On Mitch Albom’s piece about Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt

    I just came in from a run and I don't know if I have the energy for this. However, in the age of the internet, where everyone has a platform to say what they want, and when the anger is there and you need the outlet, you yell it out into the ether.... Continue Reading →

Hey ya

2019 was busy with getting some things in order, didn't have much time for writing or art of any kind, but there were plenty of changes. April: Artscape had a call out for 80 units for low-income people who are artists living in Toronto. A long time friend from my days at CIUT, Marcus Ware,... Continue Reading →

Back from the grave.

My last entry on this blog was from 2017 which seems like ages ago. A lot has gone on between then and now and while most of it has been a struggle. There have been some creative highlights. In February I wrote about changing how I review film: https://thesegirlsonfilm.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/on-writing-film-criticism/ There will be more pieces on... Continue Reading →

Fragmented thoughts on political correctness and appropriation

I don't understand the problem that people have with political correctness. I'm on many sides of this issue. I think it stems from a conversation I had with my boyfriend about how people were outraged with Steve Martin's tweet upon Carrie Fisher's passing. The responses: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steve-martin-carrie-fisher-tweet_us_58642c36e4b0de3a08f70427 Here's one from New York Magazine: https://twitter.com/NYMag/status/813902690073899008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.com%2Fentry%2Fsteve-martin-carrie-fisher-tweet_us_58642c36e4b0de3a08f70427 I think Steve Martin... Continue Reading →

On Being A Writer In The Writing World

  When I go to a literary event, I first have to gather my bearings to find a familiar face. I keep to myself most days and social media is my connection to networking and "being out there." I'm maybe 90% more introverted than extroverted in person, so seeing a familiar face in a crowd... Continue Reading →

On seeing Peter Gabriel and Sting: Rock Paper Scissors 2016

      I don't even know where to begin, but I guess I'll start. I've mentioned on this blog before about my love for pre-1975 Genesis and about my obsession with Peter Gabriel back when I first heard Games Without Frontiers. I will never stop being a huge Gabriel fan. The Eighties were huge... Continue Reading →

There Is No Escape Out of Time Book Launch

Come help us celebrate our new titles and the warm weather! Jacqueline Valencia, There Is No Escape Out of Time (poetry) Michael Murray, A Van Full of Girls (short fiction) Dog the Moon, Stan Rogal (fiction) Thursday, July 7, 2016 6:30 PM The Supermarket Restaurant and Bar (Kensington Market) 268 Augusta Ave Toronto, ON https://www.facebook.com/events/1033169150113367/... Continue Reading →

Night walk

  "The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit." - James Joyce, Ulysses It's spring, but the night air still seeps into light jackets and tiny sweaters. I'm in Little Italy and this Friday night College Street is lit with alcohol and high of expectation around the corners. Very little new mixes with the... Continue Reading →

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