July Update

image from pixabay
image from pixabay

There are few things on the go, but if I haven’t posted on here yet, here you go:

  • 1. My poem “The Climb” is up at The Week Shall Inherit The Verse.


The poem is part of a larger lyrical project I’ve been working on whereupon I take some of my old poems and remake them via new views and methods. It’s kind of like using an evolving vocabulary (words, colours, media, my mixed culture, language), as I look for the source of what drives me to write poetry.

  • 2. My short story “Weird Girl” is up at Lynn Crosbie’s HOOD.


Also, a tiny part of a universe in which I’m basing the novel I’m currently working on. Accompanying image selected by Lynn Crosbie for our mutual love of Malcolm McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (I was once a wee extra in a film with McDowell called SUCK, along with many of my goth friends. I only really said hello to him.)

  • 3. I have a short story in this great anthology, Gods, Memes, And Monsters edited by Heather Wood:



  • A few other things are going on, one of which is that I’m concentrating on prose, poetry, and submitting more work. It is because of this that I’m trying to finish and tie up some of my current conceptual work.
  • I’m still doing this: http://gettinginsidejamesjoyceshead.blogspot.ca/ (Joyce can be so frustrating, but I keep coming back to it.Today’s transcription started with Bloom thinking on space exploration and somehow ended up talking about ovaries and sperm. That woke me up.)


What I wanted to bring to you today was my closing the chapter on This Is Room 101


I wrote three paragraphs of 1984 and remixed them with three paragraphs from The Wall Street Journal’s headline story.

This project was inspired in part by my experiences as a dj and seeing how I could use them with just words. Olivia Rosane at The State did a piece on my project called “Living in Dystopia”: http://www.thestate.ae/live-blogging-dystopia/

I found many of the things she touched upon very interesting and her analysis blew me away. I didn’t have any big intellectual epiphany in starting it or while doing it. It just seemed like something to do while I fought off writer’s block.

It yielded this little chapbook called Text One which I wrote as part of the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost month: http://www.lulu.com/shop/jacqueline-valencia/text-one/paperback/product-21529247.html

So in an effort to have a record that I did this project, I’ve made a free downloadable PDF available with a cover to accompany it.

PDF:  https://jacquelinevalencia.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/thisisroom1011.pdf 

Cover: https://jacquelinevalencia.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/thisisroom101cover1.pdf

I have printed up 5 paperback copies of the project. It is 411 pages.:


One copy I will keep. The other four I will be on sale from me personally for $198.40 each. Each copy will be signed, numbered, and come packaged with original artwork by me.

If you’d like one of the four, please email me at ravensee at gmail dot com.


A reminder that the “2016 Toronto Poetry Conference 1st planning meeting” is on July 22, 2015 at 8pm Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor Street West) in Toronto. All are welcome, not just to plan, but to hear input or share in some grub.

That’s when I’ll select and finalize a date for the conference.

I have finished retyping Orwell’s 1984 and The Wall Street Journal

You can find the last entry here with a few thoughts on the project: http://thisisroom101.blogspot.ca/





George Orwell in his Burma passport photo. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell

On day 130 of This Is Room 101 and Day 242 of Getting Inside James Joyce’s Head

Day 130 of #thisisroom101 http://goo.gl/dduZyw  & Day 242 of #GIJJH http://goo.gl/A9tsWi  #georgeorwell #jamesjoyce #uncreativewriting

Admittedly with my workload at full capacity at the moment (film reviews, book reviews, interviews, and finishing up my next poetry book), it’s been hard to keep up with my rewrites and retypes. However, I’ve managed. If I haven’t been able to write them up on the day, I make sure to save the page and retype them the next day, or just do it at midnight before I go to bed. I think three entries in This Is Room 101 are missing drawings, but I’ve got the originals saved up for when I have time to do them.

The sketches are really rough and that’s the way I started doing them, since I’m usually in a rush in the mornings anyway. My aim is to get an impression of the headline photo and my eyes’ quick interpretation of the photo. When passers by see the headline photo in the newspaper box or on the internet, it’s meant to provide a jolt, a provocation to read the informative text. Thus, my images are hurried like the eyes of a commuter or worker at their desk.

As mentioned before, my interests in synchronicity has exploded here and there with this project. Looking back and reading them out loud has been an fascinating experience. I hope anyone that reads the entries will have their own interpretation or view of it and will inform me of their reads. Randomness in life can be transformative or mundane, but it’s still a worthy subject to be studied and witnessed.

For Getting Inside James Joyce’s Head, I’ve had the weird need to type out more descriptors in my own works, more than I have before. As I head toward the great denouement, I’ve realized how wordy and less poetic his prose has become. Not that that is a bad thing, mind you, Joyce went from gibberish, to overly bursting with language, and now…it seems he’s achieved an interesting balance. My own work has journeyed through the same head space. As for the the rewrite, it’s going along, but I’ll have to go back and smooth out a few things for coherence.

Here’s my desk every morning. My big pile of Wall Street Journal drawings needs a box now. I’ve added a stand up desk extension to help my mobility with my increasing workload.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy to have the work I do and I’m learning so much in the process. I just a need a little nap. Maybe after today’s run.

P.S. Come out to my reading in St. Catherines! November 29, 2013 Grey Borders Reading Series, 7:30pm, St. Catharines with David Dowker, Kyle Buckley, Gary Barwin, and Liz Worth (!!!!).  I’ll will be reading from my conceptual works and upcoming poetry book “The Alien.”

Edit: Having reposted the link to this page, I’m on day Day 147 of #thisisroom101 & Day 259 of #GIJJH. This makes it twelve days/pages left on Portrait of the Artist As Young Man. As I finished typing out today’s portion, my husband said to me, “I’d forgotten you were doing that.” It’s really become second nature like brushing my teeth.

This is Room 101 featured in The State….

Over at The State, writer Olivia Rosane features my uncreative writing project This Is Room 101. Check it out:




P.S. I’ve been invited to read at the Grey Border Reading Series this year. I’m very honoured to be part of this prestigious series. Will post up more info as it comes.


“Grey Borders Reading Series has had a long history of showcasing emerging and established writers from Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The series is dedicated to featuring work that displays an inclination towards experimental, avant-garde, visual, and multimedia practices and we believe that your work would certainly fit our program. Just last year we featured Sina Queryas, Dennis Lee, derek beaulieu, and Jonathan Ball, among many others. It would be an honour to have you among the GBRS alumni.”