Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Spot's Kind of Town

Spot the Frog is being tested at the Chicago Tribune, along with some other fine strips. If you have a preference for one or the other, be sure to let them know.

The person to greet is Geoff Brown, Associate Managing Editor/Lifestyle.

Thinking of Something to Say

I finished up an elaborate daily last night, but Jake, my editor, thought it would work better as a Sunday (the visual punchline was hard to see when reduced to daily strip-size). I agreed, and knocked it apart and reassembled it in a Sunday format. Now I need to replace it with a new daily, and I'd like it to involve Lumpy. So I'm sitting here, pretending to be sour, getting into the Lumpy mind-set.

But nothing especially brilliant is coming to mind, so the acting is now less so.

And speaking of words, Blogger now allows users to phone in messages, which are converted to mp3s. I dialed the number, and froze when the voice told me to record my message. Next time I'll have a script ready.

Not a Frog in her Voice

I'm listening to The Main Ingredient, by Shirley Horn. If blue ice could sing, it would sound like horn. Beautiful work.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Invite a Frog to Dinner

If you haven't seen this movie, by all means rent it. Frogs serve a savory role (if you like frogs at the dinner table.) I found the music hypnotic and somehow scandalous (in the same way that showing an ankle in Dicken's England was scandalous.)

The Register Star

"We continue to seek your feedback," say the editors at The Register Star of Rockford, Illinois.

If you live within their advertising space, you're invited to let the editors know that Spot would be a welcome addition (they're testing my strip, along with several others.) You can email -- rrslifestyles@register -- or contact them this way: Comics Suggestions, Rockford Register Star, 99 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104 or call 815-987-1209.

Many thanks.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Another Business Expense

We have a small backyard, ringed by a chainlink fence, with honeysuckle and poison ivy threading the wires. I keep my distance, and only once approached the viney wall to trim and douse with anti-poison ivy potion (vinegar and salt.) And yet. Weeks later. I have poison ivy in spots that defy explanation.

On the bright side, I think I'll write a short series about poison ivy, and turn my discomfort into a business expense.

Irritation is easier to handle when it's for a good cause.