It’s been a hot minute since I last blogged, but that’s because a lot of life has been happening and I have always been hellbent on living it!
I recently realised that it’s been 15 years since I started this wee lil’ blog. It used to be poetic musings about my life. Then it turned into a kind of street art photography blog. Then for a while it was just about my travel adventures. Back when I started this in 2005, I was 24 and a very different woman than I am today at 38 (almost 39!). Now, I don’t particularly care to share my private life in a public way. Instead, I sell off the details of my private life to magazines and newspapers. So if you want to know anything about my life, you can fucking pay me. *winky face*
With that in mind, I’ve published my latest personal essay in VICE. If you remember, I used to be a regular contributor to VICE for many years, but I backed away from it a few years ago. Recently, my old editor reached out and said I’d always be welcome to return. So I wrote about my experience over the past 8 years in applying for (and finally getting) a Green Card to the U.S. It was a bewildering experience that pitted my dreams against my principles. Click here or the above image to read!
Speaking of writing, if you remember back in October, I became a late night TV talk show columnist for eTalk. That’s still ongoing, and I publish new recaps and musings on the late night TV circuit every day! I’ve uploaded about 60 of my articles to my personal website, if you want just a taste of my work over there. But if you’d like a daily dose, follow me on Twitter!
In other news, sometimes I still find the time to be in front of the camera (just like in my old reality TV star days…). In December, I was asked to make a cameo in the latest music video for the synth-pop band Featurette. (Full disclosure, Lexie and Jon from the band are personal friends). So I brought in my typewriter and my old nerd glasses, and I was a complete goofball in their fun, flirty, and inspirational music vid for the track “You do you!”.
You can watch the entire vid above, but here are some stills of me in the video, just for your pleasure.
Okay, I’m fricken endearing.
Fanks for sticking around for 15 years, my munchkins, and don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more!
February 7, 2020 | Categories: academic essays, acting, blogger, Christine Estima, creative writing, media, movies, music, portfolio, Vice, writing | Tags: acting, author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, featurette, green card, music video, op-ed, publishing, Short story, synth pop, usa immigration, vice, vice canada, vice magazine, writer, writing, You Do You | Leave a comment
So I’ve done a LOT of media interviews in my life. I’ve been a guest on TV talk shows, TV morning shows, TV news reports, I’ve done countless radio interviews, and I’ve been interviewed many times for print publications. In addition, the fact that I was a cast member for two different TV shows probably prepared me for a lot of the intricacies that comes with dealing with the media. And let’s not forget, I work in media! I’ve been a freelance writer and columnist since Christ was a cowboy. So perhaps I occupy this strange little nook where not only do I write stories for the media, I am actually sometimes the story.
Case in point – Remembrance Day. A couple weeks ago I was contacted by AMI audio, a radio station that caters to people with different disabilities. They had found my Globe & Mail essay about my collection of wartime love-letters, and wanted to interview me about the topic. Naturally, I said of course, and we did the interview early on Remembance Day morn. You can listen to it here or by clicking the soundcloud link below!
Fun, right? All in a day’s work. After that was over, I went about my regular day-gig as a columnist for The Loop and didn’t expect much else to occur.
Then I checked my Twitter.
A tweet of mine from the night before, wherein I was critical of the inflammatory comments Don Cherry made about new Canadians, had kind of blown up. It wasn’t exactly viral, I’ve had other tweets with larger traction than this one, but I guess it spoke to a lot of people. It clearly also spoke to CTV News Network because I found in my inbox an interview request from them.
Before I know it, I’m on Skype with the producers, whilst doing my makeup sans-mirror and trying to fix the lighting in my living room before BAM! I’m suddenly live on-air coast-to-coast to a national audience. Guy, I wish I were kidding when I tell you that it all happened so fast, I forgot to put on a bra.
It’s a very short interview, but it came out okay AFAIC. You can watch it on the CTV News Network channel here or watch it on Youtube below!
Then, after that interview was done, and my social media was blowing up with Tweets, DMs, and messages from people all across the country (Hi angry message boards! Yes I am a woman with an opinion! EVERYBODY SHIT YOURSELVES), yet ANOTHER interview request popped into my inbox from my old pals at CJAD 800.
You might remember I was interviewed by them earlier this year about my time as a cast member of two TV shows, and this time they wanted my hot take on Don Cherry and also to talk about my unique family and our contributions to the war effort.
