As 2016 comes to an end, I’m sitting here doing what I do every year: planning out a new journal, unwinding from the hell that is dealing with my family during a tumultuous December and looking forward to that ‘feeling’ of being able to start anew in January. I have plans this time and I have a system designed to help me follow through. If any of you remember me back in my LiveJournal days, I was apart of a few mixed media journal communities – most popular was the Embodiment community. It was there that I learned what you could really do with those 30$ Moleskine journals and a whole world of possibilities opened up to me. Rather than reflect on the year, I would like to take the time to talk about history with journaling.
Early on I made promise that I would never blog about civil rights or gay rights or any rights at all. I stated I would never make a post about poverty, and yet there is one sitting in my drafts, waiting to be finished. I swore there would never be a politics tag on my blog for one simple reason: I have learning comprehension issues and there is a huge chance I will come off looking like an asshole when I’m not trying to be.
Then, on June 26th, 2015, the United States of America legalised same-sex marriage in the remaining 14 states that previously issued a ban on same-sex marriage. Now – legally – same-sex partners can be married in all 50 states.
I forgot to do part two of my getting to meet Irvine Welsh (part one is here), and this is even more amazing than simply a book signing.
When I was lining up for the movie screening that was to start, a girl I had been speaking with on Twitter prior (via, Irvine Welsh and this TIFF Books on Film thing) came up to me to say ‘hi’. Following that, two girls came up to us and mentioned they were looking for two more people to join them to meet Irvine Welsh personally. Turns out they won this Random House Canada draw and weren’t fans so they wanted to find ‘true fans’ – and they did. Me and Heather (the girl I met via Twitter).
So I’m in Toronto, sitting in a Tim Hortons right beside TIFF and waiting the three hours or so until I have to go line up to get to meet my favourite author, Irvine Welsh. There will be a screening of Trainspotting and then he will be doing a signing of his books and it’s amazing. I’m going to go and grab a copy of his newest book, A Decent Ride and hopefully read that tonight.
This trip is a literal last minute plan. Irvine told me about this whole thing on my Twitter today after we previously exchanged some words (I’m notorious for having broken my hand the read a part in Skagboys that was relevant to my injury while in the ER, I Tweeted him and he knows me as the broken hand person hahaha). I told my girlfriend who proceeded to buy my ticket, and a friend who was heading into Toronto gave me a ride.
I live an hour away so this was a very nice thing for him to have done. I’m going to be posting about the show afterwards, but for now, I need to pass the time by sitting in this Tim Hortons and hope they don’t kick me out (because I don’t know anyone in Toronto and thus, would have no where to go).
This is a once in a lifetime chance for me and I am extremely excited for this to be a thing I get to be apart of. I’m hoping to get a photo with Irvine, but if I don’t, I’ll have my books signed and have seen him and that will be awesome enough for me.
I will try and update as I can but for now, this will be a 2 or 3 part post.