This is a few months late, as the actual episode I'm referring to aired back in December. Laurel and I have been really busy preparing Kickstarter rewards for backers since November and so I've only just had some time to post this update...
Hello, dreamlets--I have wonderful news! I wrote a short re-telling of Snow White (woven with the myth of Narcissus) back in the spring called "Glass Gazing." I am thrilled to say it is now featured in the Holiday Special episode of Scott Thrower's podcast Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children (@fairytales4unwantedchildren)! Scott did an excellent reading--one that gave me chills. He has a talent for invoking just the right amount of atmosphere in each of the tales he reads and possesses a natural storyteller's ear for knowing just the right moment to insert a dramatic pause--one that lets the immediate world fall away to reveal some deep-seeded horror or truth for the listener. I couldn't be happier to have awoken this morning to discover the episode is now available to listen to (my story begins at 23:45)!
Last spring, I began working on creating a comics adaption of a fragmentary short story that I'd originally titled "Narcissa's Dream." It started as a Garden of Eden allegory, but eventually became a re-telling of Snow White woven together with the myth of Narcissus. The story wasn't quite finished, yet (it felt too solipsistic). I decided to begin drawing some of the characters—perhaps with the intention of posting it online like some of the other misfits I haven't been able to find a home for (stories like "The Westering Way" and "The House Call")—here, on my website.
Two weeks in, I lost interest in my attempt at drawing "Narcissa's Dream." By that point, I'd realized that the text didn't really need pictures to lean on. Anyway, why waste valuable time translating a story into an entirely different medium when I could spend that same time writing something entirely new?
In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't try to self-publish it as a comic. If it had remained so, in all likelihood, I still would not be finished drawing the pictures. After a bit of editing and revising, I began submitting the newly-titled short story (I'd renamed it "Glass Gazing" after seeing one of Haggard Hawks' tweets) around for publication and going through the usual process of query letters, frantic email-checking, and rejections. Finally, in the winter, it was accepted and included as part of a listener-written episode of Scott Thrower's Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children. On the left is a post from my Instagram account on December 29th of 2017—the day the story became available.
Audiobooks and podcasts keep my restless mind occupied while I'm freelancing or going for evening walks with my dog, Felix, and Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children is a frequent companion that I can count on for a good story. The episodes “Melt,” “Caged,” and more-recently “Froth of Blood” have been my favorites in Scott's series (I also need to go back and listen to some of the older episodes, too).
Since then, I'd almost completely forgotten about the drawings I'd initially abandoned. When I finally did remember them, I decided to rework all the seperate pages collectively into a standalone frontispiece. There are no spoilers in my illustration, but I hope it serves to compliment the fairy tale. If you haven't listened to Scott's reading of the story yet, this little teaser might persuade you to take a few minutes to...