I wouldn't say I'm burnt out by writing; far from it. If anything, I have more drive than ever to get back into book 2 since I completely redid the entire damn plot. The problem is I have other responsibilities. I have work, book club, cleaning the house, taking care of the pets, laundry, beta reading,… Continue reading The Magical World of Commerce
Between Fire and Pines has been out for just under a month n0w, and what a month it has been. At the insistence of one of my managers our store is now stocking numerous copies. I also have my first author signing planned for June 25th. I've sold 15 copies in-store, another 15 hardcopies online, and… Continue reading Between Fire and Pines Update and Other Such Stuff
You know what I like about May? It is a fun month. It is about as springy as we can expect here in Calgary, given that June is generally nonstop rain. That means May is the month of warm breezes and sprouting pants. We eagerly anticipate the sight of crocuses peering out of the dirt.… Continue reading Between Fire and Pines Release Date Announcement (and other such tripe)
I have a few things to announce: 1. As of wednesday I will be officially done my degree in Communications. I still do not understand the concept of 'syntax', and often use the word 'synergy' in its place. 2. I have officially closed my file at the Chronic Pain Center. This is a big step… Continue reading Ch-ch-ch-changes!
Dear City of Calgary and Calgary Council Members, Greetings and good day! My name is Kathleen Sawisky and I am your new Integrity Commissioner. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Integrity Commissioner? We only voted to get one yesterday!” and “I don’t see your resume anywhere” and “Please stop calling us with complaints about your… Continue reading An Open Letter to the City of Calgary and its Council Members: “As your new Integrity Commissioner…”
Sometimes I like to write open letters to people or things that bring me joy in the pitiless world in which I inhabit. My new husband says I am dramatic and 'over react' but I just tell him to turn off the lights and leave me to wallow in my despair. This is one of… Continue reading An Open Letter to Stephen Colbert: “Thanks for the laughs”
As a soon-to-be graduated Communications student, I am constantly on the lookout for potential employment opportunities. Given last weeks quick dismissal of Jian Ghomeshi from the CBC, I thought it prudent to get my hat into the ring for his job as soon as possible. As always, I do it in the form of an… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Producers of CBC’s Q – “Hire me.”
A Bathesian Analysis of Commander Worf? Done and done. A Vaguely Barthesian Analysis of a Sexy Picture of Commander Worf that I Can No Longer Find Roland Barthes' contribution to the work of semiotics via the deconstruction of signs into the signifiers and the signified has made way for Communication Studies to analyse advertisements according,… Continue reading In Which a Challenge is Accepted
These things I know to be true: Online harassment in video game communities exist. Critics of the culture of harassment have received some really, really disturbing threats that have made them fear for their lives, quit the gaming industry, as well as a variety of other actions. I don't know Zoe Quinn and I don't… Continue reading On Video Game Harassment and Dum-Dums
Get your tinfoil hats on, folks, because the internet is in our brains and our constant contributions to social media is ruining our lives. Also, cats. For the last four days I've been taking part in Block Week. The hellish University of experience of completing an entire course, that is four months worth of material,… Continue reading In Which Cats, Cats Cats, Cats? Ha ha! Cats!