Wannabe - 43

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 42

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Same As It Ever Was

By Maureen Foley

Women Float by Maureen FoleyThe past anchors us to the present. I point out this melancholy fact now because I have to explain a little backstory first. See, I wrote the characters in my manuscript, Women Float, while a senior at Kenyon College. As in, the late 1990s. As in, the 20th century, before this latest turn-of-the-century time warp. So, my book’s characters have their feet sunk deep in my own grunge, Kurt Cobain and Gen X sensibilities, despite the novella’s birth just six months ago.

What I’m trying to say is that I don’t know how to explain the genesis for the strong female characters in Women Float without explaining myself. I mean, I wrote the book, yes, but it was so long ago now. I have been asked to explain what literary women inspired my own heroines and I don’t know how to do that without getting a little biographical on you.

So, please indulge me as I, the author-ess, the potentially strong female who while in college birthed a whole cast of little women masquerading as fake assemblages of words on a page, try to conjure up the woman I was when I wrote Women Float. A few notes on that bygone self: 5’6”, same as now, hair brown-ish, eyes blue, thrift store clothes, small obsession with ska music (and all of Moon Records), playing trumpet in a ska band in the middle of Ohio at Kenyon College, English and creative writing major (of dubious acclaim, see fellow classmate John Green, mega Young Adult author and web rockstar for an example of a now creative writing Wunderkind), year abroad in England for two previous semesters, adept at auditioning for plays and not getting in (see Joshua Radnor, as in How I Met Your Mother for Kenyon classmates from the time who did get into plays), lifeguard, homesick for Carpinteria, California, during most of my time in Ohio.

Okay, it’s coming back to me now. To understand how I found Win, the closeted gay pastry chef and main character for my own book, I can see that she was born out of the character Jeanette in Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson. She is young and attracted to women and trying really hard to fit in, to just be what others want her to be. Janie, Win’s absentee mother, is everywoman in Shakespeare, revealed as much by what is said about them, as what isn’t.

 
Wannabe - 42

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 42

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Don't Start Me Talkin' Bonus Track Giveaway!

By Naomi Huffman

In just one month, we'll be releasing Tom Williams's DON'T START ME TALKIN' a book that follows the Last True Delta Bluesman, Brother Ben, and his harp player Silent Sam Stamps on their last national tour. DON'T START ME TALKIN' will take you on a ride that celebrates the rich roots of the blues and examines African American culture and identity.

To celebrate the book, we're releasing an exclusive BONUS TRACK STORY to those who pre-order DON'T START ME TALKIN' from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! Send us your e-mail receipt at info@curbsidesplendor.com, and we'll e-mail you this unpublished story, called "The Right Man With Me." 

 

Don't Start Me Talkin Tom Williams 

And if you haven't yet, check out this interview between Tom Williams and Curbside Splendor Editor-in-Chief Jacob S. Knabb! 

 
Wannabe - 41

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 41

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 


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