Monday Happenings

It’s a little late, but I’d like to mention that my latest Kitchener Post column is now up, on whether or not the Ontario ban on pit bulls should be overturned.

This column has received a far stronger reaction than any of my others. I’ve received fan mail, of all things. Fortunately, no hate mail has gone along with it, though clearly this is an issue that raises strong passions.

I have received comments from people who respectfully disagreed with me, but they key here is “respectfully”. It was a good experience engaging with these individuals on Twitter and, while we probably will just have to agree to disagree, I think the chance to talk about the issue was a positive experience.

Indeed, the Twitter conversation that launched this conversation in the first place was between myself, Dr.Dawg and Toronto Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias, with a number of other posters joining in. There was a variance of political viewpoints, but we weren’t beholden to them, and we engaged each other respectfully. Why can’t all parliamentary debates be like that?

Anyway, given the multi-partisan support the Ontario private member’s bill enjoys, it will be interesting seeing what happens next.

In other news, my other writing projects are picking up the pace again. I know what I’ll be doing over the next six weeks, at least. And my fiction writing is going well. Icarus Rising just passed 10,000 words, even as I write this. That’s now a longer word count than Parliamentary Trains, though that project is also still in my head, simmering on the back burner.

No news yet on the agent front. Hopefully I’ll have news to post in the coming weeks.

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