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Post-Yule retrospective on the past few months

First, a PSA:

8tracks is shutting down. In 3 days. They did install an automatic “save playlist to Spotify” button to back up everything before they go…so I guess I’m finally getting a Spotify account, huh.

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I got a delightful Yuletide fic!

It looks like this:

curiosity and candy (makes the world go round) (3481 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pet Shop of Horrors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count D/Leon Orcot
Characters: Count D (Pet Shop of Horrors), Leon Orcot
Additional Tags: Swearing, Canon Era, Canon-Typical Behavior, Canon-Typical Levels Of BDSM References, yes this is a tag now, Yuletide, Supernatural Elements
Summary:

Word has gotten out that Leon is D’s new chosen mate, and the supernatural is pretty eager to test out his worthiness for the role.

Shame that Leon hasn’t been informed of any of this.

I also gave one, in a niche-enough fandom that it’s barely gotten any attention — but, listen, the recipient liked it, so it’s a win.

Slowly working my way through the rest of the archive, but I have a bunch of pre-Yuletide fic recs that I haven’t even queued yet…so the rec posts of not-for-me Yulefics may take a while in coming.

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I subscribed to Hulu With Live TV for the month, purely so I can watch the new Steven Universe episodes before the internet has a chance to spoil them.

Seriously, the speed at which people can draw fanart of totally-new character designs is unreal.

And during the rest of the eek, I’m trying to make the most of the subscription by bingeing as much other Hulu-exclusive content as possible. Caught up on Archer and a smorgasbord of superhero movies, still working through Family Guy and The Resident, got an apprehensive eye on Stargate Universe.

Surprisingly entertained by Gary And His Demons. (Satirical commentary on Chosen One narratives, Rick-and-Morty-type dysfunction-based humor, our hero has a magical-girl-style transformation sequence for which he sings his own theme song…it’s a lot.)

…they have over 300 episodes of ER. And it’s excellent background-watching-while-making-comics TV. I may or may not end up going another month with this.

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Speaking of avoiding spoilers: I saw Frozen 2!

It was enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but also awfully weird. Go watch Jenny Nicholson’s review for a good, thoughtful, funny breakdown of a lot of the reasons why.

Haven’t been any other movies since Endgame that I was really determined to see in theaters. Considered it for Star Wars: The Final Movie For Real This Time Really, but at this point I’ve been spoiled for enough of the reveals that, eh. Might as well wait until it’s out on streaming, and pick that time to do a free Disney+ trial period.

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Decided to bake cookies for Christmas at the last minute, which had me trawling the internet for “recipes that can be made using the ingredients currently in my cupboards” on Christmas Eve.

Sidenote: I have seen so many retail outlets this year advertising “our stores are open on Christmas Eve! and will even have limited hours on Christmas Day!”, and, guys, that is not something to brag about. Go watch one of the thousands of adaptations of A Christmas Carol, then swallow your profit motive for a couple days and give your people the time off, already.

So I wasn’t going to go buy late-night groceries, because I am not a monster, and here’s the recipe I was able to make. It’s just flour, butter/margarine, brown sugar, and vanilla. Plus a bag of butterscotch chips, because I do what I want.

They were a hit at the family dinner! Then a hit again when I brought the leftovers to work. Go make ’em some time. Mix up the base with your own (premeditated or improvised) favorite add-ins.

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WordPress was offering a deal on paid blogging plans, and it was cheap enough that I sprung for it.

…only to find out it doesn’t include any customization that wasn’t already in the free version. You have to pay twice as much to control your own CSS.

Oh well. I’ve gotten enough value out of WP over the years that they’ve probably earned the donation.

Prompted me to finally look for a new theme, too. Took way too long to find something that was (a) 2 columns, (b) didn’t collapse to 1 column when you weren’t practically fullscreen on desktop, (c) had spaces to keep all my widgets and menus, and (d) didn’t have clashing colors in places that non-paying users weren’t allowed to customize.

Came out pretty nice, I think.

The theme is Bouquet. The header image and the purple background are customizable. All the pink is one of two pre-set options (the others are blue and orange), which thankfully coordinates with the header pretty well.

Apparently it’s also infinite-scroll and I don’t know how to turn that off, but oh well, you can’t have everything.

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Bumped up to the next-higher dose of Wellbutrin a couple months ago, and it’s been a smashing success.

Before the switch, it had gotten to the point where I was sleeping 10+ hours a day, and could feel the not-getting-anything-done. (Doesn’t help that I have a longer Day Job workweek these days — it’s great in most ways, but having it eat up all my awake time was a bit of a drawback.)

First week on the new dose, I felt refreshed, could focus way better, and was able to draw more than I got to do in probably the whole month before.

Turns out taking the higher dose too many days in a row leaves me not sleeping enough…but by now I’ve got the hang of swapping in the lower dose before I start to feel too wired, and it’s balancing out really well.

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The last Leif & Thorn Kickstarter alternately feels like it happened forever ago, and like it just ended last week.

The first unbound proof arrived a whole month ago, in November:

I ended up tweaking both files, and asking for a new proof of just-the-cover. (There was some tricky color correction involved — you don’t know exactly how it’ll come out in CMYK until you see it in person.)

So the new one arrived…and somewhere between the file I sent and the paper coming out of the printer, the colors got changed in ways I didn’t do. Not in a way they would notice when quality-checking, either — it looked perfectly-balanced, which is the problem, it’s supposed to have a purple tint.

(Volume 1 was pink-tinted. Volume 3 — the one with the magic vine attack — will be green. Volume 4 is shaping up to be red.)

The company blamed an equipment failure, apologized, and sent a free replacement. I now have 3 separate copies of this cover, and the books themselves are gonna be in production…any day now. Depends on when people come back from vacation.

