Old Work Recovered

A brief blog post. Getting away from my constantly failing PC helped my mood yesterday. Slept, watched the newest Spiderman film (I hated all the Marvel elements such as the Iron Man mask but I do love Spiderman), slept some more, watched some Curb (disappointing)… Today I feel a bit less wall-punchy but I’m considering mowing the lawn even though it risks kicking off my hayfever. I’d rather have that then have to use this bloody computer. I’ve concluded that I should now only write and draw on it. Editing videos are a nightmare. Podcasts aren’t bad but not when they require as much work as the current edition (which sadly might not appear).

Coincidentally, today, one of my favourite Youtube channels reviewed the higher version of my PC (well, the processor which is essentially the same thing) and highlighted how it’s aged well but is now so very old. I think that’s my conclusion. It’s been brilliant for eight of the eleven years I’ve owned it, which is impressive for any PC meant to last, perhaps, five to six years before upgrade. The last year has been especially difficult. I’m like an F1 driver guiding a damaged car around the last lap. My plan is start building a new PC in January and to try Zen (pun intended but you’d need to be a proper nerd to get it) meditation to keep myself calm between now and then.

Anyway, yesterday, in my deep funk, I logged into some old private blogs I used to run for a small group of readers. Found some interesting things in there I’ve never published, including some letters and replies from some famous folk. I might post them in the coming days. Also found myself looking at some of my very old work. Sobering to see how bad I was back then, even when I was trying my best. Sobering too to realise that I’m not much better now. One small promise I’ve made to myself it to work on my technique. I want to improve the quality of what I’m drawing.

This was my entry in a graphic short story competition some years back. Lots of Dunning-Kruger evident here… I remember liking it at the time. I drew it on paper, coloured it on the PC. Bits of the writing I hate. Bits I like. Love the colours. Think the drawings are awful. (Click on any of the images to make them bigger.)

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Why Dunciad.com?

It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?


Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.