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November 11th, 2010

NaNoWriMo and More @ 12:20 pm

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NaNoWriMo? NoNoNoNo
posted by John

So if you follow my Twitter Feed or catch my facebook page, you might have heard tell that I'll be doing a regular podcast with WEREGEEK's Alina Pete and GOBLINS' Tarol Hunt.

We're trying to get a few in the can, to work out the bugs and have a bit of a backlog. We're not announcing what it'll be called, yet, but I love the name and we've grabbed the URL. (Hint: given my Wisconsin residency, it will not be called "Two and a Half Candaians). Thundernerds are GO!

It's been a far more interesting project than I'd have imagined. And goodness knows, I'm sure adding another "gawrsh what fun!" gig to my schedule that I don't get paid for thrills the Lovely and Talented Judith no end. But last night was an...odd recording. At least for me: It's been almost a month since I've drawn a Dork Tower comic strip (I was four weeks ahead of the game, for a while there, but spent almost the entire month of October working on Munchkin Zombies - the first full, 164-card Munchkin game in nearly three years). So I was feeling a bit disconnected from my work, as we were discussing it in great, great detail.

Obviously, my life has seen some enormous, and enormously wonderful, changes these past three years, and overall I've been quite happy with Dork Tower these last 12 months. For the most part, I've kept to the schedule pretty DARNED well, which was one of the goals. Plus, I've been mostly happy with the quality of the gags, which was another. But finding time to do it - and to do it well - certainly gets more difficult as Louisa gets older.

Louisa's WidgetIndeed, Louisa is home sick, today, and what little time I'll have to work on the Dork Tower bible (that some Hollywood folks want - trust me, not NEARLY as glamorous as you'd think) and a new backlog of strips (which I think will be quite good) will come during the Bean's nap.

DO NOT GET ME WRONG: any time spent with my daughter is magical and memorable, and is to be cherished. Right now, she keeps running into room in as I'm writing this, to hand me pictures of Brobee, Muno and Foofa (from Yo Gabba Gabba) that she's colored...along with one of Widget (from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! - my pal Bob Boyle's show, which is like crystal meth for kids).

For the longest time, if you'd given me one wish, it would have been to develop into the best cartoonist that I could possibly be.

Now, that's changed. By far my main goal in life is to become the best possible FATHER I can be, to this beautiful little blonde-haired, blue-eyed sprite who keeps running into the room, thrusting crayon drawings at me, and yelling (alternately) "HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY" and "HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEN!" Which is particularly thrilling, as it's neither my birthday nor halloween.

There are places I want to go, things I want to see. There are cons I want to attend. But there is NO place I'd rather be, than with my wife and daughter. Right now, life is magical, and I don't ever want to take that for granted.

I just wonder, though...are being the best Dadda I can be, and being the best cartoonist I can be, mutually exclusive?

Probably not.

Maybe I'll figure that out, sometime.

Possibly one of these days, while Louisa's napping.


It's National Novel Writing Month (or, as professional authors call it, "November").

Chris Presta-Valachovic, on my facebook wall, asked "John, by any chance, could you repost your NaNoWriMo strips from a couple years ago? Pretty please? I've lost my prints of them...and they gave me impetus to keep going."

Well, far be it for me to go all Casey Kasem Request Line on your consciousness, and painful as it is for me to look at ANY piece of my work that's more than a couple of weeks old (srsly)...here you go. From 2007, the Matt Takes On NaNoWriMo series

Super Happy Robot NaNoWriMo I Fun Hour

Super Happy Robot NaNoWriMo II Fun Hour

Super Happy Robot NaNoWriMo III Fun Hour

Super Happy Robot NaNoWriMo IV Fun Hour

Super Happy Robot NaNoWriMo V Fun Hour

Muskrat out,

====== John

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Date:November 11th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Louisa needs to learn "Bucket fill" and how to copy and paste if she wants to do coloring ;)

who knows maybe we can get a dork tower comic done by her (Kind of like Family Circus' "By billy")
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Date:November 11th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I <3 that you call your daughter "Bean". My "bean" is 14 and it's the /least/ embarrassing nickname out of her friends. :)

Thanks for doing your best to be a great dad and raise a great kid! With that nickname she can't do otherwise. :)
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Date:November 12th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Awwwwww :) One of these days I hope to see her at a con! Becca was four when we took her to RadCon and she was introduced to Lego because Evil Stevie was there doing his Lego Pirates thing.

As for NaNo, just bailed on mine. Maybe because I exist in some weird purgatory of not-quite-pro, so I write all the time anyway. Or maybe because I'm burnt out and grumpy.

-- C.
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Date:November 12th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
And that is why I created NaNoWriMi: National Novel Writing Minute. Surely you have 60 seconds to write a novel, John?

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Date:November 15th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Quite looking forward to the podcast! I became a podcast junkie about a year ago with Pulp Gamer Out of Character and now download quite a few, including BBC Radio 4's Friday Night Comedy and Scotland's Funny Bits. I also get Ulster's Funny Bits, but that seems to be on hiatus. One personal request: please don't go over 45 minutes or so. I definitely find that my attention span is no more than 30-45 minutes, which is about the time it takes me to drive down the mountain to town.

I was ecstatic to discover that Nights With Alice Cooper does a podcast! They're short, 5-8 minutes or so, just a collection of his trivia quips throughout an evening. I'd love to hear the music, but there are obvious licensing issues, besides I can find feeds of that.

And if you'd like a beta for your podcast....

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