Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Keynoted: My Artistic Interpretation of How It Feels to Be a Writer

To close my keynote, I decided to share some personal artwork with the teens as a graphic interpretation of what it feels like to be an author. I think the art speaks for itself.

 (A kid raised his hand and said, "Do you know he doesn't have a neck?" 
I screamed, "OH NO! Well, I didn't take many anatomy classes in college. Or many art classes.")







And that, my friends, is why I get paid the big bucks. Or no bucks. Whichever.

Don't all line up at once to ask me to come speak at your writing conferences.

51 comments:

Bonnie R. Paulson said...

Thanks for the great post! love the art! My 6 year old read it and laughed. He said, don't kill yourself with a pencil haha

thanks for the laugh!

Julie Daines said...

It's all soo true. So wonderfully and sadly true.

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

It's totally unfair that you have all the writing skills AND all the art skills! No fair, no fair, no fair!

Great post. ;-)))

Broken Angel said...

Hahahaha! I'm so jealous of you. Writing skills and art skills.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

:)

Red Boot Pearl said...

That just made my day! Kind of reminded me of that scene from Tangled... "I'm a despicable human being...Best day ever!" I can totally relate :)

Anne Riley said...

I love it! You've inspired me to do a photo journal of my own feelings as a writer.

Robyn_Lucas said...

Love it! So very true.

folksinmt said...

Love this!

"A picture is worth a thousand words" ...
that is so not fair! I want to be an artist instead of a writer!:)

Sarah Laurenson said...

Loved this! Thanks for a glimpse into your next career.

:-)

marissameyer said...

*dying* Oh wow this made my morning. So funny and SO ACCURATE.

Patricia Lynne said...

LOL Great post for me to start my day. That's pretty much how it is. I like the Writing is Killing me one.

Anna Gailey said...

This just makes me more excited for when you come do a signing here in Utah.

UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS FTW!!!!

Kelly Bryson said...

I've never seen such realistic art- bravo!

Krista said...

I'm cracking up! It's funny because it's SO TRUE. Thanks for the laugh!

heidikins said...

Bwaahahahahaahah!

Awesome.

xox

Sarah said...

Hee! Stick figures get to the heart of things.

Artemis Grey said...

I'm getting all of those tattooed on my body... just so's you knows...

Elyse said...

I love love love these illustrations. Thanks for sharing them!

Cynthia Lee said...

Hahaha! If someone at a writing conference had those drawings as a visual aid - I would love it!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Ha! Love it. And I get the whole 'no neck' thing because sometimes when I am extremely happy with writing my head separates from the rest of my body.

Allie Sanders said...

Just no fair. Not only are you an awesome writer you can draw too! That was an awesome presentation. I may have to share it with everyone I have ever met.

Sheepa said...

Rock on! :D

Megan said...

I am sick today, and not writing. But I still have to be a mom. I was impressing my teenager with my ability to carry on, whilst in such pain, because mothers do what must be done. Then, I showed him your slide show, because writing is my other job. I don't know if he thinks I'm a masochist, or really awesome for choosing such difficult jobs. It helps that I love both my vocations.

Michelle Gregory said...

those are perfect.

Becky Wallace said...

Did anyone have a Napolean Dynamite flasback? "I spent like thirty minutes shading your upper lip." Hysterical. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

This is hilarious. Love the unicorn drawing at the end.

Anonymous said...

Vomiting your brain does hurt!

Jo Schaffer said...

(= Haha! Pure genius.

Allison said...

My sister came over while I was reading this(cause I was laughing), and started laughing with me. Brilliant!!!!! I LOVE your blog posts!!!!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I love this. Absolutely. =)

Julie Musil said...

This was so fun!

Jacqvern said...

Uhm, I don't know how to feel after all the slides...:D. I'm confused.

LOL, great post :)

storyqueen said...

Okay, the brain vomit made me spit my tea.

And I kind of really love the unicorn and the rainbow...

Jordanne said...

If I ever get a teacher at my school to sponsor my idea for a creative writing club (BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE CLASS...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!)I want YOU to come talk to us. or skype us. whichever :)

Ebony McKenna. said...

You're right, always have a back up plan, pffffft!

Wendy said...

SO. TRUE. I had been feeling a lot like this recently. Especially the "vomiting brain" part. :) Thanks for the encouragement. I really wish I was there. These are amazing.

Marcy said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing! SO true. SOO true. I think I could hang it on my "office" wall, lol :)

Melissa said...

Hilarious--plus it feels like you were over my shoulder or reading my mind or something! I've been following for a while but hadn't commented before now, although I have learned a ton from this blog. Thanks! Congrats on all your hard-earned success. :)

LinWash said...

You can bring your stick figures to Naperville anytime!

Anonymous said...

I echo the comment saying this puts one in mind of Tangled. It's like the Rapunzel Mood Swing Cycle for Writers. :D

-Christine from Arizona

Ludwig said...

LOL this is amazing.... I can't believe you having writing AND art skills. Jealous. (;

Laura said...

I loved this post! I am working on the second book of a series and that is exactly how I feel. I feel like I should put your drawings up on my wall. Great art work, by the way! I don't think you remembered to draw chocolate in any of them though.

Madeleine said...

Oh my gosh! I love "Accio, book!" That's going to be my new trick for getting rid of writer's block!

Vicki Essex said...

BRILLIANT and so true. And I'm sure your career as an illustrator will take off!

Chuck Allen said...

Incredible. If I had a conference I would totally ask you to come present the pencil death, unicorn, rainbow presentation (or whatever you're calling it.)

I love it! :)

Lora said...

I heart those illustrations! Great depiction of the ups and downs of being a writer.

Claire Dawn said...

Ne'er a truer word- er- picture...

HappyMichAngryMich said...

You are brilliant! At writing and *ahem* art.

Anonymous said...

Loved that bit in the PPT! Can't wait until next year to go again!!

Kate said...

That writing workshop was amazing! I enjoyed your classes (and included art work) so much, Kiersten! I learned a lot! Thanks for coming! You are so inspiring! :)