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So, like, wow… Prince sure likes sex, huh?
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At last, it seems I have a full-time, permanent job. I’ll be dealing with legal documentation imaging handling. Paperless paperwork, basically. I start Monday.

This search has lasted 30 months, and from hey, how about an interview with the Boss Dude today to being hired was about three hours, and this for a permanent, non-term-based, open ended position for employment. So. Very. Much. Deserved.

Yay!
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Well done. I'm retiring in January - 67!
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Dear Miles Davis;

Thank you for «E.S.P.»

Sincerely, me.
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A great album.
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Happy Dominion of Canada Day.
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Dear Eric Clapton, Dhanni Harrison, et al;

Thank you for this beautiful event honouring George Harrison (the quiet one).
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HOORAY!!! +Mark Lefebvre's VERY FIRST BIG NOVEL!!!
 
Now available for pre-order, the first long-form novel by +Mark Leslie Lefebvre!! Official release is September/October. For more details, click below or head to AtomicFez.com/ideath! 
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I’m still waiting for CBC to develop DaVinci’s East Block or DaVinci’s Red Chamber. #VanPoli #cdnpoli
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Dear Miles Davis;

Thank you for Kind of Blue. It's perfect for a warm evening. Still. After all these years.

Sincerely, me.
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For practical and stylish ideas — that aren't as twee as a meeting between Martha Stewart, Debbie Travis, and Russell Brand — +Steffani Cameron is the person to pay attention to. You'll be glad you did.
 
Who says you can't mix traditional French Provençal chateau with sleek modern design? Here are several interior designs that do that very thing. Take a look.
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Huzzah!!

Really looking forward to seeing this finally in the hands of readers, so that +Mark Leslie Lefebvre and +Bret Taylor get the attention & acclaim their words and cover art (respectively) deserve!
 
Atomic Fez Publishing is happy to announce that +Mark Leslie Lefebvre’s first long-form novel, titled I, Death, will be officially launched as part of When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta. The “book social” will be held Saturday, August 9th, 2014, at three pm.

Mr. Leslie will be in attendance to read passages from the book (and different from those read during other festival reading events), as well for signing. Copies of the novel be available for purchase at the “book social”, as well as throughout WWC in the ‘Merchants’ Room’ thanks to an agreement with EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and the brains behind the genre-​​house, Brian Hades.

Mr. Leslie is leading a fair bit in pre-​​festival workshop series, mostly in his role as Director of Self-​​Publishing & Author Relations at +Kobo Canada. He’s specifically doing “Marketing Best Practices” Thursday morning, followed by “Hybrid Publishing” in the afternoon. The two sessions promise to be an excellent opportunity for writers of all levels to get an insider’s perspective at the ever-​​shifting landscape of literary publishing, especially during this period; arguably the most anarchic time since Gutenberg made it possible to produce books of guaranteed quality in high volume at a tiny fraction of previous costs.

Space is limited for these two workshops (and may already be full, actually), so e-​​mail them to reserve your seat or add your name to a waiting list.

* Marketing Best Practices (9 AM – 12 PM; Thursday, August 7th)
— 3 hour session limited to 50 seats, and includes topics from pricing, to marketing strategies, to working with eRetailers and local bookstores
* Hybrid Publishing (1PM – 5PM; Thursday, August 7th)
—Traditional or Self Publishing? Choose both. Mark Leslie draws on his experience in the publishing industry to discuss the advantages of each method in this presentation limited to 50 seats

When Words Collide exists to provide an opportunity for the literary community, from readers to writers to publishers, to gather and share information and inspiration. With the belief that different genres have more in common than they have differences, the festival includes content for all types of literature including Mainstream, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Historical, Literary, and non-​​fiction.

WWC 2014 will be held at the Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta.

In addition to Mr. Leslie, Atomic Fez’s publisher +Ian Alexander Martin will be there; as well as Chris Rothe, the author of Dirk Danger Loves Life.

Join them in the celebration of reading and story-​​telling, won’t you?
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Dear Paul McCartney;

Thank you for Band on the Run.

(Tonight seems to be Beatles Night for some reason)
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Glad to here , felling better all the Time hey You've got to roll it to me. Looking forward to seeing you. October 2, 2014 United Supermarkets Spirit arena ,in Lubbock ,Texas Birth City of Buddy Holly. There is a Museum.








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This morning brought an unsolicited eMail from someone I’ve never heard from before, nor did I ask to. They were uncommonly forward in their way of communicating their intentions, as well.

That’s right: SPAM.

Let’s un-​pack this, shall we?

Hallo, dear gentleman!

I’m not entirely sure how I am already dear to her – for the writer is female, as we’ll soon discover – nor how she knows I’m a gentleman, but let’s pass over this in favour of richer rewards.

I have no hesitations that there is a a regular male who is able to appreciate me, respect me, treat me well and make me happy.

I heartily agree there is a male for you as you describe them. A verb would be good, however, clarifying you believe, say, or even wish there were a man such as you describe.

Grammatical matters aside, it’s quite probable that if you are writing to me seeking “a a [sic] regular male,” you are likely to be sorrowfully disappointed. I am, you see, an exceptional male.

I am a relation-​free character and I ‘m unhappy!

