I put the class in wizard class synthetic user interface

Interview with the Edmonton Examiner

The Weird World of Wilkie

Local writer creates new and odd perspective on daddy blog format with The Undad

IMG_3751

Edmonton Examiner

By Doug Johnson

Night of the Living Dad, Evil Dad, the Walking Dad and Dad or Alive were all taken, so writer, journalist and father Trent Wilkie had to go with the Undad as a title for his daddy blog.

This kind of worked out for him.

“When I found the Undad, not everybody would know that it’s a play on the word dead, but also, with me, as the Undad, because I never wanted to be a father. Before I met my wife, I was pretty sure I was never going to have children,” he said, adding that, in his own way, he’s making fun of the baby industry. “I am the Undad, in my own eyes.”

“Some of the main things I want to get across, though, is how much I love my son. I’m adopted. I don’t have any blood relatives that I’ve ever met in my life. My adopted family are the best people in the world, and I love them because they are my family. But there’s an intrinsic connection between you, a person, and their offspring, and I’m experiencing that. There’s a lot of emotion for me,” he said.

For reasons of letting their child keep his online identity his own, Wilkie and his wife Elizabeth, substitute his name with Voldy, short for Voldemort, the villain of Harry Potter fame who, the books put forth, must not be named.

In a later, unsolicited text from Wilkie, he added that his wife “acts as editor and makes notes after each post. She also makes fun of (Wilkie) and mocks (his) rampant pomposity.”

Wilkie has always enjoyed writing, so when he took a parental leave from the Edmonton Examiner a few weeks back, starting a daddy blog seemed like a logical choice.

“My wife and I were talking about something to stop me from driving her crazy, and because you can’t just throw someone in a sanitarium anymore, she suggested that I start a daddy blog,” he said.

Wilkie had a vision of what this was supposed to look like: hampers, exciting walks in the park, etc., but he was pretty sure that wasn’t for him and his weird desire to swear and make fun of stuff.

His friend suggested that he could do whatever he wanted with the blog, which is what he did.

“I love my son and I’m excited to watch him grow, and I’m excited to learn as he grows,” he said.

“Plus I’ll have an outlet that will let me, I don’t know, archive the interesting things that happen and some of the ridiculous things that happen.”

He recalls, for example, being nearly trampled by “grannies,” at the mall as they realized he was carrying Valdy with him.

He later details how he felt the need to defend himself with a sword, though such implements are, thankfully, prohibited by law.

He blogged about his mall excursion in his off-kilter fashion.

“I see the world in a different way because I choose to,” he said.

For more information, visit theundad.com

*Trent’s note: To confirm, I do have a sister in Nova Scotia, who was also adopted. We are not sure if we are full or half siblings, but the Nova Scotia Adoption agency confirms that we are related. I’m not sure why I would have said why I don’t have any blood-relatives that I’ve met. I’m guessing I just had a bad case of daddy-brain, which is like mommy brain, but way stupider. 

Leave a Reply

@TheUnDad

RSS The UnDad Podcast

  • Julie Rohr Part 2
    In no specific order: Julie and I talk about the 'D' word, journalism, connecting to people you can't connect to, understanding, being brought up religious, giving yourself grace, and even though you have cancer you still have to be a parent. This conclusion of the two-parter is a doozie. This episode is powered by ATB […]
  • Julie Rohr Part 1
    If you don't know who Julie Rohr is you are truly missing out. Currently battling a rare form of cancer, Jules is defined by her infectious smile, her love of life, and her all around resplendent radness. Just listen and find out what I mean. Part 2 coming out next week. This episode is powered […]
  • The good Witch of the true North
    I catch up with Lindsey McNeill about what it is like to be adopted as an adult, how her and her mom are writing a book about the experience, and what it is like to be a screenwriter, producer, witch, and tarot card reader (and then she reads my tarot cards). This episode is powered […]
  • I moved back
    In this episode I catch up with Antonio Bavaro (alter drag ego Connie Lingua) and chat about Montreal, excessive nostalgia, family influence, and his newest endeavour that will spotlight the Edmonton queer and trans community. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the […]
  • Both of those masters are served
    In this episode I interview Dave Bidini about his new book 'Midnight Light' and all things artistic and important. Stay tuned after the credits for a bonus interview. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the recording space […]
  • What if people want to bring their own dogs?
    In this episode, I speak with Ainsley Hillyard and Jezebel about sharing the stage, pooping on stage, their sci fi show 'Jezebel, at the Still Point', how to extrapolate your verteron exit vector, and the deep and tangible love that people have for their pets.
  • Know what I mean jelly bean?
    In this one, I talk to myself about the upcoming changes to the UnDad podcast. I talk Metro Shorts, Metro Cinema, Edmonton Comedy Festival, Up Late With Dana Andersen, Dave Bidini, Litfest, Hold the Dark, New Girl, F&M, and these silly things humans call emotions. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the […]
  • It's like nothing else
    Elizabeth Wilkie is not only my mechanic, she is my wife. Join us as we talk about our worries for the future, the past, and the future past. With a special cameo from Little Hell. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the […]
  • Thus far in review with producer Andrew Paul
    Having Andrew Paul as a producer is like having a wizard/scientist friend that, no matter how under the influence you are, supports your crazy ideas and helps bring them to life. So, yeah, of course I was going to pick his brain. Jesus. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast […]
  • Never use it as an excuse
    Mr. Owen Brierley is a delight to talk to. Join us as we chat about what it is like growing up being legally deaf, what a lawnmower parent is, and how everyone should have their own personal version of 'It's All Gone Pete Tong'. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta […]

Follow The Undad via Email

Enter your email address to follow The Undad and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 42 other subscribers

%d bloggers like this: