Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Failing better

Just came across these quotes from Dani Shapiro's memoir on writing, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of the Creative Life.

The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail — not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. “Ever tried, ever failed,” Samuel Beckett once wrote. “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It requires what the great editor Ted Solotoroff once called endurability.
We are all unsure of ourselves. Every one of us walking the planet wonders, secretly, if we are getting it wrong. We stumble along. We love and we lose. At times, we find unexpected strength, and at other times, we succumb to our fears. We are impatient. We want to know what’s around the corner, and the writing life won’t offer us this. It forces us into the here and now. There is only this moment, when we put pen to page.
The page is your mirror. What happens inside you is reflected back. You come face-to-face with your own resistance, lack of balance, self-loathing, and insatiable ego—and also with your singular vision, guts, and fortitude. No matter what you’ve achieved the day before, you begin each day at the bottom of the mountain. … Life is usually right there, though, ready to knock us over when we get too sure of ourselves. Fortunately, if we have learned the lessons that years of practice have taught us, when this happens, we endure. We fail better. We sit up, dust ourselves off, and begin again.

Do you ever feel like this?
Read more here

Thursday, 24 September 2015


InVISIBLE Ink Mini Zine workshop with Intros, other 10% set the vibe, maybe stencil spray paint cover art for our journals!
Tues Sept 29, 6-9pm at defsup!

Drop-in, enjoy some snacks, meet new folks! Need a bus-ticket? Let us know. This is the first of this exciting arts project series for LGBTQQ2S and allies youth aged 14-30ish.

Neither male nor female - What it's like to identify as 'non-binary'


"Here is the online posting of the rather-early-morning broadcast from today. Though "Haywood" is an interesting substituting-pronoun choice, the forty-five minute interview was shortened rather well. The second half of the clip details a bit more of the issues with accessing HRT from Thunder Bay, and how I managed to after multiple years of navigation outside of CAMH and local clinics." Beht Haywood

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


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