Jennifer de Guzman is a writer and comics publishing professional living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes stories about sad girls, seawater, bottomless wells, airborne plagues, and horses. You can find links to some of them them in the Selected Works section or read them at her Scribd page.

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Chi Roca has a dead girl’s voice in her head. Nearly ten years ago, her older sister Aria drowned, leaving their family shattered — and Chi has been keeping the secret of Aria’s continued presence in her mind ever since.

But Aria had secrets of her own, and as Chi has gotten older she has begun to ask questions. When Aria’s presence disappears on Chi’s sixteenth birthday, Chi decides to try to find the answers, placing herself in the same danger that led to her sister’s death.

Half a Person is a story of grief and the connections it both breaks and forges.

What Are Possible Impossiblities?

“The Poet ought rather to chuse Impossibilities, provided they have Resemblance to the Truth, than the Possible, which are Incredible with all their Possibility.”
- Henry Fielding, quoting Aristotle in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
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A Story for Unite and Take Over: Volume Two

A few months ago, I heard about a project after my own Smiths-hearting heart. It is an anthology of comics stories based on Smiths songs, called Unite and Take Over. Funded by Kickstarter, it has proven to be something people want — so much so that a second volume is being planned. I was very excited when the editor, Shawn Demumbrum, asked me to contribute a story volume two.

My song is “Reel Around the Fountain,” which I call an “erotic indolence” song. I’ve been wanting to write an essay about the conflation of sleep and sex in Swinburne’s poetry and Smiths lyrics, but without a real reason for doing so, I’ve been putting it off. So I put some of that energy into writing an eight-page script about desire and growing up (and not growing up). It’s going to be drawn by the talented Traci Hui, whom I’ve know for many a year now.

The book is scheduled to be released in Spring 2012.

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