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

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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