How this blog started (and who I am)

My name is Gersande La Flèche. I'm a queer nonbinary (I use they/them/their pronouns) 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 over a decade ago now. 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 embarrassing) 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 drafts and half-baked ideas, always with the aim of seeking 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.


Here are some fun tidbits about this blog:

Top Five Blog Post By Visitors

The top-five blog posts on this gersande.com/blog are as follows:

  1. Building an inventory in Twine 2 with the built-in Harlowe macros (January 28, 2016)
  2. Reading Notes on Clay, a short story by James Joyce (May 9, 2013)
  3. Reading Notes on "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers (April 17, 2019)
  4. The Apolitical Fallacy (March 31, 2016)
  5. Why Skyrim Remains My Favourite Place To Get Lost In (March 21, 2019)

Some of my favourite blog posts

Just some posts on gersande.com/blog that I'm particularly proud of:


How you can help support my creative projects

Reading and commenting on my blog is for sure the best way to ensure my continued motivation to keep chronicling my various activities and projects on this blog.

Since 2014, gersande.com and its blogs are online without third-part advertisements. As a result I do not derive income from this blog. In case you are inclined and found my blog useful or instructive, I also maintain a tip jar over on Ko-Fi and I greatly appreciate any and all support sent to me there there.

In 2021, I reactivated my hibernating Patreon in order to sustain my budding project of vlogging my way through my near-endless TBR pile. If long-term financial support is not in your budget, subscribing and watching my vlog is the very next best thing!


A digital illustration of a hooded figure sitting on a tree branch in a flower field, watching the crows take off in a pine forest.

Credits

  • The above illustration used around my blog is the work of Krista Schmidt.
  • All the photos, unless indicated otherwise somewhere on the page, are my own work.
  • Curious theme by Just Good Themes, with quite a few edits and French localization by me.
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