So this morning, after I had submitted my latest column for The Loop, I went live on-air for yet ANOTHER interview! You can listen to it here, or by clicking the interview below!
They all went very well and I’m super pleased with how everything turned out. But it’s crazy how life comes at ya fast. One day you’re writing essays, the next you have second to prepare before your face is being seen by thousands of people across the country. Hi country!
In any case, I have been selling a lot of stories lately and I’m still writing up a storm, so to keep up to date, please visit the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my media interviews, my published works, and more!
November 12, 2019 | Categories: Canadian Politics, celebrity interviews, Christine Estima, critic, critiques, media, montreal, portfolio, writing | Tags: 15 minutes of fame, a day in the life, author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, cjad 800, cjad radio, columnist, creative writing, ctv, CTV National News, ctv news, essay, essayist, interviews, Jennifer Burke, media darling, media requests, on-air, op-ed, radio interview, tv interview, writer, writing | Leave a comment
The life of a freelance writer is a precarious one. Most days we don’t know where our next paycheque is coming from, and we’re constantly chasing up money we are due from unresponsive accounts payable departments! It’s a lot of pitching, a lot of rejection, and trying over and over again. I’ve been lucky over the years to be able to live off of my writing whilst being awarded some generous artistic awards to keep me going in the lean months, but having a steady gig (short of becoming a staff writer) is the dream of every writer slugging it out in the fields.
Luck struck me a few weeks ago and I haven’t really said anything because it’s all still so new, but I recently signed the contract so I guess I can say a word or two here: I’m now a regular freelancer for eTalk! For those outside of Canada, eTalk is a massive entertainment news show that covers everything from the Oscars red carpet to movie premieres and everyday celebrity hot takes. They also have an online magazine named The Loop, and recently they took me on to be their new Late Night TV Talk Show columnist!
Yes, that means I get paid to watch lots of Late Night Talk Shows and write about all the fun, buzzworthy, wacky things that happen! Not too shabby. I officially can’t complain.
Even though I’ve only been doing this for a few weeks, I’ve already amassed a massive catalogue of articles under my column, so it would be too much to link them all here. But you’re in luck – click here to visit my official dot com and view a scrolling gallery of all of my published pieces thus far AND to click on the ones you want to read!
So far I’ve been able to reveal breaking news about a possible Friends reunion, recap all of Kanye’s wacky antics, dish on ScarJo’s engagement party rules, watch Demi Moore dunk on Bruce Willis, and gasp at Jessica Biel throwing shade at *NSYNC.
Clicks are appreciated, so please follow me on Twitter to read my regular daily doses as they are published hot off the press.
Fanks for the support, munchkins! And as always, don’t forget to visit Christine Estima dot com to read more of all my published short stories, essays, op-ed, columns, and reportage!
October 30, 2019 | Categories: celebrity friends, celebrity interviews, Christine Estima, creative writing, critic, critiques, film, portfolio, Reality TV, writing | Tags: author, bell media, bruce willis, Canada, Canadian enterntainment, canadian women writers, celebrity gossip, celebrity news, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, demi moore, editorial, essay, essayist, etalk, jennifer aniston, jessica biel, kanye, late night tv talk shows, movie premieres, NSYNC, op-ed, Oscars red carpet, publishing, scarjo, Short story, The Loop, Toronto, writer, writing | 2 Comments
Click the above video or click here to watch my interview today on CityNews Toronto. I was contacted by their reporter to lend my voice and opinion on local trading and bartering app BUNZ which has had some recent upheaval. If you remember, I’ve written in the past about BUNZ for VICE and for the The Walrus, so naturally I had some things to say about recent changes to the community.
Look Ma, I’m erudite and oh-so studious!
Don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my interviews on the news and on talkshows!
September 13, 2019 | Categories: Christine Estima, toronto | Tags: BTZ, Bunz, bunz app, Bunz Trading Zone, Canada, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, palz, sharing economy, Toronto, trading and bartering, vice, vice canada, vice magazine, writer | Leave a comment
Back in September, I performed for the second time at Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. You might remember the first time I performed, where I read a teenage diary entry all about a soft-core erotica film I saw on television. This time, I read two teenage diary entries about these dreams I had about Star Trek. The dreams were – you guessed it – sex dreams.
A running theme, n’est-ce pas?
