Had a good week. My sweetie got to see Morrisey (and I wandered around the big(ger) city, pondering life, food, and the new novel). We explored the local history museum which had lots of dead birds. Cadfael ditched his collar, but perhaps his timing isn’t all off since it is near Halloween and he’s a black kitty so we shouldn’t let him roam much for the next week or so.
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I had a good weekend. Had an idea for a new novel, and like a fool i wrote a few chapters rather than working on the current one. It’d be more frustrating if they weren’t really good. I know, real problems, right? Also went canoeing, possibly the last of the season, although it was a bit difficult finding a lake. A short hike. Some random wandering. Oh, and last week I went to a model drawing studio. Been a while since I’ve done that and I feel rusty as far as the representation goes, but I was very pleased with the control I’ve developed with washes over the last couple years.
A piece of awesome fan-art from Stephens of the webcomic Space Slugs. This must be a picture taken before his spirit was crushed from continual defeat. (and as ever, this drawing will be archived on the fan art page).
The MAD Magazine official blog has posted another It Only Hurts When I Laugh comic from the archives which I did for them. I always really liked this one, I think the timing is really spot on. (and on a side note, “yay,” I just sold them a new strip, now I just have to draw it!)
If the world crashes and burns Wednesday or Thursday, I won’t be here to save you. Going camping with Daniel, where we will do camping things like building fires and sitting.
Saturday I visited Silver Cat Farms, where I was treated with amazing food and amazing mead, and got to pet li’l lambs. How good of a day is that? Very good.
Otherwise it’s been a long week and I’m very tired. Good tired.
As you can see on the banner below the comic, Spacetrawler book #2, postcards, and the new Little Dee 2 books anthologies are now available through TopatoCo. Yay!
Not a lot else new in my world. I finally finished putting together the Spacetrawler PDFs (correctly this time, rather than the far-too-many times before where I did it wrong). If you donated any amount to Spacetrawler, I have emailed you the link. The rest of you, I will probably have it available soon for sale!
Oh, and I want a donut. But some dreams are always left unfulfilled.
Not a lot going on in my world right now, just more buried in work. I keep wanting to find time to read LeyLines and Valkyrie Squadron, but keep not finding a free moment. So, check them out for me. Let me know. (although I have just begun reading the Brilliant Marsheila Rockwell‘s “Shard Axe” since the sequel of “Skein of Shadows” is about to come out).
Oh, and I’m listening to some Tamora Pierce novels I hadn’t read/listened to yet (I’ve read a lot, but she’s written so many!), since I’ll be getting to meet her (in fact, paneling with her) at the upcoming Minneapolis Convergence Con. Really looking forward to that, I’ve often cited her “Trickster Series” as a favorite of mine, and which was part of inspiring my comic “Vava” (along with Chagall)
And I’ll end this blog with this: a very nice shout-out from the folks over at Oscar Mike Media Podcast. Kevin gave a fair rundown (and thumbs up) of the story of Spacetrawler at about time: 46:30. Check it out!
Oh, and Happy memorial Day. One of those days which seems odd to say “happy” in front of, as it’s a very sad day. My heart goes out to the soldiers who fought, but not the politicians who waged.
I just wanted to give shout-out to animals today. April 10th-or-11th is National Pet Day. And so:
1. Remember all the love we get from them, and the affection they show. Give your pet a pat of acknowledgement. Maybe spend an extra 10 minutes just sitting with them.
2. And allow me to urge you: if considering a pet, do not go to a breeder or pet store — ADOPT (AND spay/neuter). Approximately 3-4 million animals are killed in animal shelters per year. This is such a terribly sad thing. Please, not only is saving one from death a kind and benevolent thing, but perhaps building a loving relationship with them is a consideration worth putting before their breed.
Anyhow, If you agree, urge others in the same path. If you disagree, this might have come off as rant-ish — please know I wish you no ill-will.
It was gorgeous out today, and so my sweetie convinced me to go roller-skating. But after probably 1/4 mile, of all things, a wheel came off. Amazingly, even with my clumsy amateur skills, I didn’t fall. I’m just glad her skates were fine so she could skate back to the car for my shoes. :)
Norwescon was great. Lovely people, good snacks, cooperative weather. Who could ask for more?
I met Katt Leeds (who has amazing oil-painting/reality/portrait skills), and she did a sketch of me in exchange for a copy of Spacetrawler (if you need a portrait commissioned, seriously, consider her). I sat across from Elizabeth Guizzetti, whose e-novel “Other Systems” came out a week ago. She fed me chocolate eggs and then I bought a copy of her book (those two things are not related) (um) (I think).
I had a long interesting conversation with Micheal Duquette about art, his sculptures (amazingly made, and out of mostly found objects). Talked “mystery novels” with Vandy Hall (who does lovely drawings, blown glass, and sculpture) and who gave a me a list of detective stories to read (listed below) (I’m very excited to check them out). I also sat across from Vivien Weaver (and her nice friend, whose name I suddenly can’t recall) who had her book “The Wicked Instead” available (which I also look forward to reading).
Annnnnd…. lotsa other people. But I think that’s it for my con report. Hope you had a great Easter, religously-oriented-or-ignored. And here’s those mysteries. :)
- Charlotte MacLeod
- Elizabeth Peters
- Nevada Barr
- Laurie R. King
- “Cat Who Barks” (can’t find what this might be for)?
And I will be at the science fiction convention “Norwescon” in the Dealers Room all weekend (Thur-Sun), in Seatac WA, so stop by! (sadly, no Book #2 yet, I won’t have it for another couple weeks). And on Thursday and Saturday go-to-guy/author/madman Daniel Wolff will be at my table too! The hours are Thursday 4-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-6, and Sunday 11-4.
I must admit, it was fun drawing Mars.
I am raising money to print book 2 through the website Kickstarter by way of pre-orders and other incentives. Help me reach my goal of $7,000!
Thank you. And thanks for all the links and retweets for this campaign. You’re all the best!
And, “phew!” Today’s strip was a strip and a half. In case you can’t keep track of all who is in today’s strip, follow the handy tags below the blog.