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Writing Process Blog Tour!

OH GEEZ!! The one and only jonchad tagged me in this crazy writing blog tour thing! You know how awesome Jon Chad is? He’s the most awesome. Go read his writing blog tour post, here. GO NOW.

Thanks, Jon Chad!!!

Anyways, here we go~

What am I working on?

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Currently, my main focus is writing the next 3 issues of Belchville, VT. Belchville, VT is a light horror story about a small New England town and its residents. Belchville is based on some of my observations as an “outsider” (I’m originally from Pennsylvania) living in Vermont. As much as I love autobio comics, it’s incredibly difficult for me to write autobio longer than 6 panels without adding fictional elements or exaggerating A LOT.

I’m also working on an all ages sci-fi adventure comic called T.I.C. 432 (which stands for: Tetrametoloid Ionized Chromagus 432). I’m more than likely using T.I.C. as my thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Ya’ll are just going to have to wait to see what that one’s about!


How does your writing process work?

Okay, I’m still developing a process, but currently this is how it goes:

  • Get an idea.
  • Send myself an email (subject: comic ideas) so I don’t forget it.
  • Take an 8hr car ride to Pennsylvania to think about it.
  • Go back to Vermont and think about it some more.
  • Open Google Docs and write a summary.
  • Get distracted for a few months.
  • Re-discover summary during a file cleaning binge.
  • If summary of idea is great, develop it further. If it sucks, delete it.
  • When someone asks you to make a comic for something, check Google Docs for plot summaries and choose one that isn’t awful.
  • Write a script.
  • Begin drawing comic and subsequently changing almost everything you previously wrote in the process.

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Why do I write what I do?

It depends on what I’m writing!

Belchville, for example, was written shortly after I had moved from my home in the bustling city of Philadelphia, into a teensy suburb in Vermont. The most consistant route from Philly that we’ve found, requires passing through several eerie tourist-trap towns in Upstate NY and VT. After 6+ hours of driving (and often, at approximately 1am in the morning) I finally arrive at my house which is conveniently located next to a graveyard. 

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That sounds like a pretty decent basis for a story already, doesn’t it?

Some other interesting things happen while I’m in Vermont - I started cartooning school, my husband and I got married, we searched for jobs, we survived our first Vermont winter, we hit a deer. I didn’t want to write about myself though, so I created a bunch of characters to work through. And like any good parent to a bunch of fictional characters, I intend on torturing them throughout the course their (possibly short) lives.

Lastly, I wanted to write a story that is heavily based on connections. Everything in Belchville happens for a reason, no matter how insignificant it may seem. That’s what I hope will happen, anyway.

Oh, and also, I’m a big fan of X-Files and Twin Peaks.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Belchville’s genre: Slow-developing, light horror comedy with a touch of (possible?) sci-fi, loosely based off of autobio. So… Um… Yeah. 

Belchville’s not 100% fully written (only the 1st issue is finished and may not end up being canon!), so we’ll see how it differs in a few months!

WHO YA GONNA TAG?!

I’m tagging some of my ~wonderful~ and ~super rad~ classmates at CCS! 

First off, incredibly talented Chu of Slightly Damned! Who’s like… so talented. Omg. 
Secondly, Anna Freaking McGlynn who writes sometimes creepy & always beautiful stories (according to Anna, most of the time they’re not meant to be creepy.)
Lastly, but not leastly, REIIILLYY HADDDENNNNNNN who’s comics are always bazonkers awesome and don’t get me started, or I will talk to you about Reilly’s awesome comics forever.

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