This may have been the best summer of my life. Certainly it is a transitional summer, moving me from one place in my life to another.
In June, I was guest at the NorthWords writing festival in Yellowknife, sharing the stage with Robert J. Sawyer, Dave Bidini, Bileh Nickerson, Todd Babiak and Monique Gray Smith. The line-up of local northern writers was equally impressive. I was happy that my wife, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm was able to join me and also take part. It was a wonderful four days and I will always look back on it as one of the highlights of my literary life, no matter what else I may achieve in the future.
The rest of the summer unfolded in a similar way. We travelled down to Toronto for a five day writing retreat at the end of June. I worked on several short stories and did some serious thinking about my publishing company and about what new adventures on which I would like to embark. It was a celebration of writing and friendship and reminder that life is an endless cornucopia of possibilities. All you need to do is reach out your hand and choose.
July whirled by in a rush of work and writing and pleasant walks by the river, long days filled with words – my own and others – friendship and all the assorted pleasures that an aging body can still find to indulge itself. August has passed in a long slow flash – with only three days in my own bed, it has been a wondrous panorama of sights and sounds – some familiar and some brand new.
August also brought me this blog – 10 Minutes of Words started as a playful experiement but has now become an important part of my daily routine. It is a gateway to the next thing in my life, an exploration of ideas and a summing up of lessons learned.
These are not the thoughts of someone who is getting ready to shut down, to go quietly into that good night. I’m not going anywhere my friends, but onwards and upwards. There is so much left I want to do, books I want to read and write, books I want to publish. There are people I want to meet and places I want to see.
I know my world is changing – I can hardly wait to see how.
And that is ten minutes.