Martha Eleen at the Loop Gallery November 7, 2015

If you live in Toronto, check out my friend, Martha Eleen’s upcoming show. She is brilliant!
The Meaning of Things
Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. West (at Dovercourt)
Nov. 7 – 29, 2015
Opening reception: Nov. 7, 2 – 5: pm

Image: Thank you for making this day necessary, 2015oil on wood, 20″ x 20″

Martha Eleen

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Place Speak: Real Time Polling Results

Check this out: Federal Election Polls Live! I am determined to vote ABC, this time around, again. That means “Anything But Conservative.” As a writer, a humanitarian and someone who is passionate about the environment and believes in a Sustainable Economy, I have little choice but to ensure Canada does not remain in the hands of Stephen Harper and his henchmen. They are out to destroy everything Canada is built on.

I came across this poll at Place Speak, that asks the simple question: “Which Party will you support in the upcoming Federal Election?  Of course, as election day approaches, pollsters across Canada want to know how the answer to this. The amazing thing about this poll is that it shows REAL TIME polling results that are neighbourhood specific in six cities across Canada! This means that I can make an instant judgment based on their polling results about which candidate is the most likely to take down Stephen Harper in my hood! This I love.

Of course, it will only be effective if all of you go there and vote and then spread the word around to your friends, family and workmates. I know I have not come across a Real Time Poll like this one. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the Place Speak Live Map!  

Anyway, have fun with this. I am.

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I Won Tickets for Bard on the Beach – King Lear

This weekend I am going to re-read King Lear because next weekend I’m going to see the Bard on the Beach Production, directed by Dennis Garnhum. I had asked my friend, Tina if she’d be interested in going with me, and she was pretty keen. It was left to me to buy the tickets, but of course, I didn’t get around to it.

That turned out to be fortunate because I just received a phone call from the marketing co-ordinator at Bard on the Beach and I’ve won two VIP tickets for King Lear and big bonus, gourmet picnic for two! Since Tina is always cooking the most delicious dinners for me, I am thrilled to be take her as my guest for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of culture and good eats.

As am always optimistically entering my name into contests, I had some troubles remembering who I should thank for this evening and it’s finally come to me. Stongs Grocery Store!

Thank you to Bard on the Beach and Stongs for this treat!

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Writers and Artists Please Vote for Culture in the Canadian Election

Many thanks to the Alliance for Arts + Culture for their Election Toolkit, which arrived in my email box just now. I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

Although I realize that most of us would rather chew off our own arm before we’d mark a vote for Harper on our ballots, this sentiment is useless unless we get out and vote for Arts, Culture and the Environment. It’s so important to spread the word to friends, colloquies and family. Usually my mantra is “Show up at the page,” but today it’s “Show up at the Polling Station on October 19th, 2015.

Remember to vote with ABC in mind: Anything but Conservatives (Harper). Both the NDP and the Liberals have some amazing candidates and they need your support.

Even writing Harper’s name makes me feel nauseous…


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Sleeping Beauty!

I blinked and suddenly it was 2015, actually August 2015. I can procrastinate and find reasons why not to write with such skill that I must actually be a ‘real’ writer ;)

Wow. I blinked and it’s 2015!

Today I am sitting in the library at SFU getting ready to talk to the SFU Publishing Workshop (2015) on the joys and pitfalls of being a writer. This has given me plenty of time in the last week to reflect and think about what those are. I’ve asked myself if it’s worth it in this changing world of publishing. I’ve asked myself it I want to continue writing and in that question I found my answer.

Just the thought of putting down my pen makes me nauseous. Not writing is not a choice. So I will keep on showing up at the page every day and sending out queries and manuscripts and waiting up to a year for replies. There will be glimmers of hope and possibility and disappointments. There will be days spent in the wonderful downtown Vancouver library buried in research papers and books and photos and there will be days when all I do is delete the work from the day before. Days when I’m brilliant and days when I’m thick as a plank.

I am so addicted to this pleasure and pain cycle that I could never give it up. I love what I do, even in the midst of hating it! I can’t wait for my next ms to be accepted so I can get going on another one. Optimism and tenacity is integral to success as an author.

That’s what I’m going to talk about today to the students at SFU and I hope that by listening to what I say, they will realize their value and power and worth as future editors. I hope they will understand the importance of their wisdom and support to writers, even in this new age of do-it-yourself publishing.

Thanks to all of the good editors I’ve had over the years. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.


Writers have to put on a brave face and keep on showing up at the page.

Writers have to put on a brave face and keep on showing up at the page.

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MyVoteMatters aims to increase voter turnout

Julie Burtinshaw:

This is non-partisan and just a plea for all of us in Vancouver who are eligible to vote to get out on November 15th and vote. I have this sign on my lawn, but it keeps getting stolen. I just hope the thieves are putting it where everyone can see it. I’ve got lots!

Originally posted on CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions:

Lawn Sign MyVoteMattersWe are happy to share the following message from Mike Andruff of, which was established to identify issues that matter to voters and invite candidates to state their position on those issues — and to get people out to vote in the November 15 civic election in Vancouver.

“On October 27, 2014, 64.3% of eligible Torontonian voters turned up to exercise their franchise, in contrast to 34.6% of eligible Vancouverites who turned up in November of 2011. Why the apathy in Vancouver? Granted that was then, and a lot has occurred since that time.

Will the Vancouver voter turnout be different in 2014? Every voter in Vancouver has a stake in how their city is managed. The 18-35 year olds who typically shy away from the polls, need to join the process if they are to get an electoral system more responsive to their needs. New Canadians, unfamiliar…

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Adrian Carr Asks Voters to Avoid One Dominant Party

At Hycroft tonight, Adriane Carr asked voters to think about making sure there is NOT one dominant party on City Council – but a mix of many parties.  “Think: who would work collaboratively and who would stand up for the public interest, as we would?” Carr asked. Bob Kasting, an Independent candidate for Mayor, concurred, and said “I’m prepared to lead a diverse City Council comprised of many different parties and work with everyone to build consensus and together make Vancouver the type of city people who LIVE here want.”

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