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*massive sigh of post-moving-to-Cleveland relief* May 31, 2018

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I made it!

Staying at my aunt’s apartment in Cleveland, which is in a building tall enough that I can see Lake Erie from the window. All the boxes I shipped ahead of time have arrived — they make a surprisingly small pile in the corner of one room.

My parents showed up for the last few days in Boston, so everything I own that isn’t here is in the trunk of their car. Another couple trunkfuls of stuff went out on the front curb — books, dishes, still-half-full bottles of shampoo and body wash, lamps, fans, two entire cupboards’ worth of unbrewed tea.

All the furniture also went. For a while I was thinking about hiring movers for a few things, but finally decided to let it all go, including the couch I brought all the way from Baltimore and have been napping on since middle school. (It’s the one all the cats have sat on.)

The next-door neighbor complained about all this stuff being outside “when trash pickup isn’t even until next week.” Meanwhile, a regular stream of people came by and took things they wanted. (Guess what race/gender the neighbor was. Guess what race/gender most of the picker-uppers were not.)

My two housemates each cleaned their own rooms, but, for various reasons, made no effort to help with the kitchen or bathroom. (Or return rental equipment, or put general-house-use items on Craigslist, or…I could go on.) So, while Mom focused on helping me pack the last round of boxes, Dad basically scrubbed the whole apartment. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them.

And then…at last…to the airport! It had one stop after Boston before continuing on to Cleveland — same plane, just a new flight number — but I guess the computer hadn’t figured that out, because I had to haul my stuff off, get my boarding pass re-scanned, then turn around and haul it right back on.

Didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before. Didn’t get any sleep on the plane, either. Every time I closed my eyes I saw half-packed boxes.

But now I have slept! And eaten. And restocked on conditioner/deodorant/etc from the local CVS. And programmed my webcomics to allow admin access from this IP address.

So far…so good. (Knock wood.)

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Anime stuff giveaway…and some things for sale. (Sailor Moon, Hellsing, Peach Girl, Witch Hunter Robin) May 21, 2018

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One more round of pre-move giveaways!

Plus some DVDs and manga volumes that aren’t free, but it’s easier to share them here than set up eBay listings.

Unless otherwise stated, first person to claim a thing will get it. People who ask for a specific item will get priority over people who say “send me everything.” For the free stuff, all you have to do is pay the cost of shipping.

If I tell you you’ve claimed a thing, but you don’t send me a shipping address within 2 days, I’ll move on to the next claimant. Any items not spoken for by May 28 are getting donated.

Hellsing Merchandise – Free

Alexander Anderson 8″ figure (poseable, comes with extra hands)
Walter Dornez 4″ figure
Jan Valentine 4″ figure
Calendar, 2006
Set of 2 pins (manga Bondagecard, anime Seras)

Sailor Moon Merchandise – Free

Patterned sheet set (the fitted sheet is ripped and the fabric is awfully pilled, but you could definitely repurpose it for crafts)
Set of 2 pins (new in packaging)
Handmade f/f pins (Ami/Mako, Rei/Mina, Hotaru/Chibiusa)
Calendar, 2003
Chibiusa poster (same art as this manga volume)
Set of 5 inner senshi trading(?) cards
Miscellaneous packing material

Other Merchandise – Free

Victorian Romance Emma – harem-girl figure
Mahou Shoujo Creamy Mami – 30th anniversary poster

How to Draw Manga Books – Free

Someone claimed these when I first listed them…but never sent me an address. So I’m offering them one more time. From the (translated) Japanese series, with lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Couples
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

From there, onward to the sales part…

Witch Hunter Robin DVDs for sale

Volumes: Arrival (1), Inquisition (3), Fugitive (4), Determination (5), and Vengeance (6).

That’s everything except volume 2, which is filler-y enough that I owned the series for years without realizing I was missing anything. Take them all for $25, including shipping.

Peach Girl Manga for sale

Peach Girl volumes 1-8 (the non-flipped reprint, in two decorative cases), Peach Girl: Change of Heart volumes 1-10, and Peach Girl: Sae’s Story volumes 1-3.

That’s the entire series, nothing missing. I’ll send you the lot for $60, including shipping.

Sailor Moon DVDs for sale

So, ah, these are worth…a lot. Everything else in the post is first-come first-serve, but on these I’m open to bids. If you’re interested, please comment on this post (don’t email or PM, I want to keep the details all in one place) with what you’re prepared to pay.

The linked eBay listings aren’t mine, they’re just a reference for the specific edition I’m offering, and the price it’s going for elsewhere.

Sailor Moon S (“Heart Collection”, volumes 1-5 of this edition)

Sailor Moon 3-movie boxset (“The Dream Set”, uncut special edition)

Sailor Moon SuperS boxset (“Pegasus Collection”, thin-packing boxset edition)

Book Giveaway, Part 2 April 29, 2018

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It’s another round of “multiple people are moving and need to downsize in a hurry” book giveaways! All you have to do is cover the cost of shipping. (They ship from within the US, so bear that in mind if you’re not.)

Comment to claim the title(s) you want, and you can send me a shipping address by email or PM.

Giveaway will close on May 6, at which point I’ll donate whatever’s left.

