Ticking Away The Moments That Make Up A Dull Day

I haven’t been posting much, lately. Stuff is happening. Even pretty cool stuff. But personally, I haven’t felt particularly sparkly, so I haven’t known what to write. As I’m fond of saying in meatspace, ‘That’s not an excuse. It’s merely an explanation.”

I think it comes from the fact that I haven’t been writing much fiction in the last month or so. It’s been a while since I made any serious progress on Customs and Road Songs of Limbo. Late June, actually. I know, because that was roughly the date I started writing ‘Simple Simon’ AND ‘The Field Trip’, both of which are still sitting open, after days of waiting for me to return to them, and after months of sitting in my virtual top drawer waiting for me to take them back out.

I finally mounted two sets of assemblage art that I created back in June or July. I finally varnished the big piece for the October show. It just needs one more stage and it’s done.
They look like this:
Continuum (2015) sml Oblique Strategies (2015) sml Chaos & Order - Emergent (stage 9o5)

I haven’t worked on the Link game in months and months. It’s bothering me that I’ve let that fall by the wayside, because board games are pretty hot right now (still), and this is probably the coolest Link game concept I’ve come up with in years. I hope to get back to it, but I’m not saying when, in case I don’t.

I’ve been serving as interim co-chair for the Stinson Community Association for the past few months. Light duty so far. Probably won’t go in for a full term. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m hoping someone else will step up. Dawn is mostly burned out on the community activism lark, and I think we need time to work on our own things.

I also organized and ran Songs From The Bishop in Adam Bentley’s stead for this summer. I’m hoping he’ll take it over again for next summer.

I’ve got the latest StinZine finished, but I haven’t sent it to the printers yet. I’ve had my answer for a few days (who signs the cheques), but I just haven’t been able to get into the game.

No new music yet.

No scotch in the whole apartment. This is not a good time for not having scotch.

I’ve also started doing the layout for a new community publication (called ‘The Anvil’) for the north end neighbourhoods (Jamesville/Beasley/North End) of Ward 2. I hope it expands to other areas of the ward, and then the city, but we’ll see. I’m not running it, so it has a chance of succeeding.

I’ve been involved in a volunteer committee to retool and revive PBW2 for 2016. It’s been a pretty good exercise so far, but the committee is starting to lose cohesion. I’m hoping it’s just an end-of-summer thing, and that most of the regulars will return in the next week or two. There’s still a lot of work left to do. I’m even drawing a comic book for it.

THIS COMING FRIDAY NIGHT (Sept 11th), my wife (Dawn McIlmoyle), my dearest school chum (Dawn McKechnie), and myself are going to be occupying space at the ART CRAWL MARKET, taking place at the Spice Factory on Hughson Street near Cannon Street, on the first night of SUPERCRAWL. We’ll be showing and selling art and hopefully having a good time. I should really start gearing up for that this week, when I’m not dealing with the StinZine. If I can, perhaps I’ll have some of the few remaining copies of StinZine at the show with us. Perhaps. We’ll see.

And I think that’s all I have for you today. I’ll tr to have more for tomorrow. Thank you for reading.


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