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I drew 2 full pages ahead in BICP!

Then decided the events of those pages should be bumped back to happen after other events. Which leaves me in the fascinating position of “two pages of scanned and fully-polished lineart, still hasn’t gotten me ahead re: the page I’m supposed to post on Monday.”

…One of my New Year’s resolutions is to actually finish the series in 2020. Fingers crossed.

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Marshmallow Fluff continues fluffin’ along.

I did a family visit that left him alone for the weekend, and he seems to have coped just fine:

No special Christmas dinner for Fluff, because he started turning up his nose at canned food a while back. I figure it’s a good thing — he’s no longer afraid of imminent starvation, so he feels secure enough to be picky — but it really cuts down on my “treats to provide for special occasions” options.

He also sometimes sits on one end of the couch while I’m sitting on the other! And almost relaxes. I get the joy of having a judgmental mop staring at me.

BICP #1 ebook now out!

CoverJust spent my evening finishing off the ebook for But I’m A Cat Person #1, then the rest of the night promoting it everywhere I can.

It’s stuffed with bonus content – see this post on the main site for more information. There’s going to be a print edition with the same, available just as soon as I get a chance to look over the proof copy. You’re invited to buy either. Or both, if you’re a completist. I won’t complain.

I haven’t made an RL update in ages, have I?

So, hey, we can get married in NY now! Rainbow parades for all. Check out this commentfic meme, if you haven’t already.

Scattershot summary of what else has been happening lately:

I’ve been formatting the first chapter of But I’m A Cat Person for print. What used to be a simple, no-hassle Internet strip all of a sudden has to worry about dimensions and margins and print-safe areas. My baby’s growing up.

The bottom popped out of one of my IKEA dresser drawers. For the second time. My roommate was asleep the first time it happened, but this time I got to knock it back into place with a hammer. Hopefully it’ll take.

I keep trying to cut down on the number of things I read online…then one link leads to another, and all of a sudden I’m adding a bunch of blogs about Reactive Attachment Disorder and raiding the library for books on adoption. The theory is relevant to some of my writing, but that doesn’t mean I have to read all of it, right? And yet.

Have found a couple of geeky people nearby to hang out with: a former classmate and some of her friends. They have an ongoing D&D campaign, which is not my cup of tea, but makes a great background soundtrack while I’m working on comics.

Sent off an application for grad school, and two separate applications for money to pay for grad school. In the meantime, will keep filling out 50-question applications for retail jobs that need multiple confirmations of my belief that stealing is wrong.

Only a month until Otakon. I’m so not prepared.

OH LOOK AN UPDATE.

You skip one week, and suddenly a month’s gone by. Eheh. Here’s what’s gone up in the meantime:

But I’m A Cat Person
Characters III (designs | Timothy, girl!Timothy, Lily | worksafe)
Babies and Plushies (art | Bianca, Patrick, Sparrow, Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Fake News(/His Dark Materials)
Red String (fic | “Stephen”, Jon/Tracey, families | R)
Red String (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)
Eight Roads Converged (fic | combinations of Jon, Stephen, “Stephen”, Beck!Jon, happy!”Stephen”, liberal!”Stephen”, and Wyatt | PG)
The DM of +4 Ohana (fic | “Stephen”/Jon[athan], Olivia, Kristen, Demetri, Wyatt, Sam(/Jason) | PG-13)
All Her Original Brightness (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, daemons | light R)
Tentacolbert (art | “Stephen”/tentacles, Jon | NSFW)

Hellsing(/Pet Shop of Horrors/Deadpool, /Read or Die/Jeeves & Wooster)
Paintball Tournament (sketch | Pip, Leon, D, Deadpool | worksafe)
Triptych (art | Heinkel, Enrico, Seras, Integra, Walter, Jeeves, Marian, Maggie, Anderson, Alucard, Schroedinger, Captain, Reseda | worksafe)
Stained Glass Knight (art | Alucard, Integra | worksafe)

Neon Genesis Evangelion/Puella Magi Madoka Magica
You Are NOT Alone (art | Rei, Madoka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Stained Glass Day (digital stained glass window)
Picspam: Babies! (From the movie of the same name)

Next Week in Shine:
The fangirls peace out and Alucard gets divided by zero, leaving Integra on her own. Or so she thinks…

Website Updates
For the first time in, like, a year, there’s a new Shine poll!

These Weeks, …howeverlong it’s been.

But I’m A Cat Person
Never Leave Erin A Placemat – BICP (sketches | Bianca, Sparrow, Patrick, Miranda, Poe, Timothy, Reseda, Cybele, Arthur | worksafe)

Doctor Who
Jelly Chibi (art | chibi!cosplay!girl!Four | worksafe)

Fake News
Noir News 4 Kids (art | young!Jon | worksafe)
Grey and Blue (commissioned art | Jon/Olivia | borderline NSFW)
Steves and Jons (art | Steve Col-bert/Jon, “Stephen”/”Jonathan” | worksafe)
Peasant Blouse (art | “Stephen” | worksafe)
TransDimensional, page one (comic | various “Stephens” | PG)

Fake News/His Dark Materials
State of Grace: the Despair that Slumber’d remix, part one, part two (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Charlene, Sweetness, others | R)
Avivah and Renoir (art | Jon, Charlene, daemons | worksafe)

Hellsing
Me And My Shadow (art | Pip, Seras | worksafe)

Hellsing/Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Integra Magica (art | Kyuubey!Alucard, Puella Magi!Integra | worksafe)

Sapphire and Steel
Medium Atomic Weights (art | Sapphire and Steel | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
The Color Of Blue – vid of the color distortion that happened when my computer went foom.

Next Week in Shine:
Saying goodbye to yet another formidable fighter.