This is the six-page comic that Nathan Seabolt and I put together for the Sydney Comics Guild 2013 anthology. The theme was “the locked door”. I think the anthology is just going to be digital at this stage, but if it goes into print, I will be sure to post something about it here.
(NB If you're having trouble viewing it at the tiny size, go to my Flickr set to view larger versions of each page.)
I feel like October was a bit more productive but perhaps going to GRAPHIC made me feel that way. Certainly it was a bit harder because I didn't have my regular childcare slots for the first week or so because the email scheduling service I was using got a server upgrade and then, for some reason, stopped working altogether. And then there was the usual domestic and church tasks requiring my attention. (The church stuff was mostly to do with women's ministry, which I am quitting next year because that, in combination with Music Time, is too much for me.)
Since we're well into November, I should probably do an update. September was pretty much a write-off, creatively speaking, as well as August: it was the month that two sets of grandparents were out of the country and I focused most of my efforts on toilet training (and staying sane throughout toilet training) and other domestic bits and pieces. Oh, and a few volunteer jobs for church. And then the final week going into October was devoted to having a bit of a family holiday.
I wrote and drew a comic about SPD. Hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
(Now you know why I normally get other people to draw my comics!)
Sorry it's so small on this blog. If the size is driving you crazy, you can always view it as a slideshow in its Flickr set.
Update: Fixed the images. Hopefully they display better here.
Oh, I should also mention that this was made using Paper by 53 and Adobe Photoshop.
Yeah, this is going to be a post about toilet training. You may want to stop reading here.
I went to the GRAPHIC Festival this weekend at the Sydney Opera House and now my brain is buzzing with ideas and creative juices. But it is also overtired from Daylight Saving beginning and a lot of walking, so I'm going to have to make this quick! Here goes.
Hmm. Since we're well into September, I'd better post a working update for August. I feel like August was a bit of a write-off too, work-wise—mostly because of pregnancy things (which is pretty understandable). But looking over the month, I did get a few bits and pieces done. Given the state of my brain on pregnancy hormones, I regard this as being somewhat miraculous.
After doing so well with my once-a-week updates, this blog kind of ground to a halt. So sorry. As you probably gathered, something was up. I'm not sure if you realised what exactly, but I'm sure that those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to see if we would produce a sibling for Astrid have been expecting this.
So yes: I'm pregnant. I'm just on 14 weeks. The baby's due in early March 2014.
It was interesting going back and rereading what I had written when I announced my pregnancy with Astrid—what I had chosen to talk about and what I hadn't. This time, of course, it's all different. Here's a few things you might be interested in:
July wasn't that remarkable, work-wise, because I tried to take something of a break. However, personal stuff has also been going on—stuff that has meant that I've found it hard to concentrate and work on the stuff I normally work on. (I know that's not an excuse … *sigh*, etc.)
Anyway, for the sake of posting something for July, here's where things are at.
(NB: I wrote this last week and didn't get a chance to finish it before the weekend, thus missing my self-imposed deadline [sorry!]. I can't be bothered updating the references to “this week” to “last week”, so please read it accordingly.)
So this week I changed all the bed linen; washed all the clothes, sheets, swim things, towels, hand towels, tea towels and face washers; did the admin for childcare (which involves scheduling an email through Laytr to book Astrid into childcare two weeks in advance, scheduling a money transfer to pay for those slots, updating the calendar and updating my spreadsheet, which keeps track of all the money in my childcare fund [aka writing fund]); paid the Term 3 fees for Music Time; did the data entry for Music Time; did a mountain of admin for the next women's ministry event at church; reminded everyone in the Sydney Comics Guild about Thursday's mid-week meeting; filled in the forms to claim back tolls on the M5 for the past year from the RTA (which was totally worth it as that's a $60 refund we hope we'll receive); took my car to the mechanic because I had noticed that dark grey smoke billows out of the exhaust when travelling at high speeds (too much oil in the engine); took Astrid to her swimming lesson (where she got to use the new swimmers I'd researched and bought for her the previous week); restocked the swim bag when everything was dry; posted some shoes that was Astrid was given by grandparents back to the clothing manufacturer in the hope they can exchange them for a bigger size because they were too small; bought those covers you can get for the door knobs so that little fingers can't open them (because Astrid now knows how to climb out of her cot and will do so up to half a dozen times of an evening instead of going to sleep); organised a group of families to go to the Peppa Pig stage show and then hit redial on my phone for 45 minutes the morning tickets went on sale so I could actually purchase some (the line was constantly engaged; one parent commented on the Peppa Pig Facebook page that tickets to this were harder to get than for Pink!); picked up the new bed I'd ordered for Astrid as we are going to move her from a cot to a bed sometime soon (and the company had originally indicated that their warehouse was 10 minutes away from us, but then when the bed finally came in, they said that it was at their new warehouse half an hour away—grr!); redrafted part 3 of my graphic novel for writing group, which meets Sunday; attended the Sydney Comics Guild mid-week meeting, which had new attendees, whom I tried to introduce to the rest of the group; organised to have dinner with my father and stepmother, who are in town at the moment; attended medical appointments; dropped off and picked up Astrid from childcare; cooked; packed morning teas and lunches when needed; put out another half of loaf of bread to defrost; did the dishes every evening; responded to emails; received two rejections regarding organisations stocking Kinds of Blue; recorded a bit for the Beardy and the Geek podcast; met Guan to talk about the M&M Vanity Project; and seamed a sweater (just need to knit the collar and weave in ends and then it will be finished!).
A way of funding writing in the future: pitch and idea and get people to support it.
Place where you can hire play equipment for parties, etc.
How to recalibrate the home button on your iPhone.
Unsolicited manuscripts accepted by Pan Macmillan with certain conditions.
Thought Balloon is a group blog in which the writers tackle a new theme every week? month? with one-page scripts. This URL is for their Phonogram ones.