To sit and think if life were so predictable, what would be the purpose of waking up every morning, making decisions and taking risks?
If life were all laid out for you, in a cookie-cutter shaped trail, and all you had to was put auto-pilot on and go with the motions, life would be incredibly boring and we would all become complacent to the little miracles that happen every day.
The sad thing is that some people do live like this.
The moments that a respected elder tells you a briefing about their history and as much as you try to tell them "the times have changed", you stop yourself because you're just happy that they're there to be able to tell you something you 'may already know'.
A lesson about yourself, a lesson about someone else, a moment where you realize who you are becoming and what you really want to stand for.
Friday, February 18, 2011
People are using tools like Facebook and Twitter to self-promote, advocate for something or just to send thoughts and ideas into the online world.
People are now merging Facebook and Twitter together. An example is that people are using Facebook to re-tweet information and ideas @ certain people. Only those who use Twitter would be familiar with this and thus, one must be aware of both in order to use either.
For myself, I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends, share my thoughts/ideas/photos, and promote or advertise certain events.
Facebook has been a good way to reach a large number of people; however, this varies from person to person based on the number of contacts or 'friends' one has.
These days, most people have their emails and social media accounts linked to their mobile devices and this allows for near instant communication. Of course this is dependent on the reliability of your sources and contacts. For the most part, social media has been a very wise tool to know how to use and I believe, has led to growth in communication of the media world.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The publishing process is a challenge that writers face at least once in their lifetime.
The excitement and opportunity that lies within the ability to dream up ideas, write them down, and then form them into content that can be enjoyed by others is a very liberating endeavor. It can also be incredibly terrifying.
After listening to Matt Duggan words about the manuscript he put two years of blood, sweat and ink into, only to have it shot down by his editor, I felt frustrated. How can someone tell you, that your dreams aren't good enough? How can this one person, be it and editor and/or critic think that they encompass the mentality and beliefs of the general public?
If I were writing a novel, which I may do one day, all I would care about is the fact that my words would affect just one person. If one person came up to me and said, "I really took something away from that," it would all be worth it.
This is why, as a writer, if I were in a position to publish my thoughts and dreams, not only would I avoid the traditional publishing process altogether, I would hold a party, fundraise to be able to put the manuscript into production, and give it away to anyone who wanted to read it.
I think if it were truly a gem of a creation, someone would then come up to me and say, "We'd really love to publish you."
Friday, February 4, 2011
This afternoon nearly 1100 Winnipeggers strode into the Winnipeg Convention Centre to hear Mayor Sam Katz deliver his 7th annual State of the City address. These attendees were people who are members of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, non-members, and the media. Everyone was well dressed in suits as they sat in anticipation to hear the mayor speak about his visions of Winnipeg in 2011.
I was sporting a grey tie with matching high heels.
The opening address was given by Judy Murphy, the chair for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
As the address began, I thanked Prystupa for telling me his story and began to listen in on the words of Mr. Katz.
“In how many other cities can a bakers’ son born into a struggling immigrant family have an opportunity to grow up to be the Mayor of the same city that first welcomed his parents here to begin a new life.”
This was a sure-fire segue to set the tone regarding opportunity and potential for growth in Winnipeg in the coming year.
He spoke of the Downtown Residential Development Grant and that it has been approved for $7 million for residential projects. This will bring a total number of 800 units to the downtown area.
The heart of the city is a place where Katz says more people need to live and breathe in.