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Entries in humor (7)

Thursday
Jul162015

Scorpion Petting and Book Reviews

I love this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. :-)

And on the topic of helping the authors whose work you enjoy, here are some ways to help authors even if you can't afford to buy their books.

Tuesday
Feb192013

The Book Mind Of Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

TomGauld mousebook

Above and below: samples of the book-friendly cartoons by Tom Gault, whose YOU'RE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF MY JETPACK is being published later this year by Drawn & Quarterly. I have to buy this book!

TomGauld ebook

See more samples of his comics in BookPatrol as well as Tom's Tumblr blog.

50 jetpack

Saturday
Mar102012

Comic: Bilbiophile Break-Up

Wednesday
Feb152012

Comic: Fast Writer Envy

I'm posting some of my older comics here as I catalog and tag them in prep for a print book compilation:


Wednesday
Feb152012

Comic: Plot For Sale

As I gradually catalog my writing comics in prep for a book compilation, I'm posting them here in Inkygirl:

Tuesday
Feb142012

Comic: Death and the Writer

From the Inkygirl comic archives...

Tuesday
Nov022010

Learning about rondeaus from Robert Lee Brewer

Was fascinated by Robert Lee Brewer's description of rondeaus today, so decided to step up to the challenge and posted two. Here they are:

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I HOLD MY BREATH

I hold my breath as I check mail
Wait for the cruel words to impale
my fragile writer soul so low:
it shudders, rails against the blow.
Yet I will triumph, I'll prevail!

I start again, revise & quail
as my poor baby soon sets sail
into the ether, tidal flow -
I hold my breath.

An answer comes: they like my tale
but want some changes ("do prevail!")
so back to editing below
and next month I will let it go...
and hold my breath.

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OH RONDEAU WOE

Oh rondeau woe afflicts me now
as angst and sweat drip from my brow
and once again I wonder why
self-torture so appeals to my
twisted need to figure how.

Because this form does not allow
straying from the path, I vow
to master it before I die
Oh rondeau woe.

I grit my teeth and on I plow
trying to find rhymes somehow,
but my syllables go awry
I curse the French then start to cry
so to this form I do bid ciao...
Oh rondeau woe.