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‘Old Country’ Greetings

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 12/30/2011 at 21:06

Meeting relatives within walking distance of my paternal ancestors’ bones.

Translation aside, I have no idea what they’re saying… do you?


>Language >Place blog carnival #11: Anniversary Edition

In Blog Carnivals / Events, Celebrations on 10/29/2011 at 06:14

Happy anniversary to Dorothee Lang’s BluePrint blog carnival >Language >Place!

>Language >Place is a regular gathering of Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering August: >language>place carnival #8

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 07/22/2011 at 18:38

A MicroMoment video I posted last year, just resurfaced in
Poetry of Place: > language > place blog carnival #8.

To see the introduction and link to the piece click here, and scroll down about half way.
Better yet, before you get to it, check out the global cast of contributors’ respective musings on their own poetic spaces:

Lou Freshwater, Parmanu, Kristina Johnson, Steve Wing
Rose Hunter, Dorothee Lang, Jean Morris, Sherry O’Keefe, Jen Knox,
Marcus Speh, Julia Davies, 
Stella Pierides, Michael J. Solender, Darryl Price,
Laurie Kolp, Jillena Rose, Sandra Davies, Catherine McGuire
Brigita Orel, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Nicolette Wong,
Vivian Faith Prescott, Walter Bjorkman


Here’s how Walter Bjorkman describes his experience as host of this edition:

When asked … I jumped on the chance. I have been part of previous editions, and found the reading fascinating – to see what talented writers were doing on their own blogs. This experience enhanced that feeling moreso. It was a joy to get each entry in the mailbox and explore these hidden treasures, and being part of Dorothee Lang’s great promotion of them was exciting. The explanatory blurbs sent in also enhanced my reading, and I put them into second person wherever practical. If anyone else has a chance to host future editions, I would advise to do so – they will be greatly rewarded, as I have been.
> language > place is a BluePrint project–the brainchild of Dorothee Lang.

> Language >Place: Blog Carnival #2

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 01/16/2011 at 18:49

Nicolette Wong–a journalist/writer based in Hong Hong–recently hosted the 2nd edition of BluePrintReview’s > Language > Place blog carnival.  I imagine it’s quite the task to host a blog carnival–gathering, assembling, designing the event.  I stumbled upon Nicolette’s retrospective musings on the process over at the BluePrint blog.

Here’s what she said:

“The second edition is a voyage into imaginary spaces and real places re-imagined, in voices from around the world. Writers decipher what they see and hear–in words, codes, images and hints between the lines that they write. And the places shift amid detours, tender moments of misunderstanding or confusion to arrive at the heart of the stories. What’s on the page/screen is often born out of one’s search along a circuitous path.

Some of the authors included were previous contributors to the blog carnival and/or BluePrintReview. Some came across the first edition and wanted to join. The creative pieces–flash stories and photography–I solicited. The process was a little similar to that of writing a group of flash fictions: collecting impressions, then finding the right words, moods and homes for them.”

Much to my delight, Nicolette solicited my contribution: ‘Translation Treatment’.
Here it is, sideways. For full-length vertical view, click the image:

Some familiar names at the carnival include:

Steve Wing, Matt Potter, Rose Hunter, Marcus Speh, Sherry O’KeefeDorothee Lang

[click names for direct links to their contributions]


Submission details for upcoming blog carnivals >  Here


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Translation Treat(ment)

In Treks on 11/28/2010 at 18:10


Hévíz, Zala, Hungary

More treatment translations here.

Prepared for Edition #2 of the BluePrint blog carnival >Language>Place.
It’s hosted by Hong Kong-based author and journalist Nicolette Wong.
The direct link to the carnival is here.

A Blog Carnival: > Language > Place

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 11/13/2010 at 22:21

A new BluePrint project just went live–it’s a delight to be included:

It’s a blog carnival that explores connections between language and place. This carnival–the first in a series–is showcased on virtualnotes: the blog of BluePrintReview editor Dorothee Lang.

To enter the carnival, click the image:

In Lang’s words, the carnival works like this:

there’s a given theme, and to join, you put up a related blog post…send the link to the host of the carnival who then puts together a central page with links to all participating blogs…if you click through it, you get to visit the different blogs, with additional content in them…here’s a blog carnival definition.

She also describes the carnival theme:

anything that connects to language and place…a personal note, a poem, photography, a travelogue, a memory, a video, a flash story, a moment of (mis)understanding…

My blog post about Flight 493–a language-place publication–is included in this first edition, along with posts of over 20 contributors from various points around the globe–from Alaska to Finland to Greece and Switzerland; Hong Kong to London to India and Jerusalem.

Do you have something to say–or show–on the topic of language and place?

If so, a call for submissions for the upcoming carnival is here.

Flight 493: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/09/2010 at 22:14


It occurred to me at Vancouver International Airport, while waiting for a Lufthansa flight to Budapest via Frankfurt:

Language is music — especially when I don’t understand it.

My question shifts from:

“What are they saying?”
“What image am I left with?”

Sitting there, surrounded by linguistic diversity, I pulled out my notebook and wrote my impressions. I honed and revised them while flying to Europe over the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and Norway.

Now, those words appear in PicFican online Twitter Fiction journal.

It’s my second piece as PicFic’s featured contributor.

Here it is  → Flight 493

This blog post is included in Issue #1 of the BluePrint blog carnival: > language > place.