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About a year ago, Jere and I started recording this short story podcast. Eleven episodes later and we’re calling a wrap on season one. It has been one of the greatest journeys of my life. Certain events come to mind, such as recording late into the night with Jere, and...

Now that we’ve tied up the arc of Teenage Crush with our latest episode, I feel I want to talk about one of the major influences behind why it was written. The story of it was born out of my experience with heartbreak, but it wasn’t due to romantic rejection....

Regarding our latest episode, Teenage Crush: Part Two, I feel I can empathize with Travis in his experience with harassment. Especially involving his sexual orientation and sexual health status; not to such extremes as you see in the story, but most fiction, I find, is just dramatized non-fiction. So, naturally,...

In our latest episode, Teenage Crush: Part One, the whole trouble between our lead characters might have been solved if Brittany had just asked Travis if he wanted to kiss her, rather than her being cryptic. Back when I was a teenager, I believe consent wasn’t taught enough, or at least...

The character of Robbie drowning as a child, because of his mother’s indifference, strikes a chord along my heartstrings. He and I have more in common than I care to admit. The first complex problem I encountered at the beginning of my life was the matriarchal indifference I felt as...

Our latest episode, Smashed Lover, was inspired by research and personal experience, check out it if you'd like further context for this blog post. A few years ago, I was working on a story about paramedics. I did extensive research: talking to people in the field, reading medical journals, as well...

  A real fight in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) inspired the one I wrote in Pedestrian Monsters: Part Two. I watched it happen as I held my phone with bated breath, conflicted about calling the police. Of course, during this mugging, there was no werewolf. But, a man did pull out a hunting...

  Walking through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) was part of my routine every Monday night. This habitual jaunt through the city went on for several years as I attended a local writing group that used to meet in places all around Gastown and Chinatown, and the trip home was always eventful. I...

  Our episode titled Pool Party sucked me into a black-hole-of-curiosity. I felt I had to ask myself, "Is trying to impress someone for the sake of gaining their admiration worth it?" And I found showing off for the sake of catching the attention of your adored one can be dangerous. Not...