Tag Archives: Writers Festivals

Discouragement

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It’s been a while since I’ve written. We got a new tire for my car. Or rather, we got 5 new tires for my car and one of them turned out to work. The first time Mr Katje went to the scrap yard he got a deal on 4 tires for 200 bucks off a 2000 Dodge Caravan — ie,… Read more »

Existing

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You know that feeling when your crush remembers your name? Or asks about something important to you? That fluttery, happy feeling, that voice in your head yelling “Oh my gods, they know I exist!” Or maybe you get that feeling when you meet your idol and they show interest in what you’re talking about. Or when anyone important to you… Read more »

A good day for pluviophiles

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Well, actually, even I find this weather kind of frightening. It is monsooning outside right now. As in, I’m pretty sure if I walked out of my building I’d drown. Anyway, this means that WORD Vancouver is being moved indoors — so you can still come see us tomorrow but we’ll likely be inside. Oh, right — we’ll be at… Read more »

Writers Fest Recap (picture heavy)

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Last week I volunteered sixteen hours at the Writers Fest. If you’ve been reading my posts, you already know this. I wanted to give a brief recap of the week, along with pictures I took (or had taken of me). My volunteering hours were spent selling raffle tickets. The raffle was to win a painting by Andre Petterson. I’m not… Read more »

There’s one in every group

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Quite honestly, though, there is one guy in every group of people who want to discuss feminism at more than a 101 level who just has to bring it back down to a 100 level. That happened Thursday night. As a volunteer for VIWF, I have the option to enter into a ticket lottery to win one comp ticket to… Read more »

A Brief Wondrous Talk from Junot Diaz

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Slight trigger warning: mention of rape, colonialism Wednesday night my volunteer shift was during Junot Diaz‘s reading and Q&A session (followed by signing). I’d never heard of him before then — apparently a lot of Canada hasn’t, even though he’s fairly well known in the States. For me, I think it’s just because I tend to know authors within a… Read more »

Day one of VIWF!

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It’s here already! Wow, that was quick. Half the month is gone. Seriously, am I getting abducted by aliens and losing time? It really feels like it. Today is the first day of the Vancouver International Writers Fest! I’m volunteering as a raffle ticket seller, which means looking nice and convincing people to buy tickets for a raffle of a… Read more »

Productivity two days in a row? Madness!

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I’ve been productive today and yesterday. Granted, a bit less today, probably because I slept for fifteen hours and could have gone back for more (read: I’m exhausted). But I have gotten a lot done. Yesterday I started the huge task of reorganizing all my books. You see, when I moved here, my mom unpacked my books and organized them… Read more »

VIWF is here and it’s as awesome as I thought it would be

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I have spent the past 2 days volunteering in the food service part of the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (which I’ve blogged about previously). It has been awesome. Food service for events — doing prep work in the kitchen and working concession stands during intermission — is something I excel at, and as I never tire of having my ego… Read more »

Incredible and exciting and wonderful and thrilling

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My mom got two free tickets to go see Ursula K. Le Guin present at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival. She’s taking me. It’s on Saturday. On Saturday, I get to see one of the premiere female fantasy writers present. I get to see Ursula K. Le Guin — one of my favorite authors — in person. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Katje van Loon… Read more »