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Joe DeRouen, Author of the Small Things trilogy: Frustration and Comic Con

Friday, August 01, 2008

Frustration and Comic Con

So it's been nearly a year since I've posted to this blog. I've been frustrated by my inability to sell my novels, and that frustration has taken a toll on my writing. Sad, but true. I've got to start doing better.

And now for the Comic Con part of the subject line. We (myself, my wife, and our six-year-old son) went to Comic Con for the very first time last weekend and had a blast. There were some downsides, to be sure, (the massive, headache-inducing crowds!) but we had a really good time nevertheless. Spent way too much money, but, hey, it's a vacation, and that's what you do on vacations, right?

We didn't attend a lot of panels, something I regret and intend to rectify if we ever go again. But the exhibit hall was truly a site to behold, and where I spent nearly all my time. We were there Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday, and I barely managed to get through the entire hall. I bought a lot of stuff, got a fair amount of freebies, and took a lot of pictures with my son posed with various costumed people. His favorite? People dressed up as characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender, of course.

We also went to Legoland and the crowds there were thin by comparison. Pretty much everything there is built from Legos! A really fun place, and my son had a great time -and so did we!

And now back to the writing thing. I'm still working on my third novel. I need to stop worrying about selling them and just get back to writing them. Not that selling isn't my ultimate goal, and one I'll continue to work at, but I'm going to have to get past the point where I let it distract me from actually sitting down and writing. Wish me luck!

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At 3:13 PM, Anonymous mela81 said...

Good luck!

Comic Con . . . I am jealous.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Allison said...

As a lover of Freakies, I couldn't help but notice Boss Moss at the top of your blog page. I also couldn't help but notice, on your weird websites page, Sockmuffin (my favorite, ill-tempered elf). I was the original illustrator for Hugh Asnen when he first wrote the story, however, I developed some sort of an illustrator's block and never made it past page 5. It was probably the last story I did any artwork for, and I regret having given up. Hugh has since moved from Bucks County, PA to somewhere in California, and we haven't really spoken. I am just telling you this because I don't want you to give up on your writing. Hang in there and always do your best, but don't expect too much from things-just do it to please yourself and the rest will follow!!


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