Years ago when I was doing a comic book with my wife, we had a brilliant idea: “Sign all orders!” Every book that sold through a distributor was signed before shipping. Looking back, we were lucky we only had to sign what probably totaled a little over 500 comic books. At the time, we thought […]
I meant to write this post a couple weeks ago, but time got in the way. At least that’s how we’re conditioned to look at it — when we don’t get to things or do things, it’s a matter of time. “I don’t have the time,” has become our mantra…and our prayer is, “What I […]
I like social media. I like staying in touch with friends from other places, chatting with people about writing and publishing, and finding people with similar hobbies and discussing them. Even at my quietest, years ago when I was terribly shy, I liked people. I love the Internet for no other reason than it’s brought […]
I’ve written some absurd stories in my time…deliberately. I’m fine with ridiculous; I can swallow the occasional thing that isn’t realistic for the sake of story. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: those who believe truth is stranger than fiction just aren’t reading the right fiction! Coleridge talked about “…that willing suspension […]
I know it’s been quiet around here, lately. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about blog entries — I have. I’ve started some entries, but…they keep growing into more than just a short entry. Starting a new job last week, and helping my wife get ready for something this past weekend…The Juggling Writer has […]
A week from today, I start a new day job. If you follow The Juggling Writer, you know I’m a tech writer…and you know that while I talk about my day job on occasion, I don’t talk specifically about where I work. So I won’t discuss that, but…during the interview process for the new day […]
My wife knew my writing before she knew me. We’d been hired to work for an independent comic book company — me, as a writer and her, as an artist. She’d read several scripts I’d written and she hoped that we’d work together on something, but that wasn’t to be. Still…she knew my writing and […]
Sunday, I used ye olde random number generator to determine who won the Kindle Touch I’m giving away for the Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors essay contest. Congratulations to Anita Callender!
I recently wrote about the effort many writers spend in pursuit of getting people to know they exist…how the race to create a “platform” or “brand” trumps actually writing for some. It’s a pretty simple formula: spend a lot of time totally connected to social media, being a personality who shares links to great writing […]
When the effort involved in getting people to know your writing exists becomes almost as much as the writing itself (or more), is it really worth it? What have we lost when we constantly update Facebook and Twitter at every free moment instead of sitting or standing in silence, thinking? Is productivity killing your creativity? […]
For some reason, May and June always seem to be the busiest months for me as a writer. This June is no exception; in fact, it’s probably busier than most. I’m definitely earning the title “Juggling Writer” this month. Here’s what’s going on: Kickstarter I quickly mentioned the Kickstarter project for Hell Comes with Wood […]
The Kickstarter project for Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors went live as Venus traveled across the sun. I’d say that’s reason enough to check it out!
I think the first Chris Ware comic work I saw was in Jab Comics Anthology (not to be confused with the adult comic), in the early 90s. (His little potato guy strips.) Some time after that, it was Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and all that followed. Ware is one of those cartoonists […]