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Horrifyingly, it's already time for my yearly roundup of "Stuff I've Made in the Last 12 Months!"

First off, because the reveals happened a few days ago: I did manage to write a story for Yuletide this year! It's titled "Live. Die. Save the Cat." and it's an Edge of Tomorrow/Alien crossover starring Rita Vrataski and Ellen Ripley. I wrote it to be as readable as possible to folks who aren't familiar with one or both of those films, so if you're interested in reading about 13,000 words about ladies learning to be badass and helping each other out through an alien invasion, perhaps you would enjoy it!

That's pretty much it for Fun Time Fan Stuff. But as for other things I've made....!


A Leaf in the Night -- wordless sequel to A Stray in the Woods
Hourly Comics 2014 -- One or two panels per waking hour of last February 1st.
Boyfriends of Brooklyn -- co-created with Paul Starr, who wrote the flavor text
Pilgrimage -- a short science fiction comic about the cultural history of Mars
Going Up -- another short SF comic, this time about running late for your space elevator trip
Accidentally Indie -- a short that I'll be putting online soon, featured in Dirty Diamonds #6
A 6-page comic for The Tribute Album, a collection of art and comics about The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal which you can download as a PDF for free

I also wrote large portions of two non-fiction graphic novels for First Second Books. Looking forward to passing them both on to their respective artists!


King Tide -- a SF short set in a drowned near-future Brooklyn (on Motherboard)
Authenticity Soup -- about nostalgia for the Colonial Era and a not-terrible-well-planned camping trip on Mars (on The Sockdolager)

Also, two of my older Sockdolager stories are now available to read online for free:
Moxie -- basically Mulan, only with yacht racing
Off Nominal -- a science fiction novella about the first manned mission to Mars, in which there are mundane-but-potentially-deadly technical problems and awkward romantic entanglements

In Summary:

I spent a lot of time on small personal projects in 2014, but the majority of that time was in the first half of the year. The fall was basically devoured by paid work about which I'm very excited, which is great, buuuuuuuuuuuuut....I'm feeling pretty twitchy about getting some more self-pub comics work out the door. I really, really want to have some new minis done in time for this year's con season.

I'm tentatively excited about having made three prose sales in 2014 -- to Motherboard, to Strange Horizons, and to The Sockdolager -- but I'm nervous about whether or not the trend will continue. I'm not nearly as well-established in prose as I am in comics, and keeping up with comics has been challenging enough! 0___0
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I've mostly been over on Tumblr and Twitter these days, but I know some folks still mostly keep track of what I'm up to here, SO! :D

I’ll be at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD in just over a week, and I’ll have TWO new books for sale at table W17!

The print edition of my webcomic A Stray in the Woods, which came out really beautifully!

And Visiting NASA #1, a minicomic version of a 27-page NASA comic I posted to earlier this summer!

Plus lots of other fun stuff, Cat and/or Rocket-related and otherwise.

The show is on September 14th and 15th and admission is just $10! I AM SUPER EXCITED TO GO, and I hope to see some of you there!
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So I launched my very first Kickstarter earlier this week -- the print edition of the spooky Cat-centric webcomic I started back in September -- and it occurred to me that I should probably mention it here!

I'm actually super excited about this project! I have some fun stretch goals planned if it ends up being successful enough for me to afford them, but honestly, I'm just thrilled to be able to print this book! Offset is almost definitely going to be out of the question, but I've found a really great digital print guy in PA who does a lot of comics like mine, and I think he'll do a fantastic job.

I'm also really happy with how my Kickstarter video came out -- particularly the music, which was composed just for this project by the fantastic [personal profile] pts.

There's something like 26 days left, so WHO KNOWS what'll happen! Probably not much, but after the shock of meeting my goal so quickly, I've given up entirely on trying to manage my expectations.

There's been a lot of stressful, unpredictable, sometimes discouraging stuff going on with my work in the past year...but this comic? So far it's mostly just been a really fun thing that I've been able to share with some folks online. And this week I've felt like a very, very lucky woman.

So check it out, if you're interested! I'd love to have more awesome folks to mail things to the fall.

