A big THANK YOU to Arts NB for awarding me a creation grant for ‘work of outstanding artistic merit.’ I’d submitted the beginning of my new novel “How to Be a Psychic.” It’s humbling to get this recognition from my peers, and also be handed the freedom to finish the book this fall/winter. Here’s the opening:
Tim Ward began to pack the carpenter tools away as he always did every afternoon when the shadows grew long and slanted across the wooden floor. He moved toward the window to close it from the fog that would soon be rolling in and was filled with a sudden queer irrefutable restlessness as the salty breeze fluttered the old cotton curtains his mother had sewn years ago. He fell against the dusty panes, the warmth of the glass pressing as firm as a woman’s cheek against his own, weakened momentarily by an overpowering yearning for once, just once, life to surprise him. For a moment, Tim reeled at the weight of the longing. It hit like a vicious roller determined to knock him flat and fling him out to sea. Then, just as quickly, the wrenching passed.
Nice to have something new to scribble away on as we start gearing for the upcoming release of “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” with Tightrope Books.
Happy Readin! Kathy-Diane
“Roads Unravelling is a winding highway of quiet, still surfaces and yawning depths. Patrolling the flow are gape-jawed monsters and small glimmering pearls of real beauty.” –The New Brunswick Reader