This reading was also included recently in GRTTWaK’s podcast so after you watch the video, make sure you subscribe to the podcast so you can hear my story along with a bevvy of other talented readers from across Canada. These stories are often weird, wonderful, always cringeworthy, sometimes bittersweet, and often adorbs. It’s amazing to re-read old diary entries and think about the person you once were when you were growing up, and to compare/contrast with who you are now. It’s always a revelation.
Don’t forget to visit the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my live storytelling!
February 26, 2019 | Categories: acting, Christine Estima, events, portfolio, toronto, writing | Tags: author, beavis and butthead, Canada, canadian women writers, captain kirk, Christine Estima, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, diary, diary entry, editorial, essay, essayist, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, GRTTWaK, live-storytelling, love, op-ed, podcast, royale cinema, sex dreams, Short story, spock, spoken word, st:tos, star trek, star trek: tos, storytelling, teenage diary, teenage dreams, Toronto, writer, writing | Leave a comment
Today has been an interesting day to say the least.
I started the day with a heart-swell: my editor at The Globe and Mail forwarded me some delightful and lovely readers comments they had received on my essay that was published the other day. (Fanks for reading, everyone!) So that was a shot in the arm.
Then I received notification that I’ve been nominated for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism.
Wait . . . say that again? What?
The $10,000 prize celebrates the journalistic contributions by independent writers who have researched and examined some of the more pressing and timely issues of the day. And, apparently, this essay of mine that was published in The Walrus is the kind of stuff they’re jonesing for.
That piece — of which I am hugely proud, and was a joy to write (high-five to my editor!) — detailed my experience of developing a roll of film I found on the curb and then searching for the lost photographer.
But have you seen the other 9 nominees for this award? THEY’RE JOURNALISTIC HEAVYWEIGHTS. We’ve got Justin Ling (I started reading every word he published when we were both writing for VICE), Stephen Marche (I loved his first novel, and even gushed to him about it at his book launch at Hart House . . . like a psychopath), Kamal Al-Solaylee (true story: I cited much of his stuff in my Masters thesis), and even the guy who won the award last year! I mean, come on! I am indeed in excellent company and I am huge fans of all the other nominee’s work. I’m honoured to be named amongst them!
They say it’s an honour just to be nominated.
Fam, lemme tell ya, I’m just honoured they even know who the hell I am. Do you know how many pieces The Walrus publishes each year? Scores! I have no idea how my wee lil’ longform essay struck their fancy above everything else the award committee had to consider, but I am eternally humbled, delighted, pleased, obliged, and I may or may not have happy-cried a few times (Don’t tell anyone, I have a reputation to keep).
I’ve never been nominated for an award that I didn’t apply for myself. So this is new territory for me. I’ve always felt like an outsider in the Canadian writing community (It’s full of white men, and I’m a woman and an ethno-cultural minority. Many doors were slammed in my face because editors didn’t think my stories would resonate with – you guessed it – white men). So to be recognised in this manner is hugely meaningful to me.
Maybe I’ll win, maybe I won’t. But lemme tell ya — ya homegirl already feels like a winner.
One final note – today ended on a high-note as well. After every joyful thing that transpired today, I went grocery shopping, and this guy walks up to me in the chocolate aisle (as you do) and asks, “Is your name Christine?”
“Yeahhhhh,” I said tentatively.
“I follow you on Twitter, I read all of your stuff.”
…Pause for the length of the Old Testament…
“Wait. Have we ever met before?”
Guys, if ever there was a day to feel sassy, today was that day.
Fanks for all the support, my munchkins. I will keep you updated as things develop!
Don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my published works!
November 20, 2018 | Categories: academic essays, celebrity friends, Christine Estima, contest, creative writing, portfolio, writing | Tags: Allan Slaight Award, author, award, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, Journalism, journalism award, Journalist, journalist award, op-ed, publishing, Short story, the globe and mail, the walrus, writer, writing | Leave a comment
I don’t have anything else to say on the matter.
In terms of writing, this process was an extremely long one. For obvious reasons, this essay had to be fact-checked. But the process took over two months, mostly because the magazine (bless ’em) wanted to make sure they had crossed all the T’s and dotted all the i’s, in case anyone wanted to come back at me and call me a liar.
The burden of proof the fact-checker required was greater than what the police required to press charges against my assailant.
