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a figure from the common lot cover with Honoré

A Figure from the Common Lot. I care the most about this book, of all I’ve written so far. My plan, then, is to put it out in installments on the blog, free to the people, beginning October, 2017. The title is a line from one of my poems, “The Imbecile” (The Poor Belabored Beast).

The book is long, and multi-themed, and difficult to get a publisher to look at. I have a large position concerning the development of our current surveilance society, from the Franco-Prussian war (1870), the era in which Figure begins, through World Wars One and Two, the Cold War, the last decades of the twentieth century . . . to the fragmented mirror of consultancies and contractors, that misinforms us and destabilizes our global relationships today. The story goes only to the year 1900, and Figure is only Volume One. But it touches on poverty, ambition, war, espionage, spiritualism, slavery, corruption, faith. And I have perfect faith that readers will, having discovered Figure, enjoy it.

 

 


 

 

My Curious ReadingThis is an ongoing feature of the blog, where I consider my current reacurious reading cartoon curious kitten faceding and pick a unifying theme among sometimes disparate sources, mixed with my own thoughts about them. On this page is also a series of short, and mostly funny (at least curious-funny), items pulled from old newspapers, that I call “Adventures in Research”.

 

 


 

Otherwise, my posts are a showcase for whatever writing I’m interested in, and rough-drafting at the time—and for my artwork. My pages are where I put polished work, collected in proper reading order, and designed to give the experience of reading a book. I have opinions about book cover design. I think the image is like a one-frame movie of the book’s content, and I hate seeing big, pulsing letters on a cover, and nothing else. So also, it’s a treat for me to make art (in any style I feel like) to accompany my poetry and stories.

Textwise, I’m a right-justifier all the way, when I can find the code. In character creation, I want the person to say and do what he/she would say and do; therefore, no guarantees about salty language.

 

About my front page image. We wish they would live forever, but these kit-kats are not with us now. The black cat is Norton, in his “Listen, lemme tell you frankly”, pose; and his friend in the background is Seymour. I have another cute picture of Seymour in the background with Bucky.

                                                  Torsade ambassador Norton catcats belonging to Torsade owner Bucky and Seymour

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reason for Torsade

easil with painting in progress to illustrate poem the culture

The Culture, painting in progress

the pallette and a glimpse of the black cat Gretel

The palette, and a glimpse of the black cat Gretel

 

 


How I Work

One of my paintings almost finished, that will be used as an image, that will provide visual accompaniment to the tripart poem, “The Culture”. I mostly do miscible (water-soluble) oil, charcoal, and pastel, but I like trying new ideas. I mix media a lot, putting pencil or ink in with paint or pastel. I have done collage work for a long series in the past, but haven’t recently. These days, I use canvas boards, because they are so easy to store, and it gets to be a big thing, keeping stretched canvases . . . finding someplace to keep them!

 

the artist at home author page

Old-school selfie, my art garb, shorts’n’socks.

 

I am grateful for your support!

Sou grato pelo seu apoio!

Je vous remercie de votre soutien!

Estoy agradecido por su apoyo!

Ich bin dankbar für Ihre Unterstützung!

 

 

5 Comments

  1. This is such a feel-good “About Me” and an inspiring one too!! 🙂

  2. Hello Stephanie! I SHOWCASED your blog today and while I enjoyed exploring your blog and reading some great stories and excerpts… I would like to offer you some advice on making your blog easier to navigate through, if you are open to that. If you are, email me at justrattlingbones(a)yahoo(dot)com

    I hope this does not offend you in anyway. That is not my intentions.

    ~Lori~

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