Then she wanted to know if sales had gone up (despite my faux pas) and I had to tell her, I didn’t really know. I don’t check our story sales. You should have seen her eyes roll.
It’s been that kind of week.
When I told Glynn I had the perfect title for our next story – a title which is presently doubling as the headline for this week’s blog – I think he wanted to roll his eyes, too, but he knew better. He didn’t want another week of Taco Bell Fresco Burritos for supper. Instead, he reminded that we’d just polished the full outline for the next novella in our “One Bride” series. Just in case I might have forgotten.
Then he mentioned that, over our month-long break from the series, we’d made some significant progress on our mystery novel. It’s zooming along, it’s well over halfway completed, and it’s penciled in as our next-next project. As if I was unaware.
Knowing all of this, I still pleaded my case. Lovecraft Goes West, which is what he called it, would be a one-off. I told him I visualized it as a short story, maybe 6,000 words at the most, taking less than a month to complete. We’d put it out there, it wouldn’t matter if it sold ANY copies (sorry, G.W.), but the ridiculous idea would be out of my head. I’d have scratched that particular itch.
An itch that is still unsatisfied, I tell you now.
In my heart, I realized my partner was absolutely correct. Not only do we need to tackle our current projects, I truly want to do so. They excite me. Except…well, those projects are going to take months to complete, they just will, and it would be fun to do something that came together more quickly. Especially if it was silly.
Before I made my plea, Glynn had been looking at that day’s newspaper. Wednesday’s FRAZZ comic strip happened to address the very topic we were discussing. In the strip, the adorable school custodian (named Frazz, I’m guessing) is wiping a table while talking to a cute little girl, whose name I don’t know. I hadn’t read the comic strip in the past and, after this incident, it’s not at the top of my reading list for the near future, either.
Anyway. In the first panel of the strip, the little girl says, “If you chase two rabbits you won’t catch either one.” She’s only a little girl. They haven’t taught her about the proper use of commas, yet.
Yes, through some cosmic coincidence, Glynn was able to use a comic strip to further his point. I feel a little bitter; you don’t see me using PEARLS BEFORE SWINE as a way to argue that we need more vintage Barbies in the house. But fine, I get it. The Universe was making a point, and I’ve accepted it. We’ll complete Flora’s story, then the mystery, THEN Cthulu. If someone else hasn’t jumped in to write the thing first.
To soften the blow, Glynn mentioned that maybe I could use the first panel of FRAZZ for the image of this week’s blog. It would be fun, it would be fitting, and I wouldn’t have to scramble to find a picture to post. I thought that was a solid idea, so I emailed Jef Mallett, the artist, to see if he’d give us permission. I never heard back. My guess is, Jef is occupied, busily chasing one rabbit. And good for him.
So I went looking for a public domain image that might fit and found the lovely Adventures into the Unknown cover at Comic Book Plus. It's no FRAZZ, I admit, but it's a lot of fun.