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Now that the dogs have left

Opening Gambit Alchemy (Comics Version)

"When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray prairie on every side. Not a tree nor a house broke the broad sweep of flat country that reached to the edge of the sky in all directions. The sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere. Once the house had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

When Aunt Em came there to live she was a young, pretty wife. The sun and wind had changed her, too. They had taken the sparkle from her eyes and left them a sober gray; they had taken the red from her cheeks and lips, and they were gray also. She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled now."
-L.Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


"It’s raining in Washington tonight. Plump warm summer rain that covers the sidewalk with leopard spots. Downtown, elderly ladies carry their houseplants out to set them on the fire escapes, as if they were infirm relatives or boy kings."
-Alan Moore, Saga of the Swamp Thing


"Kansas is gray tonight. Kansas is gray every night. Kansas is gray like cigarette ashes. Gray like a dead man’s heart. Gray as dried spit on the sidewalk. Gray as those little pills Aunt Em keeps popping so she can forget how gray everything is."
-Mark Masterson, Dorothy



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 4th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
Jesus, don't tell me you've been talking to G, on top of everything else.

Was Brent's death the kick in the pants that you've needed to start writing a lot again? To remember your talents and the fact that your writing is witty, beautiful, beloved by MANY and needs to be Out There In The Universe, not just inside your head and your notebooks?

I hope so. I miss your writing.
Sep. 4th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
I second this. Write. Maybe I will too.
Sep. 4th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Good lord, no. Not talking to Greg.

I just came across one of the old reviews of Volume 1, where they praised that opening line. I figured it was time to set the record straight about how clever I was in adapting Baum to comics while at the same time ripping off Alan Moore.

Words are good.
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