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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
8:33 pm - Well, I Haven't Failed Yet
NaHoOrgMo, Day 2: 1.00 hrs. Total: 2.25 hrs. Pace: 4.0 hrs.

Not surprisingly, the "Aaugh! I'm not doing NaNo!" regrets have kicked in, especially when I read posts about write-ins and word counts. But I've picked my horse for this race, so I might as well lie in it.

In Other News: When I arrived home, Hz was riding a brand-new bicycle! It came with six tiny traffic cones, so she was having "races" in the street (carefully supervised by BILJ, of course). The race course was about fifteen feet. And even with training wheels, she was wearing knee pads and helmet. She is very Portland.

current mood: accomplished-ish

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
7:52 pm - And So It Begins...
NaHoOrgMo Day 1: 1.25 hrs. Total: 1.25 hrs. Pace: 2.0 hrs.

Listened to an hour-long podcast while washing dishes and taking out the recycling. Not exactly glamorous tasks, but they needed to be done so I can get down to the more interesting work, like putting together the tracking spreadsheet for my time over the next 30 days. That put me to my 1.25.

I aim to put in 60 hours this month (a goal chosen because it's a nice, round 2 hours/day, plus it's about the amount of time I'd take to write 50K words). My hope is that by December 1st, my home is tidy and organized. What exactly that means may morph as we progress, but I'm sure I'll go on about it.

current mood: optimistic

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Saturday, October 29th, 2011
8:33 am - Justice, You've Been SERVED!
It's been a week and a half since my last post! I'm sure you've all been dying to know how the Great Jury Duty Adventure played out, right? Well, pretend that you are...

I Go On About Jury Duty Behind The Cut...Collapse )

current mood: stunningly insightful

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
7:58 pm - This is a job for EVAN THE JUST!
I had a three-day reprieve this week, but tomorrow I'm called in for Jury Duty.

I was mulling over why I wasn't excited about it, because it is a way to meddle in the lives of Complete Strangers after all, and who wouldn't look forward to that? After somber and thoughtful consideration*, I realized that it's because:
A) it's inconvenient, and
B) I don't know what's going to happen.

Evans do not like these things.

Not only must I vary from my regular routine, but there's much uncertainty in the logistics of it. I've never been there before. Should I drive? They say there isn't a lot of parking, so perhaps I should take the bus? I've never gone that route. What if the bus is late? How do I find where I'm going? Can I bring my laptop, or will I get in trouble for that? What if there are bears?

Some might say, "You're looking at this all wrong! Think of it as An Adventure!" But that makes me worry that there will be hitting and I'll be late for supper. Doesn't really make it more appealing, honestly.

One way or another, I'll go. It will probably work out fine. I'm sure I'll have some stunningly insightful words to share about it later.

*See, I'm good at that, too, which is another reason that I should be excited about Jury Duty.

current mood: the opposite of excited

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
10:19 pm - November Approaches...
It's about this time in October that my thoughts turn to NaNoWriMo, and I think, "Should I do NaNo this year?" And the answer is, as it should be, "Oh, god no."

Of Course I Go On About It Behind This Cut...Collapse )

current mood: contemplative

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Monday, October 10th, 2011
7:29 pm - Weekend, Part II.
Sunday I packed books for shipping, and it took ALL DAY.

I realize that from that statement, you might imagine me starting the day with huge stacks of books, Zombie Danger Kits, postcards and mailing envelopes, and at the end of the day, all that remains is one mammoth pile of stamped and addressed packages, ready for the Postal Carrier. Please, do not.

No, I rummaged around in my files looking for my order-tracking spreadsheet. Couldn't find it. Decided to build a new one. Added a worksheet that automatically formats a packing slip. Printed them up. Realized that I needed mailing labels. Reformatted to print packing slip and label both on one page (reducing the chances of putting the wrong label on a sealed envelope). Looked for mailing supplies. Couldn't find envelopes. Went for a walk with Hz and drarwen (not part of the process, but it took a bunch of time). Looked some more. Wondered if I had to go to the store. Found them. Did some laundry. Sat down to sign books, and realized I needed to eat...

Well, you see how this was going. By the end of the day I did have a small stack of books ready to ship. AND I have a really cool order-processing spreadsheet with automatic color coding! So even if it took all day to get there, at least I made good progress.

So then I decided to mail them on Monday...

current mood: tired

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011
9:01 pm - Saturday – Wordstock: Three Intros and a Workshop.
Even though the Wordstock Author Committee declined to have me do a presentation this year, I had the opportunity to introduce the speakers at three of the events. First were graphic-novelists Vera Brosgol and Jonathan Hill, who talked about and read from their work. Second, Mike Rosen, who moderated the discussion of "Oil and Water," a graphic novel about the people impacted by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, produced by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler. Finally, writers Robert Greer and Pierre Ouellette. I enjoyed doing the intros, and I don't think I messed any of them up (well, not too badly; I think I rushed the first one a bit). I felt good about the third (and I'm glad I asked Pierre Ouellette how to pronounce his name, because I would have probably with something like "Oohl-yet," instead of "Well-ette." Live and learn).

