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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sunday's Stuff

This is one of those be-sure-to kind of posts. So here goes... Be sure to pick up today's Sunday Ottawa Citizen. The first 'Blog About Town' column of 2006! It's good. Well, at least it's as good as The Beat of My Heart by Hillary Duff, and not quite as good as Fergie in the My Humps video by the Black Eyed Peas. In my opinion anyway. I wrote about the Ottawa-Area Utne Reader Salon. It's on tomorrow (every 3rd Monday of each month 7:30pm Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington Street).

However, thanks to Search Engine Optimization and Google Page Ranks, Duff and Fergie will help in drawing a few more hits to this web page. From my web stats, I can now see a strong trend emerging. It's simple: People-love-Mike-Holmes. The HGTV guru. They can't get enough of him on TV I suppose. They have to google him and search out pics. I posted one of him a few months back from his tour to Ottawa.

Another thing this page is known for, I am discovering, is the renaissance painting, Birth of Venus. I did a 'separated at birth' gag on my weblog last summer where I placed two photos beside one another: Kalan Porter and Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Now it seems that I am in the top four image search results for the detail head shot of the Birth of Venus on Google. I thought it would be for Kalan, but Bottecelli has the edge on him -- for now. I guess my weblog could be known for other less-savoury search engine surprises. (Right Stephen?)

At the Shift & Switch book launch, Amanda tooted her horn, figuratively speaking, in that she had a nice surprise. One of her stories was selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, 2006, published by Carroll and Graf. Way to go, Amanda!

Now, my turn to toot, literally speaking. Toot! Toot! Jennifer Whiteford recently informed me, in a comment on this page, that a blurb on the back of her forthcoming novel, Grrrl, will be from me. Neat, eh?

Two events not to miss today: Bywords poetry reading at Chapters Bookstore Rideau and Dusty Owl Reading tonight at Swizzles: author, Phil Jenkins (photo).


Blogger Stephen Rowntree said...

Dear John,

As usual, you continue to be the voice, albeit in words and images, of the lit/poet scene here in the Nation's Crapital. Keep on lorriating. And by the whey, who is this 'Bought-some-celery' person people can't seem to get enough of?

Kindest regards,


Sunday, January 15, 2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Amanda Earl said...

To toot more, it's actually the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, 2006, published by Carroll and Graf. Thanks for the plug, John ;)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 11:46:00 AM  

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