Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 09, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member over 1 year ago

    They thrive on crushed dreams and ketchup soup.

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    juncarlo  over 1 year ago

    A writer dreams with the success, his editor works to crushed his dreams and return him to reality. And sometimes they thrive.

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    WMORAN1  over 1 year ago

    Fran Leibowitz said that writer fame is the perfect amount of fame. You get money and good seats at events without the stalkers.

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    Super Smash Bros Ultimate  over 1 year ago

    But Stephan writes this. Just go about saying nothing

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    Mentor397  over 1 year ago

    This scares me. Writing is the only dream I have left.

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    tripwire45  over 1 year ago

    I’m already published. Does that count?

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

    Self experience, eh, Pastis?

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

    Why writers write? It’s called writing, that’s why!

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    enigmamz  over 1 year ago

    Then it turns out that the cover art is horrible, and no one buys it based just on that, and that gives it a horrible rating (“No one bought it; how good can it be? Meh, I’ll just go with the newest Patterson…”)

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    Imaginarium  over 1 year ago

    All comments come from unpaid writers………Croc Power !

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    mjb515  over 1 year ago

    You do have to write well for the first reaction.

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    Stocky One  over 1 year ago

    What is mightier than the sword? The pen is. (Watch the spacing).

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    jel354  over 1 year ago

    Looks like comedians and writers both draw on anger as source material.

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    wllilly1960  over 1 year ago

    …Paaay—per-back writa! Paperback writer!………

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    cdward  over 1 year ago

    I have a couple of books. Yippee. A friend of mine has a dozen out — yippee. Nobody cares (with the possible exception of other writers). What we thrive on is the utter indifference of the vast majority.

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    ekw555  over 1 year ago

    I think they just do it for the online comments & reviews

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    Zontar from Venus  over 1 year ago

    The worst is when you get hateful reviews on Amazon and you can tell they never even read your book.

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    waycyber  over 1 year ago

    Ah, Stronghold: Exodus…

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    8ec23d5228da33aa2115003c92d0fe83  over 1 year ago

    Traditional ways to be immortal: write a book, plant a tree, have a child.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    I write for self expression, and don’t care if it’s published or not! Writing frees my soul and lifts my spirits!

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    Smokie  over 1 year ago

    Bernie Sanders" If you want to get rich, write a tell all book". Even if you have to lie.

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    eComicsRGR8  over 1 year ago

    Much like artists.

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    Purple People Eater  over 1 year ago

    I’m published (I wrote a letter to the editor), and I got neither response.

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    Bookworm  over 1 year ago

    “Tell me again why writers write.” Your basic assumption is off, Pig. Writers write because they are writers. “Why do you assume I have a choice?” Stephen King, Danse Macabre (1981).

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    Greyhame  over 1 year ago

    I like a spoon of crushed dreams on my ice cream.

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    zeexenon  over 1 year ago

    Wait-wait! I have Stephen King’s How to Write book here somewhere, maybe it has the answer. Remembering my five English grammar and lit courses, it was very hard. But it did come in handy later when I was writing Disaster Recovery Exercise scripts for my company.

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    chris_weaver  over 1 year ago

    Why you don’t often see professional writers at school on Career Day.

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    KEA  over 1 year ago

    Pretty bitter, Pastis.

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    RobinHood  over 1 year ago

    I asked Neil Gaiman why he wanted to be a writer, he said because he had stories and didn’t trust others to tell them for him.

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    Indianapolis Smith  over 1 year ago

    Why is someone asking the (apparently male) author to “have my babies”? I realize this is a comic strip, but still…

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    rick92040  over 1 year ago

    Did Pastis write a book??

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Wow, dude. You wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for Pastis

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    DCBakerEsq  over 1 year ago

    I remember the first time I was published. My wife simply asked, “How much does it pay?”

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    Leadvilledave  over 1 year ago

    i’ve had three murder mysteries published, my fourth will be out this summer

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    Troglodyte  over 1 year ago

    Rat is an inspiration – for suicide.

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    JohnNeal  over 1 year ago

    thrive on crushed dreams? there goes my writing career

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    Hapthorn  over 1 year ago

    I’ve sold 22 novels to publishers large and small in several countries. A week before my first novel came out, the publisher was taken over by a conglomerate and dissolved. My book, not the new owner’s stock in trade, went straight to the warehouse and stayed there.

    But I later got the rights back and sold it to Time-Warner. You win some, you lose some.

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    BubbleTape Premium Member over 1 year ago

    pain is my fuel

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member over 1 year ago

    There is always this reaction to contend with: “Will you gave me some copies?”

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    hariseldon59  over 1 year ago

    I’ve had dozens of research papers published in scientific journals. No books yet though.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  over 1 year ago

    I was going to write, but then I went left!

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    Trina Talma Premium Member over 1 year ago

    And the second book, and the third book… I’ve published ten and I’m still waiting.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member over 1 year ago

    My third most unexpected publication, a letter in Avengers #22 in 1963.

    My second most unexpected publication, seeing the same letter reprinted in miniseries Avengers 3.1 in 2017. [This was a 54 years reboot of the 1963 story.]

    My absolutely most unexpected publication, on the Marvel Comics official website, an interview with me about seeing the letter reprinted and how comics have changed over the decades.

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    Concretionist  over 1 year ago

    Real writers write the way most of us eat or breathe: No choice, though you can delay it a bit sometimes. The old “Suffer for your writing” shtick is true, but for a different reason: It’s hard to earn a living wage when your mind and spirit are spinning around how… exactly… to convey the scene in your mind.

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    xXAndezXx  over 1 year ago

    Life of a writer

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    WCraft Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Do cartoonists have the same experience?

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Yeah. I never get the adulation I deserve! (Or do I, and that’s the problem?)

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