10.32 Dispatches: Sizzling!

I send out a newsletter every month with information about what I’m up to. It’s fun and short and I’d like to try and interest more people to join. For the next few months, I’m going to post what I wrote in the newsletter the week after it’s sent out. You can have a look and see if this is something you might want to appear in your inbox every month. Scroll to the bottom to sign up.

Things are really heating up over here, and I'm not just talking about the weather. Or maybe I am just talking about the weather. Maybe that's what we should all do, only talk about the weather. It's too hot, it's too cold. Too windy. Rainy. Dry. Humid. Frigid. Lousy.

This entire thing is not going to be about the weather.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for the blog about encountering a couple fighting on the street. It was very uncomfortable to write and even more uncomfortable to put out there. I am totally comfortable with the various levels of uncomfortability it made me. If someone was actually editing these newsletters, they would have said I used the word ‘uncomfortable’ and its derivatives too much in this paragraph. My reply would be: That makes me uncomfortable!


The point I was trying to make was that I wanted to write about some of these tough things that are happening around all of us, even if that means making some mistakes. I believe we need to make mistakes in order to figure out how to move forward. But also, I am very interested in trying to figure out the proper timing. When is it the right time to listen and learn? When is it the right time to say or write something? I don’t have a definitive answer to that yet, but with my educated guess, I’d say the scale is definitely tipped to all the listening you can muster. If you were interested to see what the hell I’m even talking about, click on the blog portion of this email below.

Besides that, what’s happening? There is a big announcement coming down the pipe with Stories We Don’t Tell. It’s pretty exciting and it’s going to be big when it happens. How big? I can’t really say right now, but when it happens, you’ll know. But still, if you want to be the first person to hear about this, it’s probably a good idea to like our Stories We Don’t Tell Facebook page. Also, I’ll be telling you about it in next month’s newsletter, so actually, you really don’t have to do anything. You’re already doing more than enough.

I do have a question I’ve been mulling over the last few months. Although I am too old to understand certain aspects of social media, I do try to use it in such a way that sparks some kind of engagement, whether it’s a light chuckle or a deeper read. I’m curious why I can work hard on a piece of writing that I deem an interesting topic, only to have it mostly ignored. While at the same time, post a photograph of the Toronto skyline at night (which took five seconds) and have people like it and favourite it all over the place. I know, I know - attention spans and all that stuff. Still, am I expecting too much from people? What do you all trusted souls think?

Anyhoo, that’s all for now. Wait until next month. You won’t believe what happens next.

You’re all the best,

Paul Dore