The Coming Storm

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a book for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival “celebrates the power of words- whether written, spoken, or signed- to ignite our imaginations and reveal worlds and ideas beyond our experiences. ” While the festival’s programming has been moved online this year due to …

Have A Little Respect

(Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting supporters during his visit to my town, August 2021.) Yesterday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to my hometown. I was excited: he’s the Prime Minister! I didn’t have a concrete plan to go down for his visit though, and as a local news site had reported …

YA Summer Reads: 2021

A “Summer Read” is defined as a piece of literature that is lighthearted and relaxing to read. They’re the kind of thing you’d bring with you to a beach or cottage; if you wouldn’t bring it there, it doesn’t qualify as a “Summer Read”. For example, American Royals by Katharine McGee is a “Summer Read”. …

Hollywood Of The North

If you asked someone where “Hollywood of the North” is located, they might guess New York City, Vancouver, or any other major North American city above the Mason-Dixon line. They’d be wrong. While no longer operating in the same capacity as it once was, “Hollywood of the North” was actually a moniker given to a …

Of Love And Death In Toronto

It was a cool summer night in Annapolis Royal, NS. A group of people 50-strong walked down the street in twos and threes, each carrying a lantern. The procession wound their way through a moonlit park, stopping in front of a weathered tombstone. The year was 2019, and these people were about to learn the …

The Princess Diaries

When my sister was younger, one of her favourite movies was Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Based off of Meg Cabot’s bestselling Princess Diaries book series, the film follows Princess Mia of (fictional) Genovia as she prepares for a hasty wedding in order to keep her throne. It employs multiple rom-com tropes (“person leaves fiance …

Slides

(Grandpa Slim reading me a story, circa 2009-2010) I don’t remember much about my great-grandfather, Grandpa Slim. What I do is random and unspecific: the old-fashioned wooden calendar that hung in his apartment, the balcony there that I loved but he never used, and he, my mom and I watching a tv show about a …

9:04 A.M

At 9:04 a.m AST(Atlantic Standard Time) today, you, like me, were probably asleep. Ah, the blessing of a weekend sleep-in! For a moment, though, I want you to imagine that today had been a weekday instead. 9:04 a.m AST, which is 8:04 EST for my fellow Eastern Ontarians, is when I would normally be getting …

Dear Soldier

Winter Break, early January 2020: Ding-Dong! The faint sound of the doorbell reaches me in the basement, momentarily shattering the silence around me. For the past half-hour or so, I’ve been working on an upcycled picture frame for a school project. With Mom upstairs doing dishes, Sophie doing who knows what in her room, and …

It’s Freakin’ Snowing

I love the first snow of the season. The white flakes drifting silently to the ground, landing in your hair and soaking your shoes. It’s the calm majesty of winter that comes before the storms of December- onward. But apparently not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. “I can’t believe it’s freakin’ snowing!” …