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It’s been a long time coming, it’s a little late arriving (in time, that is, for the 30th anniversary of the event), and I’ve been even slower to announce it, but here it is:

Three Thousand and Thirteen front cover

Three Thousand and Thirteen is a 7×7 hard cover (with glossy dust jacket!), full colour photo book.

Artist Erin Clarke revisits various sites of the 1981 Toronto Bath House Riots, retracing the path of her involvement and weaving a personal narrative with the unfolding of this momentous event in Canadian sexual politics.

“Erin Clarke’s photography is sharp and playful, and the accompanying text – a kind of prosetry – defies clear categorization. Clarke is thoughtful and brave in her excavation of personal and public queer histories. ‘Three Thousand and Thirteen’ shows art and imagination as integral parts of a larger movement towards personal and political liberation.”

Elizabeth Ruth, author of Smoke

Preview and buy Three Thousand and Thirteen here:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2809400

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When I returned from the Costa Rica film gig (3 full weeks of 12-hour days), I hit the ground running, straight back to The Day Job™, until I collapsed in an exhausted heap during my one-week (unpaid!) winter vacation. Fortunately, I didn’t get sick, but I also didn’t work on any of the many projects I’d intended to tackle because I spent so much time lounging, relaxing, reading and hanging out with friends and family.

Fast-forward (not very far) to the New Year, when I became determined to get a grip on the sprawling, tangled mass of tasks involved in establishing my Independent Artist Career™ (a nice complement to The Day Job™, though I hope the former will render the latter unnecessary sooner rather than later) and realized that I seriously needed help sorting out all the Things-To-Do flotsam swirling about my thoughts.

Having found useful software that greatly facilitated my screen writing last year (Scrivener), I began looking for project management tools and soon happened across OmniFocus (sorry Windows folks, it’s a Mac-only app).

Long story short: I am now using OmniFocus because, not far into the free trial period, it neutralized the near-constant feeling I had of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work I have to do on my own. Reflecting on it now, I’m amazed I got as much done as I had up to that point without it.

OmniFocus, being based on its method, connected me to a book called Getting Things Done, which has been around for awhile, but which hadn’t appeared on my horizon until I became desperate enough to go looking. I generally think of myself as an organized person, a natural-born sorter, even, but living an art-committed life* means creating my own business structures and managing my own work-flow in a way I haven’t done before.

Because managing work-flow at my computer is only one aspect of better organizing my work, I bought the book to learn more about extending the GTD method to the physical aspects of my work (office space, materials and equipment). In browsing online for said book, I happened across another book that addressed a pressing need at this transitional wobble of my erratic career trajectory (and which struck a chord in the things-I’ve-struggled-with-for-a-long-time department): my finances.

I’m pretty skeptical of wealth-building books, not to mention critical of many aspects of the neo-liberal capitalist society of which I am part, but instead of a get-rich-quick formula or instruction on how to claw one’s way up the corporate ladder Barbara Stanny’s Overcoming Underearning identifies self-defeating behaviour in one’s work patterns that is connected to underlying self-worth issues, and addresses both the inner (emotional) and the outer (practical) work needed to effect lasting change in one’s money matters. So I bought it, too, along with Getting Thing Done, with a gift card I got from mum for Christmas, and now I’m working through both.

* This is a term Eric Maisel uses in his book Creativity for Life


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