I'd signed up for the workshop about collaborating with artists on graphic novels because I assumed that I had some things to learn. My prior experience was working with Gilead on a 4-page comic and putting together a 23-page script for him (as yet undrawn), and since neither of us had ever gone through the process before with anyone else, we just did what made sense to us. You know how screenplays have very specific format requirements that if you don't use, everyone will decide you're a total amateur? Comic books don't have that. It comes down to "work with your artist to figure out how much detail to provide."

The workshop certainly wasn't a total waste. I got some examples of scripting format that are different from what I've used. They gave some structural guidelines and talked about the experience of collaborating. Unfortunately, they didn't have a projector for their slides, so we didn't get to see a chunk of the material. And one of presenters started the day nervously interjecting "Ahhhhhm" into almost every pause, which caused me to think more about that then what he was actually saying. Fortunately, he got better.

All in all, I'm glad I went. And that I only devoted one day to Wordstock, as Sunday was eaten up by another project altogether.

current mood: positive

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Saturday, October 1st, 2011
11:20 am - We're #1! We're #1! Suck it, Brad Guigar's "Courting Disaster" at #7!
I thought I'd post something that wasn't complaining,* since I have some Good News:

My book, "Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #2 Why Does My Monster Hate Me?" is the #1 Humor Book for this week at Lulu.com! You can bet that's going into the promo materials. Sure, hitting #1 probably has a lot to do with the bulk order I made, which included all the pre-ordered books plus my supply of copies, but as Dr. Eldritch would say, let's not get hung up on facts. WE'RE #1 (for the week of September 25th- October 1st anyway)!

* "But WHY?" you might ask, and you'd be right.

current mood: exuberant

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
6:53 am - I Work Hard All Day, Is It Too Much To Ask To Come Home To A Clean House and A Hot Meal?
It's not that I WANTED to leave stuff undone and just go to bed, but I realized I should stop pretending my cold was anything but The Third Cold I've Had In Six Weeks (or maybe it's the same one returning like some phlegm-inducing comet), so all I accomplished last night was lying in bed, either a) watching Mr. TV, b) with my eyes closed, but awake, c) like b), but asleep.

So, when I wake up this morning, the Magical Helper Elves have done NOTHING to tidy up. Bastards.

current mood: sickish

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Monday, September 19th, 2011
7:11 am - Arrr, It's Thar Post-Weekend Report, Mateys!
I should tell you about Saturday's Portland Creative Conference and Sunday's Race for the Cure Benefit Brunch at TJ's, or even the saga of finding random underlining of blank spaces in the proof copy of "Why Does My Monster Hate Me?", but I seem to be far more interested in explaining how I got the long scratch on the side of my face. I was telling grrlpup and sanguinity that a bear got into the house (probably looking for a place to hibernate) and I was fighting with the bear and it scratched me, but sanguinity started giving me that look that says she's not even trying to believe me (it's possible that Future Generations will know me as "That Guy Who Cried "Bear!", a cautionary tale where a lifetime of bear warnings is followed by an actual attack, but my desperate cries for help are met by my friends saying "Ha ha! That Evan! Always going on about bears!" and they turn up the TV to cover up all that annoying yelling).

Anyway, it could be due to a tiny crack in the mesh of my electric razor which left a very sharp spur sticking up, or it could be for "International Talk Like A Pirate Day." Perhaps we'll let Future Generations decide...

current mood: piratical

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011
10:26 am - Why Isn't Everyone Talking About This!?!
There are a lot of things to be frightened about, like bear attacks or another Republican Presidency, but today I need to tell you about a Terror with a side of Terror Sauce, and that's UARS.

This killer is the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (Note: NASA has ignored my many suggestions to rename it the "Screaming Killer Falling Satellite of Death"), which silently floats far above our heads, for now. Sometime between today and Halloween, this 6.5-ton runaway satellite will plunge to the Earth, and nobody knows when or where!

Fortunately, Scientists have narrowed the Danger Area to the part of the Earth shaded in red below:

I'm sure Iceland is gloating a lot about this, but pretty much everybody south of Aberdeen* is at risk, and that means YOU. Afraid? You should be. A satellite could fall on you at any time, and on your friends and family within 500 miles!

The best thing to do is try not to worry about it, so enjoy your weekend!

*I think that's the town that only exists once every 100 years, right?

current mood: Terror-Sauced

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Monday, September 5th, 2011
4:36 pm - Pre-Order This Book!

Hey, Everybody! Many of you have already seen this announcement, but for those who don't follow my webcomic, I'm now taking pre-orders for my second book "Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #2 Why Does My Monster Hate Me?"

