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The Montreal Conundrum

The Montreal Conundrum

There’s no leader, no one better, no one breaking ahead of the pack. Everyone has to be the same, standardized over decades by a creeping nanny state that takes care of everything and where nothing gets done. Everyone the same, everyone equal. We elevate mediocrity to the ranks of greatness because of an ideological flaw. We try to give everyone a shot, sure, that is commendable, but once they are on their way to reach the sky, you put them on a six foot leash. It’s a conundrum. You want everyone to have access to opportunities but you won’t let individuals achieve greatness because we all have to be equal.

The end result is not as good as you wanted it to be.It really isn’t.

Montreal, you are a hundred page novel, a 40 minute film, you’re 14 bucks an hour. You are the greatest lover alive who can’t bring a women to orgasm. You are ordinary and you can’t seem to escape it. You’re are few inches above the bottom dwellers and you’ve been hovering there, silently drifting in circles for decades now.

You’re on fucking life support.

Admittedly it’s not your fault. That is also true. The federal doesn’t care about you, the provincial laughs at you one way or the other. You’ve been landlocked by decades of language and cultural policies, none of which came from your own needs or demands. You are the victim of pressure groups that are outside of your city limits, You are stuck in a bureaucracy to thick you can’t even put up a sign without a permit anymore and everyone wants a piece of it. Everyone wants a piece of you but gives nothing in return. You are claimed by all and supported by none. You are own your own and you’re dragging everyone else’s dead weight behind you.

They’ll come visit, they’ll drink your beer. They’ll take your money, but then call you a snob when you say you want to do more with yourself.

Turning one of my paintings into a table

I turned a painting into a work table for the job using a bunch of old legs, tampered glass shelves we had laying around and some silicone. I bought the canvas that fit with the glasses we had and used the wooden frame as support for the legs. The glue smeared on the edges, so that’s a technique I’ll have to improve, but as a prototype, I’m pretty happy about it,

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Things I’d like to Add to My Collection in 2015

I rarely blog about things I’d like to get (I mean, material things) but it’s the new years,I took time to look at what I got this year and it’s pretty good (True Detective, Stray Dogs, Summer Wars, Helix, Dark Angel, Ergo Proxy)

so here’s what I hope to add to my collection in 2015 :

Movies/TV

Evangelion 2.22 and 3.33

Twelve Kingdoms

Aeon Flux (the original anime)

Complete my Battlestar Gallactica collection

Samurai Champloo

Spin City Season 4

Interstellar

Maybe I’ll afford myself 2 or 3 “random” criterion collection movies this year.

Also REALLY looking forward to NewsRoom season 3.

 

Books :

More of the following :  Murakami, Bukowski, Brian Wood… I discovered John McFetridge this year, probably will get more of his work too.

 

Rarer items :

Maybe a rare print from Becky Cloonan

A painting by Jacob Bannon

“White Trash” By Chris Makos

 

Music ;

Some old Bjork, Supermachiner, Bossk, Mogwai, lots of ambient, less heavy (or heavier in a more creative way) kind of music, if you know bands like that, send them my way…

 

that’s pretty much it.

 

Take care,

 

Ian

 

 

My 2014 retrospective

My 2014 retrospective

We are weeks away from 2015 and I feel like writing my recap right now instead of waiting on Jan 1st.

2014’s been extremely good with only one brief period of economic uncertainty that quickly resolved itself so well, I almost forgot it happened at all.

First of all, I joined the Chinatown YMCA to get my health back on track. Love it. I fucking love it. It’s not your regular jock/hipster/douchebag (whatever they’re called these days) gym. It’s the perfect mix of all things urban from the poor to the rich, from the bike courier to the office worker, artist, and Chinese old ladies that live in the buildings around. (Love them!!!)

I received a prize for “A Teenage Suicide” at the Expozine Independent Book Awards (awarded in 2014 for the 2013 edition.) So that felt good.

I completed my next novel, Grand Trunk and Shearer, that is currently in the talented hands of my editor (and generally good guy, Benoit Lelievre). It’s probably my best work so far and it’s just been fun to write.

