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Posted On: April 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I captured these three photos of the full moon within a few hours between the late hours of April 14 and the early hours of April 15. It is interesting how the color of the moon can change so much from the time it rose above the eastern sky to the time when it was completely covered by the earth's shadow during last night's lunar eclipse.

Posted On: April 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

In anticipation of the lunar eclipse, I went out last night at sunset to view the full moon rising above the prairie. I captured the moon cradled by a large cottonwood near Grande Pointe. As the moon rose beyond the layer of cloud above the horizon, it began to take on a pinkish cast for a while until it got higher.

Posted On: April 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

If you are a visual artist, writer, editor or translator, you could be eligible to register for Access Copyright. Access Copyright is a program that compensates Creators for the use of their works in schools, businesses and other organizations. Access Copyright manages licensing, collection of licensing fees and distribution of royalties on behalf of Creators.


Visual artists that qualify for the program include photographers, cartoonists, sculptors, fine artists/painters, multimedia artists, illustrators, craftsperson, architects and clothing designers. To be eligible for the Payback Program you must register by the end of December. Payment follows in the following year. Each year, Creators must make a Claim of their works published in print which must be completed between April 1 and May 31, 2014. This involves a fair bit of work if you have been in the business for a while and if this is your first time submitting. Once in the system, Creators only need to update their Claims. Visit the Access Copyright website for more detailed information.


As a photographer, all of my photographs and writings that are published in books, magazines, newspapers and journals are eligible. However, works published in calendars, advertisements, reports, online, etc are not eligible. This is also retroactive to the last 20 years. All I need to do is to keep up-to-date with my new publications during the year and fill out my Claim before May 31.


Don't procrastinate, register online today.

All creators affiliated with Access Copyright as of December 31, 2013 will be eligible to submit a claim for this year's payment. Payments are distributed at the end of every - See more at: http://www.accesscopyright.ca/creators/payback-for-writers-and-payback-for-visual-artists/#sthash.RpdBmuJO.dpuf
writer, editor, translator
writer, editor, translator
writer, editor, translator
writer, editor, translator
writer, editor, translator or visual artist;
writer, editor, translator or visual artist;
Posted On: April 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Described below is a program I found out while chatting with another colleague. In the process, I told him about a different program worth registering for called ACCESS COPYRIGHT. More about that program in a later post.


Today I want to mention the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program. This is a Canadian program from the CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS where Canadian registered authors receive monetary compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. Generally speaking, works of fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, scholarly books, and general non-fiction are eligible. Certain kinds of books are ineligible, including e-books but this might change in 2014. Check the website for additional details on this matter.


Whether you are the sole author or part of a group of authors in a particular book, you could be eligible for a percentage of the fees allowed for that work. You may register for the PLR program from February 15 to May 1. If you miss the registration period, you will have to wait until next year! There is currently no online registration but the process is fairly straightforward.


Authors must complete forms that provide all the necessary information about their new books to the Public Lending Right Program. Payments are made on an annual basis based on a number of factors. While you may have published a number of books to date, unfortunately, payments are not retroactive so register now! Please visit the Public Lending Right (PLR) website for further details.

Posted On: April 06, 2014 at 7:08 PM

We can now safely assume that Winnipeg's worst winter since 1898 is officially over! We just experienced the coldest and most brutal winter of the past century. But today was a markedly different day. It started off with a little morning sun which begged a nice cup of coffee outside on the patio. The afternoon saw a few showers accompanied by the most gentle of rainbows and the day culminated with clearing skies, witnessed by this photo of pink clouds framing a lone tree. Let Spring truly begin!

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