206: Letters – Part 1

Oh no melon!

Stay tuned for part two on Saturday.

Thank you for the letters we have received thus far. In other news I am behind on nanowrimo, but catching up.

In drawing craft news I bought a new stylus, it’s interesting to see how such a simple tech has developed. After trying out all the styluses in the store I got a Wacom bamboo stylus… Yes I went for the big name brand stylus. It has replaceable nibs and subtle decisions about the weight and shape of the stylus make it much more pleasant to hold. The nib appears to be quite broad, but it’s more precise than my kick starter stylus which has a nib half the size! It move smoothly, is nice to hold and I’m happy with my new fancy friend.

178: A Letter from Fran – PART TWO

Stay tuned for part three. Who would have thought such a small letter would have sparked a multipart series!

Things eating spoons.

177: A Letter from Fran – PART ONE

Thank you worldcon magic and meeting people in real life. It has been incredible seeing people read the comics in real life. I love mini comics!

Fran Wilde, food blogger extraordinaire and novelist sent a short note to the Things this morning and that has inspired several comics. More to come on Thursday.

This comic has a few references from previous comics. The Things often like to stare at things. Most traditionally the sun (and the sun) although they also hang out with the moon.

They also had fun during Mary Robinette Kowal’s Letter Writing Month (month of letters).

86: Letters

Dear lovelies,

This comic was inspired by Mary Robinette Kowal’s month of letters. It’s quite a bit of fun. I haven’t managed to write a letter every day the post runs, but I’ve come close. We’re half way through February, but you can still join in, as long as you write more letters this month than you normally would you win!

I like writing letters, it’s a nice way to spend time thinking about people I care about, feeling grateful and reflective. I can make it anxiety inducing and toxic (oh no! not achieving goals, haven’t replied! There are so many people I want to write to and I haven’t!), but that’s another opportunity to step back and just do what I can.

No one has to write letters these days (well, seldom) and when I write I don’t really expect a reply (though I’m delighted when I get one). After all, who writes letters these days? 😉 It’s kind of a low stress, tangible, meditative way of caring about people – trying to think about what news or reflections might entertain them and what questions they might enjoy answering (good questions are hard!). Writing letters by hand adds a nice physical element and makes it a special space.

Wishing you a happy February and joyful social contact with people, be it in physical space, internet space or in the world of parchment, ink and quill.




Thing 1 is holding a letter in their mouth.
Thing 1: merfhm mrrmrr mrr
Thing 2: what?

Thing 2 is now holding the letter in their mouth.
Thing 1: I wrote you a letter
Thing 2: mmfhmm

Thing 2 has swallowed the letter and it is sticking out like an internal bowtie.

Thing 2: It’s delicious