Contemplation from a Blanket Fort

This resonates with me on so many levels. A year ago, I quit my job to write full-time. It was the most incredible and most terrifying thing I’ve ever done and I have only looked forward since that day. As Thea mentions, people do look at you differently when you do things such as quit a job to fulfill a dream or retire when you are still young (which is actually perfect because you get to enjoy your time). We live in a society where we are defined by what we do for a living, except… when it isn’t that standard 9 to 5 job. I get asked often what I do for a living and when I say that I am a full-time writer… I get that, ‘No, really. What do you do for a living — you have two heads,’ reaction.

Since making this decision, I have felt lighter and happier. I’ve said this many times, but life is just too short to not fight for your dreams. Thank you, Thea for this reminder and wonderful blog post.

1000 Moons

Who says retiring is easy? You would think so when leaving a job in search of a new path and embarking on a life of leisure.

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I use the word leisure because I believe that when you are doing something you truly love surely the word “work”, as an adjective, doesn’t apply. I have more than a few desires, some require effort, that I am eager to try.  But there I go, defending myself for retiring again!

What I didn’t realize until now was how much the job I did for a living was intertwined with my identity. I mean, I used to sit back and imagine what I would do if I didn’t work (mermaid tale, beach, vegan cooking classes, fancy hat club etc), but that daydreaming doesn’t usually include time for self-reflection, self-analysis, the discovery of who I really am, or how others…

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Killer B Cinema Presents Eegah and Cat Women of the Moon!

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s movie double bill? Ready to see two movies about love going oh so wrong. Well, we got them for you! Eegah and Cat-Women of the Moon are the perfect double bill and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes and a special raffle prize!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Eegah (also known as Eegah: The Name Written in Blood) is a 1962 American horror film directed and produced by Arch Hall, Sr. (credited as Nicholas Merriwether), written by Bob Wehling based on a story by Hall Sr., and starring Hall Sr., Hall Jr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel in the title role.

The film’s notoriety was enhanced as a result of being featured on episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and was said by many to be an all-time worst film and one of the films listed in Michael Medved’s book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.

Cat-Women of the Moon is an independently made 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist, directed by Arthur Hilton, that stars Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, and Marie Windsor. The film was released by Astor Pictures.

Notably, the musical score was composed by Academy Award-winner Elmer Bernstein, though his last name is misspelled as “Bernstien” in the opening credits.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1970s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!

https://www.facebook.com/events/180689159187213/

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Killer B Cinema’s January Line Up!

Hello and Happy New Year!

Killer B Cinema presents Cocaine Fiends & Ed Wood’s Jail Bait! Two killer B-movies to kick off your New Year right and for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Cocaine Fiends (also known as Cocaine Madness and The Pace That Kills) is a 1935 American exploitation film directed by William O’Connor. The film, starring Lois January, told the story of a woman called Jane Bradford, who gets involved with a drug dealer and becomes addicted to cocaine. Similar to other movies of the genre, the final film was a reissued work with additional scenes, mostly using footage from the earlier silent The Pace That Kills (1928).

Jail Bait (also known as Hidden Face) is a 1954 American film noir and crime film directed by Ed Wood, with a screenplay by Wood and Alex Gordon. The film stars Clancy Malone as the delinquent son of a famous doctor and his involvement with a dangerous criminal. Famed bodybuilder Steve Reeves made his first major screen appearance in the film. The film belongs to the film noir genre and contains themes typical of it such as plastic surgery and identity theft.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1970s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!

https://www.facebook.com/events/159234011351748/

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Canadian Ginger Anthology! Killer B Cinema!

I am super excited to announce that my poem Foxglove, about an aging redheaded superhero, is in the amazing anthology, Canadian Ginger. I am honoured to be in this book along with some super talented writers, including Margaret Atwood. Yes, that Margaret Atwood!

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You can get your copies at Indigo (available online and in stores), Amazon or directly from the publisher Oolichan Press. I’m certain they are in other stores as well and I will update the list when I know where.

