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Happy New Year, right?

That's what they say.

Yesterday evening, sometime just past 4:30 p.m. CaST, I finally finished Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird. I typed the last page, and I emailed it away to my editor at Dark Horse. On November 12, 2013, well over a year ago, I was told a second miniseries had been approved (Grimmer Tales, aka Boxcar Tales, was never an actual miniseries). Yesterday, I finished. It took me many, many more months than it should have. For many reasons. And I hope it marks the very last time I will ever write Dancy, and I mean it to be the last time I write for comics. Now, let's see if I have the fortitude, the resolve, to make good on those promises to myself.

That's my New Year's resolution.

It's sunny out there today. I should be grateful for that, only there's no one and nothing to be grateful to, so I'll settle for being glad of it. I don't like the sky, but that's why I have a roof over my head. I can sit here, or wherever, all day and smell the black-eyed peas simmer and the collards, enjoy the scent of baking cornbread, and not think about the blue of the wide plagiarized sky. My thoughts will be with Birmingham and Woodstock.

My fingernails are like paper.

My bones feel like glass.

Let this moment stand as hope.

Maybe I'll sit here and do crosswords all day long. That might actually be restful.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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Marc D. Goldfinger
Jan. 1st, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing the comic
I have always enjoyed your graphic stories, both word and deed, and I hope, if the mood strikes you and the offer is worth it, you will do more comics. This year you accomplished much and were struck with a few awards for your hard work. Stay out of the sun. Enjoy your time, to the best of your ability. And thank you.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 1st, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations on finishing the comic

I have always enjoyed your graphic stories, both word and deed, and I hope, if the mood strikes you and the offer is worth it, you will do more comics.

Thank you, but that would be a curse. There are things I do well; comics are not one of them. We must, finally, accept our limitations.
aarongp
Jan. 1st, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you finished, and good on you for pushing through. Seems like this has been one great big purge, and is some kind of relief for you in all sorts of ways.

Now, time for some The True Lebowski.

Edited at 2015-01-01 09:07 pm (UTC)
alumiere
Jan. 1st, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
Happy happy, joy joy... (when I get bombarded with holiday 'cheer', I get Ren & Stimpy stuck in my head).
everville340
Jan. 1st, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
Let this moment stand as hope.

After starting the New Year with a horrendous day at work, this sounds like the best way to continue 2015. Cheers.

prose_lover
Jan. 2nd, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
I always wondered if he took that from you, or if he borrowed it with your consent. Well, now I know.
Felix Lizarraga
Jan. 2nd, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing
"I had run across the phrase 'the wide, carnivorous sky' somewhere on the Internet"

Hmm. I knew this didn't sound right. Now WE know. But why do people do that? It's pretty unnecessary.

Quotes are used as titles all the time --hell, MOST of Bradbury, just off the top of my head. But the attribution has to be spelled out somewhere (like Bradbury himself does in "There Will Come Soft Rains"), unless it's Shakespeare or something equally ubiquitous.
weremonkey
Jan. 2nd, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year
Let's hope we both go on to bigger, better, brighter projects in the coming year(s). My best wishes to you, our beloved Aunt Beast.
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