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As of this writing, it seems the massive fire in Fort McMurray is dying down. 80,000 people in the area were evacuated while the town was decimated. It’s fortunate – and a little amazing – that no lives were lost in the fire.I can’t imagine the work to come, but I hope for nothing but the best for everyone involved.
In the meantime, the Toronto Star published this political cartoon by Theo Moudakis:
On the surface, it’s a nice sentiment, but it’s problematic. Let me explain.
From Punisher #8. Art by Leandro Fernandaz
Ever since his debut in the second season of Netflix’ Daredevil, I’ve been thinking a lot about Frank Castle; a.k.a.: The Punisher. So much, in fact, that I broke down and bought the first complete collection volume of Garth Ennis’ second run on the title, under Marvel’s Max imprint (Amazon link here).
It all got me thinking more about the character; at least enough to fill a short blog entry, anyway. So here goes.
In an effort to get out of the house more while being unemployed, I’ve been hitting up the library for comics. I’ve enjoyed several books and series I haven’t been able to check out before. Some, I’d never even heard of before now.
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Man, I hope I didn’t look this nerdy when I started writing.
After Grade 2, I became a writer. My stories about Gizmo from Gremlins were all written in crayon. As I grew up, my skills as a writer improved. Crayons became pencil crayons, then pencil, then pen, then eventually, a keyboard. My stories changed from Gizmo adventures to horror stories to super heroics.
My journey to becoming a writer took time. I’ve certainly evolved from my days of Gizmo stories. I wish I had kept those old scribblers as wonderful mementos. I especially wish I’d kept my coil scribblers with all my short horror stories.
To be a writer, it’s very simple: you write. If you can write or type out your thoughts, you are a writer. After all, writers write. Even if you never get published, know that you are a writer simply because you write.
But maybe you want to hone your skills. Maybe you dream of seeing your name on a book cover, sitting on a bookstore’s shelf. Maybe you’re young and want some tips on how to progress as a writer. Maybe you’re much older and want to tell that story you’re sure people will read. Maybe you’re a parent with a child who enjoys telling stories.
Well, I can’t guarantee these tips are for everyone. It’s advice I’ve heard or learned over the past three decades. Regardless, I hope it inspires you in some way.
The final product. Cover design by Sean Ali.
And here we go. Finally. The third and final writer commentary on my first novel, The City of Smoke & Mirrors. I’ll be honest here, folks: I’m brutally self-critical about these chapters. Particularly this book’s ending. Looking back, I hate it. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself. See for yourself when you get to my commentary on Chapters 30 & 31.
As before, a fair warning. I’m diving deep into spoiler territory here. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend doing so before reading this commentary.
This last time, I’m commentating on Chapters 21-33.
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