Up In Smoke

Well, they missed the July 1st deadline, but as of October 17th, it’s official. Who’d have thought, eh?

oh cannibisAccording to the latest from our nation’s capital, marijuana will be legalized in Canada by July 1st, 2018, just in time for Canada Day.

There goes the neighbourhood.

While I won’t entice a debate on the pros and cons of our Prime Minister’s bold & brash announcement, I will pause to consider some of the changes one might expect. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, one thing is clear, the Canadian landscape is about to change.

For the better?

Perhaps.  While it’s guaranteed the government will reap benefits in the form of regulation and taxation, the potential long-term ramifications on our health care system is concerning.  Free health care is a wonderful thing, but I speak from experience when I say that universal health care comes at a steep cost, especially for those firmly entrenched in the working middle class.  Some refer to it…

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Ode to Robert Browning

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?"

Page Twenty-Five

Retro post.

I’ve come to the realization, through my pseudo-masochistic, life-long labor of love, that I am not a ‘plotter’.

In fact the more preparation I put into a longer piece of fiction, whether it’s a screenplay or book, the greater the odds I abandon the project, forthwith.  Despite time spent outlining, creating a three act structure, incorporating rising conflict, theme, detailed character analysis, in spite of all of this, the more time I put in, the higher the probability I jump ship, usually by page twenty-five.

Page twenty-five.

The point at which the muck & mire of my scripted creativity; the self-imposed chains of a confined journey on a one-way roadmap, prove fatal.  My efforts to craft a clever storyline, one that sees a likeable hero tackle adversity, overcome tragedy, learn a valuable life lesson, and save the day – in grandiose style, is all for naught.

My inspiration wanes, frustration…

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