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Mysterious famous people of the Aro Valley



Hey, did you know that I’ve been keeping this blog for over 6 years? I posted my second comic on the 6th of July, 2010. Otto was 7 and was still only allowed one hour of screen time a day, Gus was 4 and Violet was almost 1. Now Otto’s a teenager and I have to hide all the computer hardware in the house in order to get him to stop gaming. Back then I was writing a novel – The Fall of Light. Right now I’ve sent my graphic novel off to print and have not yet started a new project. Is a writer a writer when she is not writing?

Also, I am going to be in Auckland this Sunday for zinefest! I am going to bring up my ‘At The Bay’ comics to sell, along with some copies of Three Words and other stray comics.  Come and say hello and buy some comics. It kicks off at 11am at the art gallery and goes until 4. Find out more here.

And that book I was talking about: it’s this one. I still have to read it. I hear it’s very funny.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. William laing permalink
    19/07/2016 8:06 pm

    If a male scientist stops experimenting (or theorising) is he still a scientist? Don’t know about female ones, they are probably more versatile.

  2. Marianne Elliott permalink
    19/07/2016 8:33 pm

    Yes you are a writer, a fine writer and I think that is a fine thing x

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      19/07/2016 9:30 pm

      And so are you! And thank you xx

  3. Barbara Grace permalink
    19/07/2016 8:58 pm

    Well I always love a chance to say I know the famous author/cartoonist Sarah Laing!

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      20/07/2016 9:26 am

      Ha! Hopefully you will pop by on Sunday and I can say hi? I will be sharing a table with Melissa

  4. 19/07/2016 9:44 pm

    Absolutely you are a writer! Once a writer, always a writer. And it’s fine to have a break between projects. Also, wandering about daydreaming/ thinking/ noticing stuff is part of writing – at least that’s what I tell myself 🙂

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      20/07/2016 9:27 am

      Yes! True. Fallow time is very important, right? It’s the idea gathering time. What are you working on at the moment (or not)?

  5. Charles Dawson permalink
    20/07/2016 12:22 am

    congratulations on getting KM to the press! Thank you for posting so many neat blogs during the project/parenting. I too recall those days when screen time was limited.
    So many smartphones, all along the waterfront and ‘midst the valleys …

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      20/07/2016 9:27 am

      Thank you! And yes, it’s so ubiquitous these days… and I’m not a very good role model, always checking my phone

  6. 20/07/2016 8:17 am

    Writing’s a bit like religion: to stop is to take out your centre (or perhaps rationale a better word). For me anyway. Love the blog; hope you don’t stop writing it.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      20/07/2016 9:28 am

      Thank you! And yes – writing is an important way of making sense of the world

  7. 20/07/2016 5:24 pm

    Thanks Sarah, enjoyed this post immensely as Pokemon is taking over Oz as well.
    Looking forward to reading KM and getting my local library to buy it too.
    A tree in the forest doesn’t stop being one if we aren’t looking. Writing, as any artform is way more than physically putting words on the page/screen.

  8. 27/07/2016 5:26 am

    Loved this read!

  9. 30/07/2016 11:36 am

    This entry was the first i have read of yours..only the second blog i’ve ever read. I love the illustrations!! I started a blog myself. After carrying a blog page on Facebook, I finally created one on the web…only to discover the name I’ve been using already had a book published with the same title. So bummed about that. Please give it a glance and let me know what I can improve. I’m nervous that nobody will get my humor or sarcasm.

  10. 03/08/2016 11:41 pm

    Really enjoyed this – especially since in our house the roles are reversed and I am telling my husband to watch out for the Pokemon in the oven 😉 First time I have come across this blog and love your cartoons! The world needs a good laugh these days xx

  11. 04/08/2016 6:26 am

    I love your handmade illustrations, it makes this blog so refreshing to read. And you appear to be a VERY fine writer. Honestly, well done.

    If you ever have the time, would you mind checking out my blog and telling me what you think?

    It’s started off with a more nostalgic tone but I think I’d take a different stance on blog blogging – where I either blog issues affecting me (including the taboo) from an objective narrative or up close and personal. My one and only post is personal, and is an intimate confession I haven’t really opened up to anyone about.

  12. 08/08/2016 6:59 am

    Nicely carved.Loved to rea it

  13. Kirsten Slade permalink
    20/08/2016 7:57 am

    “Is a writer a writer when she is not writing?”

    Are you familiar with Austin Kleon? He just wrote a post on this very topic that I think you would appreciate:

    Interestingly enough, he lives in Austin, TX (where I just moved from) and the post references Corita Kent, whose show at the City Art Gallery was one of my first solo explorations after moving here to Wellington! Small world.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      20/08/2016 9:30 am

      That’s very heartening! A fallow time is important. I do know his work, but have never actually read one of his books – I should. I hope you’re enjoying Wellington so far. It’s hard moving country!

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