It’s been a long two years. I don’t know how y’all are coping, but I’m thoroughly zombified. I’d been a happy urban hermit for several years before…… Read more “A Good Day to Cry”
Category: Personal Reflections
2020 in Review, Solstice Edition
So….2020. What the fuck was that even? I don’t know, but I’m glad it’s almost over.
Attempting to Go Viral Without Catching the Plague
I’ve never been much of a technology person, but for some time I’ve been thinking about how to drag my Luddite tuchus into the twenty-first century to promote my work. It seems the plague has now forced me to take drastic measures — that’s right, I made a YouTube channel. A YouTube channel, I made. Could 2020 possibly get any weirder?
A Farewell to Celebrity Culture
Our social nature has caused us to turn blind eyes to abuse, and it is our social nature that must be reoriented to face it.
Cautious Optimism in the Age of COVID-19
Writing, editing, and the arts in general may prove to be more valuable than ever, with people being quarantined or staying home out of an abundance of caution.
This Mortal Coil of Mine
I’ve been listening to Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes after burning through most of her videos this week. Her frank and unflinching approach to death…… Read more “This Mortal Coil of Mine”
In With the New
This year has been a blazing furnace of insanity. The world is burning, but this time we did start the trashfire—or at least we insisted on fanning the flames. Fortunately, the world hasn’t ended quite yet, and while we are facing a time of great change, there is also tremendous potential and hope.
Update re a Predatory Publisher and Concerns for the Future of Publishing
The Canadian speculative fiction industry has been shocked by the sheer number of accusations against ChiZine Publications, a small Canadian publisher of horror fiction. What started with allegations of non-payment of royalties from a few authors exploded into dozens of stories of non-payment for editors, publicists, and other professionals, as well as allegations of sexual harassment, threats, gaslighting, and various other forms of emotional abuse.
Spotlight on a Dark Corner in Canadian Publishing
Tonight, I’m hearing numerous horror stories from other members of the publishing industry about abuse and toxicity at Canadian horror publisher ChiZine. This is sad and awful news. My heart goes out to all the writers, editors, publicists, and others who have endured emotional abuse, harassment, or gaslighting from the publisher or anyone affiliated with it, or who have been denied payment for work they have done or royalties earned. This behaviour is disgraceful and unacceptable.
Broken Glass and the Beauty of Artistic Failure
You can never have complete control over the process. Stop trying to avoid failure and embrace it instead.