I’ve been working pretty hard on this education tools update for Storybird since joining the company. I’ve got lots of other things going on too, but it’s nice to point to this and say, “yay, I had a hand in getting that done.”
Some good books here that I’d like to checkout this fall.
I'm most interested in seeing Gravity and The Book Thief from this list. Ender's Game will be worth a watch, too, since I just read the book recently.
The Fantasy World Map. Not exhaustive, but clever nonetheless.
Several of us at work were admiring this artist yesterday, and I wanted to play with a story based on the art. This is my story “Running” built on Storybird, which is the startup where I’m working as a developer now.
I particularly like this quote from this piece on the changes in publishing:
What we lost when we lost bookstores was the concentrated power of the bookseller to promote works of particular merit--personal recommendations drove sales.
The author goes on to note how this affects literary fiction more than other forms, which I agree with. This, too, will change in time. Especially as sites like Storybird (which I work on, full disclosure) find ways to bridge the gap between accessible and art.
I discovered comics young. So young that I can’t even pin it down to an age. I’d guess 5 or 6, but memory from that point in life isn’t to be trusted. I do know that it was around age 10 that I started trying to write and draw comics. Somewhere around 12 I took an art class that killed any artistic hope in me. Around that age I also started reading “serious fiction.” That’s when I set out to be a writer. And comics was the thing I most wanted to write.
Fast forward to now, past the English degree I hold, too many rejected comics submissions, a bunch of short stories like this one, and a stint as an English teacher. I now work as a software developer. Still a writer, of a sort. A writer of software, rather than stories. But still, our young selves have a way of shaping our current selves. In fact, I still think about writing comics all the time, still have stories swimming around in my head daily. But I find every excuse I can not to sit down and write.
I think this needs to end.
So I’ll spend some time this weekend writing. I’ve got another idea for a comic I want to flesh out. A kind of Southern Gothic Absurd piece. A “What if Flannery O'Connor wrote superhero stories?” kind of thing.
I’m not deceiving myself into thinking I’m the next great comics writer. But if I get something down that doesn’t suck, I might cast about for an artist to bring it to life. If not, at least I’ll have broken out of my can’t-ever-find-the-time-to-write slump.