The latest project I've wedged into my overbooked life is a sort of a webcomic called Anne And God: Conversations With The Infinite.
Waaaay back in May 2014 I found myself driving from Wisconcin to San Diego and back again. In order to convince my family that a road trip this massive would be FUN I offered to do most of the driving.
My family took me up on that. I did most of the driving.
Over 40 hours of driving.
Through the Utah desert.
And the Arizona desert.
And the Nevada desert.
You get the drift.
That's a whole lot of nothing much to look at. With a family that decided to spend most of the drive asleep.
Which left me with a LOT of time to think.
I started thinking about a friend of mine who had been diagnosed with a horrible disease that gradually sucks your life away like that machine in The Princess Bride.
And I started thinking about the fact that our email exchanges had devolved into mostly cheerful "thinking of you" platitudes from my end.
I wondered if there were a way to send him some little notes - like tweets - that would at least give him a chuckle every morning.
At the same time these thoughts were rolling around in my brain I also began thinking about all the friends I've lost to cancer, drunk drivers, ALS, you name it, and my younger brother who spent a life of 43 years with the motor and communication skills of a 3 month old baby compliments of profound cerebral palsy and I found I had a lot of bones to pick with the almighty.
Could I combine these two trains of thought I was having?
I decided to try.
Thus was born Anne And God - a webcomic.
The first step was to start writing my little snippets and sending them to my friend without any illustrations.
I didn't ask if he wanted them. I just sent them. I'm kind of annoying that way.
I sent him about 60 of them I think.
Then I did a whole lot of nothing with it.
Because, in my usual overbooked way I was also doing things like running cartoon festivals, working on my husband's comic strip, teaching at two colleges, parenting, playing my assortment of harp gigs - you know - my typical life.
But it wouldn't go away.
And some of the cartooning people in my life encouraged me to start illustrating these little snippets of whatever they were.
And I did.
And I am posting them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mostly my messages to God - and his/her/its occasional reply - will be along humorous lines.
But I can't promise that I will never post things that represent a more realistic portrayal of my struggle with a higher power. I still haven't made my peace with a lot of crap in the world.
I guess we'll just have to see where it goes.
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