Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Flightless Reindeer

I published Kieran's first book this week. It is know the title. She started this comic last December, put it down on page three, and went about her business. Sometimes, she looses the story, not knowing where it will go or what will happen. This is what happened to my birthday comic last year, FOO CAT. It started out great! It was exciting. The buildup was there. Something magical and mysterious was going to happen to the characters Kieran had developed, then she got stuck. "I just don't know what's going to happen, Mom!". I have seen it before. It also happened during the gripping saga, PET WARS, a take-off of Star Wars. I said, "your readers are waiting!". She said, "sorry Mom, I don't like Star Wars and I just don't know what's going to happen to Duke Skyhopper, Yorda and R2 - P2." You just can't force a creative person to create, so I let it go.

This year, Kieran unearthed the first three pages of THE FLIGHTLESS REINDEER she had started in 2009 and she picked it up, the story unfolding in that frantic way that gets in the way of things like homework and sleep. When she finished, late Tuesday night, I knew I had to share this story. It was clever, beautifully expressed, sweet, funny and it made me tear up not once, but twice. Being the person I am, the kind who says, "I'll just do it myself!" to many many things, I went to work on Lulu, the site I published my blog essays into the book, PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.  I'm still waiting for my 15 copies to arrive. You too can enjoy Kieran's first published book, the first of many, I am sure! just go to and type in THE FLIGHTLESS REINDEER. You won't be sorry!Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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Hi. My name is Kieran Meaney. I have been drawing since I was 3, cartooning since I was 8, and animating since I was 10. My cousins call me Waggytail, ('Tis fun!) and I love the outdoors and creating. I will be the youngest person without a Facebook in my grade and I likes bugs. X3