I have come to enjoy my visits to Not From Here, Are You? the blog of Michael J. Solender of Charlotte, North Carolina. He combines a refreshing mix of humour and personal insight into his poetry and short stories and often turns the reigns over to guest writers. His blog is affectionately known as 'The Not' to those that loaf about there.
Michael has announced this morning that he will be hosting an upcoming "Canada Week" and is seeking submissions from those of us of the "Northern Persuasion" for his Canada week-long literary fest and Moose hunt. Click the link above to head over to his blog for all the gory details.
I am shocked and surprised that he dares to expose himself and our other American cousins to the unique Canadiana style of writing (as influenced by the endless hours of hockey on the television and F*%$ing long and snowy winters). All Canadians, visit Michael J. Solender and his legion of followers at his blog and strut your Canadian stuff regardless if you are from the sunny, tulip-filled gardens of Victoria or the hilly, foggy streets of St. John's.
Note that the submissions are only open to those of us fortunate enough to be Canadian (did that sound like gloating? I'm sorry, I must apologize...) but please pass the message on to all Canadian writers that may lurk at your blog.
How will our cousins recognize us, you ask? The Canadians will be the ones dashing across the street, ignoring heavy traffic, to have coffee and doughnuts at Tim Hortons. We are ignoring the traffic because we know that we will be covered for health care when shmucked by a bus, regardless of where we live or how much we make (that being said, we are indeed paying much more in taxes and therefore drink our coffee at Timmys because we can not afford to drink at Starbucks).