Fiction

The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu (autographed!)
The Snow Queen – Joan D. Vinge
The Pains – John Damien Sundman
Mindscape – Andrea Hairston
Misery – Stephen King (well-loved)
Venus, Inc. – Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth (ditto) (hardcover)
Off Limits: Tails of Alien Sex – anthology (hardcover)
Four Ways to Forgiveness – Ursula K. LeGuin (hardcover)

Children’s Fiction

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish – Neil Gaiman
The Wolves in the Walls – Neil Gaiman
Crazy Hair – Neil Gaiman

Nonfiction

All The Fishes Come Home To Roost – Rachel Manija Brown
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Introducing Psychology: A Graphic Guide
Standing Alone In Mecca – Asra Q. Nomani

Comics

Art and Artists: New Yorker Cartoons from the Melvin R. Seiden Collection
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, volumes 1-3

How to Draw Manga

From the (translated) Japanese series. Lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Couples
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

What Do You Carry With You? (2018 edition) April 1, 2018

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Not an April Fool’s joke, just a meme, borrowed from jjhunter.

Things I almost always take along when I go out:

  • Glasses
  • Smartphone
  • mp3 player + headphones
  • Keyring (with loyalty cards for Stop’n’Shop, CVS)
  • MBTA pass
  • Chapstick
  • Wallet (with photo ID, credit card, library card, laundry card, debit card, and some cash)
  • Mini health kit (pads, painkillers, bandaids, alcohol wipes, cough drops, in a little Red Cross pouch)

(The last 4 are stashed permanently in my bag, only pulled out for special occasions.)

Things I won’t pack if I’m just running to the store, but will make a point of taking to work, or on a more extended trip:

  • Phone charger (USB, with outlet adapter)
  • Sketchbook
  • Clipboard (for sketchbook sturdiness reinforcement)
  • Assembly of pens, pencils, eraser

Anyone interested in beta-reading ~4500 words of tentacle sex? March 16, 2018

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Wrote a prospective submission for this anthology, involving a trans male human and a hermaphroditic tentacled alien. (Also incidental cat people and hungry alien flowers. They’re not involved in the sex part.)

I could use someone to look it over and make sure all the imagery is clear, the sentences make sense, the pacing doesn’t throw you, that kind of thing. Plus any SPAG if you catch it. And any brilliant title ideas if you got ’em.

It’s another Leif & Thorn no-canon-knowledge-needed AU, so it would be especially helpful if you haven’t read the comic. In this case “AU” means incredibly AU, but it still can’t hurt to have someone who comes to it with zero preconceptions whatsoever.

If you’re interested, comment with a Google-Drive-enabled email, and I’ll share the file your way!

Yahoo email is…fixed, maybe? February 4, 2018

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Update: I started getting emails again, though some of them are heavily delayed — as of the morning of February 4, I’m still just-getting some things that were sent in the evening of February 1, and there are at least a few still to come.

Tech support said “The engineers let me know that they’ve fixed the issue and everything should be working now.” I kinda suspect this is BS and they have no idea what happened.

But new emails appear to be showing up in realtime. Which is good, because some of the sites where I switched to a Gmail address are still happily sending things to Yahoo.

So, yeah. Go ahead and send things to whichever address you have on record, I guess. They’ll both work, probably.

My Yahoo email just…flat-out stopped working. February 2, 2018

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I haven’t been getting emails since early afternoon, judging by the comments on Leif & Thorn that didn’t make it through.

Figured it out when I tried to send one, and got the error message “Some information below is incorrect. Please double check each field.” In a reply to an email chain where previous replies, same subject and address and everything, had gone through just fine.

Oh, and googling the error gets a ton of abandoned forum posts with long chains of un-addressed users pleading for help to the empty void.

So I’ve spent the better part of the past two hours updating my email with every account I can think of. That includes Leif & Thorn, But I’m A Cat Person, Shine, AO3, ff.net, Lulu, Dreamwidth, Deviantart, Twitter, IFTTT, Tagpacker, Patreon, Project Wonderful, Siteground, 8tracks, this very WordPress account, the NYTimes daily digest, my book club, and my French Word Of The Day. (Still gotta tackle Facebook, TVTropes, ComicRocket, and Neopets…)

The new email is also sailorptah, just on gmail. It’s been around as a backup for a while now. Looks like it’s about to take center stage in a hurry.

So, yeah. If you need to reach me by email for any reason, this would be the time to update your address book.

(Update: Fixed, probably.)

I created a Photobucket account on November 29, 2006. July 28, 2017

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Over the course of more than 10 years, I uploaded almost 6,000 images.

A month ago, Photobucket broke them all and demanded I pay $400 to fix it.

Wish I’d taken a screenshot of my Account stats page before I started deleting, but here’s what it looks like as of right now:

And I’m about to hit “delete” and make it go away entirely.

It took a bunch of exhausting busywork to get to this point, but I gotta say, now that I’m here, it feels pretty good.

One more cat on the couch July 21, 2017

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This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that’s what I’m going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn’t around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow — even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren’t enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.

Petting for a sweet boy.

I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.

A compendium of cats on this couch July 11, 2017

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The couch I’m sitting on to write this, the one I’m usually sitting on when browsing/coloring/ficwriting, is really old. My parents got it (with a matching set of chairs) when I was in high school. It’s the one big piece of furniture I took when I moved to Massachusetts.

More interestingly, it’s been sat on by every cat I’ve ever lived with.

And I have photos!

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