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#324 – Writing Irony

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You know, it’s odd how much I keep my writing life and my drawing life separate. One would assume they go hand-in-hand, like peanut butter and jelly, like mashed potatoes and gravy, like cheese and me.

Anyways, in 2005, I decided that, hey, maybe I’d like to give this writing thing a shot. I’d written for my college newspaper and independent magazine, studied journalism, and was forever constantly scribbling down story ideas in notebooks. I figured there was nothing to lose, and if I didn’t get anywhere from it then no biggie. Now, some three years later, I’ve sold over twenty-five short stories. Oh, I’ve written a lot more than that, but that’s another branch to break. Drawing and posting a comic is cool, if only for the instant feedback I can receive. Writing a story, submitting it for months, finally having an editor buy it, waiting waiting waiting, and then seeing my words in print…now that’s rewarding.

I never force anyone to read my work. Heck, I don’t even re-read anything I’ve gotten published. I know that no one is a bigger fan of me than me. No one cares more about my writing more than me. I’m not a huge bestseller on the NY Times list, with a thousand and one fans begging for more, more, more. I’m not the sort that resorts to self-publishing to get their work out into the world. I’m not at the point where I can quit my day job, move into a shack in the woods with a dog named Sam, and write for a living. But I am pleased. So there.

The situation’s always the same
You got your wolves in their clothes whispering Hollywood’s name
Stealing gold from the silver they see
But it’s not me

– “City” by Sara Bareilles

Written by Paul

April 9, 2008 at 8:50 am

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