April 25, 2013
Hey there person reading this. Question for you: Are blogs even relevant anymore? I mean, with everything happening in real time, from your Smartphone…what’s the point of blogs? Set the record straight in 140 characters or less. It can be done so who cares about anything else? Nonetheless, I felt compelled to write on here ’cause the only “me” writing I’ve been doing these days is my morning pages, which I never re-read. A lot has happened since my last post.
For one, I published a piece that got me more attention and feedback than anything I’ve ever written before in my entire career. That was cool. You can read it here. It was also the most challenging thing I’ve ever written…took about four months, in which I did literally 10 versions, two of which were on spec. I was surprised to learn that it was considered NSFW by some, since I thought NSFW involved visuals but whatever. Anyhow, the whole thing was thrilling and rewarding and the positive feedback was overwhelming. I felt a lot of love. The highlight was probably the reaction pieces it inspired, including this one. Oh, and attracting my first groupie, which is maybe a story for another time. I was also surprised to learn that I wasn’t alone in my patterns. So yeah, all in all, a good experience…even though I hated myself while I was writing it. It also helped me learn that I’m somewhat of an exhibitionist, but not in the looking to get caught fucking kind of way. I dunno…I just get a kick out of making people feel things. It’s better than the opposite, I suppose.
Since my last post, I’ve also moved back to Toronto. It happened very fast. I was kind of feeling stagnent in Vancouver, though my love for it never waned. Just kinda feeling directionless. Then out of nowhere, an old co-worker/friend of mine recommended me for a sweet gig with a company I’d heard a lot of good things about. I really love it when opportunities come to me, so it was hard not to go along with it. Freelancing was getting me down and I just wanted something exciting to focus on and moving is generally exciting. Or at least it helps me focus. Anyhow, so now I’m in Toronto. I’ve started work, which is awesome. I feel weird talking about the details of work, particularly when it’s not freelance, since you know, I have to maintain an air of professionalism and stuff and I really don’t identify as a professional in the sense that I’m not good at being, you know, grown-up-y. (I fucking loath the idea of LinkedIn, fyi.) What I will say is that it’s a creative gig for a company that’s far from going down the tubes, which can’t be said for a lot of the journalism gigs I’ve worked in the past. Like, they have bowls of fruit around the office and fridges full of beverages. It’s a conflict-free, attitude-free, ego-free vibe, which I LOVE and all in all, has been superduper. So I’m grateful for that. I also just found a great apartment very close to the MuchMusic building, which my teen self would be thrilled about. I’m soooooo excited to buy new furniture. I don’t miss Vancouver yet, since I’ve been so consumed with settling in, but I do plan on visiting some time this summer. Stock up on my beach time.
So, I rarely take photos that aren’t on my iPhone but here are some regardless. If you follow me on Instagram, forgive me for the duplicates.
I tried to soak in as much Vancouver as I could before I left.
Our pal Buddy is no longer with us I’m gonna miss him so much.
Dutchie LOVES cats. Unfortunately, they usually don’t share her enthusiasm. However, her and Ollie (yes, he’s on a leash) have an amazing chemistry and it’s fucking ADORABLE. He licks her! HE LICKS HER!
I had a goodbye/take all my possessions party before I left. I also have attractive friends.
This was the mess I was living in for a while. Didn’t I post a very similar picture of Sergia, Cecilia and Eugene a little while ago?
One night, I wound up at one of the ex-members of Stink Mitt’s house. It was like a mushroom trip dream. This was her bathroom. She also owned a bong called The Chronmower, which was spectacular.
We trecked out to Burnaby to try out this new ol’ timey sode shoppe. My sundae was very standard but the sodas were delicious. And oh yeah…BABY WITH FUNNY BABY HAIR!!!!
My best friend owns these pants and sometimes leaves the house in them, but to his credit, he lives in Kensington Market.
I think that’s it. Oh blogging. What’s the point anymore? Anyhow, you should get in touch. I love getting attention over the Internet. Tell me about the best part of your day and what makes you happy, ok?
BYE FOR NOW
March 10, 2013
The above photo is of me (posing for the camera, looking like I’m) having a moment of clarity and peace in the middle of a meadow.
That’s the kind of vibe I’m trying to maintain these days.
That’s where I’m at.
More to come soon.
