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Be Creative!

Are you creative?

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Welcome back! Hope your Taco Tuesday is off to a great start.

Before I get into the guts of this article, I wanted to give you a brief update on our Uninvited Guest situation. It appears that one mouse may actually be many mice. And no manner of live trap has been able to catch them. I’ve used seeds and sweets and peanut butter, all to no avail. Worse yet, they’ve begun to taunt Gizmo, our lovable and awkward bearded dragon. So, I’ve passed the issue onto my partner. And, sadly, I won’t be sharing any pictures with you of adorable mice. (As much as I really, really wanted to.)

Anyway, on to the funny stuff, yeah?

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re working on a new project. A story, poem, painting, song, whatever. And the beginning stages of creating that thing is super energizing. The new ideas are shiny. It’s like a romance or a vacation to a new country. Everything is exciting and fresh.

But you’re going to stick to it. You’re committing to this ONE project and giving it your all. And you’re totally not going to get distracted by the ten thousand shiny new ideas lying in wait. Nuh-uh. Not even that one over there. The super squiggly one with the cool shaped wings. Nope. Not. Gonna. Cave.

And then, of course, you slip a teeny tiny bit. But the idea was too awesome to pass up. It was just a fling. You tell your project the new idea didn’t mean anything. You recommit. And the cycle continues.

Now, imagine a different scenario. You aren’t working on any projects. No, you’re out in the world enjoying your day. And suddenly, somebody ambushes you. They need creative ideas from you, and they need them right now! If you’re anything like me, that situation looks a little like this.

Be Creative!

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Fun fact: this also happens when somebody asks me to say something random in Spanish. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, hola?

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Uninvited Guest

Don’t you hate it when you get an uninvited guest?

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Life is an adventure. It’s always throwing curveballs at you even though it knows full well you don’t play sports ever since that incident in kickball. This week’s surprise came in the form of a flash out of the corner of my eye.

What was that?!

It was a super fast moving shadow, but I couldn’t get my brain to process what it saw. Did I make it up? Did I need a nap?

But then it happened again, a flash moving in the opposite direction!

That’s when I knew we either had a ginormous radioactive roach in the apartment or a Speedy Gonzalez.

After a bit more observation, it turned out to be the latter. Which is a big problem because I freaking love mice. The ears. The whiskers. The teeny tiny hands. *implodes*

 

The trap hasn’t worked yet, but I’m ever hopeful. It’s also weird how this whole trying-to-catch-an-animal thing has tapped into a deep part of my hindbrain. I’m like in full-on animal-tracking mode. What is it thinking? Where is it pooping? What is it chewing? And please to bees don’t let it die inside our walls and stink up the whole apartment. Sometimes my reactions seem a little silly, hence this week’s comic.

Uninvited Guest

 

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In my defense, the water’s next to the trap and the food is in it. Will I catch it? Stay tuned to find out.

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Bad News

There’s the good news, and then there’s the bad news.

Bad News

Welcome back. I’m not sure if you noticed, but 2017 has been an awful year. Sure, 2016 wasn’t all that and a bag of popcorn, either. But this year has really and truly sucked.

There. I said it. It’s out in the open now.

*wafts the odor away*

In case you have been living in cave a thousand feet underground with marshmallows jammed in your ears and had no idea, there’s a giant racist potato running the country of my birth.

Unreal, right?

It seems like every day there’s one more piece of bad news. Mass shootings, hurricanes, earthquakes, missile launches, neo-nazis running amuck in the streets. You know, the usual.

Right now I’ve got over 15 family members stuck in Puerto Rico. That’s right. THAT Puerto Rico. The one you’ve been hearing about all over the news lately. And it’s possible you only recently discovered (along with the disturbingly large number of other Americans who were unaware) that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Which means the giant racist potato is in charge.

*deep breaths*

After Maria hit, the whole first week of not-being-able-to-contact-anyone-on-the-island thing was gut wrenching. But it came barking down the heels of a whole lot of other no good, very bad personal news, as well. I got sick. My husband got sick. Our adorable bearded dragon got sick. And whole lot of other awful, really bad things happened, too.

Through all of it, one thing has kept me moving forward. My sense of humor. I may be punny (and puny). My jokes may reek of the dad joke variety. But they’re simple, and they’re pure, and I wouldn’t have my dorky self any other way.

