Recently I took occupation of the Beatson’s Foxton house, which is generously rented out to writers at an inexpensive rate so that even people on a poet’s wage (cough cough) can afford a retreat, for a weekend with three writer friends. It’s a beautiful house overlooking the Manawatu Estuary, it has all the things you need … Continue reading a retreat into writing and resting
I haven’t been writing about my writing much lately because a) I’m not sure it’s that interesting to anyone but me and b) I try to save all my energy for the actual writing project but anyhoo…a small update… This year for me feels like a year of withdrawal, processing and deep thought. I decided … Continue reading recent reading, ongoing thinking
Most of my residency money went on dull, quotidian things (living!) but I did want to buy a small piece of art as a momento of the experience. Excuse the truly awful photograph – it’s hard to photograph shiny glass, but here is what I chose. (Trust me, it looks much lovelier in real life.) … Continue reading a new artwork, some poems popping up & The Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley.
The residency is over. I’m all moved out of the flat and I handed the keys back in. I’ve been feeling a little flat this week – since I found out I got the residency last November, it was the thing I was looking forward to about this year….then suddenly I was there and doing … Continue reading same same, but different
On Sunday the sun came out after two days of heavy rain. Various plants were doing a beautiful job of holding water on their surface…jewel-like, shining in the sun. I have just two weeks to go of the residency! It’s gone SO FAST. BACK HERE I said I was going to write about it … Continue reading what you hold on to
Actually this is mainly photos of the Massey Visiting Artist apartment where I am working during the day, for the curious. (I am always super-nosey about where people work and what residencies are like, so I’m sharing this stuff for those that share my curiousity…) I really enjoyed Sarah Laing’s comics about her residency in 2010. … Continue reading a portrait of the (visiting) artist as a middle-aged woman
I feel like Easter crept up this year, partly because it is actually earlier this year and also because of the drought/summer that never ends. Although it is starting to cool off a little, I’ve only worn shoes and socks twice this year – most unusual! The hot days just keep coming. But here we … Continue reading a sudden break
“On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.” -Virginia Woolf Indulge me while I write a little bit about what I’m writing, and reading towards my writing. (If you don’t find artistic process stuff interesting, perhaps click away now.) I’m thinking a lot about time, lately; the human experience of … Continue reading on the outskirts of every agony