About Me

Ellie-haircut-May-2019Let me start by highlighting my crowning glory: a piece I once wrote was nominated for a National Magazine Award.* The article was called “Taking Back the Night,” and the category was Personal Journalism – a slightly fancier term than “memoir.” It was subsequently reprinted in “Essays: Patterns and Perspectives” by Oxford University Press.

*I lost the Award to Pierre Berton, but somehow that makes the blow seem less traumatic. (To non-Canadians who never heard of Pierre Berton, let me say this: Wikipedia. πŸ˜‰ But seriously, I feel no shame in losing to him, since – as a quintessentially sublime Canadian writer – he was awarded a whole whack o’ prizes and awards in his lifetime.)

My life can be categorized rather neatly:

1960s – hippie/folkie

1970s – babies; back to school

1980s – social work

1990s – work in the film/TV business; freelance writing/editing/
proofreading for many magazines; publication and sale of over 5,000 copies of parenting booklets. See my film credits on IMDb.

2001 – 2016 (retirement) – work in several non-profits.

I’m enjoying writing this blog immensely; it’s had over 20,000 visitors and 40,000 views from 120 countries. A big thank-you goes to my daughter, Kathryn, who helped me understand the basics of WordPress!

My three books, “Surviving Hollywood North: Crew Confessions from an Insider,” “First Kiss and other True Fiction,” and “How to be an (Almost) Perfect Parent: Dos and Don’ts from a former Family Support Worker” are available at these fine little online shops:

…and other countries too!


In sum: I’m a woman, mother, friend, blogger, freelance editor/proofreader, author, kitty mom and self-styled humourist who usually sees the upside of things. Also, and this is important – I never met a flea market I didn’t like.

If you ever visit me, I would serve us bagels with cream cheese and coffee (iced, in summer), and would warn you off Annie’s favourite chair, unless you like having cat hair adhere to the backside of your clothing all day.

Thank you for touching down on my blog!

Ellie Presner

26 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Thank you so much dear Megha!! Wow!! Who’d have thought I’d be here, tweetin’ an’ bloggin’ ‘n’ replyin’ ‘n’ stuff like that!! xoxox Must be off to write Friday Follies – Number whatever! πŸ˜€

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  1. Did a search for WILD Munchkin’s Castle and found your article of last year. How cool! I remember you and am glad you are thriving here on this BBS called “The Internet” πŸ™‚

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    1. Wow so so cool!!!! πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ‘ Yep it’s so amazing isn’t it – the power of the Internet. And re my blog – I’ve had readers from 57 countries!!! I still remember you fondly, Wildy! Hope you’re doing well.
      Ellie ( aka Skye Magic)

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    1. According to Wikipedia: A T-shirt (or tee shirt, or tee) is a style of unisex fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is normally associated with short sleeves, a round neck line known as a crew neck, with no collar.

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  2. I’d be fine with a cuppa tea and pass on the bagels. Wears me out trying to wrestle with it. One could chew til the rapture, you know. And that P? Presner and Persistence kinda sorta mean the same thing. πŸ˜‰

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