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It probably says quite a lot about me that I'm sitting here on the floor in the San Diego International Airport, watching a video of Tangled crew lip-syncing to "Something That I Want" at the Disney Animation Studio, and it is totally making me tear up.

Sometimes I really miss working in animation, you guys.

Those people are the best people.
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I mean that both literally and figuratively!

So I guess [ profile] emsariel and I became homeowners last month? And now we're about to move with [ profile] hoshizora to our new digs? Like, as in THIS SATURDAY MORNING? And I still have countless boxes of crap to pack up, and piles of trash to throw away, and large pieces of furniture to find new homes for?

But you know, I ordered a Hawaiian pizza, so I'm sure it'll be fine. Pineapple fixes everything. (Unless you're [personal profile] jlh, in which case Rhubarb fixes everything.)


With SOME THINGS in it that...I wrote?!!?!?

It's only in comic shops for now (or anyone else that orders through Diamond) but it'll be in regular bookstores soon enough, and it sounds like people's Amazon orders have shipped... I'll just be over here in the corner biting my nails and hoping people like it!

Except that I'll actually be putting shit in boxes and scaring the crap out of the cats.

And eating pizza.
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I went ahead and gave it a shot this year -- the results are over on my other LJ, if you're interested! I was a little freaked out by how much time it ended up eating out of my day, but you know, there are worse ways for a comic artist to waste time than drawing a lot of semi-elaborate backgrounds and attempting accurate portraits of real people.

My birthday is in a couple of weeks -- two days after the iPhone FINALLY comes out on Verizon (yes, I'll be preordering mine at 3AM on Thursday, the earliest possible moment). It's actually kind of a blessing that I won't get it earlier, as I'm making a big push to see how much of Chronin V1 I can finish before I turn 30, and the last thing I need is a brand-new long-coveted iPhone 4 distracting me with its technological wonders.

Although I am kind of looking forward to coverage-quality experiments with [ profile] hoshizora, who jumped ship to AT&T back when the first iPhone came out and has been beating his head against crappy signal since he moved to NYC. Will Verizon be completely hosed by the flood of "JFC FINALLY!!!!!" Verizon customers? TIME WILL TELL.
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I decided to go ahead and offer copies of Zuko's Story through LJ after all -- if you're interested, the info's over here on my other journal!

Also, thank you so much for the photos! Y'all are fantastic! I'm gonna see if I can round up a few more, but then I'll go ahead and see if I can make the project in my head work the way I think it will!

Now: a few more rows of crochet, and then I'm off to do Holiday Errands in the city!
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(sorry, I was helpless in the face of that subject line once it occurred to me)

As alluded to previously, I am going to be at Infinitus next month, mostly so that I can participate in the Friday afternoon "keynote luncheon" with Naomi Novik, R.J. Anderson, Karen Healey, and one other possibly-supposed-to-be-a-surprise-guest-so-I'm-not-sure-if-I'm-allowed-to-mention-her-name friend of mine. The topic of the panel will be "fan writers turned pro," an issue which I have some FEELINGS about, many of which I've discussed at length on this journal or perhaps regaled (assaulted?) some of you with in person.

So basically, I am posting to ask:

• Man, what should I even talk about? I assume I should be formulating Notes of some kind beforehand and getting my thoughts in order. Are there particular issues or perspectives I should be pondering? Experiences of mine I should make sure to mention? (aside from the obvious ATLA-related HOW IS THIS MY JOB anecdotes, of course....but even then, what aspects of that situation are other people actually interested in hearing about?)

• Aside from [ profile] pinkfinity and [ profile] jlh and [ profile] bookshop, will any of you be there?

• This is a Harry Potter conference but man, I have NOT really been paying attention to HP fandom in a looooooong-ass time. I have no idea what awesome fics have been written post-canon. So tell me: what should I read? What fic has been EXCELLENT and aligns to some degree with my narrative priorities? ie, what should I be putting on my ipod to read on the plane?

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So there are some ~*~Events~*~ this summer that I'll be at, the first of which is tomorrow in NYC and the most surprising of which is being on a panel at Infinitus. If you're at all curious about such things, they're detailed over at my other journal.


