July 21, 2009

In Writing



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

In keeping with the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other-and-keep-moving philosophy, my morning has been a busy one.

I have an envelope addressed and ready to send to the Legal Deposit department at Library and Archives Canada.

This particular project was a very positive experience. I researched, wrote and published a book on the family history of nearby friends. The work was commissioned and permission given to publish the material. An original copy resides with the family and the revised and published version has received a ISBN number, is catalogued with the government and finally a copy will be sent to the government of Canada for Legal Deposit.

Although my published work is obscure and of interest to few, I find it very rewarding. I now have two publications deposited with Library and Archives Canada, listed with AMICUS. One submitted on my behalf by the University and the other I have just submitted on my own behalf. One is under my previous name, the other my current name.

I also have a publication residing at the Library of Congress, at their request and invitation, under my previous name. That invitation was the highlight of my academic career, as it was unsought by myself. That invitation meant more to me than any of the awards, papers published, sessions chaired or scholarships for achievement in my CV. I was the sole author of the publication, the research was unique and original. A version had appeared earlier in an adjudicated academic journal in Europe.

Fortunately, these works cannot be removed from North America's great libraries by small-minded, insular political machinations. And if that is a fantasy, I'm keeping it.

More recently, I researched, wrote and had published in an online encyclopedia, a short piece on a Canadian celebrity. I worked with a wonderful editor. This genre of writing was new to me; I learned a lot and enjoyed myself at the same time!

I'll be off to the Post Office later this morning to purchase the postage and mail the family history book to Legal Deposit.

Today's bread is on the first rise. I will have the baking completed before the heat of the day sets in. The weather report calls for heat and humidity. It has been a very cool summer up till now, so if we have a heat wave it will be our first for the season!

Attila and I did go blueberry picking in the hills yesterday evening. They were at their peak, ripe and plump and juicy. We picked another two pounds, enjoyed the view and got a bit of exercise hiking at the same time.

Every day something will offer itself as pleasure.

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Worldly Distractions

Still trying to remember to buy new camera batteries!

"As night the life-inclining stars best shows,
So lives obscure the starriest souls disclose."
George Chapman (1559?–1634)

Wind: SE 11km/h
Sunrise: 5:50
Sunset: 20:55
Relative Humidity: 60%
Pressure: 102.33 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: unlimited

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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