Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

New Year’s Resolutions: CanLit Edition

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by Nathaniel G. Moore

Smoking. No more red meat. Exercise more. These are just some of the typical resolutions thousands of people make each year – but what about writers? Yes, ‘tis the season for absolutes and resolutions that get the year off to the best start possible. So I asked a few writers what they are going to do in this new year of 2010, and my word what declarative offerings did ensue. Let’s see what they said. Who knows, they may inspire you in your own life to follow their lead in this parade of bravery. Resolutions ahoy!

“I don't really believe in resolutions, because I never keep them, but I'm going to TRY, and I do mean try, to stop bitching about being a writer and how tough it is. The whole shtick is getting really boring, and I am going to TRY to stop carrying on about it. I mean, after all, I could have been anything else, no? It's all my fault, so I ought to stop crying about it.” – R.M. Vaughan

“In 2010 I'd like to wake up earlier, go to bed earlier, read a book a week (caring less about what I'm 'supposed to read' and more about what I want to read), take up boxing lessons, finish my third novel, cook at home more, write more creative non-fiction, go to San Francisco, meet Bret Easton Ellis and watch less trashy TV.” – Stacey May Fowles

“Resolutions? Mine are all about new beginnings. Trying to rework everything I've done previously, rethink everything. I need a change. It's too early for specifics. Let's just wait a while, for the results to come in.” – rob mclennan

“Fake tree, real flowers - that's my policy. But that one's a little holiday-specific. If there's a vineyard, and it's moonlit - walk through it. That one comes in handy at least once a month. In some places, anyway. Don't wear Wellingtons unless you have to, like in a city, for example - that's just lame. But if you do have to, knee-high high-gloss ones are the best.” – J.R. Carpenter

Jay Millar and Jenny Sampirisi's goals are to get the Toronto New School of Writing off the ground. In February, the New School will announce a lineup of unique writing and critical workshops designed and facilitated by real life poets. The small group workshops will be anything from close-readings of oft-overlooked texts or creative workshops designed to deepen the understanding between writers and their craft. The workshops will be held in a beautiful new artist space at College and Spadina. We need a website...working on it. And of course we think we could stand to join a gym, volunteer more (or maybe less in our cases?) and give up potato chips.”

“I resolved to write glowingly positive reviews and be completely honest. How long do you think that will last?” – Michael Bryson

“I resolve to, in this hi-res season, read more, review and write about others' work more, to start what I've finished, to punctuate more responsibly, to use vowels more impressively, and to be more of a lexiconaut, a verbivore, a librarian of the printless, a gargler of fonts, a masticator of silence, a chewer of the seen, a control s-er of the actual, a control w-er of the imagined. I want to be involved in more discussions about writing, ideas, about writers and ideals. I want to find a positive way to engage my iPhone-aphilia, my email breathing.” – Gary Barwin

“To follow through on an idea my friend the artist Caryl Williamson and I have had for some time now to work creatively together - her paintings and my poems, an across the pond collaboration as she lives in Northern Ireland and I live in Toronto, for her upcoming show this fall. Unbeknownst to me, while working on her first show -- Landscape and Memory – Caryl, given only my memories and my writing, was inspired to paint the water-filled limestone quarry of my childhood home. When she told me she’d painted the quarry I had to see it. As coincidence would have it, I was currently on the lookout for an image for my then upcoming book The Red Element and when I clicked on Caryl’s email attachment I knew I’d found it. May the rightness of this match continue in our 2010 collaboration!” – Catherine Graham

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