Blog Archive

2016 Authors

Catherine Arbour

Let's Have a CON-versation
Conventions, big and small, through the eyes of a writer

Chris Campeau

Frightened Senses
Everyone I know has seen a ghost—let's hear them out

Sambo Chilton

Omit the Classics
A music obsessive explains why the records you know and love aren't good

Tyler Cooke

My journey through the gaming sphere on YouTube and Twitch, and understanding how watching can be as fun as playing

Meaghan Cote

Project Paint
The art of not giving up, even though you want to

William Cousins

Grad Watch
Life — and jobs — after the Professional Writing program

Tiffany Cuddy

Dollarama for Dummies
The adventures of a teenage cashier dealing with dimwitted customers

John Cutland

The Mental Houdini
How I free my mind from this world using safe, fun, and interesting methods. Join me!

Joseph Fitzgerald

Beer and Loathing
An intoxicating crawl through the Ottawa pub scene

Nickolaus Gibbins

The Smash Brother
The life and travels of a competitive gamer

Ashton Heaps

In Search of Heroes
A weirdo's journey to find heroes who represent him

Paulina Grace Hrebacka

Craft Cocktailer
My passion for craft cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients - original seasonal recipes you can make at home

Azhaab Khodabocus

The Multilingual Mind
The downside of speaking five languages

Myryam Ladouceur

From Stop to Finish
An amateur experience in stop-motion animation

Madeleine Lange-Chenier

From Grass to Pavement
My journey from small-town roots to big-city skylines

Martine Le Gallez

Sugar for Your Thoughts
A 20-something's look at just what makes the alien Gems of Steven Universe so relatable

Cody Lirette

Lessons from South Korea
What traveling abroad taught me about home

Anna Marie Moat

Dropping Pennies
Reading, writing, arithmetic... and personal finance? A millennial's thoughts on what to do when it's not required knowledge

Stephane Moisan

Blood Ties: 80s Horror
Creating traditions non-traditionally: building bonds between father and son through 80's horror movies

Amanda Pereira

Her Movies for Him
My quest to find girly movies my guy can enjoy

Amanda Simard

Wuthering Bites
An exploration of why I hate Wuthering Heights

Stephen Smith

Musical Time Warp
From corsets to drag to genetic modification; a metalhead's thoughts on how musicals have evolved, stayed the same, and what it says about us

Sean Stone

Exempting No Substitutes
Ersatz prose about every kind of fake, replica and simulation

Phoebe Strike

Death and Where to Find It
Ken Kesey faked his own death — can I?

Robby Sullivan

Getting the Edge
How learning swordplay made me a better person

Alex Sundaresan

Hedgehod Dilemma
Is making friends really harder as an adult? Alex Sundaresan searches for the answer.

Gennifer Taggart

Revelations of the Newly Single
Rediscovering solitary life

Allison Van Maren

That One Time I Fought a Unicorn
Holding onto whimsy in a no-nonsense world

Sharon Van Wyngaarden

Cage Match
Trapping myself in a "Nicolas" Cage — my quest to classify his most iconic "bad" movies

Nicholas Wrixon-Wood

Dummies & Dice
Tales from my Dungeons and Dragons tabletop

Marta Zwart

That Sounds Familiar
How I confused and amused people by only speaking to them using quotations from politicians

2015 Authors

William Au

A Search for New Haunts
My first-hand attempts at experiencing paranormal phenomena

Adam Brown

Spot Hunting
Finding forgotten structures and other strange objects in local Ottawa forests

Geordin Crosbie

Told Ya So!
A cynical potato eater's guide to navigating sensationalism 

Holly Drew

Main Street Hiker
An urban hiker explores our nation’s capital street by street

Ben Filipowski

Crash Course in Kurosawa
Understand the classic filmmaker? Me neither - let's jump in

Jennifer Fryer

'Niffer Notes
Writing Through The Anxious Thoughts

Rina Gibbons

Coming home after 12 years lost in the Bermuda Triangle

Derek Glew

Insomniac's Originality Guide
Tips on how to set your writing apart when everything has been done

Katerina Glowienka

The Simple Celiac
The culinary adventures of a celiac on a student budget

Caitlin Graham

A Female in Retail
Observations of society’s incivility from my foray into the workplace 

Amanda Gratton


Alec Greenfield

Shocking Green
Speculative fiction ... seriously!

David Gurman

Peculiar Produce
Taking a trip through uncharted aisles, where few shoppers dare to tread

David Haddad

No One Cares About Your Band
Struggles of the independent musician


Gavin Hart

Kicking it up a notch

Daniel Hendrikx

The Cost of an Arm and a Leg
The struggle of mind over matter

Michael Houle

The Tenth House
The UnderDark side of gaming

Sean Lalonde

Step-N Up 4 Tayla
Stumbling into stephood

Mark Lentz

Hiking the Distance
A backpacker prepares for his biggest journey yet

Jack Lytle

The Scoop
A challenge to find a soup better than my mother’s

Daphne Macdonald

Hops around Town
Discovering Ottawa craft breweries, a few pints at a time

Bryan Mackay

Reaction Shot
A discussion of films before 1970

Samantha-Jo Meijer

Can Teaching Be Taught?
Discovering what makes a memorable educator

Matthew Miller

Overcoming Yourself
My fears and how I've learned to face them


Danielle Murdock-Landry

The Character Spectrum
My crusade for diversity in fiction

Roxanne Pepin

Cross Your Teas
A slice of life and a cup of tea

Kayla Randall

470 km
From Mississauga to Ottawa: discovering what it really means to have a home

Corey Reed

Reflecting on the golden age of ocean travel


Blair Scott

Free-Market Health Factory
Contradictions and controversies: Cracking consumer health literature in the 21st Century

Derek Smith

Truth is Stranger than Fiction
Why I enjoy narrative nonfiction

Kelly Spence

Figuring out dating apps, hookup apps, and if they even work


Mikayla Spitse

What's So Funny?
I laugh, they don't

Emily Theelen

A bad girl shows those idioms who's boss

Stephen Trolly

Hell's Tenth Circle
Editing, rewriting, and ripping your hair out

Olivia Vanderwal

Outside Wisdom
I was always advised not to talk to strangers, so naturally I did the exact opposite

Monique Veselovsky

Life Lessons From Abroad
Unpacking my invisible knapsack after a summer in El Salvador