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September 26, 2012


Oh, wishing much luck with getting a grant - you surely have a good chance, Beth! Grant applications certainly are a lot of work, though I don't know how it compares to a visual art one. I've applied a couple of times in the past for a Canada Council project grant without success but did manage to receive a travel grant to mount and attend an exhibition in Finland, oh my, ten years ago!

Good luck with the grant, Beth. I loved the Fig and the Orchid blog entries. Yes, that would make a wonderful book!

I loved reading your posts about your father-in-law. I feel as though I knew him.

I would love to read those posts again in book form, accompanied by Jonathan's photographs. Whenever you're ready to do that, I'll be glad to buy a copy.

Oh, good luck with the grant application, Beth!

I should think you have a very good chance, from many viewpoints. But I've watched so many friends in academia put so much work into grant applications and thought what a huge amount of psychological energy and resilience this takes - wonderful if you're successful, but more often than not, of course, the result of so much work is less than zero, a kick in the teeth that it can take much resolve not to feel undermined by.

I still think grants are wonderful and should be applied for, of course, and it would be so great and so fitting if you got this.

Good job I don't depend on grants. I have written pre-summaries of my novels for various reasons but there are often wide discrepancies compared with the finished thing. In fact the bit I most enjoy is where the cast-iron plot goes all haywire, I'm tempted down a rabbit burrow and everything becomes dark and unexpected. It's a bit premature in your case but you may be surprised (as I was) if you end up offering a choice between a paperback and a Kindle download. The price ratio is about 7:1 and so choice seemed like a no-brainer; yet I discover that two out of three of my grandchildren have gone for the pricier option. Since the third grandchild is only six I may have to wait a little for his decision. Anyway, good luck with your grant. Are you able to cite your blog in support of the project? You should.

May I correct: it's Canada Council for the Arts. Good luck!

I'm pretty sure I said as much at the time, but here's one more vote for the Fig & the Orchid: I love those posts, expect they'd make a terrific book, and by God do I think the world needs more Syria-related stories that go beyond the heartbreak and futility of the current headlines, just now.

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