I will, of course, have a first print run to cover what books I'll expect to sell at shows and such, but the more I order now, the bigger the discounts. Since pre-ordering copies now will help me earn more on my books, I'll show my appreciation to you by not only giving you the special pre-order price, but your copies will be personally autographed, and come with a Zombie Danger Kit and other Bonus Gifts! All you have to do is email me before September 17th at sales@askdreldritch.com and let me know how many books you want.

You could do all of your Holiday Shopping right now, and give everyone on your list the book that says "I hope you're never eaten by robots!"

Need more information? Check it out here!

current mood: pleased

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011
10:51 am - Wherein My Suffering Is Your Gain...
So, I'm sick on a long weekend, and here are some of the movies I've watched (or tried to watch) recently and my reactions:

Let Me InCollapse )

The Assassin Next DoorCollapse )

SkylineCollapse )

The Quiet EarthCollapse )

Ever Since The World EndedCollapse )

SuperCollapse )

DefendorCollapse )

Bitch SlapCollapse )

RedCollapse )

current mood: sick

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011
6:54 am - OK, WTF?
I Whinge About Not Feeling Well, Behind This Cut...Collapse )

current mood: (trying not to be) sick

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Sunday, August 28th, 2011
2:32 pm - Please Stand By For An Exciting Announcement!
I have just published my second book, Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #2 Why Does My Monster Hate Me? Can I get a "Yay!"?

If you said "Yay!", thanks for participating in my Official Book Launch Celebration! Okay, perhaps I will have a more traditional book launch party, eventually. Maybe I'll exploit the Willamette Writers' Holiday Book Sale again, since it's happening in just a few months. We'll see.

For those who want their Personally Signed Copy with Bonus Gifts, I will gather preorders for the First-Print-Run Sale. Look for information soon here, or in the Newsletter or with the webcomic.

Now I'm going to wash dishes.

current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
5:53 pm - Camping: Yet Again, The Bears Don't Get Me
Our Paleolithic ancestors used to walk all day, hunting and gathering, until they dropped from exhaustion well after dark, and they'd just lie there, covered in muck, while staring up at the beautiful night sky and wishing that they'd been born after the invention of the Internet.

I went camping with my family at Spicer Meadow Reservoir, which has "scenic" oozing from every orifice, but it's inconveniently located about 6,700 feet above sea level, so the air is barely adequate to support human life. I was, therefore, kinda spacey and lethargic the entire time I was there. I'd like to write a proper post about it, but for now, here are some photos from the trip:

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current mood: camped out

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Saturday, August 20th, 2011
9:36 am - Vacation, Day 1
So, I have a week off from BHFT, and tons of stuff to do, and yet I feel driven to post about movies I've watched (or tried to watch) in the past couple months. Even writing very short responses to these films, this has taken a surprisingly long time:

Drillbit TaylorCollapse )

Zombie StrippersCollapse )

Eagle EyeCollapse )

A Dirty ShameCollapse )

Sucker PunchCollapse )

Gran TorinoCollapse )

Okay, now to go be more productive...

current mood: reviewish

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011
6:48 am - My Favorite Conversational Interchange of Wednesday:
Scene: snottygrrl and I are driving to the grocery store. We are trying to list the things that are in the "What never? No, never! What NEVER? Well, hardly ever!" exchange in Captain Corcoran's song from "HMS Pinafore." I get the "never sick at sea" part, but can't recall the other...

Me (jokingly): I hate it when I can't remember song lyrics that I sang thirty years ago!
Snottygrrl: It wasn't thirty years... oh, yeah. It was.


current mood: entertained

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
7:28 pm - This Is, Like, the SIXTH Attempt...
For some reason, it's being really hard to write this blog post. Partly because I don't have much to report on. Over the weekend, I washed ALL of the dishes what needed it, and saw the final Harry Potter movie with snottygrrl. Enjoyed the movie rather a lot. And I don't think I've had all my dishes clean at once all year. On Friday, I had a very enjoyable walk and visit with sanguinity and grrlpup.

I'm sure part of the problem is that BHFT is being a headlong rush, all day long. By the time I get home, I'm tuckered out. I managed for the past two days to do some Pilates and cardio after work (because as "Zombieland" reminds us, one shouldn't wait until the Zombie Apocalypse to get in shape).

I have a week of vacation coming up. I look forward to some writing/comics time.

current mood: exercised

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011
5:53 pm - Just An Update On Some Thoughts...
What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

I've been thinking about this quote a lot lately. As you can imagine, my brain comes up with a whole bunch of whimsical answers,* because it's easier (and funnier) than really addressing the question. It's actually a little hard to pin down, because my mind gets a bit squirmy when made to consider what it is that I really, really want.

Right now, though, I think an honest answer would be... (Continued behind the Cut)Collapse )

current mood: tired

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