Saturday, February 21, 2009

AND my favourite pair of sunglasses got fucked up, too.

I was on my way to the cafe for my usual Saturday afternoon therapy of lattes and writing. I took the long way in, and while on the #55 bus after a nice, long walk I get assaulted by, well for lack of a better means of identifying him, a French-speaking separatist of middle years starts getting pissy with me about the Canadian flag on my backpack. We had words, which mainly consisted of me telling him to mind his own fucking business and him bitching and acting offended as he insulted me.

Getting off at my stop--or should I say attempting to--he blocked the door and started shoving me, grabbing me and trying to land a punch. Then this OTHER fat fuck starts it too. Everyone is yelling--AT ME--telling ME to stop it, when all I'm trying to do is fucking DEFEND MYSELF.

Finally, I get off the bus, half thrown off by this motherfucker.

My coat's stitching is pulled--thank God I have needle and thread in my backpack. But meanwhile, I'm angry as fuck, my face is scratched (Pussy used his nails) and I just can't stop fucking shaking.

It is clear that we are no longer going to be allowed to live in peace in this Province.

Let history show, however, that we did not start this.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Press Release: The Defense Association of Anglophone Quebec Calls for Boycott.

February 14, 2009
The Defense Association of Anglophone Quebec is calling for an immediate boycott, by it's members and the Anglophone community, of all businesses that place the Quebec Office of The French Language "Ici on commerce en francais" campaign stickers in their storefronts.
"Here we conduct business in French" is a clear statement of contempt for the Anglophone minority, and an attempt by the O.Q.L.F. to continue it's mandate of eliminating the English language and culture from Quebec.
The D.A.A.Q. is calling for an additional boycott of all businesses that advertise in Quebec nationalist newspapers. Such as Le Journal de Montreal and Le Devoir. These newspapers are well known for their support of the ethnic cleansing of Quebec, frequently publishing anti-Anglophone propaganda, and spreading intolerance toward the linguistic minority populations of Quebec.
Businesses that utilize their medium for advertising are as equally guilty of promoting intolerance and hatred toward minorities in Quebec.
The D.A.A.Q. will encourage tourists and visitors from all other provinces and territories, The United States, and around the world not spend their money at establishments that take part in the "Ici on commerce en francais" campaign.
Members of the D.A.A.Q. are encouraged to submit names of companies that are endorsing the O.Q.L.F. campaign. And companies that advertise in nationalist newspapers.
The D.A.A.Q. is a provincial, national, and international association of Anglophone-Quebecers; who strive to achieve equality under the provincial laws of Quebec. As well as have our rights as Canadian Citizens enforced without compromise, or hindrance in the Province of Quebec.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Oh, Lord, finally an update!

I used to be so much better at this narcissistic confessional medium that is blogging. I'm sorry it's been three weeks or more since I last posted. But not for nothing, because I've been busy. Mainly with CONFRONT Magazine stuff, but yes, Ihave been busy.

In my paying job, I've been supervising the implementation of a new software platform that bridges sales and production databases and generally has a whole mess of useful features. However, I'm the dude that has to train everyone on how to use the platform, which means I'm up to my nut in work, my regular sales traffic manager duties plus the training and prep that I have to do.

In my writing life, I'm similarly testicle-deep in work, albeit of the creative variety. For one, since January I've set up and conducted interviews, reviewed several new music albums and arranged to listen to more, and I'm researching and writing material for one feature-length piece, while transcribing an hour's worth of interviews with up and coming World Pop superstar Empire Isis for the sake of another cover article for the magazine.

Mind you, I'm not complaining. I enjoy my work with the magazine, if only because of the opportunity it affords me to listen to new music for free, attend great shows for free, and most of all, because it allows me to meet so many new and downright fascinating people.

I'm a writer. I think that that's part of the reason I'm such a voyeur. Watching Buffy, I used to identify with the Watchers. Reading any of the penny dreadfuls that' Anne Rice has written, I used to identify with the Talamasca. But writing for the magazine, I've gotten to meet and speak with so many different and interesting artists and musicians, each one opening my eyes a little wider, fascinating me a little more each time. As someone whose writing is usually character-driven, let me just say how much I enjoy meeting new people!

However, there's more than just CONFRONT Magazine in my repertoire. And these things require my attention as well. Right now, I'm pitching Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind as a movie, and prepping The Darkness and the Stars for publication. I'm likewise beginning to shop around for potential agents and publishers for the aforementioned Nevermind. On top of that I have two other writing projects that are in development and creation.

Unfortunately, I've been spending so much time working on different projects for the magazine that I've been neglecting most of my other work. That's why I'm going to soon be taking a small sabbatical from the mag. A month off, where the most I'll be contributing is a music review or two. In that time, it is my intention to complete my prep work for Darkness and Nevermind so that I can begin the process of getting one or preferably both of them signed to publishers.

Getting one or both signed before the fall is what I'm aiming for.

This weblog, of course, will start charting the progress of this ambitious and possibly unrealistic attempt. Thus will begin part two fo my Chronicles of an Independent Author.

Talk to you soon.