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Friday, July 8, 2011

West of Bathurst 902

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Re. the Write-a-Thon: I'm stalled on the synopsis for the moment, but that's mostly because marking has intervened. I'll get back to it soon.

Give a Bunch of Americans Money While Forcing Me to Create Extra Comics

I like writing stuff, but I sometimes have a hard time motivating myself when it comes time to edit what I have written. My MO is: think of idea for novel...write novel...hide novel away forever...repeat. However, this year, I am determined to edit my latest novel, which I finished writing a few months ago, and eventually send it off to publishers. The tricky bit is the whole "forcing myself to sit down and whip this monster into shape" thingy.

So I have gone and joined the Clarion Write-a-Thon, a fundraiser in benefit of the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD. Many writers' workshops exist, of course, but what is kind of cool about this one is that it is geared towards writers of fantasy and science fiction. Okay, it's not even in my country, but hey: fantasy and science fiction! Right? Right?

The idea is that between June 26th and August 6th, Write-a-Thon participants should, er, write stuff. You can pledge to do as much or as little as you like. My goal is to get my damn novel ready to be rejected by publishers. I'm looking for sponsors who, again, can pledge to give as little or as much as they like. A donation of even a dollar or two would be appreciated. The money goes to benefit the writing programme; the most I'll get out of this is a T-shirt, and that's only if a miracle happens and I raise over $150.

However...let's make things interesting. I'm posting this notice here because I have a little proposal of my own:

If donations somehow hit $200, I shall produce two full weeks' worth of daily comics (instead of theevery-other-day thing I usually do). If something truly bizarre happens and donations hit $400, that's another two weeks...and so on. I set the bar at $200 because I'm actually not sure I have time to do this; however, I'll keep my word, even if it drives me mad. $200 in donations--which, again, do not go to me but to a Worthy Cause--equals seven extra comics. (They will take you about two minutes to read, but they will take me hours upon hours upon hours to create, so there you go.)

If you would like to try for more comics--which I expect would appear during a rather interesting plot strand I am planning for this fall--please consider donating, which you can do by going here. Also feel free to taunt and nag me regarding the whole writing thing. It does occasionally help.

Friday, July 8, 2011
Panel 1: Rahim and Barbara are standing on a residential street. Barbara is still dressed as Sherlock Holmes. Rahim is on the phone.

Rahim: Ah...she's changed her home phone message.

Panel 2: He plays the message for Barbara.

Marie [in a recording]: Hi, you've reached Marie, who is ignoring your call. If you really want to talk to her, that's too bad.

Panel 3:

Marie [in a recording]: If you have already left her sixteen messages, we suspect that your name is Rahim and that you are missing the point. We advise you to stuff it.

Panel 4:

Barbara: I deduce sarcasm and a biting tone.

Rahim: That doesn't really require deduction.

Alt-Text: Well, deducing stuff DOES require deduction, but Rahim is too upset not to indulge in circular reasoning.

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