Ottawan?

It’s been a good long time since I’ve posted an update here. The majority of this year, since June anyway, has been taken up by a big move from Montreal to Ottawa. I hesitate to call myself an Ottawan; although they are supposedly “the happiest people in Canada,” they are also — according to one editorial that appeared not long after my move — “the trouble with Ottawa.” The editorial is persuasive. There does seem to be some deficit of vision around here. Billboards near the Ottawa International Airport declare that it is the #1 airport in the world, which seems sort of like inviting friends over to admire your driveway.

Nonetheless, I’m withholding judgment. It’s early days yet, and a lack might well be an invitation, no? My personal interactions with Ottawans have been extremely pleasant, and I’m looking forward to establishing professional and creative roots here as I continue my freelance business as a writer and editor. Stay tuned for further updates!

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