ready…set…draw!

my desk is set up!!!!! i could not be more excited. which goes to prove i am a total comic booking geek. i love working on comics! i get so excited just thinking about them! but not just any comics. i cannot do the hero comics–as eddie campbell calls them. i love the alternatives. like most of life, i love the alternatives. i love being a woman graphic novelist.

i went through a lot of my stuff as i unpacked & organized. i did not (as i was tempted to do due to minimalism or fear of criticism) recycle all of the stories from my last writer’s workshop. i kept them. i want to be serious. i want to do re-writes & edit & fine tune. i want to do it all. and i want to draw pictures to go with my words.

i want to draw pictures.

i am 45 years old & i know this about me: i want to draw pictures.

i’m headed back to school after a semester off. maybe i will get my degree. maybe i will get my mother-fucking MFA. who knows? poppy will be weaned in the foreseeable future. misha is already crazy independent. i am only going to have more & more time to work on my comics. and i am going to work on my comics. this is who i am. this is what i do.

so, come hell or high water, there will be new pages of moses jones next week! and, you know what, just for shits & giggles, i might work on another comic as well.

here i am. here i stay.

moses jones–roll call

moses jones--roll call

i am working on “cast pictures” of my main characters–the ones i know about so far. today is the main lady–moses jones.

yesterday in the writer’s workshop i am in this semester, we talked about not writing the story in your head–but letting the story tell itself on the paper. this is largely how i do write. i get ideas. i write down partial ideas. i let these ideas evolve. sometimes for decades. it’s not procrastination–it’s creation–it’s evolution.

the story is starting to unfold for me in my scribbles & sketches…hopefully it will show up here sooner rather than later.