Colony of Losers

Colony of Losers
Location
Halifax, Canada
Birthday
December 31
Title
Colony of Losers
Company
Check out my blog on http://colony-of-losers.com/wordpress/
Bio
Michael Gray Kimber is a 26 year old writer from Halifax, Nova Scotia born slightly after the ides of March. Since the age of six when he realized his career in professional modeling was going nowhere he has wanted to be a writer. At the age of 10 years old he wrote his first book “A Game’s Master Games”. It was a derivative of Mortal Kombat and if published would have resulted in a rather lengthy lawsuit which would most likely have ruined his middle class family. Much has changed since then. His brother became a rapper known as Josh Martinez. His father Stephen Kimber began known for punching idiots in the face with his oh so powerful words. Graduated from King’s College with a degree in English as well as a degree in Journalism he finds himself on the hunt for actual employment. Launching his blog Colony of Losers he hopes to get attention for his finished novel For Four, encourage magazines to give him freelance work and find an employer who will make all his dreams come true. During this struggle to become an adult he came to grips with an anxiety disorder that would see him lose the ability to sleep and go to war with himself. He went looking for a cure, trying every solution suggested by the internet, from self help groups to medication, to hot yoga where beautiful women farted in his face to meditation sessions with madmen. Nothing was too ridiculous in the hopes that he could make it all stop. The Cure is his story, as friends and family made him realize that their wasn't a cure, there was simply learning how to live with it. 1 in 5 deal with mental illness. The system is not equipped to deal with them. The stigma of mental illness is keeping us from recognizing the crisis that is facing his generation. The ridiculous and offensive honesty of this story is meant to give a human face to what we would all prefer to look away from. Read his series in its entirety at http://colony-of-losers.com/wordpress/?page_id=273 While this begins with his story it will soon move onto his talented friends, inspiring strangers and absolute nutjobs he meets along the way. To get in contact with Michael please email him at Michael.g.Kimber@gmail.com. PS my avatar is made by the amazingly talented Peter Diamonds who is the chief illustrator in the series.

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JULY 8, 2014 8:44PM

Love is Helpless

To be in love is to be helpless.You can’t feel it without being vulnerable. And it’s going to hurt. A lot.

Our ego is meant to protect us.  It tells you whatever you need to hear to be safe from pain. It’s interesting to note the delusional hatred that… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2012 8:14PM

This is not an Emergency

This Is Not An Emergency

Posted on | December 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

“Sorry. Your crisis isn’t enough for us to keep you,” said the doctor. “This isn’t an emergency.”

Through my time trying to help others… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 9:56PM

The Storm

We are in Halifax at the most awkward Christmas dinner I thought I’d ever experience.

We were all around the table, my brother and sis in law, my dad and my mother and my grandmother who has just finished vomiting at the table from eating more than her stomachRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 9:56PM

The Storm

We are in Halifax at the most awkward Christmas dinner I thought I’d ever experience.

We were all around the table, my brother and sis in law, my dad and my mother and my grandmother who has just finished vomiting at the table from eating more than her stomachRead full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 4:58PM

Too From Heaven For Too Long

Sometimes I think tequila is a good idea.

I once got so drunk on tequila in University, that I came up to my residence room, determined to get back to the party when the world stopped spinning, that I turned up Wu Tang Clan’s Ain’t Nothing To Fuck… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 28, 2012 11:20PM

Mental Illness: The Struggle To Make It Better

On June 28th, 2010 I came out about my experiences with anxiety and depression.

Any employer  can do a Google search and find out about the battles I have fought and how close I came to losing them.

I write to remind myself that the best of what I am came… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2011 2:53PM

My Success At Failure

This is a speech I gave for the Canadian Mental Commission:  

 I fear a lot of things.

Some of them are obscure and weird. For example, I ate Lobster last night. I fear that one of you might want to shake my hand. Only trace remnants of… Read full post »

It was the summer of Arab Spring where a few thousand Western Jerk offs claimed responsibility for changing the world with their twitter accounts. Where Arabs fought and died for a dream of a democracy we’d long since abandoned. Where a famine struck Africa and a few people… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2011 2:26PM

Anniversary of My Mental Breakdown and Loss of a Friend

You ever wonder where you are going to be in five years?

If you are like me you don’t have the slightest clue.

That idea used to scare me.

