I made up the word bilocalalia (why not?) to describe talking about living in two spaces and exploring new and unexpected horizons. I’m hoping to begin a dialogue about changes and what they teach us.
My three categories of posts are poetry, personal essays, and short fiction. I have two goals for the short fiction category. One is to provide a resource for advanced English-language learners. Each story contains some idioms or expressions with links to explanations. My other short fiction is inspired by the Wharton Films project, which is restoring a set of documentary home movies from the late 1920s. The characters and stories I create are intended to reflect the Great Depression in rural Virginia. My major themes in all my work are transition and finding purpose.
In spring 2020, when I returned with my husband to our home outside of Kilmarnock, I began creating some mini-retreats for women in transition looking for creative outlets. Empty-nesters, retirees, new residents and soul-searchers will all find a welcome at A-Ibañez Retreat Center for the Arts.