May 22nd, 2012, 3:04 am

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daviddoesntgetit May 22nd, 2012, 3:04 am

"When did Miriam decide to be a writer? Did she always write stories? Or is it something she only discovered later?"

Hey, folks! The next series of comics are answering reader's question. And I'll be trying to update three times a week, Tues, Thurs, Sat. I think I'll stick to this strip format if the comic doesn't need the large format.

I wouldn't say Miriam always wanted to write, as a kid she always seemed to be conflicted by multiple choices. Being a vet was one, being a stunt driver was another. Considering how little she drives I think it's a good thing that stunt driver dream of hers didn't pan out.

Man, I am not answering what music I listen to a third time but I'll answer your desert question.

I really like this Vietnamese dessert called che, specifically the black bean one, che dau den. (I don't know if I'm spelling this right.) But I haven't eaten it since I've last been in Vietnam because it's never as good here. I don't really know how to describe che, it's kinda like a desert soup? Haha, I'm not sure. I like that and I also like our dad's flan, my top two desserts.

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MilkChii May 22nd, 2012, 7:27 am

Ah~ I am glad she met a good teacher!
English classes really are like that?
Man, am I glad I never had those!
Sounds... boring? maybe?

haha that 'friend' really seems a 'bit' bossy.
Glad Miriam did not chase the stunt-driving dream as well.
Sounds too dangerous. xD

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roxjey May 22nd, 2012, 8:08 am

owo i would punch her in the face. that ... friend

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Ice_Wolf23 May 22nd, 2012, 8:34 pm

what a mean friend.
Did Miriam ever found a fujoshi comrade during her time writing in college? Also is there a place where miriam posts some of her stories?

What is your favorite novel? Miriam's favorite novel?

If every family family member turned into an animal according to their/your personality, what would they be?

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-music- May 22nd, 2012, 9:20 pm

Wow...she calls her a...friend.
But I understand with this symbolism stuff. I get so lost.
"And the rotting strawberry symbolizes the death of her cat"
me- "Wait, whut? How does that relate with the Civil War again?"

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Jam1 May 22nd, 2012, 10:38 pm

Man, I remember going through crap like this. I always loved writing but I didn't get anything useful out of English classes until I hit college. I was convinced teachers just made up all that symbolism crap.
(P.S. This comic is awesome!)

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IEatTacosForDinner May 23rd, 2012, 3:49 pm

I just found this a few days ago, and here I am waiting for a new page. (:

I feel Miriam's pain, Language Arts/English becomes consistently aggravating for me because I think too logically LOL.

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jonasfx May 24th, 2012, 6:22 am

aw, yeah... good teachers can really be lifesavers! I'm glad miriam was fortunate enough to find one~
I have to say that I really feel all that symbolism from some art too. I guess it's fun for the initiated but for the rest it might just be a boring painting of a truck in front of a house or whatever :P

also, "friend" haha..

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brumagem May 24th, 2012, 11:34 am

A question for each of the four siblings to answer: When do you feel most complete? When do each of you feel as if there's nothing better than now?

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mikemacdee May 24th, 2012, 4:54 pm

She should take a course on postmodern lit. That'll make it pretty clear that most interpretations come from the reader, not the author. The important stuff to worry about is:

- Are my characters consistent? Are they sympathetic?
- Does the plot reach a logical conclusion? Are there any plot holes I need to fill in?
- What unnecessary stuff can I chop out in the next edit?

Just try to tell good stories, Miriam! The readers will complicate it for you.

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Mavi (Guest) May 26th, 2012, 5:24 pm

Aw, I'm so glad that Miriam was finally able to re-discover her reason for liking writing. :3
Oh man, teachers... it's such a hit and miss when it comes to those!

Are you familiar with drawing in color? I kind of want to see what were you and your siblings' favorite kinds of fashion or favorite wardrobe colors were. I love looking at other people's fashion. <3
Btw, who would you say is the most fashionable in your family?

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daviddoesntgetit May 28th, 2012, 1:00 pm

@MilkChii: Miriam: No, not all English classes I took were like that but most of the ones I took that were like that were the honor classes one.

HEY! Stunt driving's really cool and the risk is a part of the excitement!

@Ice_Wolf23: Miriam has a fujoshi friend but she's living across the country. Her friend does come over on occasion and the apartment is incredibly loud when she's over, haha. I think that friend of hers is the only one.

I don't know if Miriam posts her stories anywhere, if she does she hasn't told me. It seems mostly in her journals or on the computer for now.

