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Match to Flame 97

posted on March 22, 2019

Running to Daylight

Okay, my Good and Gentle Readers . . . we’re going to pick up the journey right where we left off at the end of the introduction to The Complete Funky Winkerbean, Volume 5. This is what’s known in the book biz as being totally anal rock-solid intro writing (note to editor—be sure to remove all strikeouts before publication). We left off with my discussing the story arc about Lisa’s high school pregnancy and saying that “after having been Lisa’s confidant and birthing partner, it was going to be impossible to go back to things like having Les being stuck up on the rope in gym class and ending up being repurposed as a decoration for the homecoming dance. A line had been crossed, and my characters now were going to have to grow up.” These thoughts were even echoed by the assistant managing editor of the Calgary Herald, who sent me a very kind congratulatory letter on the Lisa pregnancy story concluding with: “One final thought—Les really was a brick throughout all of this. I think he can now be excused from climbing that damned rope in gym class.” Even Murray Ball saw that I now had created for myself the option of taking the work to another floor and was encouraging me to do just that.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Six