Today's toon kicks off the first in a series of seven. Yes, in honor of my most recent rejection letter, I'm exercising another coping mechanism that I forgot to put in my post on the subject. In fact, I frequently cope with life's little annoyances by drawing cartoons about them, and I've done this since at least college. I remember one notable instance from my freshman year when everyone in my dorm hallway was driving me nuts, so I created a large "Wanted" poster with tiny caricatures of everyone and snarky comments, and posted that on the bulletin board. (To quote Matt Groening, "It is unwise to annoy a cartoonist.") So, for the next six weeks you'll continue reading about my personal Seven Stages of Rejection.
On a more encouraging note, you can also find more of my scribblings at this week's Art By Committee selection over at Gurney Journey. And don't forget to check out Little Willow's little list of Cooking Up a Storm books--including my trusty co-blogger! Last but not least, Cynsations has put up another great interview with a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cybils nominee--check out the Q&A with Cassandra Clare. She shares some great writing advice from her own experience, like the following: "I thought everything had to be perfect before I could show it to anyone, which means I never got any feedback on anything, and without feedback I couldn't work on improving. It was a vicious cycle." If you enjoyed City of Bones, go take a look at the interview.