• Last night I went to a Newsies sing along here in Brooklyn with [ profile] hoshizora. It was put together by (and a charity event for) the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, which as far as I can tell is a social justice marching band. As a result, the crowd was pretty excellent -- 100% sincere, full of people who recited the opening monologue right along with me and sang their hearts out, completely free of self-conscious hipsters trying to impress their friend, peppered with newsboy caps and suspenders -- and we had a really fantastic time. Watching it with that particular group of people, I was surprised at how very RELEVANT it proved to be to their cause. I don't usually think about Newsies in the context of social justice, but of course that's at the core of everything it's doing. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to sing "Seize the Day" at the top of my lungs in a church basement full of activists. It was pretty rad!

• I spent a lot of the past couple days working on a pair of leather toe guards for my new skates! They came out a lot better than I'd expected them to, and I'll use what I learned to make some more heavy duty ones for [ profile] hoshizora, whose skates have been getting pretty beat up at derby practice.

• I've been rereading a certain giant-ass Zuko fanfic of mine as part of my efforts to FINISH the damn thing already. It's a little strange to be speedreading 100,000 words of my own prose like this, and it certainly doesn't do a lot for my confidence as far as how well I paced it. But I have PLANS for the epilogue, and hopefully I'm in the final stretch.

• I wish that I was faster at reading/writing/drawing/etc. Where did this week go? Where did the SPRING go? I've gotten a lot done, but there's SO MUCH LEFT and it seems like I'm never quite caught up.

• Shit. Have to buy SDCC plane tickets. Blerg. x_____x
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This weekend contained:

• Watching Taiko Drumming (fun fact: I first saw the Soh Daiko troupe when I was like ten at the Black Ships Festival in Newport, and it quite literally CHANGED THE COURSE OF MY TINY LIFE with how much I loved it) and folk dances and saying hi to [ profile] naniwa and loling at the human cartoon that is Borough President Marty Markowitz at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens' Sakura Matsuri.

• Attending the Bell House's Kentucky Derby party with [ profile] emsariel and [ profile] hoshizora and [ profile] jlh and [ profile] kyoto_idol. The $5 cover charge got us three rounds of free Mint Juleps, a rope and whip show, an excellent vantage point for the hat contest and the race itself, and a venue where Paul and I were not the most overdressed people in the room. (At Sakura Matsuri he was mistaken for a Holmes cosplayer, which only served to further cement my plans for Halloween this year.)

• Picking up some free comics at the new-ish store on Bergan Street, which I hadn't been to before but will certainly go to again.

• Getting a small amount of work done on various projects.

• Watching Back to the Future 2, which I had not seen since the debut of the iphone (and really, the massive popularization of texting) which makes the 2015 scenes seem dated in completely new and different ways. (Fax machines? REALLY? lol paper. But the giant wall-mounted flat-screen video conference where your personal information scrolls by under you weren't actually that far off.)

This weekend did not contain:

• A copy of the Del Rey Showcase.

By the time we got to the shop, they'd run out of the Del Rey books entirely. There was also a preview of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies inside, you see, which made it something of a HOT TICKET ITEM, particularly in a young/hip/nerdy neighborhood like Park Slope. Apparently a LOT of people had a hard time getting ahold of that sampler, such that only a few friends of mine seem to have seen it at all.


(thankfully, [ profile] space_coyote got a copy from her roommate, so she got to see some of her gorgeous artwork for this book in print. And [ profile] halifax_slasher snagged a copy for ME at Midtown, which I'll hopefully have by tonight. But seriously, it's pretty hilarious to find myself in a place where I hope people WILL scan something I've done and put it online. THE SUSPENSE. UNPLEASANT!)
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So tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! At which there will be a preview for the Zuko!Prequel! HOW ABOUT THAT! (more info on the other journal if you're interested)

I signed up for the Gotham Girls Basic Training next month, so I can work on my quad skating skills (or rather, my lack thereof.) I'm pretty excited about it, actually! I'm not a particularly serious athlete but there are some basic skills I've had a hard time figuring out on my own, not to mention the poor shape of my basic form. I've bought the required equipment I didn't already have (helmet, mouth guard, elbow guards) and now you know...COMMITTED!

