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The Family Stone

The Family Stone

We had our first—light—snow here in Toronto last week, and I was reminded: yes, winter has come, and Christmas is just around the corner. That evening, as I was leaving the tattoo parlour and knowing that I wasn’t going to see George (my artist) or anyone at Chronic...

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Dust

Dust

Meaningful thoughts come to us at the strangest of times; the inspiration for this poem hitting me while I was sweeping up dust the other day. I was thinking about how pointless, existentially, the process of cleaning really is—despite my Virgonian obsession with it....

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Creative Collective: Joshua Ezzell

Creative Collective: Joshua Ezzell

Josh and I came into contact through Leo, who many of you know through the extraordinary visual art that he has created for my world. Together the three of us created the latest trailer for the series, and all of that flair, movement and life came solely from Joshua’s...

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Kitties, Cuddles and Newsletter Prizes

Kitties, Cuddles and Newsletter Prizes

Today we’ll be discussing a hodge-podge of topics, and we’re not going too far beneath the surface with our insights. I mean, it’s been an intense few weeks, and after pushing so hard—emotionally—it’s time to put on the brakes. Sure, it has been a newsworthy week and...

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A Voice for the Voiceless

A Voice for the Voiceless

Only in the past few years and with the rise of fascism have I begun to understand advocacy and why it's important. Our world moves by influence. When you're given a spotlight--however small or large--that comes with a responsibility to understand that your voice...

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Money, Money, Money

Money, Money, Money

If there's one thing that J and I have fought about throughout our relationship, it's money. Money--the lack and/ or abundance of it--is one of the most common relationship stressors. When J and I met, I had a decent salary for a young man. I made 50K/ year training...

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Kindness

Kindness

“In times of chaos and crisis, what we all tend to do is start pointing fingers at where we think the bad guys are, where the evil is. Everybody has different opinions about that. Please do not forget that hatred or evil, whatever you want to call it, it’s...

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Creative Collective: Simon J. Cambridge

Creative Collective: Simon J. Cambridge

Such a grand, literary name for a person who I feel is a genius of the written word. I don't remember how, exactly, I first encountered Simon's work. I believe it was while browsing for a new fantasy title to read on my Kindle. The simplicity and starkness of his...

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Some Friendly Reminders

Some Friendly Reminders

Morning folks, hope you're all having a nice weekend. I'm still recovering from a hangover from my partner's 40th birthday, which we celebrated on Friday. I haven't drank in almost 2 years, so I've no one to blame but myself (and perhaps our charming Irish server,...

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Wordplay

Wordplay

When prepping, athletes stretch, chess masters play matches with themselves (or computer AI), and artists keep their skills current--like Leo, who's always training himself on some new technique or brushwork between projects (and, at the risk of making this into a...

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Another Candle…

Another Candle…

Though I don't eat cake; guess I'll put it on a ketogenic nut-wafer or something. Tomorrow I'll be thirty-nine. Honestly, I feel as if my life has only begun. Sure, I'm getting creakier, and finding little aches here and there. I certainly can't hold a drink like I...

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Creative Collective: George Chestak

Creative Collective: George Chestak

An undertaking of mine this year has been to celebrate the milestone of completing the Feasts series with a very specific memento: a tattoo. I had Leo draft up an initial concept and brought it with me when visiting various tattoo parlors, putting down many a deposit...

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