A pretty good reading
A pretty good reading

Literary hurricaneeeeeee!

News: Posted June 14th, 2017 by Alina

^ 17 Comments to “A pretty good reading”

  1. Weatherheight Says:

    There is a fine line between awe and despondency – true artists dance on that line and lift their audience up.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 2:49 am
  2. Daniel S. Mountain Says:

    Yeah… when you’re having confidence issues, dealing with the “rough draft” of an established professional can be tough. Without the security attached to a paycheck, you kinda wonder when/if you’ll ever be that good.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 3:02 am
  3. argentlupus Says:

    She is the Last Word Bender.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 7:40 am
  4. Lacynth40 Says:

    I love where this is going. That author is either going to be a huge butthead to our intrepid heroes, or she’s going to be a sweetheart, but is using an authoritative tone to cover her fear of public speaking. I like where either of those paths go.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 9:13 am
  5. NickMorgan Says:

    How I inevitably feel at Alan Wold’s writing workshops!

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 9:14 am
  6. Tom Says:

    I love the artwork on this page.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 10:34 am
  7. Eva Says:

    Wow, she is super terrible at leading a writer group. Like I’m sure she’s not trying to make the less skilled writers feel like shit, but that pretty much guarantees that nobody else will want to share anything. :/

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 11:05 am
  8. Varkas Says:

    Love the reactions…but am I the only one getting the vibe on how condescending and almost rude this person is? I love to write and from just the few strips they’ve spoken in so far, I would not want to stick around nor have anything to do with them by this point

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  9. Curt Adams Says:

    Getting a bit of the original Weregeek vibe with Ms. Olusola – she seems a little more than just an excellent writer.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  10. Perhaps, Varkas, but perhaps unaware.

    Someone who does very well in a subject can make a lousy tutor or guide in that subject. He may not be aware how someone can not understand the material that he understands so easily. Someone who is not so good at it may be more aware of the problems someone else could have and thus be more effective.

    It is quite possible that that is what is happening here. Plus the audience is dealing with an altitude issue: they consider her above them from the start.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  11. Eva Says:

    Altitude issues… will have to remember that.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  12. cyborg7221 Says:

    I just love how Alina is using visual art to represent the magic of the words, as well as the listener’s perception of them. The alternative would have been just writing something herself and putting them in Ms. Olusola’s mouth, and then having all the characters swoon over it… This is a far more believable and effective method of conveying it. Very creative!

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 5:23 pm
  13. Aita Says:

    That’d make an awesome band name.

    But this was very much how I felt the first time I sat in with other authors… that I impressed any of them (some in the “not bad for a beginner” sense, and a couple in the “Hey, I’d collab with you” sense) was one of the best moments of my (so far) short writing career.

    Posted June 14th, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  14. cyborg7221, I like what Alina did withthe visual, too. Saying what was written would get the story caught in the mere words when — I think — Alina is writing an emotional tapestry.

    Posted June 15th, 2017 at 12:09 am
  15. SyrupDwarf Says:

    Yeah, I dunno. I like the design of her and I *adore* the way the audience experiences her words, but having experienced a few writer camps myself it is a very bad start to put your own professional work first. This can be encouraging for some, but for most people it is just downright condescending.

    Posted June 15th, 2017 at 10:14 am
  16. Joe Says:

    “I expect you will have feedback for me afterward”? Seriously? She’s placing herself on a position of authority from the start; if she’s above all participants, why is she even presenting her work here at all?

    Still, the graphic potrayal of what listening her story feels like was BRILLIANT.

    Posted June 15th, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  17. Yakumo Says:

    So why is her shirt just orange now? What happened to the design we saw on previous pages?

    Posted June 15th, 2017 at 11:34 pm