Feeling a lot of whelmed

I’m in one of those states where you feel overwhelmed by a bunch of different tasks, none of which should be all that daunting on its own, but then if you start working on one, you feel the crushing weight of how much you’re not working on all the others.

A partial list:

  • Yuletide 2021 letter/offers
  • Last-minute Kickstarter promotion
  • Finishing the next Leif & Thorn arc (currently 40+ strips, for most storylines that would already be finished)
  • Various blog updates + link roundups
  • Researching kidney donation (there’s a lot of extensive screening and recovery involved, none of which I have even started, and yet my brain has decided to feel pre-emptively exhausted just learning about it)
  • Reading a stack of library books
  • Reading a backlog of subscribed fic updates
  • Updated Leif & Thorn book cover art (was supposed to be just changing the scale, then I was like “but what if I also fixed this minor annoyance, and that other one, and redid a thing that’s always bothered me, and”)
  • Prodding for BICP printing-related status updates
  • Drawing some art I’ve owed people for months
  • Figure out TikTok?
  • I should actually clean this living room at some point, huh

…well, I was kinda hoping it would help to write that all down, but so far, not much.

Here’s a nice relaxing Marshmallow Fluff photo instead. A true role model for how to be chill.

Speaking of that last-minute promotion: I have a Kickstarter!

It’s the fourth volume of Leif & Thorn, and it’s doing great. Passed the funding goal earlier this week. Now on track to set a new funding record for the series, and a new all-time record for the number of backers I’ve gotten on a project.

Deadline is Friday at midnight. Pass it on.

Multifandom works roundup, “everything pre-Kickstarter” edition (PPG, BNHA, and more)

Leif & Thorn

Pronoun Dex (comic | Hermosa/Dex | G)

Sweet snacks (art | Leif, Thorn, WiB, Tiernan | worksafe)

A kiss on the hand is worth… (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Volume 4 Cover – Blazing Stars (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

This guy seems fishy (art | Paikea | worksafe)

Hunters in bottles (wallpaper | Dex/Hermosa, Del, WiB, Kale | worksafe)

Watercolor Ivy (art | Ivy | worksafe)

My Hero Academia
ShigaDeku (art | Shigaraki/Izuki | worksafe)

Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Fangirls (art | Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup | worksafe)

Spooky Month
Spooky Month BFFs (art | Pump/Skid | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous

Webcomic Woes 34 – What do you think a comic *is*? (comic, G)

Webcomic Woes 35 – them old making-an-ebook blues (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:

Annotated chapter 7, where I talk about the background of Miranda’s latest plans.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:

Hermosa is back in his own home, but confined to the building…blocked from talking to his fugitive spouse…and dealing with the world’s worst babysitter.

Multifandom fic recs (Hellsing, Thursday Next, Labyrinth, Harry Potter, Murderbot)

  • Labyrinth | Jareth, Sarah, Worms | T | Formal Separates #2
    It was worth a shot. Maybe one of the instrument cases had a hidden panel. She ran to the nearest wall and started pressing various parts, frantically scrabbling at the paneling. Nothing. She turned to the next wall and though better of it. Well, we can rule out that one over there; there’s only hallway behind it……of course!
    series:labyrinth,genfic,fic:one-shot
  • Labyrinth (1986) | Jareth/Sarah | T | Fading
    There is a forfeit to be paid when you offer yourself to another. He is paying that forfeit now: a slow decay into nothing, a rest he’s at first so ready for. She doesn’t need him to fade the way she used, and when he sees her again after so long, he doesn’t particularly want to. But villains, he knows, aren’t here to get what they want. Villains are here to die.
    series:labyrinth,pairing:jareth_sarah,fic:chaptered
  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ART, OCs | T | about what
    redacted note: The SecUnit and Archambeau are still unaccounted for. I don’t think they ever will be, so let’s preemptively put this report in the folder of useless reports.
    trope:outsider.pov,series:murderbot diaries,fic:one-shot,genfic,kink:identity porn
  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ART, Mensah, PresAux | T | Stupid Unreliable Magic
    Murderbot has never had a soulbond, (~can~ never have a soulbond. The feature that prevents it is not so easily hacked as a Governor Module.) and it really wishes everyone would stop talking about them, because it doesn’t want them and it’s not interested at all, thankyouverymuch.
    pairing:art_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,pairing:mensah_murderbot,kink:soulbond,fic:one-shot
  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, Mensah, Gurathin | T | Neurofeedback
    “Constructs have coding so deep and fundamental, that I think it must be similar to what humans call instinct. And the company had gone in that deep when fucking me over, just to be thorough. I’ve spent months trying to unfuck my brain, in between everything else, and I’m beginning to think it’s just not possible.”
    genfic,series:murderbot diaries,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort,trope:trauma

