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Can I write a Book?

Finding Possibilities for the Future

The other day, one of my twitter friends, the wonderful Roxanne (of Stories of Conflict and Love) sent me a link to a pretty amazing Jumpstarter project by the writer/artist Greg Ruth. Greg had put together a simple book of illustrations that he had done over the course of a year. You should check the book out: The 52 Weeks Project.

I thought it was a really cool project, and fell in love with a few of the illustrations on the project page. Especially Samurai vs. Stuffed Bunny. (Everyone knows that bunnies are the ultimate evil, right?)

What really made me start thinking about things, though, is that Roxanne didn’t just think that I would like that link. I mean, it’s twitter, we share links with each other all of the time. It was that she said it reminded her of me and my doodles.

I was kind of floored, and extremely flattered. Roxanne is an amazingly talented writer that has born witness to some of the most extravagant things in her world travels, and I’m a guy that sits in a cube in the American Midwest and scribbles little pictures on scrap paper when I’m bored. I mean, no body really wants to pay me for my scribbles, right?

Crossing my fingers that I was completely wrong, I went ahead and casually asked if she was implying that I should put together something like that.

She was incredibly encouraging!

So I’ve basically spent several hours now pondering  over exactly how I could go about doing something like that. It isn’t exactly my style just to throw out doodles on a page and leave them alone like that. I’m wordy, I like having people read my thoughts, too. Which, has actually led to 2 different ideas on my part that I am going to work on over the next year.

352 Panel Comic

I have two sketch books that I have left over from buying up some to give to Eldaraenth players. They are both 4” x 6” hardbound sketch books with 176 sheets in them. Add in one of my 30 before 30 goals to create a graphic novel, and it seemed like I had an amazing thought for a perfect fit. If I draw one panel of comic on each page, I could create something that was both a traditional work in the medium, and creatively outside the box.

I even have a story idea that I think I’m going to try and use for it. I was going to write it as a series of short stories, but I’ve decided that this fits the story better. I’ll update you later on my progress.

Darkness and Light – A Journal of Fears Overcome

For the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a journal in which I take a “Negative Feeling Word” and I write about how it affects me and what I can do to move past it. I only have a handful of entries so far, but I do write in it just about every night. I think I would really like the challenge of going through it after a few months (or after I finish filling the 400 page journal), picking the most powerful entries and doing an illustration to go with each one.

Kind of like a giant bawl/win thread on 4Chan in book format.

Until then, I hope I can continue to satiate your desires for my doodles with a handful of them here or there. They are a relaxing break from writing on nights when I’m feeling burnt out, and I’m glad they’ve gotten the response they have.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

6 thoughts on “Can I write a Book?”

  1. Roxanne says:

    You could not have started my Monday on a more positive note. This post is so filled with hopes and dreams and it makes me smile from ear to ear. Enjoy (and trust) the process and see where it takes you!

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Thank you. I would never have thought I could do something like this if you hand’t pointed it out to me.

  2. Dbbaltzell says:

    DO IT!!! I am so excited to see you take this direction! You can absolutely do this.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Thanks, Brandee! I know I can, now, thanks to you guys.

  3. Stereo.* says:

    Yes you CAN write a book. And what’s more, you had better write a book *shakes fist*

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