In the few days I've been in Toronto the tree buds have gone from possibilities of spring to actual leaves, leaves that seem to be growing as we watch. The birds are out in force too, building nests and being very territorial. We watched a little to-do between a couple of sparrows, bitch-slapping each other with their wings until one decided the next yard looked just as nice after all. There's been the threat of rain a few times, but mostly sunny days - up to 19c yesterday in fact. The Sweat Bees have been out - cute little things. Evenings are often wine, a log fire, and hockey - the Punjabi version on Omni. It's complicated, but suffice it to say we need the background sound of real play-by-play commentators, as opposed to the ramblings the Rogers coverage often has. These guys on Omni intersperse English for the player's names and hockey terms, but add the flow and excitement of old-style commentators.
We've been to the AGO to see a great exhibit, The Outsiders, featuring American photography and film from the 1950-1980's. It's featured as part of Toronto's annual Contact photo festival. As part of the festival we met up with my sister and toured the exhibits in The Junction - always a great destination. I've brought my new laptop and borrowed the landlady's wi-fi, so have been able to keep up my writing while here.
Speaking of which, my status:
- Yes, I did some editing. This novel, my third, is okay, but needs some restructuring and character development.
- I wrote another Flash Fiction Story, for Terrible Minds this time, called The Girl Who Surfed Tsunamis. It's a little over the 1000 word limit but was fun to research and write.
- Nothing more back from agents.
- I'm reading a collection of short stories, Speculative Literature, by Descant Magazine in 2003. A gift from one of the editors.
- Enjoying the sights and sounds and company in Toronto's Roncesvalles area.
- Lots of photo stuff, as noted above.