Welcome to my blog..

"We struggle with dream figures and our blows fall on living faces." Maurice Merleau-Ponty

When I started this blog in 2011, I was in a time of transition in my life between many identities - that of Artistic Director of a company (Apocryphal Theatre) to independent writer/director/artist/teacher and also between family identity, as I discover a new family that my grandfather's name change at the request of his boss in WWII hid from view - a huge Hungarian-Slovak contingent I met in 2011. Please note in light of this the irony of the name of my recently-disbanded theatre company. This particular transition probably began in the one month period (Dec. 9, 2009-Jan. 7, 2010) in which I received a PhD, my 20 year old cat died on my father's birthday and then my father, who I barely knew, died too. I was with him when he died and nothing has been the same since. This blog is tracing the more conscious elements of this journey and attempt to fill in the blanks. I'm also writing a book about my grandmothers that features too. I'd be delighted if you joined me. (Please note if you are joining mid-route, that I assume knowledge of earlier posts in later posts, so it may be better to start at the beginning for the all singing, all dancing fun-fair ride.) In October 2011, I moved back NYC after living in London for 8 years and separated from my now ex-husband, which means unless you want your life upended entirely don't start a blog called Somewhere in Transition. In November 2011, I adopted a rescue cat named Ugo. He is lovely. As of January 2012, I began teaching an acting class at Hunter College, which is where one of my grandmothers received a scholarship to study acting, but her parents would not let her go. All things come round…I began to think it may be time to stop thinking of my life in transition when in June 2012 my stepfather Tom suddenly died. Now back in the U.S. for a bit, I notice, too, my writing is more overtly political, no longer concerned about being an expat opining about a country not my own. I moved to my own apartment in August 2012 and am a very happy resident of Inwood on the top tip of Manhattan where the skunks and the egrets roam in the last old growth forest on the island.

I am now transitioning into being married again with a new surname (Barclay-Morton). John is transitioning from Canada to NYC and as of June 2014 has a green card. So transition continues, but now from sad to happy, from loss to love...from a sense of alienation to a sense of being at home in the world.

As of September 2013 I started teaching writing (composition and rhetoric) as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, which I have discovered I love with an almost irrational passion. While felt blessed for the opportunity, after four years of this, the lack of pay combined with heavy work load stopped working, so have transferred this teaching passion to private workshops in my own apartment and working with writers one on one, which I adore. I will die a happy person if I never have to grade an assignment ever again.

I worked full time on the book thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign in May 2014 and completed it at two residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Wisdom House in summer 2015. I have done some revisions and am shopping it around to agents and publishers now, along with a new book recently completed.

I am now working full-time as a freelance writer, writing workshop leader, coach, and editor. Contact me if you are interested in any of these services.

Not sure when transition ends, if it ever does. As the saying goes, the only difference between a sad ending and a happy ending is where you stop rolling the film.

For professional information, publications, etc., go to my linked in profile and website for Barclay Morton Editorial & Design. My Twitter account is @wilhelminapitfa. You can find me on Facebook under my full name Julia Lee Barclay-Morton. More about my grandmothers' book: The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani

Recently, I started a website Our Grandmothers, Our Selves, which has stories about many people's grandmothers. Please check it out. I will be blogging there, too, now. You can also contact me through that site.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Only 14 hours left to contribute to The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani

 It's the last 14 hours of the campaign to fund completion of my book!!!

Because of a generous matching funder, we need to raise only $1,000 as of this moment to reach the goal!  While this will be a challenge in 14 hours, it is doable, so please, if you haven't already, check out the link, and if you like what you see, consider contributing.

There are lots of great perks.  For as low as $25, you can receive the first copy of the book and some perks on the higher end ($250 and above) include ways of adding your own grandmother/s into a larger website that will include others' family histories. and receiving personal writing coaching from me for your own stories or books.  If you - or someone you know - would be interested in any of these, please do send them the info soon.  Even if you can't contribute yourself, getting this to someone who could today, would be a Huge help.

Here's the link to contribute to the campaign: http://igg.me/at/theautobiographyofdickandjani/x/1049846

I am writing this blog entry in haste from Montreal, because this week my beloved Canadian husband also has his visa interview to live in the U.S., so it's all happening!  So, please send blessings and prayers of swift and successful completions our way!

Thank you all to have already contributed!  Those who have not remained anonymous will be getting a big, giant shout out from me on this blog (after campaign) and in the book itself (when it's done).

Just a moment to say, the donor list is an extraordinary group of people who I would love to join, and not just 'cause they donated to this project.  The people I know are astonishingly creative, accomplished and just plain old fabulous human beings.  I am going to take a leap and figure those folks I don't yet know are the same.

On a personal level, this group reaches back to friends I've known since a summer theater program I attended at age 14, through to high school, college, many countries lived and worked up to and including people recently met and people I've not yet met.  This feels great!  More on this later, but gotta post this now!

Blessings and gratitude for all your support in all ways.

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