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"Chance Macdonald, 22, pleaded guilty to common assault in April after he was initially charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement following a 2015 party.... The judge sentencing a Queen's University student and hockey player who assaulted a teenage girl at a house party delayed the man's sentence so that it wouldn't interfere with his summer internship."

Wouldn't you know it, the judge went to Queen's University, and was on it's hockey team, just like the accused. He understood the "mob mentality" of that environment, which is apparently a justification for assault.

Macdonald lost that internship, by the way, because of this mess.

Anyway, when the story came out, I sent a letter - yes, an actual letter - to the Ontario Judicial Council, complaining about this appalling behaviour. A week or two later, I received a letter in return. I can't put it up, I wanted to, because it's stamped private and confidential. I didn't know why I should have to adhere to confidentiality when I'd never agreed to such a relationship, but I checked the relevant statute and it seems they have the right to make that kind of demand. They said they were referring the complaint to a complaint subcommittee, which would decide whether an investigation is merited. I'd bet my last dollar that an investigation won't take place, but if enough people complain, and there are enough complaints over the years, something might actually be done.

As to writing, I'm being pulled in the direction of working on a sequel to Scribe in Shadows. A sequel was always on my mind, and I wrote several chapters about a year ago. However, having to publish later than I'd expected and exxxxxxxxxx-prime minister Harper getting kicked out sort of jossed my plans for the plot. I can still salvage some of it, but shifting leaders is a serious technical problem. Maybe I should write a novella to address that.

Other obstacles are that I would have to reread the first book to avoid contradictions and continue the subplots I'd started, but usually I loathe a book by the time I finish it, having revised it 8,000 times. I don't really have the time. I know, I know, if it matters, I can find time, except I'm not one of those people who can have a full-time job, take care of children, take care of an elderly parent, do the household chores, volunteer, and write. I couldn't do half of that, I simply don't have the energy. And I am involved in writing projects, just not fiction.

And there's still the fact that I can't justify the expense. The only book I've self-published that's made back what I spent is Heroes Reward. Meanwhile, the cost of editing, cover art, and formatting continues to rise. Don't get me wrong, I believe in people being paid for their work, but it does add up.

June 2014

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