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Saturday, 9 August 2014

HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE FROM MY CAT

As I lay here tonight
I think of you
Of how you sometimes leap into my arms
Despite yourself
How you sit stay there and purr
Half purr
Despite yourself
Because I’m holding you
Because I love you
Because despite yourself
You love me
You love being close to me
Even when you don’t like being held
You like that I’m near
Despite not liking what I do
You like that I want to hold you
Even if you don’t want to be held
You let me hold you
You complain but never bite
Because
Despite yourself
You’d rather be in my arms than anywhere else.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

LEVEL UP #1 - Master of the Wash Cloth

Recently, I have been traveling and staying with friends who are gracious enough to provide me with towels and wash cloths for bathing.  I had brought my own towel and loofa for when I was staying in hostels, but have opted to take advantage of the kindness of my friends and use that things they offered.  This posed a problem.  People have moved from bar soap and wash cloths (the bathing system I used while growing up) to body wash and loofas.  The problem occurs when you try and merge the systems.  How do you get a good lather using a wash cloth with body wash?

This  has plagued me on previous journeys, yet they have always been brief enough that repeated applications of the body wash to the wash cloth has sufficed for overall washing coverage.  It was only today that I mastered the art of proper wash cloth/body wash lather!

For this, I have been awarded a Life Skill Level Up!  When using bar soap, you usually envelope the soap in the wash cloth until you work up sufficient lather, then release the soap to whence it came.  Body wash is trickier.  To reach full lather potential, I applied an ample amount of body wash to the cloth (approximately the size of a Canadian Loonie – the size of a quarter just won’t cut it) and then went about the same process of rubbing the wash cloth until it was frothing with lather.  This was enough to remain sudsy for the entirety of the shower (well, at least the part where I was washing myself).

I now feel like I am the Master of the Bath!


(PS – Random Observation: Mint Body Wash is really popular in the UK!)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

A Cat Story

I woke up and asked my cat today, “Why do you keep living?”

She said, “For the sun.”

I woke up and asked my cat today, “Why do you keep living?”

She said, “For the full moon.”

I woke up and asked my cat today, “Why do you keep living?”

She said, “For the mouse I chase.”

I did this for many more days.

And she said, “For the birds out the window.  For naps in the afternoon.  For a scratch behind the ear.  For a lap to call my own.  For snowfalls, for rain.  For the afternoon breeze and smells in the evening.  For the sound of the world and silence at night.  For the bug on the radiator and water in the sink.  For the leaves in the fall and flowers in the spring.”

“But those are such simple things.” I replied.

“It is the simple things that make life worth living.” She answered.  “If I live only for big moments, I miss the beauty of the small ones.  Happiness is found in the little things, like sitting in the sun or grass beneath your feet.  We must remember, we are small creatures.”

“You are very wise, my cat.” I said.

“I am very simple.” She replied.  “Will you play with me?”

“There are many things to do today.”

“Will you play with me?” She asked again.

“I haven’t much time.”

“Will you play with me?” she said for a third time.

“Yes, I will play.”

And we did.  

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

RANTS & RAMBLES - Misrepresentation of What This Guy Did...

To understand what I'm ranting about, you will have to read/view this pictorial article on EyeOpening.info (it's really short):

Now for my rant...

My problem is with how this post is named (because it is simply not true!): “This Guy Started with Nothing.  What he had just 6 weeks later is amazing.”
A.      A couple lines into the article it says: “With a Thai friend’s guidance, his son-in-law’s masonry skills and a lot of work, the team made progress quickly.”
a.       What part of “a Thai friend’s guidance” and “his son-in-law’s masonry skills” are nothing?  Clearly, that is something.  Those are both two very important things to have to build a wonderful house from scratch.
B.      The SECOND line of the article is: “When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build.”
a.       He had to find $9,000! NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS! – That is ALSO not nothing.  That is $9,000.  It’s not like he built it out of found materials.  Sure, the next time I have $9,000, I will move down to Thailand to build my wonder hut.  Which brings me to my next point…
C.      What is he doing in Thailand anyway?  I’m sure he is employed in some way – otherwise, where did he get $9,000 to build his house.  Also, he had to GET to Thailand – that must have cost money as well, unless he fashioned a boat out of sticks and navigated down, or walked (or, if he is a native of Thailand – he lives in Thailand!  Materials & labour are sooooo much cheaper down there.  The rest of us who live in places with things called Labour Laws may have a harder time finding land and money to do the same.)
D.      I still think the house he built is super cool and deserves the attention, but SERIOUSLY, the guy did not start with NOTHING!  He knew some people and had some contacts and made it happen for cheap.  Still pretty cool, but not something the bum on the street corner can go do.
E.       Also, who designed the thing?  The article doesn’t mention that or how much that cost… unless the dude is an architect (in which case, excellent education is also not nothing – that is a very valuable something).

In short – this guy did not start out with NOTHING.  It should be named "Look at the super cool house that this well-educated resourceful man with lots of cool contacts used his savings to build" (but I realize that may not be as catchy).  Let's actually evaluate what it means to have nothing and start putting the proper value on the things we do have.

