Hi, my name is Star Spider.

I am a philosopher, writer, producer and freelance researcher. I have a wide range of interests and focus-areas including: law and social justice, abolition, AI & media ethics, social & cult psychology, the psychology of misinformation & coercive control, philosophy of mind & religion, narrative game design & edu-games, ethics & the environment.

I want to use my brain to ask big questions and solve big problems.


Decoded Escape GameThe Social Changery – Edu-game design & debrief dev
Climate HeroesSteam Labs - Edu-game narrative writing & debrief dev

AI Sentience & Deep Ecology - Mozfest - Session design & facilitation


Past Tense – HarperCollins Canada – Spring 2018
Hey Jude – Orca Books - Fall 2020


Vice Magazine Making friends is tough after you leave a cult

Medium - Why we should care about AI sentience



Bronze Award – Toronto Metropolitan University Philosophy Award – Schrödinger's Theory: Superposition and Realism

Fiction & Non-Fiction:

Runner Up – Conville and Walsh Word of Mouth Prize – Past Tense (Novel)
3rd Place – Jenny Magazine Spec Fic Contest – Space
Short List – Room Magazine Writing Contest – Camels for Freedom
Semifinalist – Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – We all have wings
Long List – CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize – Camels for Freedom
Honorable Mention – Friends of Merril Short Story Contest – The One in Green
Winner of 2013 Fringe Contest – Eden Mills Writer’s Festival – Willow
Canada Writes Bloodlines Contest – Lucky
CBC Prompt Contest – Stuck
CBC Pick of the Day – The song that changed my life

Short Stories

Grain Magazine Issue 44.3 – May 2017 – Gramma
Flash Fiction Online – July 2016 – Green on the inside
Five 2 One Magazine – February 2016 – Warm Milk
Leopardskin & Limes – January 2016 – Willow
Found Press – October 2015 – Amako
Necessary Fiction – August 2015 – MUST SPEAK DOVE
Cease, Cows – August 2015 – Before the stars went out
Cheapjack Pulp – June 2015 – Bronwyn’s Aria
Open Pen Magazine – June 2015 – Middle Name
Writers Tribe Review – May 2015 – Thirteen Things
Ginosko Literary Journal – May 2015 – All I know
Red Fez – May 2015 – Mundane Revolution
Zeit-Haus Magazine – May 2015 – Tectonic Heart
The James Franco Review – April 2015 – Name it
The New Urge Anthology – March 2015 – Writing on the wall
Apocrypha & Abstractions – January 2015 – Meat Breath
Maudlin House – January 2015 – Leadership Camp
A cappella Zoo (Issue # 13) – January 2015 – The world of her own making
Sein & Werden – December 2014 – Now we are ten
Empty Mirror – November 2014 – Shine
Flyleaf Journal – November 2014 – How can we ever be better?
Purple Pig Lit – November 2014 – Remembered in the soil
The Quilliad – October 2014 – The Same
Gone Lawn
 – October 2014 – Insomnia
Bitterzoet Magazine
 – October 2014 – The Giver
Apeiron Review 
– September 2014 – Of Gods and Curtains
Klipspringer Magazine 
– September 2014 – Honey & Rye
Close to the Bone, Near to the Knuckle 
– August 2014 – Muriel & Ryan
– May 2014 – Double Stuffed Oreo
Black Treacle
 – April 2014 – Hungry
Grim Corps 
– October 2013 – Dear Agnes


Petrichor Magazine – Green on the Inside


Duke of Ed Awards
Brand Identity Crisis

StickerYou Series Ep. 1
StickerYou Series Ep. 2
StickerYou Proposal
StickerYou Wedding


Guest Blog Post (Making Art with Mental Illness) – Real Talk Blog 
Author Interview – Word on the Street
Charles Payseur – Review of ‘Green on the inside’ – 2016
Author Interview – Jenny Magazine
Author Interview – Emerging Writers Series
Contributer – Women in Clothes
Guest blog post at MeganORussell.com – I Can’t Write YA
Quill & Quire – Photo – 2013
Nolan Liebert – Review of ‘Insomnia’ – 2014

Past Tense Reviews

Quill & QuireCanadian Children’s Book News • Jennie’s Nails and Tales • CM Magazine
National Reading Campaign • Power Librarian • Radio Active Book Reviews
CanLit for Little Canadians • Books and Ladders Instagram Review


CBC Magic 8Word on The Street Blog • Amy’s Travels in Teen Fiction



Globe and Mail Teen Book List • Chapters/Indigo Instagram

• CBC Canadian Teen Summer Reads List


Hey Jude Reviews


Kirkus Starred Review

CM Review





I am many things...

Writer: My fantastical short stories have been published widely, and I have two YA books under my belt. Now I am turning my attention to the real world and working on academic research and writing in philosophy and psychology. I am also currently working in the world of edu-gaming doing research, narrative & debrief design in the fields of public health and climate change.


Producer: I have been working for over ten years in the ad world producing for my husband at Happy Creations. We are a full-service post-production house with a decade of experience helping clients to produce awesome videos for TV and web.


Student: I am a full-time BA student of philosophy and psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University. Throughout my school career I have put my academic and independent educational focus on the study of psychological manipulation, social psychology, free will and cult dynamics. I aim to use my education to help build tools to educate and empower people about these topics. 


Entrepreneur: I have run my own businesses for over fifteen years, starting with my event management company Alternate Reality Events, followed by Happy Creations, a post-production company I co-run with Ben Badger. I have extensive experience in getting organizations off the ground, as well as promotions, event planning, and project management.




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