Back to the Future (Or, How I Avoid Copyright Infringement with a Second Title)

Sixteen years ago, if you’d told me that one day I’d be under studio lights with Chris Somos asking me to ‘hold that pose, yeah, just like that’ from behind a camera, my puberty might’ve become a fair bit more confusing than it already was.

But it happened. There’s proof. One surprisingly cold night in October of 2015, I found myself having a surprisingly good time in a photo shoot with one of my oldest, dearest, and surprising friends.

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I Am Workahol and So Can You!

First, an update:

– My eBook Subjective Vengeance will be released in 2016 after all. It’s nobody’s fault, just the holidays kicking into gear and both Trese Brothers and I being very busy overall. It’ll be an early 2016 release, no worries about that. Stay tuned for more.

Now, to the rest:

I’m lucky enough to be friends with a kind fellow who possesses tickets to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight, Thursday the 17th! (Bit weird to be typing out the whole title, I feel like you don’t need to say Star Wars because people will know what you’re talking about but it’s my first opportunity to say ‘go see Star Wars’ in almost 20 years without prequels being involved, so leave me alone.)

Having finally wrapped up Christmas shopping for the season and liquor to sneak into the theatre tomorrow, I came home tonight just to write a post and spend the rest of the night off. I’ve been working myself to the bone, especially the past couple of months, and I’m taking it a bit easier until the new year starts. But tonight actually held a somewhat rude awakening to the extent of my workaholism.

See, I decided to write out maybe 500 words of flash fiction to post here and call it a night. I went looking for writing prompts, but didn’t like any of them. So instead, I went back to an idea I’d been noodling for a while and decided to write it on that. 2000 words later, here we are and I’m writing this post instead and polishing up a new short story for the first round of 2016 writing contests. And I feel more relaxed than I have in days of taking it easy.

My vacation is going to be interesting.

Enjoy whatever solstice-based festival you call whatever it’s called! Christmannukwanzaturnalia for everyone!

Inspired or Ill-Advised: 4 Sensible Edits to Blog Posts

Editing can be a bitter pill to swallow for many creative types. Even with work for clients, like blogging for a company. Writing is fun, and it’s even more fun when I get carried away with it. When I trim to fit what I’m writing to what the client wants, some of the weirder shit is inevitably cut or kept to match the brand.


Sometimes I wonder about those tasty brain nuggets. Where do they go? Some might find their way into a story, but many don’t. Starting today, those will have a home here.

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Update: Vancouver, Huffington Post, and More!

The move to Vancouver went reasonably well, without any glaring flaws. I’m the sort of person that always leaves one thing behind, and it looks like I escaped this time without incident. I had to leave a couple of things behind for space and weight reasons, but most of everything I own fit into three bags and a satchel. Yay?
I’ve been somewhat lucky inasmuch as there’s been almost as much sun as there has rain since I’ve been here. I keep telling myself not to get my spirits up too much; the annual average is more than 161 days of rain every year, and it’s not exactly an every-other-day, Monday sunny/Tuesday rainy/repeat scenario. I console myself through reminders that I haven’t seen the slightest hint of snow since I arrived. Not reminding myself, mind you – just friends and family back in Toronto whom I wish to torment.
Speaking of Toronto, I’m working very closely with my good friend Danny Sedore, a filmmaker and all-around awesome human being, on a new project. Details will follow, no later than March for an update, but as of right now it looks like there’s some seriously exciting news coming at you guys. Stay tuned.
Finally, my article ‘The Gen Y Inheritance’ is now running on the Huffington Post! You can view it here. I’m humbled to be included as a Huffington Post blogger, and thanks to everyone on the team!
To all my Torontonians, I miss you. I’ve lived all over your city, and that means that even all the way out here it’s easy for me to adapt and feel comfortable. After all, one apartment is much like another – even if you can see mountains from your balcony. All that said, the city doesn’t feel like home yet. 
I’m having an amazing time learning this new place, its people, and the ins-and-outs of living here. I’m working on new and interesting projects with great teams, and these are the things I want to share with you. So keep an eye out, no matter what time zone you’re in!
Cheers.