Author Archives: Shannon Menu

Wednesday February 17, 2021

Lynn's Comments: Following this revelation, I received many letters. Readers were not as interested in asking me about the life of the character in the strip but in telling me about their own abusive experiences. Stories like this brought me, personally, closer to my readers than I had ever been before.

Friday February 12, 2021

Lynn's Comments: The way to write a story, using one statement a day, is to include valuable information in dialogue that is crafted as a joke. Here, we get the joke about the hat, but it's connected to Gordon's gloves. He needn't have left his gloves at the Patterson house, but by having this happen, I was both confirming that Elly had intervened and that Gordon liked being in the Patterson home. This works as ongoing information without having to delve into the difficult storyline again.

Tuesday February 9, 2021

Lynn's Comments: This strip left readers wondering and imagining what was happening behind those closed doors. Not showing anything more was a good thing—it kept the strip from becoming too negative, and it gave readers the opportunity to think about what goes on in their own neighbourhoods. You can suspect something is happening, but you might never know for sure.

Tuesday January 26, 2021

Lynn's Comments: My daughter saved up for her first car. She was so excited about buying one. She had a used car picked out and was ready to negotiate the price, but the salesman kept referring to her dad. Eventually, her dad told the salesman to talk to the actual buyer! Kate took the reins and negotiated a great deal. It was a high five for all of us!