In personal news, my second daughter was born on Nov. 14th, 2014 to the lovely name of D’Arcy Ann. She almost sleeps all her nights, and I mean we get to sleep 2 out of 3 nights and it’s improving. It’s going so fucking well.

In non-writing related endeavours, I started painting last Christmas and had my first solo show in August. It sold pretty well, in fact, I made more money from my art (in my lifetime) than from writing, go figure?!?

I also wrote and recorded my own solo songs for an upcoming project that may or may not work out. I don’t care, I’m just glad to have recorded them, even if I’d be the only one to listen to them.

In 2015, I’d like the housing market to dive just enough so I can get buy a home for my (growing) family. My wife already has her contracts set for the year, so it’s all coming down to me to A)get represented/published for Grand Trunk and Shearer or get out there and promote the fuck out of it myself while self-publishing. At this point, I’m working both plans in parallel and looking to see which one comes on top.

I’d also like to finish my first full length, shootable movie script. I’ve been putting it aside for long enough now. (Titled “Poly.”)

Keep working on “Kilo”, a graphic novel with my spouse, and “Crass” my next novel.

As for the rest : keep painting, get some riffs here and there. Translate on my down time. Keep making good food. Keep the ball rolling.

In cultural highlights for the year : Discovered Lana Del Rey…half the album is good, the other is filler, but the half that’s good is REALLY good. Discovered SUPERMACHINER, loved it, BOSSK too. Read some Lehane, Murakami and Bukowski, bought Becky Cloonan’s anthology. Tried to read some more Nietzsche, but can’t do it anymore. I read too much of the stuff in College, I just want to have fun these days.As for TV/movies, I’ve been BLOWN away by “Newsroom”. Fucking loved it.

That’s pretty much it for now

Take care,

Ian

Some News

Hey,

 

I haven’t posted anything lately… so here are a few news items.

 

We are expecting the birth of our second daughter any day now… so things will slow down a fuckload for me in the coming months (in a good way), still…

 

I’m working on the first album of my solo project “MAR” titled, “After the Sun.” It’s a mix between rock, grunge, blues, doom and sludge metal and punk… nothing is ready enough for you to listen too yet but all the drums are done, 3/4 of the bass, guitars and piano… still no vocals, a few solos to do and then the daunting task of mixing it…

 

Also, my next novel, a mystery/noir, titled “Grand Trunk and Shearer” is in the capable hands of my editor, Benoit Lelievre from Dead End follies. I expect to launch it in Feb, March 2015.

 

I’ll be at Expozine again this year, probably the only event I’ll be doing in the coming months, so if you’re in Montréal, show up on 15 – 16 Nov @ 5035 Saint-Dominique, Montréal.

 

I’ll start working on “Crass : A Tale of Ordinary Havoc” here and there when I’m done with the recording and editing for GTAS.

 

Untill then, wish me some sleep.

 

take care,

 

Ian

I’m a Water Dog.

I’m a Water Dog in Chinese Zodiac….

I know, I know… it’s not exactly scientific, but I’ve read the description and I was surprised at how accurate this all was.

From http://www.chinese-astrology.co.uk/dog.html

“Dog people are honest, faithful and sincere. They respect tradition and value honor, and enjoy helping people. The Dog is very righteous, and always is the first to speak out against injustice.

Dog people are not good at socialising with friends, and they rarely shine in company, but they are intelligent, caring and a good listener. Loyal, faithful and honest, they have the most profound sense of duty. You can count on them and they’ll never let you down. And as a good listener, the Dog is also very reliable in keeping secrets for others. They simply don’t like to gossip.

They can be judgmental, defensive and picky if you rub them up the wrong way.

They lead themselves by their emotional instability and their eternal anxiety. They are a worrier.”

And from wikipedia :

“In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness, and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the same way, Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land. Water governs the Kidney and Urinary bladder and is associated with the ears and bones. The negative emotion associated with water is fear/anxiety, while the positive emotion is calmness.”

So there you have it : high Anxiety, calm, loyal but judgmental…

I think we’re in the ball park here.

Take care,

Ian

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