On a related note: still trying to figure out whether or not I want to buy new, higher-quality quads for myself. The skates I have now were bought back in October while [ profile] hoshizora was first visiting, and I've gotten a lot of use out of them since then. But they're men's vinyl figure skates of moderate quality, and I'm starting to get good enough that quality matters. I tried on [ profile] hoshizora's speed skates the other day, and even though they're like two sizes too big for me they STILL felt more comfortable and better fitted than my current skates. Only problem is, a decent pair of used speed skates is gonna cost at LEAST $200 and probably significantly more.


This would be less of a problem if not for the last item in this post: my cat! Julien! Who I adore and who is over 17 years old! And who had to go to the vet twice this week and is now on antibiotics because of a kitty UTI, which caused him to yowl horribly and pee in places he was not supposed to. Fortunately the meds seem to be helping and he's on the mend, but...guys. GUYS. I don't want to think about how much those vet trips and blood tests and urine cultures cost me. I don't want to think about it at all.

Oh, Julien. You may have cost me a pair of skates, buddy, but you're worth it. <3
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I've been surprised by the degree to which Tumblr has carved out a distinctive internet niche for itself. Different users no doubt have very different experiences, but my dashboard is largely a never-ending parade of pretty pictures, collections of stills from beloved TV shows, quotes from awesome people and the occasional miniature essay. It seems to be an "all joy all the time" place for the most part, and I think that's fantastic. I love that it's been a haven of sort for several friends of mine, who appreciate having a virtual fountain of positivity and beauty in their internet routine.

But I've noticed something recently about the content that's been making the rounds. Not a bad thing, I would stress -- not something I'd ever ask my friends not to do. A large part of why I'm making this post is that I'm not entirely sure how I personally feel about it.

Briefly put: there are a great many photos of very thin, conventionally beautiful women on my Tumblr dashboard, often with very little in the way of clothing. And nearly all of them are posted by other women. And I have got to say, it's starting to wear me down a little. )

(And incidentally, WHILE I'M HERE, more pictures of lady factory workers from WW2 would be just fine. Also pilots.)
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So I have not posted in a while, at least not properly! This is for a lot of reasons, but mostly I've just been a bit off-kilter -- new year, new roommate, and a complete inability to get things done when I would like them to be done. I've felt a little off-balance for the last few weeks, but fortunately I seem to be getting my feet back under me again and my productivity is starting to crawl back toward where it needs to be.

Admittedly, part of the problem is that I've been making a big effort to be less of a weirdo hermit -- more cooking, more going out on errands and walks and skates when I need to, more actually going to the events my friends organize, more you know...being an adult who takes care of herself properly? ALAS, I have not quite gotten the knack of balancing this with my freelance/personal commitments quite as quickly as I would have liked. So lots of panicking as I try to force myself to meet deadlines while being kind to [ profile] emsariel and [ profile] hoshizora and cooking real food and getting exercise and seeing friends ALL AT ONCE SOMEHOW?


At least I finished the first draft for the second-to-last-installment of my Giant Crazy Ba Sing Se Fanfic? I am praying that [ profile] jlh and [ profile] kittyjimjams and [ profile] hoshizora can help me beat it into something like acceptable shape, because I have not updated that story in a SHAMEFULLY LONG TIME and I feel like an ass. :|


Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to wish me a happy birthday! I've been feeling kind of down and a little isolated, particularly from internet-friends, so it cheered me up A WHOLE DAMN LOT to be remembered by folks. Y'all are awesome and ILU <3


If you create fanwork and you're in ATLA fandom, you should consider signing up for [ profile] avatarbigbang with me. JUST CUZ. The deadline is very generous and it sounds like it'll be good times!
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January 13th

I'd planned to spend today luxuriating at Spa Castle, but when I woke up in the morning I realized that I wasn't quite up for it after all -- the weight of my goddamn unfinished fanfic was pressing down too forcefully for me to enjoy a day of ignoring it, and so instead of Queens I headed to midtown. More specifically, the New York Public Research Library on 42nd and 5th, which is goddamn gorgeous and a better place than most to sit and write a while. I didn't make quite as much progress as I'd hoped (and I'm convinced that I'm going to have to delete half of the scene I just wrote) but I made SOME, and afterward I met up with [ profile] erinfinnegan and [ profile] kyoto_idol for "Vertical Wednesday" and listened to Ed Chavez talk about the state of the Manga industry for a few hours -- not a bad way to spend a day, certainly.
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January 12th