If you were in a movie or book, you might have a problem there, being a character and all that. However, as you’re not, it sounds a bit more like you’re clarifying to not have a communicable disease. Sadly, you actually want this relation it seems, so I’m a might-​bit confused.

Perhaps this explains the lack of joy in your life?

I miss your attention and fondling so much!

This is a quite disturbing and downright perplexing statement as I don’t know you in the slightest, and yet you claim to have knowledge of me having intimate knowledge of you and your physical body. When was this and how drunk was I at the time?

Is this part of your unhappy state? You are continuing to live in a dream-​state as your dissatisfaction with reality has driven you to eschew all awareness of the world around you, and have thrown open the door to ‘the other reality’ and have left us never to return?

How shall I ever meet you, if this is the case?

I dare and offer you one thing:

Therein lies your first mistake: never dare me to do something.

I’m sorry, I interrupted you. Come now, your one thing.

I have a dream to try and start intercourse with you with the aim of creating a real adult affair with you.

It really depends on your definition of affair – and Lord only knows what an ‘adult’ one might be, as the nature of them requires people to be pretty damned adult-​like to begin with – but I’d say that if you realize your dream and actually start intercourse with me, you’ve pretty much succeeded in having an affair with me. This ‘real’ qualifier might be something of a tip-​off, however; we may be talking about cyber-​sex here.

Definitely as long as you reject this thought!

Well, actually, until such time as I make this dream come true, yes, you will have to continue dreaming about it, yes. Well done you on developing the most basic of critical thinking skills.

Well… actually, it’s more like basic of thinking skills, but each little success deserves to be celebrated, does it not?

Oh, I am so sorry! I forget to introduce myself! My name is Katrin!.
am a young jovial, zippy, passionate and caring type!

Ah yes, a lovely name, now I can start wondering with some specificity “what the *$%^ is wrong with this Katrin, and why does she think I’m so stupid?!?!”

The description of herself is intriguing, however. As long as she’s not too young (half ones age, then add seven to avoid ‘Creepy Uncle Syndrome’), someone who is both jovial and passionate sounds attractive indeed. “zippy,” however, seems a bit less than usual in its popularity, so one might want to find a better word to describe oneself, yes?

By the way, Katrin, the definite pronoun “I” is what you were thinking was missing from that second sentence. Because it is. As is at least one comma, and two if – like myself – you a supporter of the Oxford Comma.

I am living with a feeble hope you will answer my cry for help, you will not delete it without reading and our keeping in touch will go on.

Firstly, one should never describe oneself as “feeble,” Katrin, but in your case I’m willing to make an exception. Please, yes, give up.

I have, however, actually read your note, so perhaps you have actually won in this war of the heart. The likelihood of our keeping on touching each other seems pretty damned slim, however.

I will be looking forward to your message soon.

At what point specifically are you going to begin looking forward to my message, Katrin? About the same time you stop looking forward to meeting Jimmy Hoffa, Elvis, and JFK?

Have a good day!

I’ve already quite enjoyed this morning, as I’ve been inspired to write this post. So I am the one who thanks you.

Thinking of you, Katrin, your new girlfriend from Russia!

Firstly, Katrin seems to be addressing herself, which is a bit post-​modernistic.

Secondly, I wasn’t aware I had an old girlfriend from Russia. You learn something new every day, it is said…

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William Shakespeare, Pericles; Act 4, Scene vi, spoken by Boult
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Publishing house was shortlisted in "Best Small Press" award 1st year it was eligible, and that's a *British* award, not Canadian! ALSO: books have been co-losers of awards with Stephen King and Neil Gaiman
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Totally fun and practical approach to hotel experience. Funky ambience, cozy and bright rooms, and possibly the best price for a righteous experience. When coming to Victoria, I'm never staying anywhere else.
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Dang fine, this new-ish craft brewer on the local scene has a wonderful mix of wit, whimsy, and dedication to the quality of their product. Locally-minded, they look to be here for the long haul with neighbourly ways that don't have a façade hiding dreams of domination. You know that happy couple who let you borrow their lawn mower when yours blew up that time? That's Bomber. Friendly, down to earth, reliable, fun.
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Biz Books is awesome! If you're looking for something to help you in your career as a writer / actor / playwright / scriptwriter / director / props builder / scenic artist / dramaturg / arts administrator / lighting tech / stage manager / grip / best boy / camera op / teacher / film editor… then they have the book / DVD / CD / software for you. They do not have a street-level shop anymore, however, and only exist on-line at the URL given.
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This place is fantastic. It can get a bit noisy in the evenings, but the vibe is High Fantasy Geek-tastic. For instance, they have *a selection* of crossbows on the wall. Not just one or two, but a *selection* of them. I've seen many things on the TV screens there — _Spaced_ and _The Princess Bride_ for example — but *never* sports. There's an option to order a random shooter using a 20-sided die. The outer covers of the menus will take you back to your mid-'80s dungeon guides. The food is excellent, the service great, the selection of beverages wonderful. There's even a grand selection of Table Top Games that would make +Wil Wheaton go "_squeeee_" with joy. Go! Go now!
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Dr. Stahl has the most practical and well-balanced approach to listening and suggesting solutions I've ever seen.
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