Monthly Archives: September 2012

Give Me a Break: Metal Detectors in Theatres and Guns in University – What Next?

Yesterday afternoon I went with my mum to see an afternoon film at Fifth Avenue Cinemas in Vancouver. At 4:40 in the afternoon, few people were at the movies, although I know this will change when the fall rains arrive. As we were exiting the theatre, we noticed a worker putting up reserved seating signs so I asked him what the next event was and he explained that it was a premier screening for a new movie called “Won’t Back Down.”

Sounds fun, I thought as my mum and I made our way out of the lobby and into the grey afternoon sun. As we passed the lineup I was shocked to see security guards with metal detectors scanning each and every member of the audience as they entered the theatre. It doesn’t seem like a particularly violent movie, but how sad that we have come to this. “The world,” my mother pointed out, “has changed so much since I was a girl.” It’s true. It can seem like such a threatening place sometimes.

Last night I lay in bed drifting off to the CBC, I listened in shock about a recent decision in Boulder, Colorado that allows students at the university to carry concealed weapons, ostentatiously to ‘protect themselves’ from other shooters.  I have never heard anything more stupid or illogical in my life and agreed with the poor professor who worried about facing a classroom of students knowing that some might be armed. Yikes, have our southern neighbours completely lost their collective minds? More shocking, this was a Supreme Court decision, supposedly made by educated people able to read statistics and understand that where there are guns, there is violence.

Sometimes I wished I lived an ocean away in a saner place… Today I will go for a long walk on the beach and think about my writing, aware that all too often, imagination trumps reality every time!

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Harper Voyager are opening the doors to unsolicited submissions

“For the first time in over a decade, Harper Voyager are opening the
doors to unsolicited submissions in order to seek new authors with fresh
voices, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and compelling
storylines. So, if you believe your manuscript has these qualities, then
we want to read it!

We’re seeking all kinds of adult and young adult speculative fiction
for digital publication, but particularly epic fantasy, science fiction,
urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural.”

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