I’m back. I have been on hiatus from local issues to work on my first novel Shadow Dragons, but James Hillis has disturbed my vacation in Fictionland. He has convinced me that Shadow Dragons can wait.
I am disgusted with what I see going on at The Advocate. Just before the last election Colin Carmichael started The Cambridge Reporter Online, which eventually became The Advocate, in response to the need in the community for an interactive forum. I came on board as Managing Editor, and we garnered a lot of attention in Cambridge. After Colin and I appeared on TV we were contacted by the legal department of Torstar and advised that they were planning on resurrecting The Reporter. This was not unexpected, and we changed the name to The Voice, which was subsequently sold.
I had problems writing for an inexperienced publisher who has never been published, and we went our separate ways. Other than a few writers, such as James, Joe Lethbridge, Larry Turner and Waycat, I have largely ignored The Advocate.
I will continue to ignore them. I was first published in The Times in 1981, and have been published locally several hundred times since. Anyone who knows me is aware that I get my biggest thrill out of helping a aspiring artist, but I will not engage in a pissing contest with a bunch of amateurs.
I may have had differences with Jeff Hurst, Bill Doucet and Kevin Swayze in the past, but differences of opinion, particularly with editors, is part of growing as a writer. The fact that I am a finalist for a Bernice Adams Award for Literary Art this year, which is sponsored by The Record, shows that there are no hard feelings. I am in complete agreement with James that we will leave the job of writing the (hard) news to the professional journalists.
With the coming election I think that it’s important that there is a voice of reason in the Cambridge sector of Cyberspace. While that voice isn’t necessarily me I want to be sure that there is a place for them to be heard.
More than that, the Citizen will be a place to read stories about entertainment, local music, and the history and characters that make this one of the greatest cities in Canada to live.
I look forward to hearing from everyone, and encourage you to submit your stories and comments. Let’s have fun.
ThanksTags: Colin Carmichael, joe lethbridge