Old Story, New Doodle

Thoughtful Hedgehog reflects back on her career.

Quick link to a story I wrote – one of the first I managed to finish (aside from my forays into book writing when I was ten): Blue Eye of Siberia. It was written in 2007 or so, and published in From Glasgow to Saturn, issue 12. I can’t link to it directly here for some reason. This is inspired by Teri Carter’s post, The Five Year Gap. Looking back on what I wrote is interesting – I still have the same interest in female friendships and antagonisms, still a slightly supernatural bent to the imagination. It’s good to see I have made progress in the writing since then, and in my ability to order things. Thanks, Teri, for giving reason to pause and reflect, something I — all of us, I suppose – should do as often as possible.


Filed under consolations of reading, consolations of writing, Illustration, The Now

6 responses to “Old Story, New Doodle

  1. Love the hedgehog. I haven’t been writing long enough for much reflection, though I see a good bit of difference in my work from last year to this. And my voice has really changed. Or solidified, maybe.

    Now I’m off to read Blue Eye of Siberia. (That’s a fabulous title, by the way.)

    • Solidify- that’s a good term. Become more concrete, more physical.

      The hedgehog was drawn because I ran out of things to do in the class – not teachers pet, just badly prepared – so I was sent to draw inspiration from the other tables/cubicles in the room, where full-time art students had left their work out awaiting their return. Someone had a load of anteater pictures and a photo of Dali. Another had starlets of the fifties, another, a book of fantastical animals and demons.

      • What fun to be able to see their work that way. I had a good friend in my high school art class who could draw comic book figures like you wouldn’t believe. I heard he works at Disney now.

  2. Hooray for creative people – sometimes they are just so imaginative AND technically skilled that it’s enlightening just to sit back and observe.

  3. “female friendships and antagonisms”

    Isn’t it funny when you go back over years and look at your work, how certain things that you gravitate toward jump out?
    (Excuse the horrible sentence above. It’s early. Hopefully you get my meaning anyway.)
    I look forward to reading your story!

    • It’s a form of diagramming your obsessions, especially the ones you didn’t even know you had – apparently birds and fish, for me – they keep reappearing and I have to go back and interrogate their presence. Do I really need another crow here? The answer is usually yes.

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