Scottish author Helen McClory is currently at The Banff Centre as part of a Creative Scotland Creative Futures residency. In addition to working on a multi-step project and her third novel, she’s put her newly-acquired parka and snow boots to good use, pulling together some epic photos and observations about her stay in Canada’s oldest national park. Check out these excerpts from her blog, Schietree.
Lake Minnewanka – November 10, 2013 “The mist holds its hand over the foreheads of the mountains. The reservoir sits full to the brim, not lapping. It has a deep blue colour apparently when the light is up. But you can see it a little here, a tinge in the greys.”
Quiet Glitter – November 16, 2013 “Yesterday I went on a tour of the Banff Springs Hotel, but the information was all on the surface – the types of stone, the construction process. Far too hard and dry to sink my teeth into. So for now, I’m going to sit with the novel draft and type at it. Stamped and ugly sentences just for shape. It’s a good thing everything else is so stunning. The landscape, and even my clumsy photographs of landscape, my half-hooded glances and memories, forgives me of any brutal writing mistakes.”
November 28, 2013 – The Cabin in the Woods “There’s something about the word ‘rustic’ that I don’t like: the way it smooths over the sense of harshness – a sense of dishonesty. Or it’s more that I can’t imagine someone who lives in a place like this year round calling it ‘rustic’ without a lacing of irony. So say instead the cabin was perfectly rough, self-contained – what was needed was there, and what was not needed, or could be fetched, was either there or was not – absent, external.”