Who knew that Abitibi- Témiscamingue has such a vibrant and varied emerging music scene?
When I experience stress, it manifests directly in my physical body. As someone with an anxiety disorder, I get the usual panic attacks and spiralling thoughts and sudden inexplicable aversions, but much more so than in my mind my stress appears on my body. Specifically, it shows up on my skin.
Many people shut down, wall off, block when they experience trauma. I pick at wounds, worry cuts inside of my mouth with my tongue, won’t stop touching things at they heal. I bang myself against trauma until I’m not scared of it any more. There are smarter ways to move in the world, most likely, ways that don’t lead to walking around with so much ugly car tissue, but it’s my way.
The weather is so terrible that it’s looked like the dead of night outside my windows since this morning and the thunder is stressing Harley out so bad she’s hiding in her crate chewing on her dog bed.
This update is, somewhat unusually, going to begin with a gastrointestinal update. Read more…
Blinking blearily at my computer screen, like a caver who hasn’t see natural light in two weeks, I start vaguely groping towards being a person on the internet again. Ever just not check your inbox for a week? Yeah.
I’m going to be away for about a week, maybe a bit more. Expect it to be a bit quiet around here for a few days, and please be patient with me, as I expect I will be much slower than usual at responding to correspondence. I will be back in touch as soon as I can.
A quiet Tuesday.
All weekend, between writing projects and bbq-ing vast quantities of almost-bad meat for my inlaws (because nothing beats freezer burn like marinade and fire), I’ve been picking away at my website, updating all of my outbound links so that all the pages that link to my writing were more recent than, oh, FEBRUARY. Time for another resolution to update my bibliography every week! BLARG.
Earlier in July, I wrote a review of the excellent novel The ‘Geisters by David Nickle for the National Post. It’s a scary, kinky, harrowing, squicky and deeply haunting ghost story, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it.