So I double-dare you to call me a goddamned liar.
Thanks for reading and for the support, my munchkins.
Fuck the patriarchy.
In other news, I spent the weekend with photographer and fellow writer Graham Isador, who took nice shots of me on a rooftop.
If you don’t think photographs are important, wait until they’re all you have left.
Check out my official website Christine Estima dot com for more of my published works.
October 16, 2018 | Categories: academic essays, Canadian Politics, Christine Estima, clusterfuck, creative writing, feminism, portfolio, writing | Tags: #metoo, #timesup, #yesallwomen, author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, feminism, feminist, feminist writer, jian ghomeshi, kavanaugh hearings, me too, op-ed, publishing, Short story, the walrus, Toronto, walrus magazine, writer, writing | Leave a comment
Were the dreams nerdy?
Were they sex dreams?
Just like last time, I have been included in their latest podcast episode, which you can listen to on your device via the podcast app, or listen here:
October 8, 2018 | Categories: acting, Christine Estima, creative writing, toronto, writing | Tags: author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, GRTTWaK, live performance, live storytelling event, live-storytelling, podcast, podcasts, Short story, spoken word, storyteller, Toronto, writer, writing | 1 Comment
I’ve sold another short story! This time to Canadian literary icon Broken Pencil Magazine, the founders of CanZine, and a publication I’ve been reading for what feels like 20 years! (It most likely is actually 20 years, I’ve been in this writer game forrrreeeeeevvvvvaaaaaa).
Earlier this year, I found out they wanted my story, “Girl, Hold My Earrings.” It was a long wait between submission and acceptance so I kept following up with them. They told me the reason they were taking longer than expected was because it had gone through several reads. For anyone who knows anything about literary magazines, they usually have pools of readers who give every submission an eye. Stuff that makes it past the first readers, goes on to the secondary reads. Stuff that makes it past the secondary reads, goes on to debate with the editorial team for final selections. And in the end, my wee little story made through to the FINAL SELECTION BABY.
And as it turns out, they published it without changing a single word, comma or semi-colon. I will take that to mean my story was perfect from beginning to end. YOU HEAR THAT? ME = PERFECT.
Oh don’t give me that look.
It’s a pretty funny and short satirical piece. For context, the original title was, “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Ex-Boyfriend.”
You can buy the Fall 2017 issue 77 of Broken Pencil on magazine shelves now at the bookshops or online here!
Don’t forget to check out the official CHRISTINE ESTIMA DOT COM for more of my published short stories, essays, plays, and more!
November 3, 2017 | Categories: Christine Estima, creative writing, portfolio, writing | Tags: author, broken pencil, broken pencil magazine, Canada, canadian fiction, canadian literary magazines, canadian short stories, canadian women writers, canzine, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, fiction author, fiction writer, op-ed, prose fiction, published author, publishing, short stories, Short story, writer, writing | Leave a comment
As many of you know, I’ve been doing live storytelling and spoken word for about 4 years now and I’ve been really lucky with all the places I’ve been invited to speak – London UK, NYC, and all over Toronto. You can watch many of my performances on my YouTube and also listen to the rest on my Soundcloud! Anyway, one of the places I’ve performed at twice Raconteurs Storytelling, has just relaunched their podcast and I appear in episode 3 “Appearances,” where I tell my story of my ethnicity and the mild racism that comes with being othered and “exotic.”
And don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my Spoken Word, published writing, and more!
October 11, 2017 | Categories: Christine Estima, events, portfolio, toronto | Tags: author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, live performance, live storytelling event, live-storytelling, op-ed, spoken word, Toronto, writer, writing | Leave a comment
“Discussion Questions for Your Book Club,” my most recent short story, has been published in the new summer issue of Prism International, a literary magazine based out of B.C., and you can find it on the bookshelves nationwide now. I found a copy at Type Books! You can also order your copy online if you don’t live in Canada or near a book seller!
Plotless fiction! Why I never! Type Books, I resent that!
There’s a funny story behind this. So I’ve been a huge fan of Prism for years and have been trying to crack into their pages for over a decade. EASILY over a decade. Over the past year, I noticed that when I submitted a piece to their fiction editor (who recently left the mag….sad face!), he would reply with awfully kind and encouraging rejections. He was like, “I like this a lot. I can’t use it though. Submit to me again!”
