30 October 2020

Bundoran Press is No More.

 

It’s not pinin’! It’s passed on! This press is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker!
It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! It’s pushing up the daisies!
It’s metabolic processes are now history! It’s off the twig!
It’s kicked the bucket. It’s shuffled off  it’s mortal coil, run
down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!!
THIS IS AN EX-PRESS!!

 

If you hadn’t guessed, Bundoran Press, the small Canadian publishing house of which I was honoured to be a part, has closed. There were three of us. Hayden Trenholm, his wife Liz Westbook-Trenholm, and myself. I was a silent partner, so much so most people didn’t even know I was part of it. I didn’t acquire books or edit those we bought. That was Hayden Trenholm’s domain.

My contribution was mostly posting ‘commercials’ book trailers on our YouTube channel. They weren’t high-production, but they were creative and already more than what even big New York publishing houses did for their authors. I also sat at the table in cons and did the occasional panel to represent Bundoran Press. I got involved for various reasons. I just got divorced. I had some money in the bank I was looking to throw away…er…invest.

But most of all I was a writer myself, and like most writers I have a dream of having a novel published. I wanted to help make that dream happen for other writers. It’s that simple.

And we did.

Hayden and Liz are also writers. All of us have won awards for our work. Because we were writers we understood what is was like to be on the creative side of publishing. We paid our authors and gave them the royalties they deserved. We promoted them as best we could, given out limited finances. In that we can all hold our head high and say Bundoran Press was one of the good ones.

But publishing is a tough industry with very little give-back. Covid-19 hasn’t helped. Most of our revenue comes from convention sales and conventions are on hold during the pandemic. Bundoran was very much a labour of love. Unfortunately, the object of our affection tended to be jealous and very high maintenance. When you’re a writer who has a ‘real’ job and a family and a life, your time is limited. So it is with us. We all agreed it was time to move on.

Our books have either won or been nominated for countless awards. We are proud of our authors and the books we put out. Most of all, I’m happy to have made the dreams of a few people come true. When questioned they can point at their bookshelf and say, “Why yes, I have been published.”

Thanks to Hayden and Liz for putting up with me. Thanks to all those who helped make Bundoran Press happen. And especially thanks to all of you who bought or helped promote our books. It was fun, but I fear it is time to begin pinin’ for the fjords.

 

Mike Rimar

 

29 October 2020

Scary Halloween

The US election is less than a week away at the time of this writing. I’ve been pulling back from watching the news. I believe at this point the lines have been drawn, decisions made and in many cases, votes already cast. Short of some cataclysmic event, everything from now on is just hyperbole. This election is probably the most tense election I have ever known. And the most frightening. What scares me the most is not the Trump won’t leave office if he loses.

Scary, but not the scariest.

What scares me the most is that Trump will win, fair and square, or if he loses it is by such a slight margin. Not because such a result will be disputed in the courts forever, but because that would mean there are enough voting Americans who like Trump, who believe what he is doing is good, who are willing to let their country die just to “stick it to the libs.”

Yeah. That’s terrifying for me and for the world.

26 October 2020

Right vs Left

 

The big question: how can extreme right-wingers be the way the are?

My answer: They can’t lose, at least politically.

Take for example what’s happening in the US. Trump is by far the most extreme right-wing politician in recent memory. The thing about Trump is he only fights for half the nation. Some may argue that he fights for a minority of the population. I hope so, but the fact is not matter how narrow a margin, enough Americans felt strongly enough to elect him president, and most of those people have not changed their views.

Why not? Trump has proven to be more of a liability than an asset. If I were American looking back on the last four years I’d say this guy is not worth the effort. He is openly hated by the democrats and secretly hated by half of his own party. He has gone into a trade war with just about everybody. So, why all this unexplained loyalty? Not everyone is racist. Not everyone is a conspiracy nut. Not everyone is unaware or unwilling to believe in the damage he’s done on the world stage.

Because US right-wingers are in a win-win situation. If Trump wins, he fights for right-wingers exclusively, going so far as to threaten holding back aid to states with democratic governors. On the flip side, if Biden wins, he’ll fight for all Americans and that includes right-wingers. Oh, sure, they will scream socialism and communism, but when they time comes they’ll take that government sponsored service, or that money, or whatever it is they claim to hate so much. Given enough time they will make them as American as apple pie.

Not so long ago unions were considered communist. Now some of your most ardent right-wingers or unionists. Go figure.

 

12 October 2020

Starting Anew…

I’ve switched providers. Most of what I posted in the past is lost. Ah, well. So, I’m starting again. From the beginning. I know almost no one visits this site–I’m not a prolific blogger–but if you do, have some patience as I ramp things up.

Sincerely,

Mike Rimar