All posts filed under: poetry & prose

messages: to shoot the messenger with

In no particular order: As diverse communities are more likely to measure their responses (both verbal and in body language) for the benefit of others, the politesse they’ve grown up with can feel diametrically opposed to western culture sometimes. Cultural norms of controlling one’s reactions enable people to suspend judgement, maintain social cohesion, tolerate inappropriacy, identify and address root causes rather than surface issues. Social cues can be more about what is not said than what is said. Length of silences suggest people are grappling with an issue as they spin in their minds what they should say. People in the west then fill the silence with chatter, inevitably missing the mark, which leads to a feeling of not being listened to. A controlled response may seem manipulative, but it’s not. It may seem like an acceptance of inappropriacy, but it’s not. It usually just indicates a continued indecision about you. This is a direct contradiction to the western demand for authenticity which, for many in diverse communities, creates internal conflict. The external experience of …

the iacx73545 dossier – cohesion

current prototype (documentation) uoft tutorial submission This project has taken awhile to come together… but it’s finally showing signs of being something potentially cohesive (at least to me!). The current draft is a submission for the final course in a creative writing certificate, where I will hopefully further develop the poetry & prose, characterization and storyworld. The prototype helps with envisioning/ designing the interaction flow. This is the 2nd variation of the interaction design… the first was an interaction design that manifested in a Twine prototype. It wasn’t pretty, but without going through the process, I wouldn’t have landed on a dossier structure. The aesthetics are placeholder. Ideally, I’d like to have an aesthetic approach that dovetails with a fine art graphic novel… as potential storyline extensions are likely to develop in that direction. The aesthetic reference will likely be in the direction of “Kabuki: Metamorphosis” (David Mack), or “The Wrenchies” (Farel Dalrymple) as a very distant second.

managing spoilt little boys

#childrenwhogrowuptosay #doyouknowwhomyparentsare The high pitched squeal of my plastic Ultraman hammer now garnered a Pavlovian response, enabling a return of order to the classroom. Screeching of chairs replaced the yelling as they settled into their seats, and the desks returned to straightened rows. The lesson this week was “favourites.” What is your favourite— dessert, sport, drink, subject, hobby… and why? They’d individually come to the front of the class to answer, then were allowed to throw a big smiley faced yellow bouncy ball at one of their classmates. Whomever it hit was up next. Every ten minutes, the categories of favourites changed. The rules were, responses must be coherent, grammatically correct, with adequate complexity to the particular level of their English class. Also, no standing on desks or chairs to throw themselves in the trajectory of the ball. Ultra light and bouncy, they’d try to whip it as hard as they could at their friends. I’d confiscated it from a student. Far too frequently, the ball had been flying through the air in the middle …

assholes + string puppets

Assholes & string puppets tells of the journey of 3 siblings settling their mother’s estate as co-executors and beneficiaries, while dealing with skeletons in the closet and the coercive demands of one co-executor. It just happens to be my story. WAKING UP My brother wants to paint the entire house himself. Wade told me today, he’s starting this weekend. How it will raise the value of the house when we sell it. He’s unconcerned that there’s still two-thirds of the house to be emptied, expensive furniture we’ll have estate liquidators remove anyway. I suggest we hold off on painting until we have more stuff donated or thrown out, but he says I’m being stupid. ¨Let’s try to handle one room at a time. Not only do I live here, but I also work from home.¨ I sent Wade a long message on Messenger ‘cause he isn’t reading his emails. How we need to gain agreement from Emile before making changes to Mom’s estate; how putting the entire house in chaos while we’re decluttering and making repairs …

obituary

(creative writing exercise) janine ramlochan (05.12.1974 – date unknown) Janine Ramlochan was a reluctant feminist whose storytelling unintentionally incited anarchy throughout half the world, disrupting imbalances in power in gender dynamics. Living in a time of growing misogyny, little is now known about her, due to collective efforts to have her record expunged by a myriad of states, of which she had been declared an enemy. In some circles her influence has been credited with closing the gender gap in a range of fields, leading to a more equitable global society.     

IA#CX73545

A draft and initial play through of an interactive structure… once I’ve worked out the flow in Twine, will likely re-program it in processing + flash. Play IA#CX73545 AUTHOR’S STATEMENT / IA#CX73545 IA#CX73545 is an interactive Twine game I created. It follows the activities of an intergalactic anthropologist (Journee) on a research mission to Earth from multiple vantage points. Journee’s Earth mission is a ruse to ascertain the location of two activists-turned-terrorists (Auden & Aiden), known for undermining the political infrastructure of their galaxy. A secondary objective of Journee’s mission is to test the military grade alien camouflage she was given to appear human. Journee is unaware of both objectives, believing she was sent to Earth in an official capacity to study human language. With the collapse of Auden & Aiden’s planet, resulting in a civilization of asylum seekers scattered around the universe, Auden’s Earth exile begins to catalyze his increasing political prominence across the galaxies, as he attempts to unite his people and evade the authorities. The story takes the form of Journee’s autoethnographic …

cyborg texts

As a cyborg writer, I really like the volume and expansiveness of ideas the text generators allow. The randomness of the text generators and the Memory Slam text editors really allow you to explore different approaches to a poem while maintaining the same structure. With the N+7 text generator, I used a poem that I wrote and compiled a second poem constructed from fragments of the N+7 output. I then ran the revised poem through the text generator again. The second N+7 output was far more interesting in cohesively random the verses were this time. Running the poems through a the eDiastic program, using the same original poem, led to a very different poetic structure, which had a range of similar ambiguities, but followed a consistent poetic structure. Using Nick Monfort’s Memory Slam section, I chose to modify the stochastic texts program, using various characters and characteristics from a range of sci-fi poetry/ short stories I have been developing. Through working on this over a period of time, I find this becomes really amusing or …

traveling carnival boys

Low key presence weren’t your garden-variety tourists Mutually abusive sarcasm suggested the long history between them A Scot an Englishman, another whose accent was quite difficult to decipher A mouth brace prevented anything but drinking liquids through a straw milkshake… maybe a margarita? Prolific were accidents moreso amongst foreigners, he’d been in a motorcycle accident just a few days prior A tenacious scorekeeper they rotated the card dealer I eluded to lion tamers being catapulted by canons but,“it wasn’t a circus” no animals nor crazy stunts only games, amusement park rides food that was fun The guy with a mouthbrace unveiled as the carnival treasurer became self-evident in everyone’s steep losses when he became the card dealer The Scot, a ride operator not quite as sharp as the others making him the butt, for the jokers at the table Englishman’s aloof demeanour tinged with sarcasm dry humour they argued vehemently berating whomever Adamantly insistent on paying up their losses awkwardness settling bets money didn’t normally change hands between them Asking for the tab my winnings …