Reasons for Optimism

Still unemployed and still no temp work, but I managed to get three resumes out today, including one which more than one person sent to me as it sounded to be just the thing. So, I still have several resumes in the field, and can continue to hope. I can also say that I’ve been to the gym regularly (three times per week instead of two) for the first time in months, and although it’s still early, I think my body is thanking me for it.

I’m about three-quarters of the way through editing Evening Falls for the Trenchcoat Farewell Project. Pending the author’s approval of my suggested changes, I’ll be able to lay out this story by next Monday, and then it’s on to Shepherd Moons. Although the next few stories will go quickly, I think it’s likely that I won’t be able to make the September 20th release date that I proposed when I called in all remaining stories and artwork back at the end of July. However, we will have a substantial portion of the publication complete by that date, and something solid to show to all of those very patient people who purchased advance orders as much as two years ago.

The mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, has admitted that the solution to the Greater Toronto Area’s sprawl problems is not more roads, but transit. Hazel, you have to understand, is the symbol of Mississauga (she has been its mayor for all but four years since it came into existence in 1974), and Mississauga is the symbol of urban sprawl in the Greater Toronto Area. There are more than a few Torontonians who consider her to be a thorn in their city’s side, and so this admission is big news for the area.

However, I’ve long been impressed by how willing Hazel has been to admit mistakes and work to correct them. Despite her history of Mississauga-centricism (and that only a symbol of how tirelessly she campaigns for her constituents), she realized in the early 1990s that a healthy Mississauga depended upon a healthy downtown Toronto. She is a feisty old lady and always has been, but unlike the Mike Harris Conservatives she has true common-sense: she’s willing to acknowledge when something she fervently worked for isn’t working, and she’s willing to change and follow a completely different path if she thinks that it will work instead.

With her strongly behind this change of policy, that’s another reason to be optimistic about the Greater Toronto Area’s future.

Rosemary and Time continues to wait until at least September before it’s considered by Orca Book Publishers, so right now everything is in a holding pattern: my employment, my fan fiction and my writing. It’s a most frustrating position to be in, but there’s always hope that things will move in the right direction shortly. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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