This writing gig ("Dis t'ing of ours," as the movie mobsters say) is an interesting path, never dull and often full of surprises.
When I dove back into the craft some years ago following a lengthy hiatus I had no idea where it would take me or how far I would go. All I knew was that it was something I was born to do, and that I couldn't be away from it any longer. Most of the history can be found in this space, or
I wrote a few stories, got some of them published. Had more than a few rejected more than a few times. Wrote about the Islanders for a while. Appeared in a gallery showing. Did some other off-the-wall stuff I never saw coming. Had a blast most of the way, and kept going. And the list of accomplishments kept growing.
This past week, following a bunch of behind-the-scenes shenanigans and in keeping with my habit of leaping when opportunity knocks, a new door has opened. Incredibly (and improbably), starting this fall I will be teaching at UNB's College of Extended Learning. Teaching what, you ask? Why, horror writing, of course.
That's right, yours truly has entered into the world of academia. From the other side of the desk this time, no less. And honestly, I'm just as surprised as you are. But I'm also excited at the opportunity, eager to pass along what knowledge I've accumulated and that might be helpful to other writing hopefuls. I received some nice encouragement from some folks I've worked with in the past, who were kind enough to offer their professional recommendations for the position.
I'll post more info in this space between now and September as details are hammered out and I have promotional info to share. You know, just in case any of my local friends are interested in seeing the creative process up close and personal. It should be a learning experience for all involved, myself included.
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