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I was fortunate, and humbled, to see Mira Jacob present this speech today - this speech she presented to publishers in New York not long ago, about the representation of people of colour in the publishing industry. I pretty much wept through the entire thing and am so incredibly grateful I got to see her and hear her and have this experience. 

We must do better. I have Plans. Big Plans. Because it's not enough to say "yes, that's terrible" and then not do anything about it. I want to be part of the solution.
We are ready for a publishing industry that represents the world we live in, and it will ignore us — writers and readers of color — at its peril.
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Except the real reason we can't help you with your racism problem is that we still haven't even acknowledged our own.
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Aren't you glad we work in separate offices, you and I?
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This is the best goddamned analysis of a football event I have ever read in my life. 
Are you ready for some hyperbole?! A guide for those who are not big-time NFL fans but who still plan to watch the game
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I need this. 

And probably a vampire.
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I can't stop laughing at this. 
A misspelled word during a heated Facebook conversation questioning if Albertans should rise up and overthrow the government sparked a flurry of comments and memes on social media.
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What really bothers me about these 'introductory' fields in social networks is that they in no way represent the truly awkward aspects of actually being introduced to someone, or of introducing yourself. So if you could just picture me smiling nervously (I know you might not actually know what I look like; make up the best mental image you can of someone nearing their forties, with a fairly sedentary lifestyle, who wears spectacles and has a bit of a cleft chin) and laughing too loud, that would be grand.

You might want to throw in the obligatory shuffling from foot to foot, and the self-conscious admission that yes, being a writer is cool, and no, I've not published a book yet, but yes, I've been published, and yes, I *am* that sort of editor - the kind who corrects restaurant menus, and no, I haven't a dog, but I have a stupid cat, and yes, I have children (two; they're boys), and that I live in Happy Hollow in the Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, and that I work with book publishers.

And then, when there's nothing left to seem interesting enough to talk about, pretend I've just asked you how you are and what you do and whether you have a family and stupid cats. Then, there would be the first Awkward Silence of our acquaintance. 

I'm okay with Awkward Silences, though. 
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