Externally Imposed

Published July 31, 2013 by swankivy

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issue26

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I’ve had people actually laugh at me when I expect them to respect a deadline I chose myself. Apparently some people think it’s not really important if someone else isn’t making you do it or waiting for your product. I’m the opposite: I think it’s kind of sad if the only deadlines you respect are the ones imposed upon you by someone else.

Sorry man, my writing is serious business, and if I treated it like it was a low priority based on other people’s impositions on my time, I’d never get anything done!

First Novel

Published April 30, 2013 by swankivy

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Seriously. I thought it would be hilarious to read over my first novel and giggle over how adorably incompetent I was. Let’s just say there was nothing cute about it whatsoever. It was blisteringly, depressingly, horrifyingly bad, and to be honest if I’d read a freshman work of this quality by a teen today, I’d be tempted to say “this person has no future in writing.” Happily, even the most embarrassingly awful writers can become accomplished novelists if they practice (and, as always, if they keep reading). I’m living proof. I think.

What’s It About?

Published January 31, 2013 by swankivy

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issue20

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They always ask “what’s it about?” but if I actually tell them, they’re usually sorry they asked.

Long issue because this is Issue 20! The drawings representing the fictional projects are of course real examples from my work, as follows:

1. The “dream guy” story is Finding Mulligan. Frame 3 features Cassie, her other self Dia, and Mulligan, the dream guy. Frame 4 features Cassie trying to choose between Jamie the artist and Terrell the musician.

2. The “kid taking pictures of roadkill” story is Joint Custody (an incomplete MG book). Frame 5 features Bay doing his thing. Frame 6 features Marz taking pictures of Bay while Bay is taking pictures of roadkill. He is perplexed.

3. The “science fiction romance” story is Stupid Questions. Frame 7 features Nick trying to grab Summer before she flies away.

4. The “precocious fairy girl” story is Bad Fairy. Frame 8 features Delia studying.