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Motorcycle Poet Solves Murder

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Brenda Clews interviews John Oughton on his new novel, Death By Triangulation.

'Motorcycle-riding poet Aaron Miles makes some of his daily bread as a cultural investigator.  He likes nice little cases with an element of art or literature, and no violence, thank you very much. But a wealthy Toronto family hires him to wrap up the affairs of their recently deceased black sheep uncle, a notorious anti-Papist and man of letters.  In particular, they want him to erase any traces of a past conspiracy the uncle had alluded to. Rich families hate scandal. Against his will, Miles uncovers a plot, both large in scope and decades old, to keep the lid on the truth about a major mystery of the 20th century. Set mainly in Prince Edward County, the story accelerates to Toronto, upstate New York, and the Dominican Republic as Miles tries to stay ahead of the secret's shadowy enforcers.'

Bio: John Oughton is Professor of Learning and Teaching at …

Books to Come

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Good news. I received a contract from Quattro Books to publish my novella in the Spring of 2017 (my poetry book with Guernica Editions is coming out this Fall). Another publisher sent a response that made me feel that rare thing, understood as an author, and I consider it my first review: "We found your formal experimentation with "S*'s" characterization highly appealing, in the way it plays at the boundaries of poetry to reflect the sensuousness of experience. Overall, we felt it was an accomplished work."

My book has found the right home. Lovely to join the Quattro family!!!
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Digital Drawing of Split Mask

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Still working on my performance videopoem, Split Mask. It's subtly complex visually and the editing program is on overdrive. I kind of like this drawing/crop I did in Photoshop - it took hours to figure out, with lots of trial and error and starting over and over, drawing with a stylus, and so it is a digital drawing more than anything.
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Burning Mask

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This is kind of a cool nanosecond in my upcoming performance videopoem, Split Mask.

The line:
"The mask,
a paper image
burning."

[Aftereffect: Ten minutes later, finding it too bright,  I went in and keyframed the opacity of the flames, and so the moment as it appears here no longer exists in the videopoem.]
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Ganged Up On By My Muse, I Am!

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Another 2 second image from my forthcoming performance videopoem, Split Mask.

I've performed this poem a number of times around the city in features and on open mic in the mask, which I made in the Spring of 2013, and which insisted on a political poem, that was begun in the Summer of 2013 and completed in the Summer of 2014, and then they insisted on a 5' square painting, which I painted in a mad frenzy over 3 days at the very end of 2013 for a solo show at Urban Gallery in January and February of 2014, and now the mask, the poem, the painting are insisting I finish a videopoem, begun in the Fall of 2014, and not yet complete.

If I get the performance videopoem done this year, if, it will be a 3 year project! From 2013-2016. All begun with a little image in my consciousness that wouldn't go away and which I had to make: the split mask.

Oy ya, what's a gal supposed to do? Ganged up on by my muse, I am.

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A photo in my upcoming videopoem, Split Mask.

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A photo in my upcoming videopoem, Split Mask. This has 3-5 seconds on screen, a mere blink. The line is: "Focus
 on where
 we are falling apart."
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Toronto Hydro a billing mess right now...

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Toronto Hydro rates are not only beginning to skyrocket, but their billing is a total mess right now. I have only electric heat and never turn on the baseboard heaters - yeah, it's cold! I try to keep my Winter hydro rates under $1.00/day. Crazy, right? Shudder me long-johns, but I manage, somehow.

But look at these screen grabs of what's been happening in my account for the past few weeks. Toronto Hydro originally estimated their Dec charge for me would be $335,635. when in reality it is about $44. And then I got some "alerts" in my email with incorrect data and estimates. I'm keeping a close eye on it and will not be over-charged. But I want to point out that Toronto Hydro's billing right now is insane!





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Some eBooks from the library

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Reading some eBooks from Toronto Public Library on my device. These books disappear after 3 weeks - you can renew for another 3 weeks if the book isn't on hold. All eBooks I've borrowed are on hold. Apparently, publishers grant the library a license that costs say $80. for 4 copies for a year, after that year the library has to renew the licence and pay all over again. Seems like a sweet deal for publishers.

Because of the way publishers charge libraries for eBooks, and the very limited number of copies of each book that there are, you can be waiting up to 6 months on hold for an eBook.

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez has been on my "a" list forever. It is factual, humane, and the poetry of his writing is magnificent!

Here's a sample of soil writing:

Soil, dirt. Stuff I love! The base of our organic lives and our food. "Soil is a living system, a combination of dirt (particles of sand, clay, and silt) and decaying and processed organic matter. It is created by e…

WISHING ALL OF YOU LOVELIES the BEST year ahead!

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Determined to draw on NYE, crazy idea, I attempted... lol! NOT a night to draw! Full of delicious food, too much wine and the warmth of great company! Sharing anyway 'cause what the heck, it's a NEW year! Bring it on, 2016!!!

WISHING ALL OF YOU LOVELIES the BEST year ahead, full of wonderful surprises, health, prosperity, accomplishment and so much love, warmth & friendship you feel every day is pure blessing.

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Woman Making Her Way

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Woman Making Her Way. We'll all make our ways into the New Year!

A sketch from maybe 2014.
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Old Hard Drives still work!

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Because I was asked for 300dpi images in black and white, I decided to re-shoot what I had. That took awhile, and processing was forever. Then I hunted through old hard drives and actually found some images well over a decade old, all as blessed Photoshop files except for one jpeg. And those old hard drives still run, how great is that?! All in all, I think it's about 30 images, and they have taken a solid 15 hours of work. I had finished coffee by the time I began at 9am, and it is now past midnight! Dinner was some frozen and defrosted leftover turkey that wasn't very good. Lol! The book won't be out until Fall 2016, but there are deadlines... and I want to sweep the old year out with a flourish. Done, just in time for for the New Year!
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From Colour to Black and White!

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Very happy with how these images are turning out, with, of course, quite a bit of work in Photoshop. These are from two different cameras and the images were done circa 2011. From now until next year, I will be Photoshopping! Certain I will make my end-of-year deadline with my publisher. ::Sighs with relief::
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Down to the Proverbial Wire

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Without sun for a month, I have not been able to take the drawings for my forthcoming book of poetry with Guernica Editions outside for a proper photo shoot in real live full spectrum sunlight. Here is my alternate set-up. Hardly know what I am doing. End of year deadline. Down to the proverbial wire.

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Spam site keeps opening in Google Chrome

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Probably my tenth message to Google's Help desk:

This spam site keeps opening when I open Chrome. It is not in my Preferences and I have never given it permission to invade the browser I use. I've sent a number of help messages to Google. I tried a website blocker, which, as you can see, has made the problem worse. If this keeps up, I will have to make Safari my default browser. If "devunity.org" continues to hijack my Chrome browser, I will be changing to Safari permanently. Chrome is neither private nor secure when a third party takes control of a user's opening pages.
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Happy Holiday - wishing you the Best of the Festive Season!

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However you celebrate, together or alone, as a day of feasting or simply a holiday, enjoy!

My day is spent cooking both turkey and tofurky and multiple accompanying dishes for my extended family, and I love it.

For the first Christmas, since getting my adorable cat, Aria, in 2012, I have been able to hang ornaments. I only found one on the floor one morning - she's very good now. It was nice to get out my Balinese hand-made ornaments that I bought at a long-gone store in Toronto, Frida, one Boxing Day. It is only now that I truly appreciate their workmanship, the hands who made and painted them. Lamia is my favourite, followed by what has to be a shaman/trickster figure. They are all quite haunting in their own way.



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