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Times, They Are a’Changin’! | Valkyrie Books

Times, They Are a’Changin’!


So I got married at the end of May in Scotland, then sort-of-married again in Winnipeg in June. It’s been a wild ride. But now everything’s settled and some new epic things are about to go down.


Today marks my last day being employed by someone else.

I’m going rogue.

For how long, who knows–but right now, I am just vibrating with The Hope and that shiny horizon.

For a long time now, having a full-time, 9-5 job, has interfered with my plans. Plans to develop this brand, plans to branch out and expand my freelance clientele, and especially any and all plans that involved art–because, and you wouldn’t know it, but before all of this I had illustrator, painter, sculptor ambitions, beyond writing and books and everything else.

But, well, you sort of have to pay the bills, and pay your dues, before you can get what you want.

So, for some of those years I, you know, lived in an apartment in Uptown Toronto (which at one time had roaches and bed bugs), handing out Metro newspapers in front of Harper Collins in the morning then in front of the St. Clair subway station at night, in the middle of winter, while I interned. Sometimes I made my own bread because I sometimes only had a pile of flour and $2 in the bank. I had access to 1 channel on my crummy TV before everything went digital. And I often washed my laundry in the bathtub or bathroom sink.

But I loved books. I loved this world I was being gauntlet-immersed in. I was hungry. I wanted this life. I was willing to do what it took.

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY. Now I’m about to enter the scary life of making my own rules, my own schedule.

And, I obviously wouldn’t be here without ChiZine Publications. Namely, the two people behind it, Brett and Sandra, took a chance on some bright-eyed 20-something and let me intern for them when I was barely out of my Humber Publishing program. Not only did they give me a start, but they took me in, fed me constantly, let me essentially live there in my hours of loneliness, and made me part of their family.

Now, five years later, they’ve taken me on full time as the Managing Editor for CZP and ChiGraphic. Which means I can sustainably work from home, continue to take on freelance book publishing clients (because that’s principally what I do), work on my own books, my own art, and…

…Work on Valkyrie Books

…Blog more

…Finish the business plan

…Secure financing

…Generally get the dream machine churning.

So without any further whatever-whatever, I’ll see you on the other side of this surreal day! HUP HUP.


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