What a time it has been …

Hello again. What a time it has been … six rejections in recent weeks, seemingly endless school holidays, a self-organised ‘exegesis retreat’ at the coast (a lonely and fretful week, not at all like Varuna), a three-week bout of laryngitis, various emotional dramas on the home-front and, last week, my normally wonderful hairdresser gave me a mullet (thankfully now fixed). During this time of rejections and mullet-induced low self-esteem, I’ve continued to step out of my comfort zone in academia – I gave my first lecture (the students clapped when I finished, and one student even came up to me afterwards and told me how much she enjoyed my talk, which greatly restored my confidence in life), put in an abstract for a creative writing symposium coming up at UNE next month and finally started writing my exegesis. Yes! And I’ve actually made some headway – over 8000 words on my ‘method chapter’ last weekend – and it was even kind of enjoyable. I’m about to go back to it this morning, but thought I’d better post something because it’s been so long. Next week, I’ll hear whether I was successful in my application for an artist-in-residence position at Bundanon – oh, please! – and then I have to wait until December to find out about a residency at Hedgebrook, a women only writing retreat on Whidbey Island near Seattle. Check it out – www.hedgebrook.org. In the meantime, I will continue to ‘keep the faith’ as Anne Reilly says, and send my work out with renewed hope. Until next time …


  1. I remember your Iron Man project well, Helena. I’m still into creative non-fiction, too. And life in general. I submitted my thesis a few weeks ago. I’ve yet to hear the results.

    It seems a long time ago since we met in Newcastle but the memories live on. I’m pleased I found you again on face book. And now on your blog.

    1. Thanks Elisabeth, and thanks for subscribing to my blog too! Lucky you – life must feel pretty good now that you’ve submitted your thesis. I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colours, probably in the top ten thesis range.
      I often think back to that creative nonfiction conference too – there were a lot of good people there.

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