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Happy Comic #9

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Another new Happy Comic! Gonna try and start doing these monthly, but we’ll see. It may be too hard to be that constantly ironically upbeat.

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Close To Monsters #46

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This weeks comic is brought to you by the fact that the food chain ensures you do have some purpose.

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my writing over at Medium. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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The Yearly Feel Bad Sale

payhip-1024x329Do you like getting stuff at low, low prices? Then do I have the deal for you! Until November 24th only, all my works on my Payhip store, short stories/novels included, will be 80% off by using this coupon (74VFAFSM52)! I have already lowered the prices on my novels to 5 dollars total, so you’re basically paying a buck a novel, and where are you gonna find a fairer deal than that? I mean, okay, pirating, but still. Good luck pirating an independent author whose work is only available on her own storefront, I guess. Either way, I just want you guys to read stuff, so let’s try and work together here. Click the banner in this post to be taken to my storefront. Remember, we’re in the season of giving, so maybe think about giving me your money.

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my writing over at Medium. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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That Pig Ornament On Our Mantel

Growing up, my mother was obsessed with christmas, or, more accurately, she was obsessed with attempting to recapture the feeling that christmas used to give her when she was a child and her life hadn’t descended into the all encompassing masking of her depression and unhappiness being forced into a marriage that was nothing more than a mere state recognized version of “babysitter” for my stepdads kids and ended up becoming addicted to pain medication. But ya know, yay christmas.

Anyway, every single December, she’d bring out box after box of christmas decorations, up to and including things like a small reindeer that pooped brown M&Ms by pushing on it, a Beatles Yellow Submarine tree ornament and a Santa holding a chalkboard where you can write how many days left until the magical morning. The most memorable one to me, however, was one we got before she even married me stepfather. It was (I’m assuming ceramic, I am sorry I am not more informed) a pig laying on its side, with a wreath around its neck, and it had a big grin on its face. It wasn’t cartoonish in the least, it was very realistic, and it sat on our mantel place every single christmas.

I’m not entirely sure why this one is so ingrained in my mind, as if it’s been branded on my brain like a mark onto a cow hide, but it is nonetheless. My stepfather dumped my mother on christmas eve after 12 years of marriage, the same christmas that was the first without my grandmother, who’d died soon before. My mother stopped putting ornaments out after the divorce for the most part, but the pig always made an appearance, and while I probably haven’t seen this ornament in over a decade now at the least, I can still recall it perfectly.

I think the reason I remember it is because to me it, it is the physical manifestation of how I think my mother felt about the holiday in the end, even after the good times associated with it were over. Much like a pig is happy slopping around in its own shit, she was happy being in a holiday that had turned to such shit because of the good memories it brought to her. I think there’s some clarity in that, which says a lot considering how much clarity she lacked when it came to damn near everything else.

When I was a little girl, my grandma used to give me advent calendars during December. I haven’t had an advent calendar in a long, long time (likely even a while before she died), just as I hadn’t really celebrated christmas much until I spent it with my girlfriend at her parents place the last few years. We decorated a tree and everything, and we had an actual christmas with her family there. While I still don’t like the holiday the way I did as a kid, I still can’t forget that goddamned pig. Sometimes I wonder where that pig is, if my mother even still has it or it broke or she threw it out. In the last few years especially, pigs have become some of my favorite animals, so it only makes it harder not to think about it.

Wherever you are, christmas pig, I hope you’re okay. At least one of us can still enjoy this holiday, and thanks for teaching me to try and enjoy what’s happening to me, even if it is utter shit.

[This is a repost of a Medium article.]

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Coping With Tonal Shifts In Reality: Season 2 Episode 16 “They Rust”

In this weeks episode, USER 147 has left a tape for Samantha to listen to, about Sams childhood disability, and whether her father, intentionally or not, inflicted it upon her.

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Close To Monsters #45

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This weeks comic is brought to you by the fact that the grass isn’t really greener on the other side, your color is just off a bit.

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Books! Books! Books!

I have done something I’ve been mulling over for a while now, and that is that I’ve lowered, officially, the prices on my novels to a solid five dollars instead of the ten they were before. I am doing this for a number of reasons. Aside from the fact that you pour your heart and soul into something for weeks, months, years and then can’t even get a single person to pay a measly 10 dollars for it being really depressing as a content creator, the biggest reason for doing this is to hopefully make enough money on the backend to eventually create physical copies of these works.

I am currently in the process of creating a physical small run of my first novel, “YOU RUINED EVERYTHING”, and would like to eventually put out every single book in a physical format, so that means I have to drop the prices on the digital ones. Another reason is that I honestly just don’t think e-books have the same marketability that the e-reader market seems to think they do. Certainly, back when it was a new concept, and everyone was all excited about it, they did fairly okay, but I think we’ve all realized that hey, we spend enough time during the day staring at screens, reading digital text, that the last place we wanna do that with is a novel. It’s just another digital file on your computer, instead of something you can put happily on a shelf.

Anyway, if you’re interested, all my books are now 5 dollars, and will stay that way from here on out, including any upcoming novel releases. I will also be having a GoFundMe go up very soon (not the one linked below, fyi) to take donations to produce the physical run I am doing. Sorry about this post, I hate doing these kinds of things on my blog, but this is my livelihood and I figure why not use this platform to my best advantage. Thanks.

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my writing over at Medium. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!