Reuben DotDotDot’s video of Lisa Lottie has she talks about FOCUS.
Eat Local - “Shake the hand that feeds you.” — Michael Pollan
Know your farmer, know your food.
The Toronto International Buskerfest rolls into town tomorrow (Aug 21) through the weekend in “Downtown Yonge” - think Dundas Sq and around the Eaton Centre. I just reviewed their list of performers and these are the acts I’m most hoping to see:
- Bendy Em - We saw her a couple years ago when she was last here and the kids still reference her act occasionally so I think it’ll be worth a repeat viewing
- The Famous Rubberband Boy - I mean this just sounds SOOO freaky and totally something my son would do if given the resources
- Ikeda Yosuke - This guy sounds like he’ll be totally unique, which in a festival like this is really hard to be.
- Kamikazi Fireflies - I’ve seen these guys in photos and videos for a few years, but never caught their act. I like their style.
- Les Vitamines - We saw them a couple years ago when Decker brought them to town, but I’m sure they have a lot of stuff up their sleaves. Great clowning acrobats.
- The Mr. Spin Show - I didn’t think I’d be exciting for a juggling act — until I read his description.
- Sharon Mahoney - I’m not sure it’ll be a kid friendly act, but I like it when people really commit to a character for their show and the transformation to Tallulah sounds like it’ll be worth watching.
As always, you have to show up and wonder around and try to get a sense of the festival to know when and where to catch the acts. The ‘kids zone’ in trinity circle will probably be our home base as it is away from the majority of the crowds and the kids can hoop with Kavita and Family Hoops/Dispatch Talent between performances.
The roaming acts I want to run into are http://leschasseursdereves.com/ and the Money Fish.
Artist Stan Krzyzanowski filmed a time-lapse video of one of NFFTT’s apricot picks.
The Stephen King Money is gone and I am $9.97 over budget for this year.
The royalty check was for $1656.53. I’m told next year’s royalty payment has roughly $1500 in it so let’s call the Stephen King Money amount as $3200. That’s less than the prize money on Chopped, but as a freelance writer and editor, still a nice surprise from an eight-year-old book.
Save for a handful of hardcover and paperback sales, these were all ebook sales. With King’s Joyland now available as an ebook people will buy the novel they are looking for, so I’m going to be sensible and stop spending money for the time being.
For a Tumblr I made to entertain friends, I am amazed and honored that this entertained so many others. Thanks to everyone who wrote about the site or shared its links. Thanks to Rachel Ferschleiser at Tumblr for her support. Thanks to Nate Powell, who provided beautiful and haunting illustrations for my Joyland. Thanks to ECW Press for taking a chance on my first novel. Thanks to my editors at St. Martin’s Press and Doubleday for their enthusiasm. Thanks to BookCourt, Apple Store, Girls Write Now, The Strand, Foxy Salon, and others for helping me spend the money.
Thanks most of all to my accidental co-author, Stephen King, for being so wonderfully supportive and understanding.
I came across this blog in June from a CBC Article. Funny little story about how an author with an old book the same name as a Stephen King book got a surprise royalty cheque which she started documenting how she was spending it.
It is concluded for now, but a fun little review is worth it.
In 2011 there was a volcano eruption Cordon Del Caulle in Chile. Many spectacular photos were taken of lightning strikes in the ash clouds.
There is this thing they call Prosopagnosia — Face Blindness. Where people don’t realize they don’t see faces, they can’t recognize them, they just use other cues to identify people without realizing it. I don’t think I have that. But I have often wondered if there is a version where you can’t recognize your own face? Looking in the mirror, I know that I’m seeing me, because that’s how it works, but it isn’t like I recognize myself exactly. Weird I guess. Figured I’d post in case somewhere out there on the interwebs there is someone looking to see if someone else has the same query. I don’t think my video of 577 selfies I took of myself is online… wonder where that went.
An experiment might be to have photos taken of me without my knowledge, then edited to remove the location context, and then somehow challenge me to see if I can tell which is me and which isn’t?
UBC Doc on Spandy Andy. TIGHT & BRIGHT! TRUST THE THRUST.