Meet Michael Skeet, this week’s featured Pointster with a penchant for prose. Michael has been a part of the Points team for 12 years. When he’s not on duty as a business analyst on the Delivery team, he’s off winning national awards for writing and editing in Science Fiction and Fantasy. He’s even had his own Fantasy book published! We are glad that even with all that writing, he’s made the time to answer our curious questions. Read on to find out what Michael has to say!

What’s your favourite thing about working at Points?

The people I work with.

Are there any projects you’re working on right now that you can tell us about?

Deploying new products for Hilton, migrating products for United, and getting ready to work with new clients in Australia and South-East Asia.

What makes Points different from other companies you have worked at?

[Points has] a culture that is collegial and casual, and a work environment that is genuinely welcoming.

What does a day in your life at Points look like for you?

I arrive early (around 7:30), leave late (between 5:30 and 6:00 most days) and spend the interval bouncing between a large variety of projects. Which is just the sort of thing I like. Variety is what’s kept me here so long.

What three unique things would we find on your desk right now?

A model of Pointsdexter (the corporate mascot when I was hired), a Japanese figurine of an Egyptian scribe, and a model of the Planet Express ship from Futurama.

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?

It would have to be one of the half-dozen trips I’ve taken to Paris, I think. I couldn’t pick a particular one; Paris is the best walking city in the world.

What is the top item on your bucket list?

Returning to Japan, or possibly Paris.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three movies would you bring?

Casablanca, The Band Wagon, and Steamboat Bill, Jr.

If you could eat or drink one thing endlessly without any negative consequences, what would it be?

Nigirizushi with sake.

If you could see one concert, what would it be?

The May 1953 jazz concert at Massey Hall featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach.

Where’s your favourite place to eat near the Toronto office?

JaBistro (on Richmond St. just west of University Ave.) has great sushi.

What trend or fad are you embarrassed/proud to have been a part of?

I wore grape-purple bell-bottoms in 1968, if that counts. Yes, there is a photo, and no, you’re not seeing it.

What is your hobby/hobbies?

Writing, specifically science fiction and fantasy. My first novel (a romantic fantasy), A Poisoned Prayer, was published on May 1st, 2017. The book is available from the usual online sources (Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, etc.) I’ve even seen it for sale on a Japanese website!

You can check out the book here.

What one person from the past or present would you like to have dinner with, and why?

P.G. Wodehouse, because he was easily the funniest prose stylist in the English language, and because he appears to have been a nice chap as well.

What are your words to live by?

 “Why, yes: I would love another cocktail.”


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Photo credit: Do-Ming Lum and Tiger Mountain Creative Services

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