It’s a month since I moved here. The place is fresher looking and better laid out, therefore better organized. A new system of living in this space is evolving. I am keeping my cupboards better stocked than before, though I seem to be hopping along to a store more than I like, which is at least three times a week. Life in this environment has its awkward aspects, all the same.
Now, I’ll have to buy a new printer. I went up to campus to make the international calls home and tinker with bureaucracy and found that the machine just will not print any more. As I am working on another Canadian income tax form, and want to submit applications for authorship remuneration soon, I will have to pick up printer somehow this week. (Maybe I can use Jolanta`s machine in the meantime.)
I did submit a Canada Council grant application for creative writing today, in time for the April 1 deadline. It is audacious to do so. Mostly, I want to get a feel for the process. I do not expect a thumbs up for a 15,000 dollar grant for writing for a third of the year this year. If by chance I did get it, I think I would drop everything and return to Canada to work, unless it turned out that one could receive the funds and work overseas. I know I could just live here on a tourist visa for six months. I will have to look into that. Anyway, if I did get it, I would consider myself in and officially a working author.
Well, we must have dreams. I think it is possible for me to live as a writer on grants and other proceeds once I have at least one significant breakthrough on the publishing front. I did not have any review or reference to submit other than the SFU Library’s selection letter and invitation to be honoured at a celebration.
The system seems to rely on book publishing as an essential and defining credential, however, although it is getting more receptive to ebooks. The public lending service, which considers applications for candidates to receive pay for works put into library stacks, makes printed published works a major criteria, though members who have been approved on the basis of printed published achievements can ask for and receive payments for successful ebook publishing.
Before I went into my office, I explored some of the outlying grounds around the campus. On my way up there, I took the forest path instead of the road. It’s actually a park area with benches and an outdoor ``gym`` with badminton courts. I should buy a pair of badminton rackets and get others to play with me. Oh, that`s a good topic to put to our Namsan building group… Anyway, I walked past the campus admin building and the soccer field and found a little canteen shack and vegetable and noodle tent at the head of a hiking trail. It would be nice to have a bite with a companion up there some sunny day. The trail goes between the campus and the famed Beomeo Temple and Geumjeong Mountain climbing trail heads. That is where I`ll take the civic employee`s group in early May in order to get to the temple during Buddha`s birthday month. That is, on the easy trail along the mountain`s base then through the village to the bus stop to catch a ride up to the temple.
The campus looked fresh and calm. Few were about except for a father with some kids and some students from the dorms at the main plaza fountain. There were bathing their feet in the fountain. I bet the fountain will attract a lot of people in the hot months. It is lit with colored base lamps lodged in the cement foundation and has many holes from which spring many gushes of water at different heights and intervals.