Alison Garwood Jones

Virginia speaks

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

What a find! This is the first time I’ve ever heard Virginia Woolf‘s spoken voice. Her written voice is very familiar to me. Her book, A Room of One’s Own, is a Bible to me and most of my friends. A Room of One’s Own, Silk Screen Print by Alanna Cavanagh. From a fifth edition of 20 […]

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Dude, you inspire me

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

Just before Christmas I attended an ACI artist’s talk at Massey College. At the end of it, I turned to the woman sitting next to me and said, “Wasn’t that good?” She agreed and we shared our favourite ah ha moments in the life and career of Paul Kane. Kane was born 150 years before Neil […]

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Saying no is hard

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

For writers, social media is like a hole in a tire. It’s a drain on your energy, productivity and ability to sustain a thought. Sometimes the leak is slow and silent (like the daily Facebook checkin). Other times (Rob Ford), it’s this giant fucking “POP!” Afterwards, you’re left with a big flabby thing that won’t turn. Not the ex-mayor, […]

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Energy report

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

My energy reserves are more precious than oil. I don’t know if it’s a female thing? The men I know and love and don’t love don’t share the nitty gritty details of their energy metrics. For all I know, they’re concealing some wild fluctuations. Productivity is what we’re all chasing. It’s the gold standard and […]

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Failures, I’ve had a few

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

“Lost and Found at Uni” series, by Alison Garwood-Jones When I met Stewart,* he was standing outside the coffee shop I’d suggested with his hands pushed deep inside his pant pockets. “It’s closed, isn’t it?” I said, walking up to him. “Yup,” he said, and we gave each other an awkward hug. “Sorry about that,” […]

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