Bad News

Timing is everything.


Comic. Panel one. Woman sits at computer typing her first book. The television spews news. Crisis. Politics. Bad news. Huge. The woman says, I should turn the TV off. Gotta focus. Panel two. TV is silent. Woman's focus powers activate. Panel three. The world is in trouble. Destruction. Doom. Yuge. Bigly. Gaaaaah. Panel four. Woman steps out of her house. She says, Finished! Who wants to read my. Hello? End of comic.
Timing is everything.


Normally, I don’t do much commentary on these, but this one might need some. First off, I schedule these a week or more in advance, and I have literally no idea what the state of the world will be like by the time this goes live. At this point in time, things are looking bad. Well, worse than usual. If “usual” is even a real thing anymore. This comic is not intended to trivialize human suffering. If I were in a position to alleviate some of that suffering through anything other than writing and weird humor, I would.

But as someone whose high school career was bookended by the Columbine massacre and September 11th, as someone who graduated from undergrad into the Great Recession, as someone who published a debut novel under the shadow of the 45th American presidential administration, it’s difficult to not reflect on those patterns.

In many ways I am lucky. I have not been a victim of terrorist acts, domestic or otherwise. My heart goes out to everyone who has. And I realize sometimes my work seems trivial when compared to such grim events. (Hence, the comic.)

But if anything I make eases ONE person’s emotional burden, even for a brief moment, I’m counting that as a victory. These days, I’ll take those wins whenever I can get them.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please come again soon! *waves*

Wishing you the best,

Ditrie Marie Bowie

Photograph of Ditrie Marie BowieDitrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.

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