Dear 2015

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Dear 2015…

You rock! You were absolutely fantastic!

My New Years Resolution for 2015 was to live more and I certainly did that! What a year it was. It’s amazing to come to the end of another year and I can’t believe it’s over! Throughout the year I was blessed many times over and learned what I really could do and what I was capable of.

It was a year of change, of joy and pleasure. There were stumbles along the way, but mostly it was a year of growth and prosperity.

Let’s take a look back, shall we?


Talking with the EarthIn January, my second book of poems was released! Talking with the Earth was far different from Talking to the Sky. In the first book, I was trying to deal with the Multiple Sclerosis and what my life meant now. In Talking with the Earth the themes were different. They dealt with acceptance and, thanks to Michael, with love-for him and for myself. I couldn’t be happier with how the collection turned out!

It also showed me how much love changes a person. Talking to the Sky was a little over 200 pages. Talking with the Earth was a little over 400 pages. Proof that love can move mountains.


In February, Michael and I made the decision to move in together and I gave my notice at the end of the month. While this might not seem like a big deal to some, to me it was the start of a whole new chapter in our relationship. The idea that we would build a home together was both wonderful and terrifying at the same time.


In March, Michael and I signed the lease for our new home. Even better? I had a follow up appointment with my neurologist and received the most amazing news: after almost two years of battling the MS, I had no new lesions! If that’s not a cause to celebrate, I don’t know what is! I was thrilled that all the work I had been doing to better myself (diet, exercise, Reiki and meditation) had paid off. Thus far, it’s the best appointment I’ve had!


MS WalkApril was a big month for me.

I walked the 5KM MS Walk! It was something I didn’t think I’d be able to do. I had walked the 3KM last year and that took a lot out of me. However, in April of last year, after the MS Walk, I decided to take on an exercise regime. The results paid off!

We walked 5KM in an hour and a half! Pretty darn awesome seeing as it took us an hour to walk 3KM the year before. Not only that, but as a team we raised $660 towards MS research and the hope to find a cure. It was awesome!

The day before the MS Walk, Michael and I finally moved in together! It took us the better part of the day, but it was all worth it to be able to wake up next to each other every morning. It was a dream come true to live and be with a man who loved me unconditionally. I felt like I was living the dream. Indeed, I still do.

Michael and I also celebrated our one year anniversary in April. It’s funny, it’s like I’ve known him forever, can’t imagine my life without him and our time together is timeless.


Boy FriendsIn may, I finished the first draft of Boy Friends, a novel I had worked on for over two years.

At first, I thought it would be a novella, but the story kept growing bigger and the characters kept growing more real to me. I thought it would be a little 10, 000 word story, but it ended up being over 61, 000 words.

It was a relief to have finished it but also a joy as, up until that point, I hadn’t ever written anything that long!

I also wrote a blog post on my blog and it went viral. Hundreds of thousands of people read it and I was even on the news because of it! Nothing I’ve written before or since was read by so many. It was even read on the radio, on riddit and all over social media.

I was very proud to have spoken out for someone who couldn’t speak for himself.

Check that out here:


what-the-moon-had-to-sayI entered my novella in the Dear 2114 contest.

It didn’t win but the joy was in the writing of it for me. It’s actually one of my strongest pieces and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It started with an idea: “What if we could create art that actually spoke to us?” The story flowed from there.

You can read it free here:

Colette Baron Reid

I also got to meet one of my favourite medium/physics, Colette Baron Reid. She’s a glowing light of a spirit and I went to her show where she helped people speak to their departed loved ones.

It was an honour and a thrill to meet her and get my book signed. Such a fantastically moving experience.

Colette said I had really great energy and coming from her, that’s just awesome!


This month was spent writing and reveling in the gloriousness that is summer.


niagra fallsMichael took me to Niagara Falls for my birthday this year!

I’ve never been but it was so magical to see the Falls. They were so powerful and moving. I’ve never actually been, so it was a first for me. They were so moving and majestic, I can understand the draw they have.

What moved me most was that I was in one of the most romantic places in the world with the man I loved. When we walked along the falls, I noticed these locks all over the fence and asked Michael what they were for.

People who were married there placed a lock with their initials on the fence signifying a bond that would never break.Niagara

We went to a restaurant where the waiters sung happy birthday to us and there were fireworks at night over the falls. There were rainbows every day and it was as if the sky was telling us how happy it was for us.

So magical and I can’t wait to go back and place my own lock on the fence.


In September, I achieved another milestone of sorts. I reached the two year mark for my Copaxone medication.

Taking a daily injection might not seem like a cause for celebration, but it was for me. It marked another step on the path that I’m on towards good health and a healthier me. At first, taking Copaxone every day was a hindrance but now I know that it’s part of what is keeping me whole.


I also had the honour of having one of my poems chosen for Linguistic Duality Day at work. It was a bit nerve wracking knowing that everyone at work would be reading one of my poems, but it was very well received and everyone loved it. All that worry for nothing!

When Love BloomsI also re-published my small book of fairy tales, When Love Blooms. I had thought that the collection was finished but I had written three new stories and it felt right to put the collection out again with the stories included.

So I did another edit and re-released the book. This collection of stories has to do with all types of love: gay, straight, interracial, love that has left, new love. It’s a collection that speaks to the heart, which seems appropriate, and I love how it grew from one story to a collection of them, all within the town of Inglewood Hamlet.

October Ravenclaw

October was reveling in the beauty of fall and watching the season change. I also realized my dream and finally became a Hogwarts student! Hey, it was bound to happen sometime.

It was just great to dress up and enjoy being a kid again!


Cuban Queen

In November, Michael and I went to Cuba!

We stayed for a week and it was amazing. Where Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter made my heart happy, Cuba made my soul happy.

It also put a lot of things into perspective for me. It showed me what really mattered, what was really important.

It was an incredible, wonderful vacation and I can’t wait to go back.

December Magic of Stars

This month, I put out my Holiday novella and couldn’t have been happier
with how it turned out! It started with the idea of “What is a young boy doesn’t believe in magic?”. I just took the idea and ran with it.

It turned out better than I could have hoped and I’m so thrilled with it. Eventually it will be available on Amazon, but you can download The Magic of Stars for free from my web site:


As we draw to the end of 2015, all I have to say is thank you. Thank you 2015 for being so incredibly and totally awesome.

Let’s do it again for 2016, shall we?

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