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Where are they now: Challenge winner Navin Vaswani

As we approach the first anniversary of Canada Writes, we're checking in with our inaugural "Hall of Famers"—the winners of our first year's worth of writing challenges. Next up: Navin Vaswani, the winner of our  "Shortest Short Story" Twitter Challenge held last October.


What's new with you these days?

Not too much, to be honest with you. I've been playing a lot of tennis this summer, and I'm really happy about that.


Last year, you were busy with your blog, Sports And The City—how's the blog going? Any new writing projects?

Sports And The City is dead; may it rest in peace. I write occasionally about baseball at NotGraphs and go on and on and on about sports—with a Toronto focus—on Twitter: @vaswani_.


As a sports fan, how have you been feeling about the Olympics?

When the Olympics—any Olympics—begin, I'm mostly apathetic. But when they put the flame out, I am devastated. By all accounts, it was a great couple of weeks; London put on one hell of a show. I'm very proud of Canada's athletes, especially the women's soccer team. Christine Sinclair was the right choice as flag-bearer, and we should all be as honest and self-aware in crushing defeat as Jared Connaughton.


How did winning the Shortest Short Story Challenge affect your writing, and how you felt about writing?

I'm rarely satisfied with anything I've written. Winning the contest hasn't changed that, unfortunately. It was fun, though, because it combined a couple of my favourite things: writing and Twitter. I'm all but addicted to Twitter.


Have you entered any other Canada Writes challenges since, or kept up with what's been going on?

I've kept up with recent challenges, but haven't taken part in any.


What about the CBC Literary Prizes? Have you thought about submitting?

I'm looking forward to participating in the coming short story competition.


What have you been doing with your iPod Touch?

I actually gave the iPod Touch you so kindly gave me to my father, who was thinking about buying an iPod. He's very happy with it. So, thank you, from both of us.


How do you feel about the Leafs these days?

On a quiet and low-key Saturday night a couple of weeks ago, it hit me: I missed the Leafs, and Hockey Night in Canada. As frustrated I am about the direction of the team, and the fact they haven't yet acquired Roberto Luongo, I'll be there when they kick off the season with a win over the Habs on October 13. Of course, there might be another lockout, which is both disgusting and depressing, but I know that if the game does take another hiatus, I'll be there, rooting for the Leafs, when it returns. If I've learned anything over the years, it's that I can't quit the Leafs.


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