TINY SPILLS

GILLIAN SZE

Tabs open on your screen right now:
Gmail, a google search for “camilia and teething,” and a recipe for apple pie sundaes on minimalistbaker.com

If you had to brag about yourself:
I’m organized. I’m talking elaborate systems, alphabetical order, colour codes. Even if I end up keeping junk, it’s really organized junk.

Your writer crush:
Anne Carson

Favorite lyric:
Do his hands in your hair
Feel a lot like a thing you believe in
Or a bit like a bird stealing bread
Out from under your nose

(from Iron & Wine’s “Bird Stealing Bread”)

Any place in the world:
I’m with my toddler most of the time. So right now I’m thinking of an all-inclusive in Aruba. I want to help myself to their buffet and drinks. And if there’s a pasta bar, then all of their pasta. My kid can come too because he’s pretty cool but I don’t want to pick up after him or clean a single thing.

Best breakfast:
Eggs benedict + fresh hot coffee

Favorite online places right now:
mothermag.com, apartmenttherapy.com, amazon.ca (because ordering books and baby wipes in bulk at the same time is brilliant and convenient)

Sweetest thing:
The quick chime of “mum?” when my son is in the other room, in someone else’s arms, or when he’s about to drift off to sleep. It’s between that and his giddiness when he feels the wind.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Making a bodum of coffee in the morning, checking the mail as soon as I get up, writing with a fine black sharpie, making lists, checking that the stove is off before I exit, putting the right shoe on first.

Least impressive thing about you:
I’m on top of celebrity gossip. I don’t know why or how, but I don’t think this is impressive. I have more of that junk in my head than I should.

Favorite space to write:
Nowadays it’s not so much space as it is time: when the babe is napping. When I have a second. When there’s something I want to say but don’t yet know what it is. When there’s good light. When I can sense the next line.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Dr. Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project.
(“I fell asleep watching the movie Amelie, and when I woke up, I had spilled so much red wine on myself that I thought for a second I had been shot.”)

Last time you lied:
Three days ago.

The lie:
“Thank you so much – this sweater is beautiful. I will totally wear it.”

GILLIAN SZE is the author of five poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Redrafting Winter (BuschekBooks, 2015), both of which were finalists for the QWF A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her work has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature and has a Ph.D. in Études anglaises from Université de Montréal. ECW Press will publish her book, Panicle, next fall.