January 31, 2013
However, I do have some exciting news (exciting for me, anyhow.) I got a gig as a sex and relationship columnist with the Sun News media network. You can read it here. It’s national, baby. So that’s pretty darn exciting. I used to want to be a columnist so bad I couldn’t sleep at night. Now I’m feeling stoked. So far, it’s been super fun.
I haven’t been taking good photos lately…only iPhone ones. I feel like I’m abandoning something…sense of wonder, dulling my skills…but iPhones are sooooo easy, you know? Same with Instragram. I’m all over that shit. (My handle used to be mcliveeye but I changed it to elianna_lev) Anyhow, here’s some outakes that haven’t been posted on my ‘stagram account.
Check out those colours!
Check out that dog! And log!
Someone was able to capture a happy moment.
The day my friend left for Oz, this happened and made me think I should go out there to visit. Still on the fence.
Speaking of Aussies, the remarkably talented Cathy Tipping makes needlepoint portraits. Anyone who knows the legendary Mavie Murphy knows how insane this is.
Israelis are so earnestly uncool in the coolest way possible
Someone’s having a baby!
FINALLY got me a pair.
December 14, 2012
Hey y’all. Having one of those days where I can’t leave bed. But not in a bad way. Just zapped of energy way. So I did all my work lying down. (That can easily get taken out of context.) The weather isn’t conducive, but enough about the weather and not getting out of bed.
So? What’s up? What’s been going on? My mother told me the other day that she misses my online presence so I thought I’d make her happy. It’s December, after all, and people do more nice things for one another.
Since my last entry, I’ve been working on a couple of fun projects, a bunch of projects that wouldn’t interest any of you but pay well, and making a point of enjoying some idle/down time. I also got a new iPhone and have stopped taking pictures with my camera. It’s just too easy. Let’s see…what have I been doing?
Jody and I went to Harrison Hot Springs, to be pampered and shit. Man, I could go there monthly and it will never get old.
Who out there is an ass man? I know I’ve been with a few.
I was just in LA following around this self-proclaimed “normal guy” for an Israeli publication. Ask the teenager in your life about him. They’re fans, I’m sure. I was at that show where Miley moved into the next phase of her career. Memorable night.
And super talented. Did I mention they were fun?
I was also lucky enough to hang out with VJ Infinight and Lizard Man.
After that whirlwind, I nestled in the sun with these guys. I felt like I was cheating on Dutchie.
Dude. Dude. Duuuuude! We went to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffle and was sat next to Cee Lo! We were so excited by the fact that we were about to facefuck our mouths with the most delicious Southern food imaginable and that were were seated next to the #1 dude in town, that we almost asked him what we should order. Then we thought about asking him to judge my broadcast read. Then we just left him alone while we had food orgasms.
The next day I went on a walk with a very inspired and inspiring lady, Liane. I wrote about her recently.
Now I’m back. Very excited for more idling/downtime. Oh and I’ve joined Instagram, where I’m posting most of my pictures: @mcliveeye (don’t laugh)
November 2, 2012
MIGHT being the operative word.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this junk. All my contracts are done so I have time and I’m trying to get focused and disciplined to work on my own stuff. So far it’s been a solid start but I’ve kinda fizzled out a bit. (It’s day two.) I’m not worried though. I’m aware this new chapter of my career will be a rollercoaster…hell, my daily emotions are a rollarcoaster. I’m just going to try and roll with it, play and have some fun. And hopefully make a shitton of cash. Wish me luck!
Since my last post, my inaugural National Post travel piece on the TMZ tour bus was published. Click here to read it.
Went on a hike.
Trying to take artsy shots.
Love atop a mountain.
It was my birthday so I made my guests play that game where you pass the camera around. Jenni.
Me, posing awkwardly.
Group shot in which about 2/3rd of us look good.
I’ve been lucky to have Liane around. Thank goodness for Vancouver’s busy film industry.
Borgore played Vancouver. He’s an inspiring tale of someone who put his mind to something and proved that with hard work and passion anyone can become so successful, you can attract a harem of Surrey girls. Anything is possible kids!
His visuals guy, Morgan. This was one hell of a epic night at Vancouver’s ol’ legendary haunt, the Naam.
Chris had an art show that blew my mind out.
I really liked “Lick me” and Chris was like “You’re so predictable.”
This one was the hit of the night!
Ok, bye for now!