Hate and love, Frida and Hamlet; also, inspiration

Why I love the Internet:

I write a piece called Frida Kahlo was a selfie master, and you find The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self Portrait for me, and it is in my hands the next day, OMFG, perfection, adoration, love. Thank you, my love.

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Why I hate the Internet:

It’s ALWAYS there.

Why I love the Internet:

It’s ALWAYS there.

Except… when we hit pause. And we can do that, you know.

Idea:

Suppose… suppose that instead of feeding the insatiable beast of social media… we focused on both making and consuming less content… but of higher quality?

I think I’m gonna do that. You?

Confession:

I homeschool at least in part because the idea of dragging my kids (and myself) out of bed on time every morning fills me with horror. Plus—making lunches… ugh.

OK, there’s a little more to it than that, and I’ll be speaking on why & how my family approaches learning at the Inspired Calgary Conference on Sept 3., 2:30-3:30, at the Cardel Theatre.

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Writers:

Put August 11-13, 2017 in your calendars now. Those are the dates for the next When Words Collide writers’ conference and fest in Calgary.  I’m still digesting #wwcyyc2016—my first one—but in brief: I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so energized and full of possibilities… it was an absolutely amazing experience.

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If you need a shot of inspiration and can’t wait, the Surrey International Writers Festival is in Surrey, BC, October 20-24, 2016.

Or you can go to Iceland in the Spring.

Some deadlines:

September 1: if you want funding from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts for your dreams (or professional development…)

September 7: the deadline for applying to the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive program.

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If you’re in yyc:

This is the last week to catch Hamlet at Shakespeare by the Bow on Prince’s Island. Hamlet is played by a chick, man, and there’s all sorts of awesome gender bending going on. Last shows through til this Sunday.

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Take your kids. If they’re bored, you can send them to the nearby playground.

Bring mosquito repellant. A LOT OF IT.

Life:

It goes on.

xoxo

“Jane”

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