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New year, new book

January 2, 2008

Happy New Year everyone!

If you like to make art from things found around you, check out the Olympia Dumpster Divers blog. Their January 1 post talks about making art from shoes and has a link to my shoes on the wires post.

I don’t usually make specific New Year’s resolutions, but tend to set general goals like “create art,” “write,” “notice nature around me,” “nurture relationships,” etc. I also feel that the start of a new year is like the first page of a new diary: fresh, clean, ready for me to write whatever I want.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve kept a written diary or journal. Depending on the type of book, I used to fill several journals a year, but now I’m down to about one a year (if this still sounds like a lot of writing, you should know that I write big and messy and don’t get many words to a page). Every time I start a new book, I feel like it’s a fresh start in my life — like the start of a new year. I pause and think about what I want the theme of the new book/new year to be. It might be the year I move to Vancouver (1990), the year I get my first book published (2002), the year I travel to Japan (2006), etc. I’m not sure what the theme of this year will be. I have a few things I’d like to achieve in my personal life and in my writing, but the fact that we have to find a new place to live will be a big theme this year. I still don’t know when it will happen (some time within the next four months probably) or where we’ll end up, so I feel like I’m starting the year with an unseen page. Maybe 2008 will be a year of positive change. That’s what I’m hoping.

I’ll leave off this post with an image of the moon on Christmas Eve (not in great focus, as I was balancing my little Nikon Coolpix on a balcony railing). The huge halo around the moon is apparently due to the unusually close proximity of Mars (Mars was located to the right of the moon just within the halo).

Christmas Eve moon

Fall is the the air: celebrating the other New Year

September 27, 2007

fall streetEven though it’s been many years since I finished school, September still feels like the start of a new year to me. The freshening of the air, the shift of colours, the crackle of fallen leaves… all these things spark a sense of anticipation, excitement and new possibilities.

Is it a contradiction to feel a sense of new beginning at a time when crops are finishing, leaves are dying and much of nature is readying to sleep away the winter? Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in the fall (Sept 12-14 this year). In the Jewish calendar Rosh Hashanah begins the Days of Awe, a time of introspection and repentence leading up to Yom Kippur — a time of looking back over past mistakes and planning changes to make in the new year. Maybe there’s more reason than the start of a new school year for celebrating the “New Yearness” of fall.

Here’s a haiku my friend Jean-Pierre wrote as his summer holiday in Canada came to a close last week:

geese are migrating
chased by autumn’s cold harvest
flying to Japan

And here’s one his friend Dave added:

geese fly in circles
no destination planned
a little like me

Where does September find you headed? For me, it’s getting ready to launch my new book…


January 2, 2007

Thinking about my goals for the year. . . .

collage art

I created this art work for the January-February 2005 issue of Somerset Studio magazine, but the resolutions (create, travel, love, etc) are pretty much a continuous part of my life. I have a huge list of things I want to write this year, I want to make more time for art, I want to do some travelling within Canada with my husband and daughter this summer, I want to nurture friendships and family relationships, I want to include more music in my life (relearn how to play the guitar, for example), I want to pay attention to the world around me, overcome a few obstacles, take a few risks . . . (and do a few other things I’m not quite ready to commit to writing yet) . . .

How about you? Any resolutions you want to share?