As I dig down through the clutter in my office, I've discovered little hoards of treasures that I'd almost forgotten existed -- like two entire boxes of toys and such from my desk at KND, unopened since my last day of work. I flipped through my well-worn show bible and dusted off pvc figurines and set aside the cards from my first pitch, and wondered if I'll ever have a job like that again. As excited as I am about Chronin and the Zuko!Prequel and various other projects I've moved on to, nothing measures up to the experience of sitting on Mr. Warburton's couch at Curious Pictures, hashing out story beats and trying to figure out how to rescue ideas from "Purgastory."
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January 11th

The warning shots of freakout continued into the morning, so rather than sit around the apartment being useless I opted to take my uselessness elsewhere: the movies. Although I both left the house late and misjudged how long it would take to cross Prospect Park, I made it to the theater just in time to catch the opening credits of "Up In The Air," a film I enjoyed immensely. (I can see how the ending might leave some cold, but I felt that anything more tidy would have been trite, and even if the specifics of the plot weren't entirely wrapped up the thematic arc alone was very satisfying to me.)
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January 10th

This was the last weekend [ profile] emsariel and I will be spending alone in our apartment for some time, so I guess it's fitting that we didn't go out very much. Nearly all of today was spent reorganizing drawers and closets -- with breaks to proofread a chapter for a friend -- and honestly, I'm kind of glad I had so much mindless work to do. A wave of antsy freakout has been threatening to crash over me, and I think sorting through all those clothes may have kept it at bay for at least a little while.
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January 7th

After weeks of stalling, I finally began the frankly gargantuan task of getting my office in order again -- if I'm going to be sharing it with [ profile] emsariel for the foreseeable future, it might help for the second desk to not be completely covered in books. [ profile] jlh came over to keep me company for a while, as well as reassure me that yes, I was making a dent as time passed. There's nothing quite like organizing your yarn stash while your friend explains the intricacies of various fandom wanks you missed while you were away for the holidays.

January 8th

My mom and sister drove down from Cape Cod for a day out on The Town, which gave me an excuse to do several very New York things that I almost never get around to. In particular, we went to see the production of South Pacific currently running at Lincoln Center. I'd be interested to hear what others make of it -- for me, it seems surprisingly progressive in its intentions but still cringy in the ways it's (inevitably) a product of its time.

January 9th

The spontaneous purchase of two double-decker steel-frame wardrobes for our bedroom kicked off a day of hardcore apartment reorganization, both of us properly putting away things that had sat in bags and boxes since we moved in two years ago. After an afternoon of this, we finally steeled ourselves to go watch Avatar in 3D, which somehow managed to at once be a little better and far worse than I'd expected. There's something uniquely frustrating about watching a film that could have been great, meanders through a problematic but gorgeously realized world for its first two-thirds and then plunges abruptly into explosive WTF-kery in the final stretch, from which it never emerges.


Side note: I caved a little while ago and signed up for a Tumblr, which I'm now using consistently enough for it to be worth mentioning? So you know. That is a thing.
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January 6th

I was away for nearly two weeks over the holidays, and although we got back on Sunday night I'd been too busy with work since then to even leave the apartment. But today I had errands to run downtown, and man -- I've lived in this city for over ten years and by all rights should be jaded by now, but every time I go out I'm reminded of how much I love beng here. I walked along Broadway toward Houston and watched the Chrysler building shine against a slate-blue sky, and I wondered how anyone could stop looking up, no matter how long they've been here.
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January 4th:

It's almost 5AM, and my day is finally ending -- I've finished with the major revisions on this treatment, and after I give it one last readover in the morning I'll be able to send it out and have it over and done with. The script itself will follow soon enough, but I can spare a few days to clean house and turn [ profile] emsariel's home office into a bedroom. And maybe, if I'm lucky, start to settle back into working on Chronin again...which I hope I haven't forgotten how to do.


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Go make some new disaster.

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