The first stop on our tour of every library branch in Edmonton was the Meadows branch. And it was stunning. Brand new, the Meadows is located in the southeast side of the city in the new Meadows Community Recreation Centre. Though it seems a bit small (sorry—I compare every library to my childhood “home” of the St. Albert Public Library), the high ceilings and bright windows give it an airy feel. This would be a great place to study or to sit and read for a bit since it’s rather quiet mid-week and midday. Also, because it’s attached to the rec centre, this is yourRead More →

I’m on mat leave right now, caring for my little guy, and let me tell you—it’s hard to write. If I can get him down for a two-hour nap, I’m golden but the trouble is whether he naps for 15 minutes or two hours, I can’t see into the future to know HOW LONG he’ll nap for. The unpredictability is harsh, and I miss the old working days of knowing I’d at least have 45 minutes over my lunch hour. So because “writers write always,” I have to find other ways of keeping up my writing skills, and if I can’t actually write, then IRead More →

During these rocky political times, I think about how people never have the vision to look at the world around them and consider how they could make a better place for everyone through simple actions (like, for starters, not voting for rich, hyper-conservative, out-of-touch goblin butts). Instead, we dream up scenarios of time travel and imagine rocketing back in time to kill Hitler. And when I think about that, I also remember a crazy, fantastic story (in five parts) that a friend of mine, “Joe Wet Cow,” wrote (and I that I hope he won’t mind me sharing here): Anonymous pamphlet found in bus shelter,Read More →

Won my 2016 Goodreads challenge; how about you? Do Not Disturb, A.R. Torre If You Dare, A.R. Torre Holmes Inspection, Mike Holmes Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Kemblay Injection, Vol. 1, Warren Ellis Through the Woods, Emily Carroll Seldom Seen Road, Jenna Butler Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Nine and a Half Weeks, Elizabeth McNeill The Girl from the Well, Rin Chupeco Black Hole, Charles Burns Survivors’ Club, Lauren Beukes Teacher’s Pet, Avery Phillips Paper Girls, Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan Sex Criminals, Volume One: One WeirdRead More →

Trying to stay on track with my Goodreads challenge; how about you? Here’s what I’ve read so far: Stuck-Up Suit, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, Alexandra Bracken In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling The Fireman, Joe Hill Money Shot, Christa Faust Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Leah Remini Funny Little Pregnant Things, Emily Doherty Choke Hold, Christa Faust My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix The Terrible andRead More →

I started a Goodreads challenge this year, and if you’re an aspiring writer, you should too. Every writer will tell you their best advice is “read, read, read” or “read as much and as often as you can.” If you’re not a writer, READ! Reading benefits everybody, but especially you. It doesn’t have to be traditional books–try serials or audiobooks. Here’s what I’ve read so far: Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling (The Little Black Book of Advertising Secrets), Josh Weltman Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain The Disaster Artist: My LifeRead More →