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That whole “work on comics over the weekend” thing?

February 24, 2014
11:55 PM

Yeah, that didn’t work out, so much. Turns out, I had a lot of crap to do to get ready for this whole trip thing. I am positively wiped.

But fear not! I shall return from my equatorial excursion rarin’ to go, (mostly because the conclusion of this trip takes SO MUCH off my plate, it’s unreal.) and I can finally take the current story thread where I want it to go. I am so simultaneously jazzed and freaked out about this whole thing, it’s all that seems to be occupying my brain. Wish me luck, folks! I fly out EARLY Wednesday morning. Eeep!

Just a little check-in

February 21, 2014
12:39 AM

Hi Guys! Now, I know many of you say “explanations of why a comic didn’t go up aren’t necessary… just do what you can do”, but when you’ve missed as many as I have lately, I think a LITTLE bit of explanation is in order.

The short version: My day job is poking into my fun job just a little bit… but that should change shortly. The long version…. well, as I MAY have mentioned in the past, I actually work from home, but I do the same stuff I used to do when I went to work in the office: I do a combination of web design and LEED (it’s a green building certification) training and consulting. I know, seems like a weird combo… I started off just doing the web design, and learning (then teaching) LEED grew out of necessity. I have almost ZERO background in this kind of stuff, but since 2009, I’ve been dealing with it on a daily basis, so I’m actually pretty well versed in it. So well versed, in fact, that I’ve started branching out even FURTHER – Tomorrow, I go in to take an all-day QSD (Qualified SWPPP Developer) class so I can develop Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for construction sites. I KNOW, SUPER FASCINATING, RIGHT?

And then, as if that’s not enough, next week I’m actually flying out to Guatemala for a few days to teach a course on the LEED Green Associate accreditation. It’s a pretty neat opportunity, since I’ve actually never been ANYWHERE south of the border before, (Only ever been to Canada, England and France) so it should be a neat experience. And I know the material like the back of my hand, so that’s pretty neat. Don’t know a word of Spanish, but apparently everyone involved speaks English, so WHEW.

Long story short… I’ve had to kind of run myself ragged this week, and next week isn’t looking TOO much different. Basically, if I can get some comics done, AWESOME. I’m going to TRY and see how things roll this weekend, because maybe I can knock a few out and get them in the hopper so I don’t have an ENTIRE WEEK of no comics next week. But thankfully, after next week goes by, my work routine will settle back into its usual rhythm, and I can more reliably crank out a comic each night. And really, I’d love to do one TONIGHT, but it’s 12:34 in the morning, and I need to be up by 5:30 to get to the class on time. I just can’t move that mountain, folks.

There is something I want to make VERY clear, though: While I may miss more comics than my share, lately (the one downside of a toddler is that some nights I’m just SUPER wiped), don’t be fooled into thinking I’ve somehow lost interest in the comic, or plan to quit. Because let me tell you this: That ain’t NEVER happenin’. I have plans to do Real Life up until the day I drop dead (which is seeming more and more likely, these days!) or until humanity uploads itself into the singularity and we no longer have the need for such mundane pursuits. Life may sometimes get in the way of Real Life… but the latter will always be here. ‘Night, folks!

Help WorldBuilders out!

January 29, 2014
4:06 PM

Howdy, folks! Many of you know that every year, Pat Rothfuss, bestselling author and all-around great guy, holds a charity fundraiser for Worldbuilders, in benefit of Heifer International. And every year, I try to donate something to the cause to help raise some money. Liz actually just ran into the guy who bought my hand-knit Doctor Who scarf when she was at MAGFest recently.

Well, this year, we’re doing something a little different – we’re auctioning off a one-on-one online internet Illustrator lesson from yours truly. In the past, I’ve taught Illustrator lessons at cons for people ranging from beginners to more advanced users, and the upshot of a one-on-one lesson is that I can really tailor it to you. If you want to learn how to best use Illustrator to draw a comic, I can help! Or maybe you’re curious how you can use it to do website layouts, or any other kind of graphic design. I’m your guy! I haven’t decided which platform I’d use to teach the class yet, but you’ll be able to have a high-res view of my screen, as well as video window to chat and talk about what you’d like to learn. In essence, I will be yours for all of two hours – use me as you will.

And since we’re getting down to the last few days of the fundraiser, even if you can’t bid or aren’t interested in the class, take some time and throw $10 or more into the lottery for some really great prizes! You’re helping out a great cause, and could get some awesome stuff in return! Thanks, guys!

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