April 25th, 2007 | Other Projects, Site Update, The Artistic Condition
Man. I don’t even know where to start. I’ve been working on a post about the blog for days, and it’s about 12 pages long and completely disjointed. But before I get to that, I have to make an announcement. I’ve made the very difficult decision to temporarily cut back to one new Dykes to Watch Out For episode every four weeks, instead of every two weeks. I’ll be interspersing these new strips here and in the newspapers with “archive” strips from 1987, 20 years ago.
My plan is to do this for one year. I feel really bad about it for many reasons, not the least of which is that people have made donations to the site based on the expectation of a new strip every two weeks. So first let me just say that anyone who wants a refund, just let me know. I think it’s pretty easy to do via PayPal. Alternatively, if you’ve made donation for a year, you could just consider now that it’ll cover two years.
The reason I’m doing this is that I have to crank out a new memoir by 2009. I just signed a contract for it. (MLK, thank you for raising the very interesting question a while ago about the difference between writing without a contract, and with one. I’ll get to that in a minute.) As many of you know, Fun Home took me seven years to complete. And most of those were spent quietly and reclusively at home, not galavanting around the country (and beyond) yammering about myself to all and sundry, like I’ve been doing for the past year.
I have more travel coming up soon, for my paperback tour. But even without the time on the road, I need to make some kind of change if I have any hope of getting this new book done on schedule. I don’t want to stop doing Dykes. That doesn’t make any sense. I love doing the strip, and it’s extremely important to me on so many levels that I can’t even enumerate them. Cutting back to one strip per month seems like a good compromise if people are willing to hang in there with me. I can keep the story going, but I can also slow down the crazy juggernaut that my life has become lately, and have some time to think.
This decision has been brewing for a while, and it feels somehow tied up with the blogsistential crisis and the email problem I was whining about recently. I’ve had a very intense year. And I’ve been managing the massive increase in stimuli pretty well, I think, for an introvert. But I may be nearing my limit. Oh, also, I have this other stuff going on. Fun Home, The Musical, of all things. (I’ll post about that some other time.) And possibly a big compendium of Dykes strips that I’ll have to edit.
But the main thing is, I’m trying to calm my life down so that I can work on this new book. Uh…did I mention my new book before this post? I think maybe someone else did. (Uh oh. I’m losing the ability to distinguish between myself and the people on the blog…that can’t be good.) It’s another memoir. Houghton Mifflin’s going to publish it. It’s called Love Life. It’s about…uh…my love life, I guess. But other stuff too. I can’t really talk about it yet. And MLK, the answer is, it’s rather daunting writing a book when you already have a contract. I worked on Fun Home for years before I sold it. It wasn’t like I had a choice–but it did feel important to not have anyone expecting anything from me. Yet I’m kind of savoring the pressure I have to produce this new book.
Anyhow. I just wanted to let you know about the new DTWOF plan. Y’know, the other thing is, lately I just haven’t been able to put the same kind of care and effort and research into the strip that I would like. So I think slowing down a bit will prevent me from getting hopelessly slipshod. I really hope this will work for everyone. I don’t know, I guess we’ll see.