Bad News

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Typos

Typos are fun. Editing is funner.

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How many times has this happened to you? You’re writing a really important email. Maybe it’s a message about work. Or maybe it’s a job application. It may even be an article or story you’re submitting to a magazine. You’ve combed through it dozens of times searching for sneaky typos.

The first time, it’s like a seek and destroy mission. But by the second pass through, everything seems fine. Your message has great flow. It hits all the key points. And your confidence starts to build. This is going to be amazing. Maybe you will get the job/promotion/refugee aardvark from South Africa you’ve totally been trying to adopt for three years.  Perhaps this message, this crucial piece of writing is the greatest bit of literature you have ever produced. You might even change lives!

Full of confidence, you hit send. And as you listen to the magical whooshing sound as your words are rushed off into the cybersphere, you see it. The typo. And then it seems like the more you read your message, the more typos you find. How is this possible?!

No medium in this category, other than sent emails, frustrates me more than Twitter. Twitter is like a graveyard for lost typos.  And for years, the only options have been to leave them out there for everybody and their monkey to see or to delete them and pretend they never existed.

But maybe this never happens to you. Maybe there’s a gremlin who sprinkles typos into my messages the way some* people sprinkle cheese on pizza. A gremlin who leaves breadcrumbs all over my keyboard. And, hey, where did my sandwich go?

Typos

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#YouCantProveItsNotAGremlin

*I can’t have cheese. Or pizza. Not the normal kind, anyway. Chronic illnesses are fun (not). The food I can eat is expensive. So, uhh, here’s my tip jar?

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Hard Work

Being this awesome is hard work.

Working hard isn't always pretty. It's hard work.
Welcome back, everybody! Thanks to everyone who keeps coming back to see all the hard work I do. As you may have guessed, This Writer Can’t Draw is undergoing a few slight improvements.

Before you freak out: no, I still haven’t learned how to draw. Okay, so maybe I have a little bit (as my Patreon patrons have seen), but it’s not something I can cobble together in ten minutes like some real artists can. So, the completely free, mostly copy and paste versions of badly drawn comics that you’ve come to know and love will remain unchanged in style.

But, as you may have noticed, there are WORDS here now, too. Weird, right? From now on, all my comic panels will have a bit of intro and backstory. You’re welcome.

I first hinted at today’s comic back on Twitter, where I narrated certain events in real time:

As you can probably guess, me working from home is a VERY different person from me working from not-home. An office? From me working in an office. (English is weird. I have a writing degree. I am so good at the Englishing. Can’t you tell?)

When I first started working on creative projects at home, I completely forgot what it must sound like to outsiders who are only hearing the bits I’m saying out loud. You know, people like my husband. This led to some interesting conversations until I was finally able to convince him that this was normal. Okay, maybe not normal, per se. But normal for me and my process. Those early conversations went a little like this:

Hard Work

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Caffeine Crash

Comic panel. Woman cries and mutters. Man asks why she skipped caffeine.
Writing problems, am I right? Seriously, though, I never used to drink this much tea and coffee. Vancouver did this to me. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

*sips from mug and stares directly into the camera*

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What the Stomach Wants

I'm not hungry at meal times, but 5 seconds before bed, I could eat a moose.

What makes this funnier is that I’m a vegetarian. An extremely non-militant vegetarian. You can eat meat all day, and it doesn’t bother me. As long as it’s not human. 🤢

 

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Tweet Beat

If you aren’t following me on Twitter yet, you probably should be. Here’s why.

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Look Who’s Drawing Now

This new stylus is going to make drawing so much easier! Drawing turns out terrible. Guess I should stick to writing.

Welcome to episode 25! It’s been a strange and bumpy road, and I’m looking forward to sharing the next 25 with you. 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll see you again next week. *waves*


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Great Ideas

This is going to be the BEST story ever! Typity type-type typing. Why'd I think yodeling were-goats in space was a good idea?
It may be a terrible idea, but I totally want to write a story about yodeling were-goats in space now. Bonus points if they’re on a lunar colony. All goat all the time.

What are your wonderfully awful story ideas? Share in the comments below. 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll see you again next week. *waves*

Wishing you the best,

Ditrie Marie Bowie


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Ditrie 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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