My name is Gersande La Flèche. I'm a queer nonbinary* artist and writer-in-progress living in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, Quebec, on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka, traditionally the meeting place between nations. To situate myself in the ongoing colonization of North America, I am a settler of Breton, Italian, Québécois-Irish and Colombian origin.
I began writing this blog in 2011. This was around the time I began studying Creative Writing at Concordia University, a 180 degrees course-correction I hoped would change my life for the better, after a really unsatisfying stint studying electrical engineering.
At first, this blog was a collection of class notes, assignments and essays (all abjectly embarassing) and recordings of my activities outside class. Few of those early posts remain, because of their low quality and candid if maybe melodramatic Livejournal-esque style.
Despite leaving behind engineering studies, between 2012 and 2014 I co-founded the non-profit organization Kids Code Jeunesse here in Canada, where I helped teach web design and rudimentary game design skills to children. My work in the non-profit scene led to me appear a handful of times in the media here in Canada. However, in 2014, I had to make a choice: pursue the growth of the organism into something scalable and sustainable, or finish my studies. I chose my studies, and thus writing — and finally did receive my degree in 2016.
That choice gave me renewed focus. I redirected my career to focus on writing and translation, and this blog became a space for experimentation and reflection, for the drafts and not-quite-half-baked ideas, always with the aim of seeking and finding wonder in the world. In 2019, I decided it was high time to get back into writing in French, after so long a time spent in the anglophone Canadian and American education systems.
To find out more on my life and my projects, I invite you to read this blog with an open mind and a generous attitude.* I use they/them/their pronouns.
I have a comments policy for my blog and website, which is available in English here: Comments Policy.
I have maintained this blog since 2014 without advertisements, so I get no income from this blog because I believe that we all deserve spaces free of the ever-constant bombardment of brands. In case you are inclined or simply found my blog useful or instructive, I maintain a tip jar over on Ko-Fi. I also sell digital prints of my photography for use as mobile and desktop backgrounds, available here.