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The writers retreat


I am hoping for a good run on my novel next week when the kids go back to school. Wish me luck!!

Hey, did you know that it’s now TWO YEARS since I first started posting comics online? I have now amassed more than 600 pages of comics. I am compiling them into books – 2010, 2011 and 2012. If you would like to win a copy of the 2010 and 2011 collected comics, please leave a comment in the speech bubble  below and I will randomly select someone on Wednesday next week. You don’t have to say much – hi will suffice!

Also, sorry about the chopping and changing of themes. I hated my last one but I’m still trying to figure out the optimum combination of picture width and pleasant fonts. I really need to figure out web coding again…

29 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/07/2012 2:36 pm

    I would dearly love to win/purchase a collection of your comics. 600 pages? that’s outrageous…how do you find the time?

  2. 10/07/2012 2:45 pm

    Ooooh now that’s one competition worth entering. Fadabulous, & congratulations. Like an overly forward bridesmaid, imagining myself jumping high to win your comics. Best. Bouquet. Ever!

  3. 10/07/2012 2:57 pm

    I just started following your blog and Twitter a few months ago, it’s lovely to hear a Kiwi voice while I’m overseas and struggling with writing my own comics. Good luck with the novel!

  4. susan elliot permalink
    10/07/2012 3:07 pm

    I’m in – your comics are so wonderously bleak – so funny – so cheering – so great for procrastinating. I can see my email on the top of the stack – screaming ‘pick me pick me’ – oh right emails can’t do that
    So anyway if I don’t win can I buy them anywhere?

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      10/07/2012 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I’m toying with the idea of trying some fundraising so I can afford a larger print run, but I’m printing a small run this time round so I’m sure there will be comics to buy if you don’t win.

  5. 10/07/2012 3:16 pm

    Oh I so love your stories. I was just anticipating early in the comic that you would get the kids’ sickness on your retreat… so sorry you did but I know that’s the way these things go! We’re having the most boring-est school holidays ever as the flu works its way through us all.
    I’d love to win a collection of your comics. Please count me in!

  6. Ben Reid permalink
    10/07/2012 3:29 pm

    I’m not a big reader of comics and yet I keep returning to yours again and again. Thank you for sharing your writer’s life. It’s different from my struggles with writing… and yet strangely so much the same.

  7. 10/07/2012 3:34 pm

    another brilliant one- i’m sorry you were sick on your retreat. still, it must have been good to have a change of scene. i’m very excited about the possibility of you printing up your comics!

  8. Dawn (Oceaniadawn) permalink
    10/07/2012 3:37 pm

    I was about to ask you if you were going to print your comics in a book as I love them, and you’ve answered the question here, so yay! If I don’t win, I would love to buy my own copy! I’m off to Samoa (11-18 July) so if I do win (wishful, positive thinking here!), that’s why I’m not replying with excited glee!

  9. Drew permalink
    10/07/2012 3:58 pm


  10. 10/07/2012 5:09 pm

    Love it.

  11. Jay Slack permalink
    10/07/2012 7:57 pm

    As a New Zealander living abroad, and a cartoonist who finds that too often I end up drawing things which say very little, I always look forward to reading your blog and wonderful cartoons. I look forward to many more years of great work from you.

  12. 10/07/2012 8:38 pm

    I love your comics, a book of them, many books of them, would be FAB!

  13. Claire permalink
    10/07/2012 8:42 pm

    oh pick me!

  14. 10/07/2012 10:12 pm

    I’ve loved following your life in pictures the last couple of years. What a great idea to compile them into a book.

  15. 10/07/2012 10:45 pm

    Ha ha! Writing retreat disasters FTW! (and yes, put me in the draw!)

  16. Steve permalink
    11/07/2012 1:45 pm

    Pick me!

  17. Steve permalink
    11/07/2012 1:45 pm


  18. Carol Brown permalink
    11/07/2012 2:46 pm

    Hi. Some of us losers will part with ready money. Details, please.

  19. 11/07/2012 8:26 pm

    Ooh, please put me in the draw if it isn’t already drawn 🙂

    So sorry your novel succumbed to the chunder but I’m glad you found time to write a comic about it!

    Loved the “this is seminal” bit!

  20. Joanne permalink
    11/07/2012 8:32 pm

    Oooh, me, me!

  21. 12/07/2012 1:35 am

    Love reading your comics–and relate. (Recently went on a writing retreat. I didn’t hurl, but I did end up watching movies and sleeping. Maybe there needs to be a retreat before the retreat…)

  22. 13/07/2012 2:00 pm

    I saw you last night Sarah at the Orcon Great Blend. You have a new fan!

  23. 14/07/2012 3:35 pm

    The first part of this comic sounded like my dream weekend – lots of cheese, wine, no children, Dirty Dancing (note caps), trashy mags – so sorry to hear it went awry. And – although I don’t want to disturb you from the novel, is there going to be another episode of Clueless? Pleeeeeease?

  24. TWM permalink
    16/07/2012 12:14 am

    Hi. And thanks for the link to “Two Girls In a Boat” — really liked it.

  25. Bill permalink
    16/07/2012 9:54 am

    Hi Sarah. Love your work. On paper would be even better!

  26. 16/07/2012 10:22 am

    Hi Sarah, you bring sunshine into my life with every one oif your cartoons. Many thanks,
    Bookman Beattie

  27. 25/07/2012 4:22 pm

    Bugger, I have only just discovered this. Oh well, maybe next time – it would be like winning Lotto.


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