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  • Writer's pictureFrancine Cunningham

What I've been up to in 2015 (so far)

So this year of 2015 is going to be one of transition. I know that. I am thirty now. I am graduating from UBC with my Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I am actually going to be leaving school. I have been in school since…well since I was a four I guess. So yeah, transition. As of right now I am in the final(ish) stages of my thesis, which is my novel Teenage Asylums. I feel really good about it. I have been working on this book since maybe 2010? I still remember my first crack at it. It wasn't a book then. It was just something that came out of me one afternoon. Twenty or so pages of diary entries from this girl Sage. I fell in love with her voice right away and handed it in to my fiction class. There was something about her voice that captured everyone else too. I decided then that I would write a novel about her and I would explore a topic very close to me, mental illness. Now five years later I have her story down and I am still in love with her voice and everything she has taught me about my own mental illness. I am very excited for the fall when I will begin to show this books to agents and the like and hopefully soon (in the next few years) other people will fall in love with Sage's voice.

Another thing about 2015 is I am going to be travelling a lot. I am looking forward to it. I think until May I am only going to be in Vancouver for a total of four weeks. There is so much in the world I haven't seen yet and I am want to see it. Like Iceland, I really want to go write in Iceland. And the east coast of Canada, I would love to spend the summer on another coast.

This year I am going to focus on my writing, my painting and various other artistic expressions and hopefully I'll be able to do some teaching.



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