In place of our usual bee photo*, this week’s check in features a photo of maple leaves to celebrate Canada’s historic election kicking out Stephen Harper’s conservative government. While I generally don’t discuss politics here, I’ll point out that this is GREAT news for Canada and Canadians, not least for Canadians in the arts. Harper slashed arts funding during his tenure and decimated the Canadian arts scene–while newly-elected prime minister Justin Trudeau has promised to invest $380 million in the arts. I’m a happy expat tonight and I look forward to watching a new Canadian arts and culture renaissance.
You all have my permission and encouragement to celebrate by hugging your nearest Canadian, and if you don’t have a Canadian at hand, do the next best thing and hug a tree. (Yes, I’m a bit giddy over the election results.)
With that glorious news delivered, on with our weekly check in, once again guest hosted by Mark Walker:
Weekly Check In
1. Let us know how you fared with last week’s writing goals (whether you shared them with us here or not).
2. Share your goals for the new week.
3. Don’t forget to cheer for each other!
New to the weekly check in? Our first check in of the year includes tips on setting writing goals. But the most important thing to know is that everyone is welcome. If you’d like the moral support of discussing your writing progress with other writers, please join the comments and let us know what you’re working on and how you’re doing.
*Did any of you ever work out I post photos of worker bees in the weekly check in in honour of your diligent toil at your writing? I’m curious whether anyone connected the dots. (The connections may not always be obvious, but the images here will almost always have subtext.)