Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo: An Abundance of Yellow Light

Last weekend, the Toronto Transit Commission held an open house up at its Hillcrest Complex; the Harvey Shops, the main maintenance base for the city's streetcar fleet, was thrown open for a morning and afternoon amid the first significant snowfall of the season for people to come and gawk around at. I didn't notice the brightly yellow cast of the lights while I was there, but the camera lens captured it well enough. Here, you can see five streetcars in various stages of maintenance--they've been running for more than thirty years now, and they've well outlived their warranties.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Another Sale, Another Impending Story

Today, I break my silence not for commentary about Rob Ford--I mean, christ, what could I even say at this point--but for a personal announcement of the writing variety. My story "Three Years of Ashes and Twenty Years of Dust" will be appearing in the Strange Bedfellows anthology by Bundoran Press, which will be slamming into retail in both physical and electronic versions come April 2014. I'm one of two Canadians represented among the eighteen stories that will be included, and I think that's pretty neat.

The story itself also has got a damn long title that might be changed--the official Table of Contents announcement, which you can see here, has it as "Three Years of Ash, Twenty Years of Dust." To be fair, the title was pretty much the last thing I came up with; all through the writing process it had the hugely inspirational working title "Vesta."

Also, that Gustavo Bondoni guy... he also had a story in Return to Luna, which is my most recent anthology credit, way back in 2008. I think he's following me...