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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

Posted in ADD, books, comics, life, musings, writing

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  1. Didn’t know you like Sara. I’ve never heard of her, but she is opening for Counting Crows & Maroon 5 at PNC this summer. We’ve got tix to see it. If you are interested, lawn seats are about $45. Not sure if the last 2 bands are too mainstream for your exotic tastes- know we discussed this issue, but I forgot your answer. Congrats on the sale of your work!


    April 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

  2. Didn’t know you like Sara. She is opening for Counting Crows & Maroon 5 at PNC this summer. If you want lawn seats,they are about $45- that’s where we will be. Congrats on the sale of your work!


    April 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

  3. I listen to just about everything. I’ve seen the Counting Crows before with Bitsy, and I even got to shake Adam Duritz’s hand. He was like my first celebrity meeting, I guess. Will have to check my cashflow, but sounds like a good concert.


    April 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

  4. LOVE the comic. It’s perfect. To spend weeks, sometimes months on a short story and receive a contributor copy for my travails. It’s too depressing to ponder. Ah, the artist’s life; no wonder so few of them live to a ripe, happy old age…

    Cliff Burns

    April 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

  5. Congratulations on your writing successes. The agony of waiting for a reply is surely offset by the instant gratification you receive here daily!


    April 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

  6. I’m your second biggest fan, even though I’ve read hardly any of your stuff. When people ask about my family and I tell them what they all do for a living, I say, “Biff is an editor and a short story writer.” So, there!

    Hi Cass – no nom de plume?


    April 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

  7. Cliff: Exactly! It’s both depressing and exhilarating!

    Trina: Hey, yup. These daily comics help keep me grounded as I anxiously await replies from editors.

    Bitsy: But you don’t tell them I’m cartoonist? Ah, I do too many things. I’ll bring home some magazines I’ve been published in when we go to the beach house. A few I suspect you won’t like, unless you dig horror, but there’s a couple of urban fantasy and Justina Robson-like robot stories that might entice you.


    April 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

  8. Wow Paul. This is great. I hadn’t realized you were so prolific…and in such a short time. Very impressive.

    Keep at it and maybe one day you’ll get to be all alone in that shacki in the woods with your dog named Sam…somehow that didn’t sound exactly like a reward…


    April 9, 2008 at 10:29 am

  9. You could just thumb your nose at us…oh wait…that would be a cartoon.


    April 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

  10. I think being able to write and draw must be a really fulfilling combo. Blake could do it. And a few others. But it is quite rare.


    April 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

  11. Kelly: Oh, you’d love Sam! He/she is the best imaginary dog ever! Never makes a mess, never wakes me up with a big bark, never leaves my side.

    TK: I don’t understand the thumb bit.

    Eamon: Yeah, I’ve tried finding others that do both: write and draw. And I don’t mean write the script of a graphic novel and then draw it. I consider that task inclusive. Thanks for stopping by!


    April 9, 2008 at 11:37 am

  12. Hi Bitsy- Just decided to be myself today.
    Paul- So I enterd that message twice, guess I really want you to go.


    April 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

  13. Now that I read it, neither do I.

    Ever think about writing/illustrating a kid’s book?


    April 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm

  14. I LOVE and can appreciate the IRONY! If you keep this up, you will have your first book published in no time. You know I’m of FAN.

    Now I hope all your FANS don’t try to hunt you down by looking for every C-5 on Grove St. in Clifton!


    April 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm

  15. TK: Hmm, the idea never really came to mind. I did, however, in college write a children’s book about a sandwich thief. As well as a story about an octopus going to school with a bunch of sharks.

    D: Oh, I know you’re my biggest fan. I appreciate you very much, especially considering all that early writing of mine you had to read.


    April 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm

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