Please go buy a copy and support Canadian redheads and authors!

Author list:
• Margaret Atwood • Aidan Chafe • Carolyn Clink • Anita Dolman • David Fraser • Maureen Foss • Kim Goldberg • Heather Haley • Carla Hartsfield • Tracy Hamon • Penn Kemp • Kateri Lanthier • Joanne Levy • Winona Linn • Christine Lowther • Bruce Meyer • Rebecca Pǎpucaru • Charlie Petch • Rachael Preston • Heather Spears • Diane Tucker • Jordan Watkins •  Lizzie Violet • Darryl Whetter • Jennifer Zilm

This Saturday, please join me and my partner in crime Zoltan Du Lac for another Killer B Cinema!  You get two killer b flicks for only FIVE Dollars!  There will also be trivia with prizes!  Click here for the link to the invite.

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Killer B Cinema Presents: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians and Silent Night Bloody Night

Killer B Cinema presents Silent Night, Bloody Night and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians! Two killer B-movies to start the festive season off right and for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes!

This month we will also be having a Krampus Raffle! Everyone who attends our movie night will get a raffle ticket for a prize pack AND for each tacky Xmas themed item you are wearing (ugly Xmas sweater, tinsel or garland accessories, over the top poinsettia hair flowers… you get it), you get an extra raffle ticket for the draw!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Link to Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/529603940721676/

Silent Night, Bloody Night
Running Time: 85 minutes

Silent Night, Bloody Night (also released as Night of the Dark Full Moon and Death House[1]) is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and co-produced by Lloyd Kaufman. The film stars Patrick O’Neal and cult actress Mary Woronov in leading roles, with John Carradine in a supporting performance. The plot follows a series of murders that occur in a small town on Christmas Eve after a man inherits a family estate which was once an insane asylum.

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
Running Time: 81 minutes

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 American science fiction comedy film directed by Nicholas Webster, written by Paul L. Jacobson based on a story by Glenville Mareth, stars John Call as Santa Claus, and features an eight-year-old Pia Zadora as one of the Martian children. The film also marks the first documented appearance of Mrs. Claus in a motion picture (Doris Rich plays the role), coming three weeks before the television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which also featured the character.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1940s to 1970s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

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Music Makers: Portraits at the Great Hall

We’re going to put a shelf up, so this stunning book by Lisa MacIntosh, can always be on display, yet be accessible for people to look at. Even though I helped edit this book, I must have looked through it ten times today. It’s gorgeous! For now it gets to reside on the sassy chaise. I want everyone to see it. Lisa’s photos of every musician in the book is breathtaking.

You can order this book at http://www.portraitsatthegreathall.com/ There is a book launch on October 14th at The Great Hall. Tickets can also be purchased on the website. There is an amazing line up of incredible Canadian musicians performing that night. You don’t want to miss it.

Fall is in the air! Upcoming shows and dates!

Fall makes me happy. The crispness of the air, the crunch of the leaves under my feet, the smell of Autumn in the air. HALLOWEEN! I wish it could be fall all year long! I have a few shows and events coming up soon and thought I would share all of the dates and details!

The Redhead Revue: is a cabaret style show starring Lizzie Violet, Heather Babcock, Neil Traynor and Zoltan Du Lac. Each show has storytelling, music, a pre-code movie and trivia with prizes!

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Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/147937915784393/?active_tab=about

Killer B Cinema:  Join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a monthly double bill of b-moves from the 1950s to 1970s! There will also be trivia with prizes & much more! Our first show will be on October 7th at the Imperial Pub’s performance space located at 54 Dundas Street East. More details coming soon!

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Music Makers: Portraits at the Great Hall:  I was honoured that I was able to help edit Lisa MacIntosh’s stunning book!  The book launch will be on October 14th, at the Great Hall. There is also a concert with some of Canada’s best loved musicians!

Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/161786311046366/?active_tab=about

CIUT Halloween show: On October 31st, I will be reading something scary at the CIUT Halloween show! I may or may not be dressed as a Zombie! More details soon!