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My mum was doing pretty well after her operation, but she had some spinal fluid leakage and had to stay in a bit longer. She came home last night because it looked like the leak had healed, but then it started leaking again, and my dad phoned to tell me, and he sounded really worried.

I'm going out to Seattle tomorrow to be with them, and I think I'm going to try to make a mini comic about the whole thing. But I'm not sure if it will be the kind of comic I can show people, or just something to help me sort out my own head. My mother is an amazing person, but of course, like in any family, the relationships are all very complicated. I'm never quite sure how I'm feeling or supposed to be feeling, and sometimes the right things just don't get said.
I'm going to start making the comic on the airplane, but I can't decide if I should draw my family as people, or make everyone like the comic about the moles, where I can keep a little distance by making people into animals. I can so understand why Spiegelman did that in Maus; sometimes it's just easier to say with animal characters. And the blobby moles are much easier and faster to draw than people, so I wouldn't have to waste time fussing over my life drawing. But I wonder if I would be able to be as honest about things that way. I'm not sure.



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Oct. 5th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Very best wishes for you and your family.
Of course, we'd love to see any comic you produce but understand if it's a little private to share.
Oct. 5th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Your comic will be absolutely brilliant, no matter what you decide. And if you should decide it's for you alone, it will be no less brilliant for that.

You MUST read "Duncton Wood" (my all-time fave book, which is all about moles.)Seems apt because the moles have their own special prayer for when anyone is going away for a time. "May the peace of your power encompass them, going and returning; May the peace of the White Mole be theirs in the travel, and may they return home safeguarded".
I'll be thinking of you, your mother and all your family. Take care (*hugs*)
Oct. 5th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hope your mom feels better soon, Sarah! I'm sure having you there will make her happy! :)
Take care,
Ellen L.
Oct. 5th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, guys! :-)
Oct. 5th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
All the best - you and your mum.
Oct. 6th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
oh no!
That's really scary!
I'm thinking of you, your mom & your whole family this weekend!
I hope your mom gets better soon!

Oct. 6th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
I have you covered
Don't wory we are doing OK but look foward to seeing you! Great drawing but come get a hug.
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that about your mom - I will be praying for her. Speedy and safe travels to you, and a refuah shleimah (full recovery) to her.
Oct. 6th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh hon, big hugs. Take care. Helen
Oct. 6th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
I like that idea. Everyone should be moles!
Oct. 7th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Get well, Sarah's Mom!
I'm thinking good thoughts for your mom. Wishing you and your family all the best!

Your drawing is sweet. Moles become endearing in your skilled hands.

I'll be visiting Washington DC from Wednesday to Monday, but after that I hope I get a chance to meet you at "Friends of the Nib" on a Wednesday evening later this month.
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Maybe moles help u out,

Love the draw!
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