So I kept submitting every time I had something new. And his replies were like, “Okay I laughed out loud at this, it’s hella-funny! Still can’t use it, but submit again!”
Personalized rejections are rare in this business, so I didn’t take his encouragement for granted. I kept trying and trying and trying. But, when you submit to magazines online using Submittable, you have to pay a small fee (which is standard across the board), so because I was submitting so much, he was like, “Your next submission is on me, just email it to me, and I’ll plug it into Submittable manually for you.”
Which was super duper kind of him, he didn’t have to do that at all. Anyway, it was that very free submission that turned out to be the winner. He got back to me and was like, “YAAS QUEEN.”
I’m paraphrasing of course.
But you get the idea.
TL;DR – Sure, talent is your most important asset, but you also need drive, ambition, patience, and persistence. If you don’t have those qualities, you won’t last. HUSTLE YOUR ASSES OFF, MY LITTLE CREATIVE MUNCHKINS.
One last thing I’ll say about this story — before I submitted it to Prism, I submitted it to Granta, a huuuuuuge literary magazine based out of the UK. They’re a big deal. They were doing a themed issue on Canada and were looking for Canadian writers and Canadian stories. The issue was edited by Canadian literary superstars Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux. Anyway, I got a rejection letter. Which is pretty standard in this industry, I get rejection letters all the time, and they’ve never bothered me. I’ve been lucky with some of the kind rejections I’ve received (like Prism!), but getting a personalized rejection is RARE. Like, it almost never happens. Boilerplate rejections are par for the course. So imagine my surprise when superstar Madeleine Thien added a personalized note at the bottom of the rejection letter!!
Sometimes, for a writer, all it takes is a little bit of encouragement and some nice words from a stranger to put you right again.
And almost directly following this, Prism was like, GURRRRRRL, this is dope. Done. Sold. Sign here.
Anyway, if you’ve read the story, I’d love your thoughts, comments, and feedback.
And as always, don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my published stories, essays, interviews, plays, and more!
August 12, 2017 | Categories: academic essays, Christine Estima, creative writing, portfolio, writing | Tags: author, Canada, Canadian arts and culture, canadian fiction, canadian literary magazines, canadian literature, canadian stories, canadian women writers, Canadian writer, canlit, Christine Estima, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, fiction, granta magazine, madeleine thien, op-ed, prism international, prism magazine, published author, publishing, rejection, Short story, writer, writing | Leave a comment
Earlier this week I endured yet again an incident of street harassment. It happens almost every day. So much so, that it’s almost normalized as part of my daily routine. Get up, take a shower, grab a cuppa from Timmies, and tell some douchenozzle to go fuck himself.
This incident was different because a nice young couple came to my aid. I started thinking about all the ways men can be an ally to women to women when they observe street harassment. So many men, supposedly “nice guys,” will just ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening. BUT IT IS HAPPENING, and we need your support and solidarity.
Do you nice guys call out harassment when you see it? Or do you just stand there and watch whilst thinking about how nice you are?
So, with some encouragement from my editor, I wrote about it for VICE. Read it in full here. Enjoy!
And as always, you can visit the official Christine Estima dot com to read more of my published essays, op-eds, columns, short stories, travel writing, and much much more.
August 4, 2017 | Categories: academic essays, Christine Estima, clusterfuck, creative writing, critic, critiques, feminism, portfolio, Vice, writing | Tags: author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, feminism, op-ed, publishing, sexual harassment, stop street harassment, street harassments, Toronto, vice, vice canada, vice magazine, writer, writing | 4 Comments
May 29, 2017 | Categories: Christine Estima, photography | Tags: about face, author, Canada, canadian women writers, Christine Estima, christine estima model, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, modelling, op-ed, Photography, portrait, portraiture, profile, publishing, rbf, resting bitch face, self-portrait, selfie, street art, toronto model, toronto models, writer, writing | Leave a comment
Last year I performed at GRTTWaK, reading an entry from my 1996 diary which was hilarious and cringeworthy at the same time. It was a great experience where I ended up being included on GRTTWaK’s curated podcast. Well, the CBC show Podcast Playlist got wind of my performance and included it in this week’s edition, “As Seen On TV!”
If you want to give’r a listen, click here and fast forward to time index 48:00!
And if you want to watch this performance in full, including me trying to stifle a giggle as the audience laughs, you can watch it below!
