Author: Alexandra

Spock

RIP Leonard Nimoy

OMG! Leonard Nimoy was beamed up … and has left us way too early. Damn that Scotty, his timing is out of whack! I am so saddened to hear of Nimoy’s passing. My sincere and deepest condolences to all his family and friends. I am sure we will all remember him with many a fond memory! To quote Nathan Fillion, “I have been, and always shall be, your fan.” R.I.P. Mr. Spock LLAP http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31662024  

Quebec at night

You Know You’re A Quebecker

WHEN: You know who Bernard Landry or Pauline Marois are You eat poutine at least once a week You take offence if you are called French You watch Le Canadiens, religiously You still eat ice cream when it’s minus 30 below You know the words to the National anthem, in French You discuss sovereignty over beer while watching a hockey game You measure distances between cities in hours not kilometres You know there are only two season, Winter and July You lived through the 1998 Ice Storm, or know someone who did You know what a Sugar Shack is You take your holidays at the same time as the “Construction Holidays” You order your pizza “all-dressed” You can add GST/sales tax in your head faster than IBMs Watson You “Interac” when you go shopping at the mall You do the “Québec Lotto” every week though no one in Québec has ever won You regularly see rubber chickens hiding in potholes You laugh at 10 feet of snow and drive 100 km to visit friends You …

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Q&A with author, Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney might be considered a man of few words, but is prolific enough when it comes to writing flash and drabble fiction, which he enjoys sharing at Spoken Word events. He generously took time out of a packed schedule to answer a couple of questions, some at length, and explain why he write what he writes. First up, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself and background? I live in Bristol — one wife, two sons, no cats or dogs — and work as a software development consultant. I’ve written books, columns and articles on software development. A few years back, after a brief hiatus (of a couple of decades…), I decided to get back into writing fiction. This was possibly some kind of manifestation of mid-life crisis. Software development and flash fiction, is there a correlation? Not sure there’s a direct correlation, and I’m not sure it applies to all software developers or to all flash-fictioneers, but for me there are many connections between the two, some logical and some personal. Abstraction is common …

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Q&A with author, Gautier Langevin

Today I am delighted to showcase Montreal-based author, Gautier Langevin, and his work. Gautier is a partner in Studio Lounak and writes screenplays, novels, and most of all wields his pen and wit in a number of graphic novels and online comics. Bonjour Gautier, I’m delighted to have you here. Can you tell our readers a little bit about your background and how you started your writing career in comics? Eight years ago, when I published my first short stories anthology, I was hanging around with more illustrators and comic book artists than writers (they’re much more fun to party with, to be honest!) as they are today, actually. So comic projects just came out of me naturally, due to some weird social Darwinism, I guess. As a writer of graphic novels, what comes first, the idea/images or the script for the story? Most of the time, an ambiance is coming first. At that point, words and images are intricate, feeding one each other, growing around the mood like savage ivy. The graphic novel, Far Out, is essentially an …