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Today’s Quote – Never Failed

james baldwin

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated.


Giveaway – Tickets To The Music Of Queen


Any Queen fans around here? That’s what I thought.

There is a symphonic production coming to the Sony Centre on Wednesday November 25th spotlighting the music of Queen, and I have a pair of tickets to give to one of you.

I have always been a fan of blending different mediums together to make them more accessible to various tastes. This is another example of doing just that.

If you would like to see some talented musicians perform the epic songs of Queen with the symphony, all you have to do is email me at with the subject line ‘Queen Ticket Giveaway.’

You can also get a bonus entry by following me on Instagram and hearting the photo about this giveaway once it’s posted.

One winner will win two tickets to the Toronto performance at Sony Centre on November 25th, and will be contacted via email by Monday November 23rd at 5pm.

Good luck!


My HP Spectre Is The Best Laptop I’ve Ever Used

hp spectre 360

As you might remember, last year, Intel sent me a small Asus tablet that also worked as a mini laptop on the go – it was the miracle I needed, allowing me to easily work from anywhere without lugging around my heavy 17 inch laptop.

This year, they leveled me up even more. They sent me the HP Spectre 360 convertible laptop in order to try an Intel 2in1 device and give feedback on it. 

This is easily one of the coolest laptops ever, and of course, it is also a pretty great tablet. In the past I’ve worked from a variety of laptops: Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, an HP Envy, a Samsung laptop and the Asus tablet I mentioned above.

As a Windows user since I first touched a computer, the HP was always my favourite. When its hinge broke, I was very upset.

So when they offered this laptop to me I was ecstatic. My current main laptop – the heavy Samsung – had recently took a fall to the ground and was badly damaged.

HP Spectre 360 review

The greatest thing about the Spectre is that it’s about as light and thin as a Macbook Air, and as proficient as I found the Pro to be for my (mostly writing) needs. The biggest bonus of course is 360 hinge that lets you use it as a tablet. When I’m reading scripts or eBooks, being able to completely flip the screen around and hold it in my hand like a tablet makes the process so much faster and more convenient.

It’s also as gorgeous as a Mac. Typing on it is a dream, it actually makes me want to write more.

Upon receiving, I quickly downloaded Windows 10, eager to get rid of the awful Windows 8 startup app page that was forced on us years back, and return to the start button we all grew up knowing and loving.

There are some new features I’m loving from Windows 10: Cortana – which is basically Microsoft’s version of Siri – is fun and makes life a little easier when you want to quickly know a sports score, currency conversion, or what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.

HP spectre review

I also dig the virtual desktop feature, which, as I’m working more and more on screenwriting, is very helpful when writing my treatment and spec scripts. My blog life very much requires me being online, with a bunch of browsers open to all the social media feeds, but when I want to spend a couple hours on screenwriting, now I can easily switch to desktop 2 to completely escape that world for a while and solely focus on getting my writing work done without the constant distractions. It’s a miracle way of separating the different writing worlds I live in, and it allows me to prioritize just writing when I really need to get the important work done.

One annoying thing about changing computers though, was that this one didn’t come with Microsoft Office, and because I can’t find the paper with my key to Office, I have to pay for it again, which is very, very, uncool. You’d think that since Microsoft and Windows make you sign into your Outlook account to run the computer, you’d be able to sync to programs you purchased that you had on your old laptop – but no such luck.

Intel provided me with this product for review, but all opinions are my own!


Today’s Quote – Be Your Own Story

toni morrison

The plot you choose may change or even elude you, but being your own story means you can control the theme. 


Amex and Live Nation Have Come Together Again

Amex Live Nation Partnership

You guys already know how much I love Amex for all their entertainment based perks. They are the one company that seems to focus squarely on the kind of person I prefer to surround myself with and write for: culture and entertainment nerds.

While other credit card companies might give you the basic travel insurance perk, Amex goes above and beyond, especially when it comes to those of us who love the nightlife and live music.

I’ve told you about their Front of the Line partnership with Live Nation before as part of the overarching Amex Invites program, and, I’m happy to reveal that the deal has been renewed, and this time it’s even bigger and better.

For 26 years, they’ve partnered with some of our favourite entertainment providers to bring exclusive access to their Cardmembers, and in recent years, Canada’s largest concert tours (from Van Morrison to Nick Jonas) have had almost 50 percent of ticket sales sold through FOTL presales. Yes, that means if you want good seats to the big shows, you should probably have an Amex card in your wallet.

The best part of course, is that these perks aren’t just reserved for those big spenders with the Platinum cards – any Amex Card will give you access.

Every Front of the Line experience I’ve ever had has been above and beyond – the real VIP treatment – no matter if I was seeing Kelly Clarkson at the Amphitheatre or Daniel Lanois at Massey Hall for Luminato.

With the new deal, advance ticket access will more than double, meaning there will be over 600 events Cardmembers can snatch up the best seats in the house to in the coming year.

And don’t worry, they’ve also renewed their deal to be the official sponsor at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, so Cardmembers still get to skip the line and hang out in that awesome lounge before the show.

To learn more about the partnership and upcoming shows, check out Amex’s official press release.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada, but all opinions are my own! Lisa