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Swamp Work

In MicroMoment Videos on 02/06/2011 at 18:34


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Coming Up For Air

In Random Curiosities on 12/20/2010 at 21:31

Still under water, grading final exams, but the end is in sight.
Also in sight is another trip to the Upper Hot Springs in Banff.

Wonder if it’ll be cold enough for hair to freeze?
Icicle hair while soaking would be sweet…

List(less): unFold

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 10/06/2010 at 16:24

I consider the shapes of actions and thoughts–how particular formations are often assigned either positive or negative value; how they are associated with either progress or regression; how the meaning of things–shapes included–are situated within cultural and historical contexts.

I focus my musings on squares and circles–linearity and circularity, respectively. I carve my thoughts into a micro-text–List(less). It appears in unFold–a California-based Twitter-zine edited by Rose Auslander and published by Folded Word Press. The zine features “poems/stanza’s in 140 characters or less”.

Here it is:

List(less) / unFold

Induction/Deduction: Otoliths

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 05/01/2010 at 18:27

For me, this was a first — a three-person, three-country, digital collaboration:

Dorothee Lang, Germany + Karyn Eisler, Canada + Susan Gibb, USA

The result?

Two visual poems published in Issue #17 of Otoliths:
an Australian-based “magazine of many e-things”.

Here’s the direct link: Induction/Deduction

Funny how this came together:

Dorothee and I were in the midst of a two-person collaboration on a hypertext project (still in the works), e-mailing back-and-forth. Alongside discussions about the mechanics of the project itself, we also shared thoughts about our creative process; our decision-making methods; the different forms of reasoning involved. Dorothee suggested these discussions might serve as the foundation for yet another project. And this is where Susan — a hypertext whiz we’d been consulting with — came in.  From there, a three-way collaboration evolved.

Dorothee’s account of the process here. Susan’s account of the process here.

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An interesting note about Otoliths:

Founding editor, Mark Young, publishes each online issue in book form.
Otoliths #17–the issue in which these images appear–is available here.

And a question:

In your creative process, which form(s) of reasoning do you use?

Custom Poem by Molly Gaudry

In Random Curiosities on 04/05/2010 at 08:17

On the right is Molly Gaudry — author of We Take Me Apart and Flora The Whore. On the left is the PayPal poem she custom wrote for me for just $1.00.

Here’s the link:

The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drewblood for Karyn Eisler
[
Unfortunately, the link to the poem is no longer available.
Wishing now I’d printed a hard copy for myself.]

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While I’d like to think I’m special — the only person on the planet with the opportunity to trade tailored words for just a dollar — it’s not the case. For a whole host of reasons, Molly has made the exchange available to people other than me — to everyone, it seems. On her website she states:

“For $1.00, I WILL WRITE YOU A POEM and post it here and on our friend, Facebook … let’s call this enterprising, exciting, intriguing. Here are the facts:”

Yes, facts. She lists 23.

I first read about this a while back, but was reminded the other day when I saw a blog post about the poem she wrote for Dorothee Lang.

I wondered:

If I place a PayPal order for myself, what sort of poem will she craft?

She’d asked for guidelines; prompts; instructions.  I didn’t give her much to go on:

“No special instructions. I’m thinking of this as an intuitive poem — one where you, the writer, will know exactly the words I need to read.”

Molly, thank-you for Nancy Drewblood’s promise of new vistas with each forward step.

On another note …

Molly has hatched a plan to do a Ph.D. Item #10 on her fact list reads:

“I will cast a net and apply to dream PhD programs, good PhD programs, and backup PhD programs.”

Drawing from experience, having walked that road myself, I figure that even with full funding and brisk poetry sales she’ll need plenty of cash. I think she ought to hike her rate from $1.00 per poem … to more than that.

 

Living ?s for Dorothee Lang

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 03/07/2010 at 18:13

Dorothee Lang is wonder woman — a whirling dervish of many worlds …

From her base camp in Germany, she swims through cyberspace under various banners including:

author, collaborator, experimental artist, photographer; BluePrintReview founding editor; international-group-writing-project coordinator; Second Tongue writing community co-founder; and, storySouth Award preliminary judge. On top of it all, she maintains her own website and blog.

While navigating cyberspace, she keeps her feet on the ground as CEO of BluePrintPress, author of the travel novel Masala Moments, and in transit — her hot-off-the-press short story collection. There are the cultures and roadways she explores away from home—in her travels of yesteryear, and on recent jaunts to Lanzarote, LondonSouth France

She also digs dirt in her garden, and grows flowers in spring, summer, fall…

Karyn Eisler:

How do you do it all? Read the rest of this entry »

The Psychology of Labor: 6S

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 01/26/2010 at 16:41


The Six Sentences [6S] submission guidelines are as follows:

Length:  “six consecutive sentences”

Title:  “should be no longer than 36 characters, including spaces (because 6×6=36)”

Response Time: “all submissions will receive a response within six days”

Clearly, Robert McEvily — “creator and editor of the NY Times recommended writing site Six Sentences” — likes the number six. Figured it might be fun to embrace his challenge of 6’s, so I did.  In six short sentences I explore the complexities of money and work.

Here it is:  The Psychology of Labor

And I wonder:

If a woman, not a man, was the focus of the story, would the zone of depression be reversed?