Focusing on the Good News

I had the best news last week which got overshadowed by some crazy stupidity at work and I realize that I MUST MUST MUST distance myself from the day to day that is really about helping me make money, then a life goal. My life goals are far different.

My big news: My proposal for the Lucy Maud Montgomery conference for this coming June was accepted! That means that I get to go to the P.E.I. (one of my favourite places in the whole world) and speak about one of my favourite authors among other authors and scholars that I respect. This is the link to the conference:

. As you might recall, I posted all about the last time that I went to P.E.I. and how transformative the experience was and how I had hoped to possibly get enough courage to speak myself. Well, here I am, getting ready to return – and this time among the scholars. It is fantastic and amazing and something to look forward too. My partner is going to come with and we are going to do a road trip and see more of the East Coast. I am excited to share my favourite province with him.

What did I propose? Well, remember a number of months ago, I posted about some of the similarities I saw between Montgomery, Jane Austen and Stephenie Meyer? Well, I am using part of that and writing about the “cultivation of the perfect man.” Of course, now I have to actually write the paper…sometimes, I admit it is the theorizing and the research that I like the best. But, then again, I AM A WRITER!!!!

I put down into words this morning in a LJ comment my next move too. I wrote it down and now it is true. Carrie Jones who wrote a book called “Need” (which is great)wrote about the death of Norma Fox Mazer, one of the writers I used to read when I was a teen, and what a great teacher she was at the College of Vermont. I forgot that Jones went there. The facilitator from Banff had suggested that I apply to the Writing for Children program. I have all of the information and have told a few people that I am thinking of applying, but I told her that I was. So I guess that means that I am.

If you are interested on the work of Norma Fox Mazer go here:

With all of these exciting things coming together, it is important that I stay positive and not allow outside factors influence me. Those things are other people’s issues and not my own. Now, I need to remember this important truth.

What is interesting to me is that with all of the good news about, I allowed some outside factor to curb my enthusiasm. Its as if I didn’t want myself to be happy for the amazing success that I achieved. Why is it that I would rather torture myself than be happy?

About Melanie J. Fishbane

My novel, MAUD: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery was published in 2017 through Penguin Random House on April 25, 2017. I hold an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Here I talk about my writing process, things I love, and creative people who inspire me.
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