I am working on a novel set in Skagen, Denmark in the late 19th century, The idea sparked during a 2013 visit to "A World Apart" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Since then, that burning ember has been stoked into flames that sometimes border on obsession. There is a story that wants to be told about: women, creative expression, partnership, community, collaboration, fellowship, and family. There are threads and themes on breaking social rules, insiders/outsiders, belonging, and holding on to fleeting moments of joy and beauty -- longings and life lessons learned. It's set in a special place where the Baltic and North Seas collide. The location is practically one of the characters. https://skagenskunstmuseer.dk/en/
More to come . . .
They say it takes a village. I am counting on people across time and space: writing groups, books, resources, and the support, honest feedback, and encouragement of friends. I'm also leaning on my memories and experiences from my dissertation. And self-care practices will factor in: yoga, nature, animals, meditation, I will bring my whole self to this work.
I recognize how much I have to learn and how much work there is to be done. I am committed to putting in the amount of practice, time, effort, and discipline required. I am humbled, grateful, and excited. I am curious what obstacles I will encounter and what I will learn. I am enjoying the research, the opportunity to access my imagination, and honing my writing.