About The Blogger
My name is Gersande La Flèche. I'm a 28-year-old writer, artist and programmer currently living in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, Québec. I am a settler of Breton, Colombian, Italian, and Québecois-Irish ancestry living on stolen Indigenous land, and I speak French, Spanish and English mostly fluently. Read a slightly larger bio here.
In 2016 I completed an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. I wrote a little bit about it here. I do not have any current plans for pursuing an MFA or another degree, though that can always change in the future.
I am a nonbinary trans person who uses they pronouns in English. For a grammar guide, check out pronoun.is/they. En français je préfère qu'on utilise les accords épicènes quand possible — mais dans le doute envoyez-moi un courriel et on en discutera.
Before I decided to focus on a career in writing and editing/translation, I worked as a web developer and a programmer. Between 2012-2014 I co-founded and worked on the not-for-profit Kids Code Jeunesse here in Canada, where I taught children how to make websites and small web-based videogames. My work on Kids Code Jeunesse meant that I often appeared in the media here in Canada. While I left the "Learn To Code" movement to focus on my university studies, I still like to work on the periphery of tech community groups, such as with the Mont Royal Games Society (MRGS) and Games Curious Montréal.
About The Blog
On this website I post short essays and blog posts, and I try to use this space for personal reflection and experimentation. This blog is something of a portfolio of my work as a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who is particularly interested in the environment, technology, literature, and anti-oppression. It is also frequently a place for works-in-progress, drafts, and rants. Typos are normal. So are half-baked ideas.
En 2019, j'ai commencé à écrire en français sur ce blog pour me dégourdir les doigts et la cervelle après plus d'une décennie dans le système scolaire et universitaire anglophone. Les billets en français sont tous munis du mot-clé «fr» et comme je l'ai noté en haut, sur mon blog les coquilles sont normales ainsi que les idées qui ne tiennent pas debout.
I generally prioritise email over other forms of communication.
- You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- I am also generally very reachable using Twitter;
- I don't usually answer private messages on Facebook from strangers. I also frequently go through long periods without checking Facebook regularly (even occasionally going so far as to block it from my computer and I don't have FB apps my phone), so when in doubt, send me that email instead.
- Instagram messages from strangers are ignored.
Work with Me
Interested in collaborating? On hiring me? Asking about my consulting rates? Do check out my professional portfolio and contact information available here in both French and English. I always welcome serious and even tentative inquiries for estimates and proposals!
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question that wasn't covered here or in my intro? I do have an old lighthearted FAQ section on this site.
Support The Blog
I've been running this blog advertisement-free at my own expense since around 2014. Blogs take up resources, and I'm not being paid to write this blog nor do I get endorsements from any products or content featured here such as books, podcasts, or games. If you would like to support the running of this blog check out my Ko-Fi page at ko-fi.com/gersande — the "coffee cash" I get from that page goes into maintaining this site and fuels my eternal gratitude.