The trans art of storytelling
It’s the early 2010s in New York City, and Maria Griffiths, a trans woman in her late 20s and the protagonist of Imogen Binnie’s 2013 novel “Nevada,” is writing a blog post in an internet café. After recapping the strange few days she’s had, she turns to a speculative exercise:
“Pink Moon” by Sal Bardo
‘Two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy in a society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden.’
You can learn more about the film, hear the creator, and learn how to contribute on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/355574023/pink-moon
You can also find it on Facebook, on Twitter
Sal Bardo’s Website: http://www.salbardo.com/bio.php
You can also read more on the Huffington Post.
Okay, I’ll admit it, my music tastes have been changing. I find myself listening to more instrumentals. There are many types of artists and styles out there and some are relaxing and some are moving, but all are enjoyable without being overbearing.
I do listen to other types of music when something catches my attention, yet for just daily background, and especially for work, I have come to prefer something which isn’t distracting. Another benefit is I think it lowers by blood pressure which always a good thing.
I am also trying to expand my knowledge of todays visual artists as a way to jump start my own creativity. I do love the masters, those great images and sculptures which have lasted through the ages to awe us today, but there are new wonders being created every day, paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital, photography, street art… the ways in which people express themselves is endless.
It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday,in the problems and issues and concerns of the moment we lose sight of the lit which is passing by on every side. Yes, some of it is terrible, heartbreaking, and full of sorrow… But there are wonders too. Small things, big things, those imagoes which pass in a heartbeat but stay with us forever if we just watch for them. So much of life passed me by while I was concerned with other things, I don’t want to miss any more.
This is the music I have on rotation for today.
From Lauren Shera on her album “Gold and Rust”:
Stepheny + Afgbar
The Crashing Sea
Light & Dust
From Merry Ellen Kirk from the single,
“Collide (The Shakespeares)”
From Aoife O’Donovan on her album “Red & White & Blue & Gold (&Live)”
From Ange Hardy on her album “Windmills and Wishes”
From Merry Ellen Kirk on her albums “Free Music Sampler” (On Noisetrade)
Be My Love
Let the Lightflow In
and “Firefly Garden”
To begin, I have decided to delete the majority of images from this blog and replace them with copyright free or creative commons images with the exception of photos which I have taken myself (such as the one above). I have been blogging every day for about a year and a half, with over a thousand posts, so it is going to take a little time to edit everything but it will be done. Before I go into the reasons why, I suggest you read the following first: Right-clicking Images from Websites, Pinterest and Google. It is an excellent argument for not using possibly copyrighted material even if it is for personal, non-commercial, use.
I have been an artist since I was a child, drawing, painting, taking photographs, as well as writing poetry and short stories. Though I’m not published or have ever had a show, I have sold some things and given away others and I can understand not wanting ones work passed around the world without so much as a by your leave. Which is why I had thought I was doing the right thing by using what I believed were free images, but now I am not so certain and instead of taking a chance of using someone work without permission or attribution, I am going to either replace images or go without.
This is much the same as only downloading music made freely available by the artist or through iTunes. Just because I cannot afford to pay for such things, it doesn’t mean I should just take what I want. There are too many alternatives available if your willing to look for them.
Here are some examples I found:
There is a lot more out there to find, take the time and see what you stumble across.
Some of my potted flowers. The purple turned a strange shade of blue, too bad it isn’t the actual color because I really like the way it looks.
I have been nominated by sweetsantuary for the:Tell Me About Yourself Award. I would just like to say Thank you! I appreciate you thinking of me.
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
Thank you again sweetsantuary!
2. Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not yet shared.
I am not a fan of purple. (Unless it’s Purple Rain… I actually liked that movie… so sue me!)
I hate beets. I really think they are the single most disgusting plant in the world.
I love Popeye’s mashed potatoes, I don’t know what they do, but they are the best.
I watched all 3 of the original Star Wars movies in the theater… Yeah, I am THAT old…
I had a crush on Marie Osmond back when she was on television. I even wrote her a fan letter, though I never heard back.
I like Weird Al Yankovic and have seen him in concert three times.
I enjoy working in the yard and gardening.
3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know. In no particular order…
Deanna Joy Hallmark
A hugh Thank You! to each of you, you have been such a wonderful part of my life.