Who’s got two thumbs and can do Zoom calls normally again?

I gave New Computer another update — this time making a point of backing up a bunch of stuff, just in case I had to do another reinstall from scratch.

Not only did the process go fine, the camera works again!

(This update was only released a couple weeks ago, and the camera-breaking update was a couple months ago, so it’s not like I could’ve just done that from the start. Someone on the development end had to fix what they broke.)

…so, ah, fingers crossed that it’ll fix the other weird problem, where the computer spontaneously decides it wants to reboot into a diagnostic scan. Which always finds no problems, just like all the previous scans.

Plot twist: I paid more attention to when these happen, and the last 3 times were on Thursday afternoon. So this past Thursday morning, I shut down the computer completely, then headed out to work.

I get home, and it’s on this screen again. Something in here didn’t just reboot the OS, it autonomously powered the machine on.

I mean. What even does that?

The camera-fixing update was later that evening, so I guess we’ll find out “did it also fix the spontaneous diagnostics?” next Thursday.


Had an extensive dream that was an AU of The Secret Garden, but Mary Lennox was a tween necromancer, Gideon the Ninth style.

…and now that I think about it, the parallels are there? Not to Harrow, I mean to Gideon’s backstory of “was a small child when a fatal affliction swept through the whole group around her, later retrieved after being discovered surrounded by bodies.”

Maybe I’ll request it for Yuletide, or something.


It’s that magical time of year when I put Kickstarter logos in all my social-media icons, re-re-proofread all my ad copy, and anxiously look up how much it costs to ship a 5-pound box to Germany.

(Just over US $70.)

That’s right, it’s the final-week prep for Leif & Thorn volume 4.

Please click that link and hit the “Notify me on launch” button, if you haven’t already!

And folks, I am so close to the weight where, if someone wants All The Leif & Thorn Books, the cheapest method is to pack them in a Flat Rate box. 4 books isn’t quite there — but at 5 books the flat rate is cheaper, and at 6 it’ll be much cheaper, and once we get up to 9 it’ll be astronomically cheaper.

…when we get to 10, they won’t all fit in a single box. But that’s a future problem.

(Not that I’m going to do this, but: there would be something really satisfying about drawing enough to fill 9 books, and then stopping the comic, just so it’s a perfect fit for the boxes.)

Multifandom fic recs (Enterprise, Madoka Magica, Jeeves & Wooster, Discworld, original)

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka | G | A Red Umbrella
    Homura has been looping time for the past year, and she’s exhausted. She’s so exhausted she hasn’t even noticed that Madoka is in love with her and being really obvious about it.
    series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:chaptered,pairing:homura_madoka,yuri,trope:timetravel
  • Monstrous Regiment | Maladict/Polly | T | The Yunk and the Restless
    Polly spends the night in a nest of vampires. It involves questionable accents, even more questionable nightclothes, and a certain amount of confusion over quite how she ended up classified as Maladicta’s ‘yunk lady’.
    pairing:polly_mal,series:discworld,yuri,fic:one-shot,trope:vampires
  • original | T | Unknown Number
    – Ok you’re saying that you’re me
    – From another timeline
    – contacting me by fucking TEXT MESSAGE
    fic:socialmedia,genfic,original,trope:genderplay