My friend told me that my nervous breakdown baffled him because it was  not about who I was but who I… Read full post »


©2011 Peter Diamond

It's been a long time since we last spoke.   There are two reasons for this communication. One the infamous Pete Diamond has been in communication. Somewhere deep in the nuclear wastes of Austria he has been thinking of the Colony. Inspired by dolphins… Read full post »

Just Desserts 

You are probably wondering why the hell you should care that I’m eating a cupcake?

Have I gone the way of millions of bloggers before me and begun to document every moment in my life in twitpics for the purpose of getting some sponsorship money?… Read full post »

Just Desserts 

You are probably wondering why the hell you should care that I’m eating a cupcake?

Have I gone the way of millions of bloggers before me and begun to document every moment in my life in twitpics for the purpose of getting some sponsorship money?… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 12, 2011 7:52PM

My Friend Has Anorexia and I don't want her to die

 

 

There are a lot of women out there who could talk about this a lot better than I can. In fact the video put together by Meghan Philpott  above is my friend Jessica Inkpen doing exactly that.

The topic today is eating disorders.

My reason for doingRead full post »

“Dad, Derek is not like that. Hello!”

In my opinion if someone says hello it shouldn’t be a statement or a sarcastic comment.  As this sort of behavior only brings to mind the Clueless and doesn’t belong in my favorite coffee shop in Toronto. The twenty-year-old girl yellRead full post »

APRIL 19, 2011 4:59PM

OS: My Anniversary

Today is the one year anniversary of Colony of Losers creation. Thank you to all the fans, friends and absolute strangers. 300,000 views in a year ain’t bad. Hopefully next year we will hit a million. Thanks to everyone who has helped, especially Patrick Campbell, Herman O Dagwood, John PackmanRead full post »

“I have a cure for depression,” says the old French-Canadian man, carefully dissecting ginger root with a rather large knife on my kitchen counter.  He is about five feet away from the cooking element I caused to explode in flames almost immediately upon moving into my new apartmentRead full post »

 So I haven't been around for a while but I have been doing a ton of blogging. Over the next week I will return to the bosom of Open Salon.  Look forward to coming back! Hurray!

SPEECH I GAVE AT MY UNIVERSITY(Continue reading, not boring) 

So I went to King’s CollegeRead full post »

 
Please watch this video, post it in your status or send the link to your friends by email.

60 million Americans suffer from poor mental health and 66% of them fear the stigma associated with this disease and the potential alienation from friends, family, loved ones and the people… Read full post »
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JANUARY 21, 2011 9:27PM

Tucson: Selling Out The Mentally Ill For Safety

Christina Green was born on September 112001 and died January 9th, 2011 when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on Congresswoman Danielle Gifford in a mall in Tucson, Arizona.  Five others were killed and 14 injured. You probably know that. If you’ve paid a lot of attention you also kno/Read full post »


“These knives are so sharp that they can cut through the back of a hammer,” I say, noting the up and down head movements of my audience agreeing with each word I say.  “These knives are state of the state and will not break.  And if they are damaged

Read full post »

 

My name is Michael Gray Kimber and I suffer from intense anxiety.

I’ve decided to talk about it and recently I’ve been trying to get others to do the same.

I’ve been incredibly honored by the dozens of emails and Facebook private messages I’ve received from soRead full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 5:35PM

I can't save your life

Dear Michael,

 I happened upon your amazing post tonight.  I wanted to contact you to say “thank you” and to tell you that you were also telling my story.  I have bipolar disorder; I’m very open about it and how it affects my life.  My family knows, most of my frRead full post »

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JANUARY 2, 2011 7:16PM

Come Out: The Face of Mental Illness

 
 On June 30th, 2010, I told the world about my struggles with mental illness.

For those of you late to the game, my name is Michael Gray Kimber and I suffer from intense anxiety.

My claim to this glorious tradition is genetic, fuelled by years where I smokedRead full post »

After a half hour of keeping his hands on his head, Jonah Hundert is talking to an extremely polite police officer.

“You realize that you are being arrested under charges of breaching the peace, Jonah,” says the officer, affectionately known by the name “Sergeant” despite theRead full post »

Through Twitter, Jonah and his friends find out who has been arrested and who is still in hiding. Every few moments another arrest is posted. No one knows who will be next and every stranger who looks at them on the street and every car that stops too long at aRead full post »