My favorite novel? Hahahaha. I don't read, the last time I read was for school. Miriam?

Miriam: I have a lot but generally I look at author's and writing styles that I like so it's kind of hard for me to pick. Let's see... Fuck, this is really hard, I like too many! Um, well, I like reading classics too, like "Huckleberry Finn", one of my all time favorites and "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. As for contemporary novels I also like "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay", and the "Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" was really amazing. I just finished Empire Falls and that was pretty good, I thought. Right now I'm reading through "The Instructions" by Adam Levin and it's really big! I don't know if I'll finish it any time soon, it's realllllly long, and I was going to read "Gravity's Rainbow" or "Infinite Jest" next but that's going to be a while from now.

I have a blog where I put up my short stories but they are really short, like, a paragraph long sometimes. I'll write a novel one day!

I did meet one fujoshi in college! We both ended up being too busy and never seeing each other again after a very short while...

And I would turn into... a dog! Or a shark!

David: Miriam, that was for me. I don't know if I can draw a comic from this so I'll just answer it here. Miriam's gonna help me here seeing as she likes animal.

Bernard-A mother grizzly bear.
David-A dog. A lazy dog.
Miriam-Dog/shark combo.
Connor-Sassy/gay cat because cats are also elitist or a worm because bookworms.

Those were the worst things, Miriam.

@-music-: Miriam: Ahhhhhh, she's not my friend anymore! But that is absolutely what I meant with all that symbolism bullcrap! Well, REGARDLESS, whatever it is you're reading there sounds amazing!

@Jam1: Miriam: Brother talked to me about it a bit that I thought was pretty interesting because he often talked about how different it is to view art from an Art Historian perspective versus someone who did art.

I suppose you have to realize that you don't have to write to be an English teacher and as a result they don't really focus on what writers think are important. Also because English teachers seem to really glorify writers, don't they? They seem to think we're all these insane geniuses without realizing, well, for me, how much of writing is instinctual sometimes. You just have to feel what's right.

But yes, I think most all that symbolism crap is made up.

David: Thanks! Great to hear!

@IEatTacosForDinner: Hey, glad you're enjoying it. Haha, was that what it was?

@jonasfx: Miriam: Yes! That teacher really did a lot for me!

David: I dunno, man. I've been doing art for a while and that symbolism is lost of me too. I think you have to learn it to know it, it's not as if doing art makes me pick it any easier, haha. It's like writing notes, I think, it might make sense to the person who did it more than to the outsider.

On that note, I never really studied symbolism in art, haha. The symbolism in all those master paintings seem to be interesting tidbit but not the most important part so we didn't have to remember it. And it's not as if your teachers made you put symbolism into your artwork so I guess I can't see the importance of it.

@mikemacdee: Miriam: I wish I could have taken more English classes but the school closed off the more interesting ones to those who weren't in the major. As for right now, well, I don't have any money.

But yes, that's what I focus/focused on when I write and those classes made me think I was doing something wrong. The English class I took with that teacher was a genre class, American Fantastica, which I really loved.

Thank you! I'll try my best! That was very nice to say. Hahaha, you're right. I'll leave that to the readers.

@mavi: Uh. I used to paint but the last time I painted was in high school so no, I don't use colors. I don't really draw much outside of life study, sketching, or this comic and I don't really much of an interest.

But hey! I'll draw those pictures for you.

On a personal level the four of us are pretty apathetic about how we look so I don't know how interesting the answers you get will be.

The most fashionable? Haha, would it be terrible if I say Connor? I'm basing how fashionable he is on how offended he gets when our family buys us all really bright dolphin t-shirts from the beach boardwalk.

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mikemacdee May 29th, 2012, 8:17 pm

If she has trouble getting friends to read her stuff for feedback, you can have her PM me a chapter or short story to look over. I'm very frank, but I give pretty good notes.

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daviddoesntgetit May 31st, 2012, 8:50 pm

@mikemacdee: Miriam says thanks for the offer but she's still a little shy about her writing so if you'd give her a little time to build up some confidence, she'd love to.

Apparently she has online friends she talks to about writing.

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mikemacdee June 1st, 2012, 12:11 am

lol she's luckier than I am, then. nobody ever gives me feedback...even when they promise to!

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AriSeptona June 2nd, 2012, 12:29 am

che dau den is sweet black bean soup, i asked my friend who is also from vietnam =) its 黑豆糖水 in chinese