Last week I mentioned that I’d be reading at the Toronto launch of Room Magazine’s 40th Anniversary Anthology. Well it went great! A lot of people in the Canadian literary community showed up and I got to talk books, creativity, and the business with some incredibly talented and accomplished peers!
I’m so pleased that they included me in the anthology. There are more good things like this to come, things are happening and it’s all very exciting. I love being a writer, espesh a respected member of the Can. Lit. community!
As always, don’t forget to visit the official Christine Estima dot com to check out all of my published works, and all of the media attention I’ve garnered!
April 27, 2017 | Categories: book, Christine Estima, creative writing, events, portfolio, toronto, writing | Tags: anthology, author, Canada, canadian fiction, canadian literary magazines, canadian literature, canadian stories, canadian women writers, Canadian writer, canadian writing, CBC, cbc podcast playlist, CBC Radio, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, fiction anthology, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, GRTTWaK, live-storytelling, making room, matt galloway, op-ed, performance, performing, Photography, podcast playlist, publishing, reading, room anthology, room magazine, spoken word, stage, Toronto, writer, writing | Leave a comment
Life is strange and unpredictable. You never know what’s coming for ya. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. A few months ago, you’ll remember I was interviewed and photographed for a Toronto Life feature , which itself was a lot of fun. Well, more people saw that interview than I bargained for.
I was contacted by the good folks over at TFO 24.7, the Franco-Ontarian TV station here in Canada. They noticed that I speak French, and that many of my love letters are in French, and they asked if they could come over and film me for a Valentine’s Day segment.
They came over and interviewed me for 5 hours. The finished TV segment is less than 4 minutes, it’s a lot of work that goes into making a mere 4 minutes! They filmed me in my bedroom here in Toronto, which I have decorated with the letters, old photographs, antique furniture and typewriters, and then they filmed me at an antique shop and a café.
I really like the way this came out. The music they use is super sweet and it makes my 9 x 15 bedroom look much larger than it actually is! I’m also a little embarrassed, just because this is my bedroom and I’m inviting all of you strangers into my tiny little corner of the world, but hey…. I WOULD DOOOOO ANYTHING FOR LOVVVVVVVE. Har har.
I think this is my favourite shot in the entire segment.
Anyway, watch the entire segment below! It’s in French, of course, but you will probably still get the gist of it even if you don’t speak French. Enjoy! Savourez-le!
February 6, 2017 | Categories: Christine Estima, dating, film, love, media, relationships, sex, toronto, valentine | Tags: antique, antiques, be my valentine, Canada, Christine Estima, Christine Estima book, christine estima love letters, christine estima tfo, christine estima twitter, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, Europe, flea market, flea market finds, fleamarket, french interview, french tv, love, love letters, Quebec, quebec tv, quebecoise, tfo, tfo 24.7, Toronto, travel, tv feature, tv interview, tv segment, typewriter, typewriters, valentine, valentines day, vintage, vintage decor, vintage life, vintage style, writer | Leave a comment
The Toronto International Film Festival was amazing this year, I saw so many films (as documented by this round-up I wrote for VICE last week), and the fest is always such an electric time to be on the streets of Toronto. Everything is alive.
Speaking of life, the film PREVENGE is about a pregnant woman whose fetus tells her to kill people. So OF COURSE I had to interview the director/writer/performer Alice Lowe. Check out what she had to tell me about women in the film industry and pregnancy stigmas over here on VICE.
Fun fact: I had first seen Alice Lowe in an episode of Sherlock (season 3 episode “Sign of Three“) and the whole time we were talking, her voice was just reminding me of one of her lines from Sherlock, “A GHOST, MR HOLMES!” and then a drunk Watson saying to her, “He’s clueing for looks.”
I am a gigantic nerd.
Check out the official Christine Estima dot com for more of my VICE essays and articles, and much more.
September 19, 2016 | Categories: academic essays, acting, celebrity interviews, Christine Estima, creative writing, critic, critiques, film, movies, portfolio, review, reviews, TIFF, Vice, writing | Tags: Alice Lowe, author, Canada, Canadian writer, Christine Estima, Christine Estima book, Christine Estima VICE, christine estima writer, culture, director interview, film, film festival, film interview, film review, freelance life, freelance writer, freelancer, horror, movie, movie review, pregnancy, Prevenge, Q & A, Sherlock, Sign of Three, TIFF, Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, vice canada, vice magazine, vice news, writer, writer's life | Leave a comment
Sometimes I really hate talking about this stuff, but writing is cathartic, and what is the point of being a writer if you don’t talk about the things that mortify you to an audience of millions, right? Oh boy.
