looking forward to. And, of course, there’s a novel to revise. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be keeping myself busy.

Entries from the guestbook.

I’m really glad I came and did the Leighton residency…not just because I finished the novel, but for the time and space it gave me to think about what I was doing, and why. And Fred came to Banff, and that was fantastic. And there was a ping pong tournament. And there was the pine marten, which, we have all agreed, is a very jolly creature.

Entries from the guestbook.

I also took some time to sign the studio guestbook, and had another read through previous entries. It was a source of inspiration and – at times – comfort to read what other people had to say about their time in the little round cabin in the woods.

Entries from the guestbook.

And so that’s it. I’m going to putter around for a while today, but the writing is really done. The suitcase is packed (stuffed full is a better description) and I’ve confirmed my bus ticket for the evening. Calgary – mom and dad, the cats, my own bed! – I’m coming home!

Chilly morning.

More pine marten!

Post-finishing. Me in front of the studio.

The meals:
Breakfast: buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, grapefruit, bacon, juice and coffee
Lunch: sandwich (unidentified lunchmeat, but it was good), cottage cheese, cheesecake, and iced tea
Dinner: roasted veal shoulder rubbed with peppercorns, shell pasta with cheese sauce and spinach, cauliflower, cranberry and club soda, and water (too hurried a meal for dessert – had to eat quickly to catch the Brewster bus!)

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