Published Down Undah

May 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm (fiction, Gigs, Good Things, kate, News, Shameless Self Promotion, travel, Uncategorized, writing) (, , , , , , , , )


I have an affinity for Australia for a number of reasons. Kangaroos, the didgeridoo, Wallabies , Chris Lilley, a vast expanse of extraordinarily venomous yet fascinating creatures, the word bogan, and now I have possibly the best reason yet. They published one of my short stories on Australian Reader!
It’s called What Do You Know, check’er out
> Let’s get bogan

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Play Time

October 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Gigs, Good Things, kate, Local, Shameless Self Promotion, writing) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This past Sunday… My brain exploded.
A small group of playwrights and wannabe playwrights (hai that’s me), gathered together at the Alumnae Theatre on Friday for something called “Write Now” (get it?!)
A retired fireman named Gary Wignall sat us all down and gave us a talking to for about an hour. He was cool. He reminded of a New Yorker for some reason. He just had a genuine, experienced coolness vibe going on. He talked about the history of firefighting in Toronto starting from the 1800’s all the way up to now.
DID YOU KNOW: The Alumnae Theatre used to be a fire station in 190-something?
Here are some things I learned from Gary…
-People used to have buckets outside their house filled with water in case of fire and they were called the Bucket Brigade. Cute.
-Almost all of them were volunteer
-At one point they had no masks
-One time, a fire station caught fire (lolz) and all the firemen continued their meetings in a tavern across the street.
I was disappointed I didn’t hear anything about a pet Dalmation… Why were they firedogs in the first place? And how come you never see them today? Doesn’t anyone own Dalmations anymore? WTF where are all the Dalmations?

dalmationfire

how come you don't love me anymore


Anyway, we were given 48 hours to write a 10 minute play that could be inspired from any snippet, small or large, that Gary said. Anything at all that set off a creative spark. One thing he said was that if somebody had used up all their sick days, they could get other people to go in and work their hours. That was the starting point for my play.
I totally lucked out and got set up with a great director who totally got what I was trying to say. She hit the nail on the head, nail’d it! It’s crazy….CRAZY awesome to see something that spawned from your own random thought in your imagination and then have it come alive in front of your eyes like the Frankenstein monster by people who actually know what they’re doing. I was so excited I think part of my brain melted. The cast was also perfection. But more excitingly, one of them runs another little biz-nass called Jammin’ On The One, and he wants to stage it! It would be performed (SANS scripts in hand) Spring 2010. No jokes.
lolcatwant

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Twitter + People = Tweeple

June 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm (Gigs, Good Things, Gossip, Interwebs, News, Shameless Self Promotion, Shout outs) (, , , , , , , , )

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Side gigs are fun. Especially when they’re about shit I enjoy discussing already, like music and movies and gossip. That’s what Tweeple Magazine is. They are a start up social media company, having a little fun with an online magazine combining news/celeb news, with the overwhelming popularity of Twitter.
Some articles I’ve written for them so far are:
Lindsay Lohan flashed everyone on Twitter. Soo basically, the world (again).
MC Hammer has a reality show. … umm….yeah.
Twitter: The Movie. I don’t know what I’d rather watch, this or MC Hammer’s show.
And, Disney joining Twitter. YAY!

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T+L made something really, really cool

May 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm (agencies, animals, Design, T+L, Teehan Lax, trends) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

TLhippos
It’s got all the makings of something great. A new age version of a classic and personal favourite 90’s game, Hungry Hungry Hippos. Played on MS Surface.

It’s really pretty genious if you think about it. What was the sole annoying feature about playing Hungry Hungry Hippos? The constant, out of control and insanely loud clacking of those levers you had to push to get your hippo to dive for the marbles, right.

Well in Teehan+Lax’s version, you control your hippo by rubbing its back. It’s just like a petting zoo, only cleaner and with no risk of picking of the swine flu. I know hippos aren’t pigs, but there would be pigs nearby.
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Look a sweet preview, no little blue mask required.

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Famous on teh Internets

May 20, 2009 at 8:03 pm (Interwebs, kate, T+L) (, , , , )

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T+L was featured on webcreme today. Click the image of me hard at work (but really probably looking at lolcats) to check it out.

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My short story featured in The Smoking Poet’s summer ’09 edition

May 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm (fiction, kate, Shout outs) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Man Park Bench Central park

So I wrote this very strange little short story last year called The Man in the Rabbit Fur Hat. It’s pretty weird but I was reading a lot of Tom Robbins at the time. It’s been picked up by a ezine called The Smoking Poet, and will appear in their Summer 2009 edition. Woopwoop

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Monday Shoutouts

May 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm (agencies, industry, Interwebs, Shout outs, T+L, Teehan Lax) (, , , , , , , )

The Department of Internets blog made my Monday. Thanks for the loving.

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How effing awesome are we?

April 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm (awards, FITC, T+L) (, , , , , , , , )

Teehan + Lax’s very own Greg Washington and Peter Nitsch took home the hardware for Best Canadian Designer and Developer at the FITC Awards lastnight. BOTH of them reppin T+L, awsomesauce!…..awesauce? Whatever. Anyways, we’re VERY proud of Greg and Peter, they do amazing work and they totally deserve it.

*not actually Greg or Peter

*not actually Greg or Peter

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Well deserved shout-outs

April 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm (Local, Music) (, , , )

I’m not that person who constantly tells everyone what trendy upcoming bands to put in their iPods, so the fact that I’m doing it now must mean Earthtone
is pretty f’in rad. And the frontman Kevin’s voice is an instrument in itself. Check these dreamboats out if you live in Toronto or the surrounding area like Mrs. Sausage or Hamilton (I just used those examples as an excuse to say mrs sausage…which is Mississauga, obviously)

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April showers bring good ideas.

April 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm (random) (, , , , )

Current mood: Creative
Current weather: It’s wet
Current obsession: America’s Next Top Model, the Thursday night band at Fox & Fiddle, and remote control helicopters.
Current stuff I’m excited about: Going to NYC next weekend, and working on exciting new stuff at T+L. Can’t share anything yet but I promise you it will be choc full of awesome.

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