Monday, 17 March 2014

A MOVABLE FEAST - Ernest Hemingway

Okay, so I’ve been neglecting this blog for a bit and focusing my attentions on other projects, which was wrong and I’m sorry.

Things have been pretty intense for me over the past while (you can read more about that at www.myyearwithoutsex.ca) and I have had trouble making myself sit down to write.  In fact, I have barely been writing at all (even my other projects are suffering).  This thing that I love to do so much, I have just been avoiding.  I guess we all go through periods like this, but I think I have been mildly self-sabotaging.  I focused on getting my writing going last year and it started to succeed, so what do I do, I stop.  Typical me.  I’m trying to move past that.

Anyhoo, that’s not the point of this post, but it is a bit of an explanation.  The point is: I’m back.  And I just finished reading A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.  This is a great place at which to jump back in because Hemingway is my FAVOURITE authour.  I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but I realize now that I have failed to actually write about Hemingway and his influences on my writing in any real way in this blog.  Crazy pants!

Monday, 27 January 2014

15 Minute Update #5

Hey!

So, it's been a while.  Things have been crazy with work.  I've had the extreme pleasure of working on the Canadian Stage hit-sensation London Road, playing until February 9, 2014 at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.  If you get a chance to catch this wonderful creation by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, you will not be sorry!

For more information go to:
www.candianstage.com

Also, Mike Ellis and I have started our own YouTube channel called Eleven Oh-Four.

Inspired by Mental Floss and Vlog Brothers by John & Hank Green, Mike and I started a similar list-themed channel where we post videos to each other weekly.  Mike and I used to have writing meeting each week via Skype where were would discuss the projects we were working on and throw ideas back and forth for future things.  It was a brainstorming/catch-up/inspiration type chat which always led to hilarity (as things usually do when Mike and I get together).

Whenever I go under contract for a new show, we find it hard to arrange a time we can meet - this is where the idea for Eleven Oh-Four came from.  In lieu of an actual Skype meeting, Mike and I could keep the dialogue going even during the busy periods.  As well, it would give us some exposure.

Why Eleven Oh-Four?  Well, thanks for asking!  We would always have our Skype meetings at 11:04am.  This came out of me always missing our 10am meetings and a witty banter back and forth between Mike and I while attempting to arrange a better time.  I suggest 10:45, Mike came back with 10:52, I responded with 11:01:30 and Mike finished with 11:04, so that was the time we would meet (and yes, we did usually wait until 11:04 to dial - that's just how we roll).

After discussing the concept for the channel (I'm a HUGE John & Hank Green fan, so of course I wanted to be like them!), we decided that doing lists of 11 things in 4 minutes would work out well and fit the name.  Thus, Eleven Oh-Four was born!

Please check out our videos and subscribe to the channel!!  You can find us here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfimfkOQWwApFvIAH0O_Lng

So that's what's been up in my world lately.  Trying to improve on my Twitter-ing, but writing-wise, Eleven Oh-Four is the biggest thing that Art Thief has been working on.  I'm still keeping up with www.yearwithoutsex.ca as well.  Also, the new book in the Little Logan Series has been printed.  I guess I have been kind of busy.  Anyhoo, I'll try to get Logan up ASAP and I'm working on finishing Professor Cormac.  Just keep chipping away!

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

15 Minute Update #4

So, my goal of 1000 words a day fell off the rails at the end of last week.  Car trouble and out-of-town visits put a hiccup in my schedule and I'm not quite at the point in my career that my routine accounts for writing while on the road.  Anyhoo, excuses...

Today, I was engrossed in the art for the first children's book that I'm illustrating myself.  Exciting!!!

The book is called: Professor Cormac's Guide to Growing: The Alphabet.  It is an instructional series of books about all the things you need to know while growing up.  The second book will deal with numbers.  This is my first attempt at drawing in probably about 20 years.  I'm pretty pumped about the way it is turning out.

Recently, I purchased a new laptop (named "Narnia") with a touchscreen.  Being a luddite, I never thought I would get much use out of the touchscreen (I have trouble using my touch phone still), but once I conceived this book, it offered the key to completing the illustrations myself.

I have finished penciling the drawings and have begun digitizing (word?) the images.  They are all scanned and ready to go.

Here is one of my favourite sketches:
Created by AJ Laflamme (Text: "Most magpies make money making movies; Neither nifty nightingales nor notorious newts notice.")

This is the first full page that is ready for press and the sketch it was based off:
Created by AJ Laflamme
Created by AJ Laflamme

I also bought an awesome stylus, so I can draw directly on the screen.

So, though I did not "write" 1000 words today, I'm counting the work I've done on this book as 1000 words worth of effort.  Also, this book needs to get done (Cormac is now 1 yr old).  I'm hoping that once I'm back at work, I will be able to get back into a writing routine.  We shall see, but for now, this is a lot of fun!

So, that's what I've been working on!

Until next time...