Raising Hell: Page One

So remember last post when I said that I wasn't sure how long I would be in the outlining stage, but I could see myself staying there for a while? I lied.

Since Monday, I have been writing the actual script for the first issue. I do this with full knowledge that I'm probably going to have to start over with a new outline. I rewrote almost the entire first issue of Heartbreak World after starting issue four, after all.

There are some things that I'm sure I'll be doing wrong as I do this, but that's okay. Mike Birbiglia, at the perfect point in one of his stand-up sets, says "I've given up on the idea of being right."

I'm trying to too.

I heard someone criticizing an expression of art the other day, demonstrating the way it should have been done and expressing general displeasure with what they didn't think was real. Her complaint?

She isn't doing it right.

It was one of those things that itched at the back of my brain for a while. It bugged me, but I couldn't put my finger on the words to describe why it bugged me. Then I realized: at some point, someone said the same thing about Picasso.

So, I'm going to show you the very first page of Raise Hell. And if it's wrong, it's wrong. Because I'm giving up on the idea of being right.

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