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20october004I’ve been having a particularly acute case of Second Rate Writer’s Syndrome (SRWS) ever since Ellie Catton won the Man Booker Prize. I’m super excited and pleased for her, and I think it’s a wonderful thing for New Zealand literature, but it also reminds me that before I started writing in earnest, I harboured Booker fantasies. Little by little I’ve adjusted my expectations , and now I’d think I’d won a prize if I got published overseas. I’m up to page 305 of The Luminaries (signed first edition!), and it is so very good, and Ellie is quite brilliant. Sigh. I went to China with her a few years back – my comics about it are here and here.

I’ve got a few events coming up if you are in Auckland. First up, I’m talking at The Resource Room in Pt Chevalier at 7pm next Thursday, 24th October. Come along to get your book signed and drink some wine. And then at 6pm on the 30th of October, I’m going to a book launch at Auckland Central Library of From Earth’s End: The Best of NZ Comics. I’m lucky enough to be included in that book, yippee! On Sunday 3rd November I’m taking part in the wonderful The Women’s Bookshop’s Ladies’ Litera-Tea. Come along!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/10/2013 1:24 am

    Wonderful story, love your illustrations!

  2. 21/10/2013 2:10 am

    I’ll take a bottle of that spray thanks.

    Actually, your comic, and knowing I am in such good company when I fear I won’t live long enough to write anything I’m really proud of, does help.



  3. 21/10/2013 8:54 am

    Brilliant! Love the idea of spray for wolves and other demons. Maybe we could develop one for the doubt demon (you did a cool strip on this demon once).

  4. 21/10/2013 8:59 am

    I have that fear when school rings too! Especially about R with his allergy. You are so talented Sarah and your work is fantastic. I think most of us go about thinking that we’re not good enough in one way or another though.

  5. 21/10/2013 11:27 am

    Does that spray come in “artist’s neuroses” as well?

  6. 21/10/2013 2:51 pm

    I still have the strip about the doubt monster pinned up above my desk

  7. Sarah Laing permalink
    22/10/2013 10:28 am

    Thank you all for your lovely encouraging comments – it works like a batch of writer’s neurosis spray!

  8. hotcopyk permalink
    22/10/2013 11:58 am

    Hi I’m looking forward to meeting you today. I’m a Creative Writing Student at MIT. You are coming to talk to us as part of our course Writers at Work. I love your comic. Kat

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