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"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. So blessed for the opportunity and hope to find a more permanent job doing same.

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 having written a rough draft of a new book and some other projects.

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


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Writing mostly but: Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

That's it.  That's pretty much all I do.  Thanks to all of you funding this stage, it's my job and I'm treating it as such.

Almost done with the research...and hoping to be writing the draft by July.  It will have been a whole year of research - thousands of pages of writing, correspondence, documents, photos, etc...well worth it, but damn...it'll feel good to be able to write again (of course most of the stuff I wrote before this methodical research year is destined for the circular file...but hopefully some will be salvageable)...

I therefore have precious little energy to blog.  Have tons to say about what I'm finding but am going to save all that for the book right now, with the exception of the Dinner Prize given to the folks who commented on the term micro-history (which will happen on July 17 - finally)...and my beloved Canadian who gets to hear All of It now that he's here (& he's here, he's here - hooray!)...and my friend Susan who gets text messages about my progress...but mostly it's me boxes of papers a room summer heat a cat a husband in other room engaged in job search...party on...

But, John & I did take one day off this past Saturday for the fabulous Coney Island Mermaid Parade - which if you haven't been is one of the most delightful experience ever - people of all body types, ages, races, sexualities, etc. dressed up as Mermaids, Mermen, Pirates, Sea Animals, you name it...parading along the boardwalk with hundreds of people watching, cheering and taking pictures.

I was one of them (taking pix) - have hundreds, but here are a few:

my fave photo embodying the spirit of the day: everyone gets to be a mermaid!

another lovely mermaid passing through

groovy punky gorgeous mermaids - rocking my world

she's just fabulous - nothing else to say


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