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Gratitude for A Room of One's Own

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This week I began writing a new manuscript in a lovely office given to me by McGill University during my time there as the first Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence. The office, in the Arts Building seen in the photo, is heaven: plain and sedate, it has an incredibly high ceiling and a many-paned window opening onto the gnarled, snow-covered trees of the main campus, with the fizz of downtown Montreal beyond. The door has a key, and when I go in there to write, my soul knows it will not be disturbed: I boil the kettle and make white apricot tea in a Japanese cup, and begin to write. This is my first post as a writer-in-residence anywhere, and I truly appreciate it, because at no other time have I been able to walk into an enclosed, protected space away from my own home, and been free to go deeply, deeply, into the solitude needed for a manuscript to appear. What bliss. What utter privilege and peace. 




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On January 14th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Virginia Woolf was not kidding around.
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On January 14th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC), Robyn Love commented:
sorry
That comment was from me - didn't mean to be anonymous!
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On January 14th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC), amandaleduc.blogspot.com commented:
So happy to hear that you have a space of your own, Kathleen. That window sounds heavenly. Congratulations.

Amanda xo
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On January 14th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Congratulations! You are so deserving of this blessing.
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On January 14th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC), saraoleary commented:
Congratulations
What a wonderful place to have a room of your own! Think of the work you can do there. Lovely news.
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On January 15th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Sounds like a dream come true!
For the students also...

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On January 16th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Sounds beautiful. I just finished reading Annabel.. Can't wait for the next one.
Happy Writing,
Sarah
(A fan from NL)
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On January 25th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Well deserved!
Hi, Kathleen:

Congratulations on your position and that lovely view...well deserved, though I have window envy. Ah, to have sacred space, all my own! Take care,
Shannon
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On January 30th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC), Alice Zorn commented:
Very happy to think of you there! xx
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