Write Under a Different Name?

Recently, James Chartrand came out of the closet.  Not to announce homosexuality, but to announce that she is in fact a she. Historically, many female writers have done just that – George Eliot, Georges Sands and even the Bronte sisters, who wrote under Acton, Curer and Ellis Bell.  But today?  Who would have thought? According to […]

Prospere Magazine and Isobella Jade on the Bella Petite Hour!

Last week, Prospere Magazine and working petite model, Isobella Jade took part in the Bella Petite Hour, hosted by Bella Petite Magazine editor, Ann Lauren.  This weekly show where Ann talks to people ranging from designers who focus on petites to petite women who are in the public eye and more, brings to the public, petite-related issues.  Body […]

Prospere Magazine to be on the Bella Petite Hour

Cynthia’s Thoughts will be back next week… Prospere Magazine will be interviewed by Bella Petite founder, Ann Lauren on Tuesday, December 1 at 1 pm Eastern time on her radio show, The Bella Petite Hour.  Bella Petite is an online-only fashion/lifestyle and special interest magazine which especially targets petite women 5’5″ and shorter.  Its mission is […]

Susan Newman and Mary Jo Rhodes: Creators and Environmental Activists

Susan Newman is both a graphic designer and environmental activist.  A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, she worked for many New York based publishers, including Macmillan and Penguin.  In the mid-1990s, Susan launched her own design firm, Susan Newman Design, Inc.  Her clients ranged from individuals to small businesses and even multinational firms.  […]

Urbana Coffee in Toronto

Cynthia Cheng Starbucks, The Second Cup and Timothy’s World Coffee aren’t the only game in town anymore.  In 2007, Toronto saw a new game in town.  Urbana Coffee, which currently has two locations in the downtown area (near Bay and Wellesley and and at Yonge, just north of Bloor) offers coffee and other drinks for […]

Cynthia's Thoughts II: Copyright Reform in Canada

Cynthia Cheng Note: I don’t normally post more than one “Cynthia’s Thoughts” article per week. Canada’s Industry Minister, Jim Prentice and Heritage Minister, Josee Verner introduced Bill C-61, an updated version of the Copyright Act. The Bill does sound attractive if you look at it: private downloading fines have been reduced from $20,000 to $500. […]

Luminato Book Event: Elyse Friedman and Pasha Malla

Cynthia Cheng Caroline Adderson, a Canadian writer, believes that short stories are harder to write than novels. Each word in a short story, she believes, has more meaning as you have fewer words to complete the story. Caroline was the moderator at the Luminato’s Festival of the Short Story event held at the Toronto Reference […]