My latest essay in VICE is about what it’s like having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and having to deal with the resulting hirsutism. Women aren’t allowed to have hair, if you didn’t already know, and the world won’t let us fucking forget it. The way we are shamed for having something that naturally grows on our bodies is outrageous, but if you’re like me, you’ve internalized that shame. It has definitely affected my self-worth and self-confidence, but most days no one actually knows that I deal with hirsutism because I am so vigilant about it now. Years of bullying will do that to you.
And don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com where you can read all of my published VICE essays, and more!
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Check out my latest essay in VICE about potential profiteering, race and gender discrimination, and drug trafficking occurring in the Bunz Trading Zone, Toronto’s rapidly-expanding online bartering flea market where no cash is allowed.
TL;DR – if you think coppers can’t decipher “420” or “smokeables,” think again. Don’t wake ‘n bake in the middle of a trade.
Don’t forget to check back here often, I have many more pieces (both fiction and on-fiction) set to be published soon (in fact, just yesterday I received another acceptance letter from a magazine!)! Yay writing! Yay publishing!
April 20, 2016 | Categories: academic essays, Christine Estima, creative writing, facebook, portfolio, Vice, writing | Tags: 420, am writing, author, bartering, BTZ, Bunz, Bunz Trading Zone, Canada, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, columnist, creative writing, editorial, essay, essayist, facebook, flea market, ganja, justin trudeau, legal pot, legal weed, legalization of weed, marijuana, misogyny, op-ed, personal essay, pot, profiteering, published articles, published writing, racism, racism in canada, smokeables, tall cans, tokens, Toronto, ttc token, vice canada, Vice do's and don'ts, vice magazine, vice news, weed, writer, writer problems, writer's life, writers of wordpress, writers on wordpress, writing | 2 Comments
Check out my latest schlepp’ for VICE, this time about all the amazingly badass beautiful broads in TIFF films this year. Writing this piece was so fun because I got to attend the pre-TIFF press screenings for two weeks. I see a lot of bad movies so you don’t have to (and some good ones). There was only one film I saw that I didn’t include in this piece, simply because there were no women in it — Son of Saul — but holy fuck, I highly recommend that film as well.
I used to cover TIFF every year as a critic, but I haven’t done it since 2011 when I was still writing for Exclaim! It was so difficult seeing like 5 films a day, and having to file your reviews by like 7am the next morning, and then doing it all over again! I swore after that year I’d never cover TIFF again, but I guess old habits die hard.
Anyway, enjoy, comment, and share! Happy TIFF’ing.
As always, don’t forget to check out the official Christine Estima dot com where you can find all of my published works and more.
September 11, 2015 | Categories: Christine Estima, creative writing, critic, critiques, film, portfolio, review, reviews, toronto, Vice, writing | Tags: 45 Years, brooklyn, Canada, Charlotte Rampling, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, columnist, editorial, essays, Exclaim!, film, film critic, film review, Laia Costa, movie critic, movie review, Mustang, Nils Frahm, Odessa Young, op-ed, Our Little Sister, Saoirse Ronan, Sebastian Schipper, The Daughter, The Lobster, TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival, vice, vice canada, vice magazine, Victoria, women in film, writer, writing | 2 Comments
Check out my latest essay in VICE about the removal of the tampon tax (huzzah!) but how saying the word tampon in public brings about an avalanche of giggles and side-eye.
I say the word “menstruating” a lot. Blood blood blood blood. BLOOD CLOTS. Enjoy!
It’s one of the most popular essays on the network, which is always great to see.
June 10, 2015 | Categories: creative writing, feminism, portfolio, Vice, writing | Tags: Canada, Christine Estima, Christine Estima VICE, Conservative Party, creative writing, essayist, essays, Eve Ensler, federal tax, Irene Mathyssen, menstrual cups, menstruation, NDP, Neil LaBute, op-ed, pads, periods, provincial tax, publishing, tampons, The Vagina Monologues, Toxic Shock Syndrome, vice, vice canada, vice magazine, vice studios canada inc, writing | Leave a comment