Archive for April, 2021

Day 6 behind the Wire

in their books we’re on day 5 of being locked up but in my books we’re on day 6. they don’t count the day we arrived and let me tell you we arrived here first thing on Saturday. and so it is life behind the wire, locked up! i haven’t seen any of the boys since i got here. i get out for my 15 minutes and haven’t seen anyone! i snapped this one this morning at around 630. we have the parking lot and that’s it!

turns out that is the M8 up there. the south view windows at the hotel look out onto that so i’m very happy i have the north view which is the airport and the mighty hills of Scotland out beyond that. plus i have a tree outside my window and…

so yeah. we’re in here. and we’re not getting out till mid next week! which leaves plenty of time to get busy with this:

it would be very cool if we could find a brand new print of this on our desk the Monday morning after we get back. a horror story… rechecked while in lock down…

(so get going lad! (oh yes: over here, i forget that it is us Canadians who have the heavy duty accent!))

Sunday morning at Glasgow

truth is we’re at the hotel out at the airport and we’re under lock down for ten full days! i’m tucked away in a room where all you’ll hear is a knock at the door for breakfast, lunch and dinner. we ain’t going anywhere and there’s a security guard down by the elevator to make sure of that! so we put our jungle training to the test.

one last look at Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

like i said, the plane was nearly empty! once we got the all clear i took off for a window seat. as you know i don’t fly too often so when i do, i want to enjoy the view! i was also very happy to have all that room! the last time we we’re over this way we were packed in like sardines, flights to and from. on this one it seemed like it was just me and that drop dead gorgeous KLM stewardess with the super sexy accent. (i’m like Jamie Lee Curtis in a Fish Called Wanda, when i hear exotica… that does it for me… )

flying over the North Sea

that’s the back of the seat ahead of me: i’m one of those folks who never watches TV but this show, every now and again, was worth a look. 158 of 3800 miles to go! nice flight! no one around so you could stretch your legs! and all those place names, so many things to see. maybe one day we can go there together!

there she is, town of Ifs

i used the view selection on the journey log and zoomed into this section. we’re not going to Caen but as soon as i saw it on the map i zoomed in and up came the town of Ifs. now if you know my blog here on WP, you’ll know how the town of Ifs fits into the story.

switching planes at Schipol, 9 a.m. Saturday

those are some wild high jinx that go on inside the airport these days with the covid thing causing such a fuss. like everyone else in the world, i look forward to when things get back to normal. one way to get along is to stay cool! after the big snit inside the airport we headed out for a look at the selection of planes and got busy with the rest of the journey.

the view on Sunday morning

and so here we are, rise and shine on Sunday morning, dug in. it would’ve been super aces if we had the freedom to toss our luggage aside and head out to the local for a refreshing snort of whatever they have on the taps but none of that is happening for the next ten days. not sure if you can read that blue sign over there but it says Glasgow Airport, and let me tell you it is NOT a hive of activity over there.

St. Andrews Drive in Glasgow, Sunday morning

okay if that’s the deal, it is what it is. we’re here to stay for ten days. the last of the big snits for me was the power converter for the local electricity, i forgot mine at home! duh! the lads at the front desk fixed me up so we’re back online.

and so what are we going to do, locked up for ten days?

there is this project! the very last of the edits which i could never get to while in O Town, is on board this computer and we’ll see to them over the next 24 hours.

the famous “first run”

she’s filled to the brim with errors! and i will admit i am to blame for three of them! we’re here with time on our hands and so we’ll make something of it. on the plus side, i can flip that novel open to any page, start with the reading and be entertained! it IS one WEIRD horror story! and i keep telling them: this thing would go a hundred million if we turned it into a movie! (hopefully the right ears will come along)

Last Week, Chapter 3 of Sun

here is a little taste of the work in progress. hopefully, when this thing gets back from the printers and is squeaky clean and error free, we can put it to bed and go onto the next thing which is tentatively titled: Fighting In Hell…

okay so it is 9 a.m. local time, which means it’s time to go to work. we have today and we’re very thankful for it. GO!

Saturday morning in Amsterdam

6 a.m., 3800 miles later!

that flight was awesome! me and Joe got on board and found the plane empty! except for a few indians up near the front end, the back end was empty! Joe opened up the 4 seats in the middle and created a little bunk and that’s the last i saw of him.

i’m more of a “plenty of time for sleeping in the grave” type so i got me a window seat and watched the Atlantic Ocean roll past!

we’re here now, 6 a.m., bar isn’t open until 7 a.m. for us Canadians, the time is 1 a.m. still time for a splash before we jungle on out to Glasgow and whatever they have for us over there.

more to come!

At Pearson International, Friday afternoon

holy smokes! try getting into this joint in a hurry… no chance. the obstacle course i had to muggle through to get this far… sheesh! it sure takes the fun out of going out on this type of road. anyway, we’re here now, in the KLM special lounge where you have to pay a little extra but man it is worth it. especially after the loony toons going on out there in the general issue service area.

the view on Friday, 3 p.m.

that isn’t our bird out there, me thinks they’re going to wheel in a jumbo at some point as we are going overseas tonight at 5. and what goes on over there, well the boss wants us to keep it quiet about who, what, where, when, and whysville so i can’t give you any details. not that i know anything anyway, about what is going on. all i know is i got this far and its nice to have a special place set aside where you can switch it to glide.

looks like a nice night for flying! clear blue skies and let’s hope and pray those pilots are sober when the get behind the controls.

ah but these are fun adventures. when i was out there waiting for Joe, at the Departures drop off, i saw this indian walking past and he said hey man! turns out it was one of the boys from Wiki! so it seems like the gang is getting back together!

there is a small hawk right outside the window: hanging on the wind…

did i tell you about that dream i had about the cougar?

twinravens ART on the street!

in Unionville, Ontario on the morning of April 10, 2021. nice work! and big!

and back in November of 2020, in the town of Vanier, Ontario. also very cool!

it would be super cool to get this on a huge billboard somewhere! (anywhere!)

and this one too! of course if these were on billboards i’d have to pull over and taken another look!

a little memory lane while we’re at it, music by James Cohen. artwork by Mark Seabrook. most of these pieces are away in private collections.

bottom line is this: we need to keep working!

Coming Soon!

here is the top half of the promo the folks at the Lunar Lanterns in Unionville have in Now Magazine. cool.

those paintings are some of my fave “Mukwa” pictures, acrylic on canvas board, 16×20″, in private collections except for the blue one at bottom right/left. (i had to keep that one!)

so it’s up there in Unionville, at the Varley Art Gallery, happening in April. i hope to see it myself, up close!

starting to get there… photo of the artist by the Great Terry H., photographer/teacher. that’s yours truly out there on the Manitou River, late in July 2020, deep in Indian Country while the pandemic goes on.

yes… starting to get there indeed…