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I know some of you write by hand on a regular basis, but I’ve gotten very used to my keyboard. Just recently, however, I’ve started purposely writing in an old-fashioned paper notebook from time to time. I find that there’s something liberating about being able to brainstorm new story ideas on paper, plus it gives me freedom to scribble and doodle along the way. What about the rest of you? Do you do most of your writing on the computer? Do you keep a paper notebook?
For other Will Write For Chocolate strips, please see WillWriteForChocolate.com.
In case any of you can’t read the tiny text under “4 Lovely ARCS,” the covers are from Therese Walsh’s MOON SISTERS novel, which comes out in March, 2014. If you’ve been enjoying Writer Unboxed, I strongly encourage you to show your support by pre-ordering Therese’s book as well as marking it “Want To Read” on Goodreads. I’ve started reading Therese’s book and LOVE it so far; you can find out more about MOON SISTERS on Therese’s website as well as this Publishers Weekly review.
Other writers who have blogged or sung about the 12 Days Of Christmas (and from whom I have shamelessly stolen some of the ideas in the comic above): Julie Jarnagin: 12 Days Of Christmas For Writers, A Writer’s 12 Days Of Christmas by GreatBigJar, The 12 Days Of A Writer’s Christmas by Jodi Milner, 1st Day Of Christmas by Katy Wyton and most recently, The 12 Days Of Christmas (Bookstore Style) by Sarah Brannen, Kristy Dempsey, Mike Jung, Arthur Levine, Emily Mitchell, Kim Norman, Anne Marie Pace, Yolanda Scott, and Deborah Underwood. Happy holidays to all, especially Writer Unboxed co-founders Kathleen Bolton and Therese Walsh! — Debbie
Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in my Comic Caption Contest from last month. So many wonderful entries!
Congrats to Linda W., who came up with the winning caption:
“Of course I’m having a bier. Why aren’t you drinking a Bloody Mary?” — Ray Pace
“I may have a book deal, but at least you still have your hair.” — CG Blake
”I’m telling you dude, zombies and vampires have no respect these days. I can’t believe they gave the part to the werewolf.” — Gemma Hawdon
“He killed me off two chapters ago and I still haven’t told my wife. Now what?” – Val
Any caption suggestions? Please post below in the comments section – please post one caption at a time, and let someone else post a comment before posting another. Vote for the caption(s) you like by clicking on “Like.” Caption suggestion with the most Likes by Sat. May 18th gets a selection of writer-focused greeting cards from my Zazzle shop. I reserve the right to veto a caption if I consider it inappropriate or offensive.
My recent exciting news: I have a two-book illustration deal with Random House Children’s Books! Details here. Thanks to all of you, especially Writer Unboxed, for your continuing support of my illustrations.
News since the last time I posted: I’m delighted to announce I’ll be illustrating Michael Ian Black’s new picture book, NAKED! See the announcement in Entertainment Weekly. Scheduled for publication in Summer 2014.
I do admit that I waver between making New Year’s Resolutions and not making them, depending on the year and how I’m feeling. I LOVE Juliet Marillier’s Nine Good Gifts For The New Year (posted earlier in the week) so felt compelled to add one of her Gifts to my comic today.
The quote “Writers: enjoy every success, no matter how small” came from Nathan Bransford, and it’s such good advice. Sometimes we get so obsessed with some big goal (getting published, writing a bestseller, etc.) that we forget to enjoy good moments along the way. — Debbie
p.s. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, I encourage you to check out the daily NaNoToons that my friend Errol Elumir and I are posting to NaNoToons.net. You may also want to check out a related project of Errol’s: NaNoMusical, a 6-part Web musical about NaNoWriMo. The first episode is online, and I appear in it as an extra (dancing, even).
Congrats again to Dave Olimpio, who won the Writer Unboxed Summer Flash Fiction contest! Thanks to WU for giving me the chance to provide illustration prompts.
My big news: my first children’s book launches this week! I’M BORED is a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by yours truly, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. You can read about it here and see the fun homemade book music video I created with a friend. Writer Unboxed will be interviewing me about the book later this month. Thanks so much to WU and all of you for your continuing support of my illustrations.