Sample from Chapters 3 and 4.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

As I’m approaching page 200 in my graphic novel, I realized I haven’t posted any previews here in quite some time. So, that’s what you get today! Now a disclaimer, I tried to pick pages that were fairly neutral to the story and yet sampled the overall tone and style, but anytime you preview something you risk getting a glimpse into the story before you’ve actually got the full story. That said, read at your own risk. If you don’t want to read it until it’s finished I will not be offended at all! Or you can just look at the pictures without reading the words. Your call. (Note, these pages are pulled from different places in the story – there is no continuity here from page to page, in case you’re wondering why nothing makes sense.)






Stick in the digital mud

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Strange that I’m such a fan of my daily comic being a (mostly) online-only affair, but the idea of putting my graphic novel out online seems really unappealing. Not that I’m opposed to it, in fact, part of me – the part that wants everyone to be able to read it – is kind of into it. But I think that since all of MY favorite graphic novels have been books that I could curl up with, feel the texture of paper and ink against my fingers as I flipped hungrily through the pages, has left me with similar expectations for my book. Nothing says I have to put it online, or that I couldn’t do both, but I can be a big sighing baby sometimes when I think of how fast the world is changing, that I would even have to consider something called an IPAD (caps for effect, not out of ignorance) when making decisions about publication.  Eesh.

Story worry.

Monday, May 17th, 2010


I think the point Conscience Cat is trying to make is that I’m learning valuable lessons through the whole process, and seeing as how I went in claiming “The goal of this project is to LEARN, not to create a masterpiece,” I really have to agree. I’m not discouraged, by the way, I’m just really curious how this whole thing is going to work out, if at all. Kind of like Lost. LOST! Less than a week left!!!

Pep talk.

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009


Here’s a little factoid… last winter when I was still just thinking about doing a comic, my original idea was to do comic prayers, every day. I decided against it, for various reasons (no need to express your relief, or disappointment) but on occasion, when the prayer is particularly related to the overall theme of this comic (let’s review: art is hard work!) I think I can share.  Share a prayer, if you dare.

Square is always a rectangle.

Monday, July 6th, 2009


A graphic novel can have graphic sex and violence, but doesn’t have to (mine doesn’t). A rectangle is not always a square. But it will always have pictures, that is, graphics.

Why bother?

“When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw it seems a shame to choose one. I think it’s better to do both.” – Marjane Satrapi, author/illustrator of Persepolis.

Also, thanks to Illustration Friday for linking here last week, and hello to any readers who found me that way!

As promised, good news.

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Actually I think it was more like 4 piercings, if we’re going for accuracy. If you weren’t a female growing up in the 80’s, don’t bother trying to get this one.

Also, I present the most encouraging text-conversation I’ve ever had:

Me: What’s your opinion of a first person narrator who isn’t quite the main character? Is that too passive of storytelling?
Molly: Ever heard of the Great Gatsby?

Thank you Molly!!

Sympathy for the inanimate.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009


I think maybe I need to sit down with it and have a Stephanie Tanner at Disney World talk.

A compromise compromised.

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Earlier this month I took on a challenge which was a self-designed compromise from the more daunting, national challenge of National Novel Writing Month.  I knew I couldn’t complete a 50,000 word novel this November, but declared I would, instead, complete two chapters of my graphic novel (which I now speak of rather freely… hm, go figure.  So much for self-propelling mystery!) Well, to put it bluntly, I was crazy.  There is no way I’ll have two chapters done by the 30th.  This story has been unfolding just fine at its own lazy pace and I would only screw that up by forcing myself to write words and draw pictures that aren’t coming of their own volition, when they have been doing so quite nicely prior to this.  Yes, it’s an excuse, but those are allowed on occasion.  I will hereby compromise my challenge and say that I would like to complete ONE chapter this month.  Just one.  It’s a compromised compromise, but it’s still a challenge.

All right, now that business is out of the way, I have a few other things.  First of all, don’t take this as sounding ungrateful, but I am really creeped out by how low gas prices are getting.  I drove past a station that advertised $1.85 a gallon today, which means that other places in the country are probably getting down near a dollar.  Yes, it’s great, it’s cheap, we can all dust off our hummers again, but it’s still freaky.  I feel like I’m living back in the late 90s.  And who the heck likes the 90s?? (Okay, Alex, I know you do.)

Next, I had another dream about my late cat Pepper again last night.  This one was a different kind of sad, though, because of how realistic it was.  Usually when I dream about her (which is often) she has somehow been resurrected, enjoys full health, and seems perfectly unaware that she was ever dead, to both her and my delight.  But last night she was weak, small, and frail, just like she was in real life before she died.  In my dream she barely had the strength to jump up onto the bed, so I picked her up and she crawled under the blankets where we cuddled.  Just like real life.  I feel like I write about these Pepper dreams every time they happen (which is often) but I did a search to link to some past ones and couldn’t find any.  Maybe that is a good idea for a blog-reader-challenge.  Locate the Pepper Dream Posts!  Whoever finds any wins… a photograph of Pepper.

I had a few other things to say but I think I’ll save them up for days when I have nothing.  Which, you’ve come to know, is most of the time.

National compromised challenge month.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month, which means, if you choose to accept the challenge, you might write a 50,000 word novel over the course of the next 30 days.  Last year I did it, which I’m still proud of (and have even dusted off the old first draft, finally, so that it just may see the light of day before this year is over!)  This year there is no way I could do it.  I’m just too busy.  However, in the spirit of creativity, diligence, production, and self discipline (I’d venture to say those are the four spirits of National Novel Writing Month) I am still going to set a personal goal for myself regarding writing, the writing of my graphic novel to be specific.  There are 30 days in the month, and by midnight of November 30th I would like to have the next two chapters finished in my story.  At first I was going to say I would like to have the entire draft finished (which would only be an additional three or four chapters) but I don’t want to force the story, which has been unfolding thus far at it’s own pace.

This post is pretty dull, eh?  I guess it’s mostly for my sake.  Unless you’re really interested in my personal goals.  In which case let me know and I’ll give you my current list!  (But not really.)

Canadian Cold Feet.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

When I say that I’m German and French, I guess what I really mean is that I’m German and French Canadian.  So I’ll be planning a visit to Montreal to explore my roots.

When I say that I’m working on a graphic novel, what I really mean is that I’m standing at the base of this mountain and I’m excited but a little bit scared to death of the climb.  Okay so I’m holding this grappling hook and don’t quite know how to use it, although I know its uses are endless and my potential, too, is pretty great if I could just figure it out.  It’s that nervous feeling you get when you’re about to give the speech of your lifetime, or when you suspect that you’re beginning to fall in love.  Things could go either way, success or disappointment.  Learning is inevitable.  It’s a great place to be, but at the same time there is something so comforting about stable, solid, sea-level ground.  Sometimes it’s hard to take those upward steps.

Metaphorical enough for ya?