Monday, May 30, 2011

Things I Googled While Working on Westbury Detectives #1

Note: These are in chronological order, all of the following searched at some point during January to April 2011. You can kind of see the evolution of the story (along with a hint at a story about an art thief I dropped at the last minute)...
  • what happens if someone builds a bar near a school
  • map of Texas/New York State/New York City/Brooklyn/Westbury/Queens/Nassau County
  • industries of new york
  • black car
  • cement factory
  • cement factory hours of operation
  • places that can get shot and not kill you
  • miya
  • depressants drugs list
  • how long does a statute or limitations last
  • mulberry's saskatoon
  • colours that look good with black
  • cerulean blue
  • video games that came out in 1989
  • chinese restaurant interiors
  • statute of limitations for art theft
  • led zeppelin lyrics
  • hospitals in nassau county
  • what is pistol whipping
  • how long does it take to recover from a shot wound
  • how long does it take to recover from a stab wound
  • new york police officer uniforms
  • chinatowns in new york state
  • american hospital rooms
  • hospitals in nassau county
  • hospitals near westbury ny

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Free Comic Book Day

I went to 8th Street Books and Comics today for the event, dropping in before I went to get art supplies. So for the first time, I randomly met someone who'd read Cinderelliot. The guy introduced himself, but for the life of me, I can't remember his name. It almost certainly contained a K at the beginning of it.

Of course, I'm always really nervous when it comes to talking about my works, since I don't like bragging and they're not perfect. I think I mentioned that I've got another work coming (this is Westbury Detectives) and that it's pretty hard to get stuff published but it's fun. I don't know what I was supposed to say, man...I can only imagine how weird it is for one to actually meet me after reading something I've made. I mean, like, Cinderelliot is easily my most crass work that I've let the public view (and I made it when I was sixteen), and Westbury Detectives is my most violent work. But when you meet the author, she turns out to be a timid, gangly bag of nerves.

So, my most sincere apologies to Guy I Met At Comic Book Store. I am completely unable to talk to random people due to insufficient programming, but it really means a lot to me to be able to meet my readers and fans. Thank you so much for reading Cinderelliot, and I really am sorry I seemed sort of dippy.

Everybody Calm Down

I really wanted to stay away from political matters with this blog, but someone of my generation really needs to put something uplifting up. After this message, we'll return to our usual programming of robots and gun violence.

So, much to the sheer abhor of everybody under the age of 45 who lives in Canada, Conservative Stephen Harper was voted in as prime minister, with NDP's Jack Layton as the official opposition. There's a difference of about 50 parliamentary seats between, which for non-Canadians, means both parties are really close in size, and Harper is able to do anything he wants now that he has more seats. People my age generally hate the crap out of Harper because he's so outdated when it comes to gay rights, environmental matters (Protip: look up "Alberta Tailing Ponds & Ducks" and prepare to never sleep again), Aboriginal matters, women's rights...basically, ask any college student how they feel about Harper's majority government and they'll start crying. But I'd like my generation to consider the following...

1. Sometimes the Conservatives never show up for a vote.
This is one of the side effects of being a rich bigshot. On even some of the crucial votes, members of the Conservative party tend to not come by, whereas the NDP is basically programmed to appear on time every day. You know that bill about transgender rights? Yeah, don't worry about it.

2. If you vote NDP in the provincial election, things won't suck as much.
I'm saying this especially because the Saskatchewan election is coming up, and a lot of my friends will be voting age by then. Not only will the NDP be around to help the majority of us who aren't rich white Christian folk, but Harper will have to acknowledge that his opposition is leading the province. We may not be the only NDP province, for that matter.

3. Just support the NDP and encourage your friends to do so.
I can't stress how important this is. Just talk it over with your non-voting friends and encourage them to register.

We're all going to be fine. Harper's gonna do the same stuff as before but slower, and how many elections have we had over his last term, three? There might be another election sooner than we might know. No matter what awful thing he does, speak up against it, and we're all going to be fine.