Work in Progress – Shared Thoughts

TweetIf this is not your first visit to this blog, you know by now that the project I am working on is a creative writing project: poetry that revolves around the duality of fear and fascination with the monster in the folklore of different cultures. Just as each person has his own fears and anxieties, each culture has his own monsters. With every individual who calls Canada home, new monsters are added to our domestic pool of Read More

Can You Hear Me Now?

TweetIt has been a few days since I started to watch reviews for microphones and recorders for broadcasting. I can get a reliable and well-performing microphone for about 300 Canadian dollars. I’ve been looking at the Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone Cardioid. My Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone for the video recording does a good job if the subject is 20 feet away. Not at all suitable for my purpose. I’m also looking at a Zoom H6 Handy Recorder Read More

Built of Scraps

Tweet  I’ve been thinking about the subject I picked for my poetry book: fantastical dark creatures from the folklore of various cultures. Where did it come from? What sparked this idea to study the duality of fear of and fascination with the undead? A part of the answer lies somewhere in the past, in my early childhood when, nightly, mom would put me to sleep with whispers about the wolves waiting outside the window, below the windowsill. Whispers of Bow-Bow, Read More

Journeys of Hope

Tweet It started in the late spring with Central Alberta Refugee Efforts’ call for artists to put together a show. But even this beginning was only the surface, the visible tip of the iceberg. The story started long before that. Those familiar with CARE knew that it was Jan Underwood’s dream to put together some kind of production in which to tell the story of a handful of immigrants through visual art, dance, music, and poetry. She Read More

Rusalka

Tweet      Although the exam material that needs to be studied has piled up to the ceiling, I have to write my poems too. Going for inspiration in music. I want to write about Rusalka. Beautiful and seductive female creature, Rusalka is the spirit of a drowned girl. Sometimes red-headed, dressed in white, they appear near water and lure the men to their doom. To read more about the Rusalka, you can also visit this blog. Yet, Dvorak’s music does not inspire me for my Read More

The Road of Good Intentions (A Personal Essay in Two Parts)

TweetThe human infant cannot survive without the care and attention of another loving and (preferable) older human. I admit that the word loving can be substituted here by caring without crucial alterations in the infant’s life. Yet, sliding too low on the caring scale holds concealed dangers. Drawing upon scientifically conducted studies on children of diverse backgrounds as well as researches done on feral children, children writer Jane Yolen says in her book Touch Magic that “the Read More

To write or not to write – this is the question no more

TweetI remember a time when the writing of a poetry book sounded easy. Well, I should be happy then. This coming March, a few months before the convocation ceremony, I’ll be presenting my Honours Project at The English Honours Undergraduate Symposium at the U of Calgary. My Honours Project is a poetry book. Or rather, a collection of poems ready to be submitted for publication in book format. For some reason, exactly after I found out that my project was approved and I was enrolled Read More