#FollowFriday – @Cynical_Woman: Cartoonist, writer, blogger, podcaster, mother, and devilish cutting wit.

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor on July 9, 2010 · 3 comments

in Follow Friday

Sometimes, life just gets in the way. You think you’ve got everything in hand, and then something happens and boom! You’re scrambling to keep up. Sometimes this is a disaster. Sometimes it is great fun. Usually, it’s a little of both and it throws a monkey wrench (with monkey still attached) into the way that your life works. That’s what happened to me this week, and why this Follow Friday post is a tad late.

Helen E. H. Madden, aka @Cynical_Woman, knows from whence I speak. Helen is a writer, blogger, erotica podcaster, cartoonist, and mother of two. If all of the former weren’t enough to put her schedules into chaos, the last one can do it by itself. Helen has published three volumes of erotica, Demon by Day, Future Perfect, and Welcome to Mundania. Unfortunately, I can’t post links to these works right now because the connection I’m using is heavily monitored and the sites I need to post links to are blocked because they contain erotica. Go figure. But if you really want to find them, you can search the titles. And you can probably find links to them at http://www.helenehmadden.com/. I can’t tell because… it’s blocked! Someone must have fun surfing erotica so that they can put it on the block list. Helen also publishes the Heat Flash Erotica Podcast, which I also can’t link to. *sigh*

What I can link to is Helen’s two webcomics. You can find them at http://www.cynicalwoman.com/. The two comics are Rats!, a re-publishing of a webcomic she did for the Virginia Tech Collegiate Times from 1989-1993, and The Adventures of Cynical Woman, which she is currently drawing and posting. Both are semi-autobiographical, the first chronicling her time at Virginia Tech, and the second following her daily life, with appropriate embellishment. The comics are published as part of a blog, which makes reading the entire archive a little slow going as the comic has to be opened in a fresh window or tab to read it properly, but the blog gives insight into the events that inspired the comic. Also in the blog are updates on Helen’s various projects and other life experiences.

But we’re here to talk Twitter. And on Twitter, you can find @Cynical_Woman‘s cynical wit and biting repartee disguised as slice-of-life conversation. Helen crafts her tweets with the same kind of sardonic humor that goes into her comic, making even every day occurrences into a commentary on the ironies and emergencies of life. OK, maybe every tweet isn’t a 140 character tome of social review, but they are well worth the read for someone who appreciates wit. I find her comments to be delightfully evocative.

And that is it for this week. Well, sort of. I do need to wrap up the first of June’s polls and post the poll for July, but that may end up happening over the weekend. Next week is catch-up time for me, but there will be another Follow Friday next week, and then a review on the following Monday. There are still a few more days to vote in the “Why are you getting an iPhone 4?” poll, so make sure you cast your vote. Be sure to come back for July’s new poll, because I want to find out a little about you. So, have a good weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

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