Monday, August 24, 2009

Unearthing memories

Segueing neatly from yesterday’s post about my sense of humour – or lack thereof – I found this while I was rooting through some of my old papers.





















Sadly, it’s not dated but I’m guessing I drew it circa 1997. I’m basing this guess on the age of the children… who aren’t mine at all. (My two kids did not have curly hair and no hair, respectively. Clearly the woman isn’t me either since she has sensible hair. We may have shared the white knuckles though.)

The minute that I stopped work - let’s call it 'conventional' work - where I’m paid a salary to go into an office… I searched around for a way of making some money that didn’t involve being told what to do by anyone else. Writing is just an extension of that. Cartooning was one idea but it was a small problem that I couldn’t be funny to order. I think I drew less than ten in total before abandoning that idea.

Please send any other career ideas on a postcard, care of TeaStains.

12 comments:

DJ Kirkby said...

You drew that? Wow. Did you ever consider becoming a cartoonist? Please draw some new ones and post them here. x

Helen said...

Love that picture - even before I read you had drawn it. You should do more!

Debs said...

I love your cartoon, it's so clever and funny.

Queenie said...

I love it too, please can I have the original to sell on eBay when you're famous? ;-) You are more talented than you think Mrs JJ, maybe you should illustrate your own books!

Carol said...

Hahaha, that is brilliant hon!! Love it :-D

C x

Flowerpot said...

what a shame - perhaps hyou could stockpile some and use them when you can? YOu really have a talent there.

JJ Beattie said...

DJ, you supply the joke and I'll do the drawing!

Helen, thanks hon.

Debs, but only because I didn't really strap my children to their playpen, right?

Queenie, oh you're too kind.

Carol, thanks hon.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Come on, do some more!! Will think about witty things you can draw, and then you can do all the work. Sound OK? Love that cartoon. How about other things you could be saying to husband on the phone... do a series of them?

ChrisH said...

I laughed at the cartoon (so true) and then stepped back in awe that you'd drawn it. A woman of many talents!

Angie said...

You are quite clever, JJ, and very funny. I'm always jealous of humor writers too though, it's so difficult to get across on the page.
Would you mind forwarding some ideas when the postcards start arriving?

DJ Kirkby said...

Erm you want me to come up with a joke? You are asking the wrong member of the Chez Aspie household. I'll see if Chopper can come up with any! x

JJ Beattie said...

Ladybird World Mother, hello. Oh dear....I shall try *frantically scanning brain for funnies*

Chris, master of none, I'm afraid.

Angie, funny that, eh? There's been a dearth of brilliant money making postcards! Thank you, though.

DJ, that's my problem too... *sigh*