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Jian Ghomeshi, Rape Culture and the Road to Peace.

October 31, 2014
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BqHrIitWYVtvTlZ-556x313-noPadI don’t know you Jian Ghomeshi but I now regret the enjoyment I had listening to your show. You and your ilk fill me with more than regret: I become burdened with a profound feeling that there is something terribly wrong with people. I don’t like that. I hate that. I want to like people: I want life to be enjoyed by all. But then people like you come along, people who support you come along, people worse than you come along: all those people come along and create and prolong pain for others.

Screw libel, screw defamation: I don’t know you, and I probably don’t know anyone who knows you; that means I don’t know anyone who’s been raped or abused by you, and yet, I’m going to call you a rapist, a predator and an abuser of women. And I certainly look forward to you finding my little corner of the internet and suing me.

But: blood from a stone buddy. I probably wouldn’t even bother showing up to court for that. Unfortunately, I doubt I have enough clout to ever be discovered by you. That’s a shame really, because if you’re not going to listen to all the other voices defaming you, you should at least read what I have to write. I wish I had the hits to climb out of the darkness into your computer, but I just have a humorous blog, that no one reads and I write novels that no one reads. Add to that, a newscaster sucks up six pages of Google when searching my name and I know I’ll never get through to you. I think it’s a shame, because I think you could benefit from what I have to say.

What I have to say is this:


Fey Girl and into Fey World

October 13, 2012
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This is an update on what I’m doing and where I’m at.  I’ve been spending most of my free time writing a collection of short stories as a sort of sideshow to my Fey World series of novels.  These short stories give a historical background for the events found in my first novel in that series, Fey Girl, and also the later sequels. 

A great deal of my time has been spent in research for this collection.  It’s called Fey Tales (which will be the first in several instalments) and it starts off in 1100 BC during the Trojan War.  From there it moves from 1000 BC and the fall of the Tower of Babel, 600(ish) BC after the Battle of Thermopylae, 500(ish) BC in Athens during the time of Socrates and then it jumps forward into the Middle Ages with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in 600(ish) AD, The Knights Templar in 1100(ish) AD, Rasputin 1900(ish) AD, World War II and a tale from the 1980’s. (more…)

Making Apps (Games) for Android, Windows and iPhone Smartphones

August 10, 2012
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This is less of a blog and more of a plea. What I’m hoping is that some knowledgeable folk will find this blog and comment to help me out. I’d rather that than search through endless forums that are only tangeantially discussing what I’m looking for.

I’ve been considering for some time, the idea of making a video game. I guess, like others, that I’ve had this desire since I started playing story-driven games when I was a teen. I probably started to think about it seriously when Assasin’s Creed was released. That game seemed to me to be the flagship of a new era where gaming would incorporate good writing beyond just focusing on game-play and graphics.

I’ll interject here and state that this is my view and that I don’t want this to spark a debate about which games are well written and which aren’t. So, if you’re reading this, please be generous and keep your comments directed toward answering my question.


Sometimes I Like to Cock-Block Myself

June 22, 2012
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As I was walking from my work at a Toronto club to my car, I passed these two ladies who I presume were waiting for a cab at University and Queen.


Though the pic I’ve included isn’t of them, it’s a close enough approximation.  One of them (the cleavagey one) was holding a long box with a pink ribbon under her arm.

I stopped. “Someone gave you a bouquet?”  (at this point my brain alerted me to the fact that I was inexplicably entering pick-up mode)

She shook her head and smiled. “It’s a body.”

“A corpse.”  Her friend grinned.

I raised my eyebrows and shrugged.  “A baby you mean?”


What not to Accessorize With

June 20, 2012
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I’ve been working as a security guard and bouncer at various sites for a few years now, and I’ve noticed that at most places there’s at least one of my peers who has a hook-up for things like flashlights and knives.


Guards go gaga for accessories.

Especially for knives. I haven’t thought I really needed a knife since I was ten, and while I find myself in way more potentially dangerous situations these days, when I think about whether I want a knife the first use that comes to mind is declaring “That’s not a knife: this is a knife.”


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