Big Things, Little Things, All the Things

I’ve been quiet in this space for weeks, now. I’ve got a few draft posts saved, but each one I’ve sort of given up on with my hands thrown in the air. Truthfully, I’ve felt unclear on the purpose of this blog, on where I want it to go, what I want it to do. I started it because I just needed to write. But over the last year, that need has turned into a (fairly) regular poetry practice.  In fact, I think I could safely say I’m working on a chapbook length collection of poems focusing on my experience of motherhood. When I have time to write, I want to be working on that, because, let’s face it…I don’t actually have all that much time to write.  So all of that being said, I’ve decided to use this space as a place for me to announce upcoming publications and to give my readers regular life and writing updates. Ideally I’d like to get back to publishing once a week, but realistically I’m shooting for twice a month.

I’ve got two more poems forthcoming online in June and August, and I’m still sending my best work out as it’s polished. Recently I’ve decided to try submitting to some of my “dream” markets: they’re print (as opposed to online) publications, they have a wide readership, and they pay. They also have very small acceptance rates, but I’ve got nothing to lose. And in a further effort to get paid to write poems, I’ve submitted a poem to Room’s annual poetry competition. I’m working on a batch of three poems right now, and I think two of them are good enough to send out. It’s tricky, learning to critique my own work. Over the winter I met with the University of Western Ontario Writer-in-Residence several times during her office hours at the public library. It helped me to hone my inner editor: by the last time we met, she didn’t have much to suggest–in a good way. Writing continues to be the keystone to my mental health. It is so hard to drag myself to the page some days, but I keep doing it.

If you’ve read this far, you might be wondering about the “big things” promised in the title of this post. It’s truly very big. Are you sitting down? Good. Make sure you don’t have a mouthful of coffee (or wine.) Ready? Okay. We’re moving back to Dawson. I know, right? It’s pretty huge. I am at once excited and heartbroken about this. But the reality is that we have a business there. And it needs our attention, more than we can give it from here. Thankfully we’ve still got our log home (with our outhouse and our limited running water) so we’ll live there for the summer with a plan to move into town by the fall/winter. My parents have very generously offered to do some needed repairs on our home here in London, and then we’ll likely list it at the end of the summer. P is in Dawson now, and he’ll come back in the first week of June so we can all travel up together.

It all seems a bit surreal, at the moment. Two cross country moves in less than two years. It’s exhausting to think about. But we’re taking it one day at a time, and it really is the only thing that makes sense right now. I look forward to seeing my dearest friends again. I look forward to the fresh air, the mountains, and the river. Northern themes abound in my writing so I’m curious to see what sort of inspiration pops up once I’m living there again. I try not to think about how much we’ll miss our family here. It’s going to be really hard.

So there you go: all the things. What kinds of things are happening in your world these days? Have you ever moved across the country? Twice? Did you survive? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Big Things, Little Things, All the Things”

  1. WOW!!That is BIG news! I am sad, but I get it…so I am happy for all of you.
    Now..the little stuff…it's not little. Or maybe it is, but it's real and important to YOU. I think writing as 'regularly' as you can is great, and inspirational. Like running! It frees your mind of the 'in your face' responsibility and allows you to be free in your thoughts. I hope you keep writing your blog here. It makes me think about our lives and what is so similiar, and how fast life happens. Keep writing…our lives are awesome stories that we need to be reminded about.
    I Love you lots Tara!!! XXOO

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  2. I understand completely, Tara. I've definitely been to places that call to me constantly. Home is where your heart is, and your heart is in the Yukon! It's also a great time to do it. In a few years your kids will have made connections and friends that they wouldn't want to leave. Right now they're still at the age where their home is where you and Paul are. Now is the time to do it, and I'm so happy for you. New adventures in a beloved place ahead!

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  3. Thank you for this comment, Lisa. You're right that the little stuff is not little at all. I will keep writing, to try and slow life down a little and remember it!

    Love you too, Lisa. xoxoxoxox

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  4. Thank you, Sue! It will be hard to leave family, hard on all of us, but this is what we have to do and there are many positives that I try to focus on. Maybe you and Rick can come visit sometime! xo

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