It’s been a minute. I’ve been good. Busy. Is busy good? I don’t know, but it feels both good and busy, so I guess that’s something.
School is school. I’m struggling with the big ideas – how do we decolonize an inherently colonized institution? – and I’m struggling with the studies as memorization and regurgitation does not come easy to me. But my exams are set for end of January and I’m in review and update mode, so that explains a large part of my absence.
Writing has been amazing. The book launched. And it’s been a whirlwind of support and love and laughter and joy. I have some amazing images to share from our party launch – you know I never do anything halfway – and I have alllll the stories. Neechies are lovely, I adore us. And being published poet with my own collection is a dream come true. It kind of still surprises me that it’s real and here and something I can drag around – and I do, I bring it everywhere – and that people connect with it so strongly, but it’s here and I love it. I’m already working on a second collection, and thinking I should also enter some writing contests and such, get my writing out in other forms.
Photography has been hella busy. It kind of kills me that my art practices have taken off just as I need to get into solitude mode and study, and I’m finding the balance hard, but it’s a good problem to have. I travelled to Toronto/Guelph/Walpole Island/Whitehorse and Vancouver in the last few weeks, and all for photography and writing, and I am blessed beyond belief. This life of travel and art and kinship and laughter – it’s something that just makes my heart happy.
And Aerie – oh, Aerie. She is thriving. She spent the summer with her grandparents and I even had her Dad stay with us for a month to help me out while I was studying and working, ha. So she is surrounded by love and family and aunties and that’s all I ever wanted for her.
She is in Grade 1, is slowly learning to read, and likes math. She is still on again and off again with her sweetie from Daycare (I kid you not, they have been ‘dating’ since they were 4) and she is hilarious the way she talks about them. She still besties with Lily, and she still thinks every woman is an Auntie to her. She wants to go on a plane with me now, and she told me I can’t go anywhere without her again, ha.
So yeah, is good, is good. Longer update coming soon, try to throw some of my fave pics up, lots of adventures were had, but for now, back to work.