Un-Pretty Pictures

I used the first Friday of 2015 to look ahead. I’m using the second to look back on a great year full of mostly goods, the loss of one of the good guys – Nik Beat, & one very nasty low (a good friend’s apartment was destroyed by fire early in December).

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achoo

On the creative front I wrote lots of great pieces, did a couple of well received features, attended excellent spoken shows & some powerhouse workshop\ presentations. The Colloquium was inspiring, Bloody Words was the best yet – staying at the hotel sure made it easy to enjoy all of it – sad that this was the last one. Loyalist was superb, energizing & relaxing at the same time – energizing to focus on writing, relaxing not to have any distractions – no phones, no TV. FanExpo was a blast. Hit 70,000 words for NaNoWriMo in November.

My on-line presence grew slowly – blogging at 3 times a week had built my audience some & linking the posts to twitter has increased my followings at both WordPress & Twitter. The Wp blogs that get the most hits are usually my Caret Noir reviews, with my Stratford reviews close behind. The biggest spikes (sadly), over 200 hits each, were my posts about Nik Beat.

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writer’s block blasted

I began to us my Tumblr blog more frequently to post photo essays – I found my backlog of pictures was growing faster than I could use them on WordPress so I’m now posting a batch weekly, on Tuesdays, on Tumblr. Follow me there if you like my un-pretty pictures.

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beside construction

I’ll stick to the social media I have now though & also maintain this level of activity. I know of some writers who dedicate 3-4 hours each day to maintain an online life – not me.

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January 18 – hosting – Out of the Fire – a fundraiser for Kyle Andrews

kyposter

https://www.facebook.com/events/575346262566333/

march 7 – attending – 2015 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

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June 4-7 – attending – Capturing Fire – Washington DC

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http://www.thedccenter.org/capturingfire/ (2015 details not posted yet)

June 21-26 – attending – Rosemary Aubert’s Workshop – Loyalist – Belleville

loyalist camp

(further info & links: TBA)

September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo

Expo15

http://fanexpocanada.com

October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Blood Will Flow Hallowe’en Masquerade Massacre

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sample

one of my most popular pieces of 2014:

Born to be Blown

do I have to tell you

I want to fuck you

in a song

or is that the sort of thing

you can’t say in a song

even with all the out singers

there’s still this smothering

hetero cloaking of

what queer pop performers

are willing to say

it’s fine to say

I miss you in the morning

never

I miss your woodie in the morning

the bed is so empty without you

is acceptable

but my mouth is so empty without you

will never make to the charts

she can sing

I long for the taste of you on my tongue

but

I long for the taste

of my pussy on your tongue

is just going to far

the empty space in the bed

isn’t as lonely

as the empty space between my legs

that you used to fill with your face

gay songsters don’t want

to reduce being queer to body parts

but honey

taking the sex out of homosexual

to maintain assimilationist acceptability

gets to be boring

why are there no queer anthems like

‘Born to be Blown’

‘B-B-Bad to the Boner’

‘You Light Up My Ass’

if I have to tell you

I want to fuck you

in a song

I guess I’m going

have to write that song myself

but till I do

lets get it on

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Like my pictures? I post lots on Tumblr

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/topoet

One thought on “Un-Pretty Pictures

  1. Great hindsight glance, buddy! It looks as though you’re maintaining the momentum into 2015! Keep up the good work! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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