I am continuing to make the model of Elation. I am also sending out my Marceau memoir to publish and I'm working on extending it into a book, possibly titled "The Education of a Mime".
The New Yorker was interested in my memoir piece which I sent them online. They actually read it and responded, and adjusted their policy, telling me by email that it was rare for them to accept an unsolicited manuscript, but if I felt the larger piece was strong that they would read it and comment. So, I sent it and held my breath.
They responded by telling me my manuscript had "evident merit" and was "extremely well-observed". However, it was not right for what they were looking for--humourous fiction and also not a first-person piece. I am encouraged by their feedback and also the response from writer friends whose opinion I value greatly.
Waiting to hear back from two major literary magazines. I am also looking for an agent.
So, now it is definitely a balancing act of writing the rest of the book, preparing the proposal for Elation and teaching. I am probably the happiest I've been in a long time.
I am also losing weight. I lost 5.8 lbs this week. The more I do the things I love, the less I use food to comfort me. I listened to 93.9 recently and heard a new song by Antony and the Johnsons, "Another World" and so I am posting it. His voice is otherworldly and fills my heart and soul. Listen to the joy that comes out of pain! That is beauty.