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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
2:10 pm - On Swine Flu


I'm sick..

I blame Wildpig Con Funk...

lame...

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Monday, May 17th, 2010
1:09 am - On Wild Pig & Good Times...
After the last month of hell that I've been through, I was looking forward to Wild Pig Con. It was seeing a lot of old friends, both local and webcomic alike, it was me debuting a new book, it was the first day after a month since the breakup..

Given that I've met a lot of the people that have come to Chris's shows in the past in various ways, not many had ever seen me with a table selling shit. This gave them that opportunity, and they did so...

What is the easiest way to convince somebody to buy your first book? Have a second one that they can say 'no thank you' to. So for every person that I told that I had just printed IHL: BOOK 2 to, they bought IHL: BOOK 1. That sounds like it might be viewed as a bad thing, but it is SO not. I don't mind that I didn't sell out of the new book, because I almost sold out of the OLD book.. and if those people like it, they clearly would want the next one.. or at the VERY least go start reading the comic online. Both of these are acceptable alternatives.

The new book has a few flaws that will have to be worked out with the next printing of it. Minor stuff really, but little tweaky stuff that will annoy me now that I've had a good long chance to stare at it. I still did the book all on my own, and I'm fucking proud of it.

I have an almost full week of things to do, an apartment of my shit to organize, the next IHL project to get back to work on, and a schedule full of people who want to utilize my time in various ways.

This weekend made me feel myself again.

And where I'm not over how things have gone down entirely, and would never lie that I am - my feelings of clarity are strengthening every day.

Lights at the ends of tunnels aren't always the oncoming train it seems.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010
10:59 pm - On Night Skies...
Moved all my shit out.

Exhausted.

Animated bird is napping.

Gonna join him shortly.

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8:36 am - On Blue Skies...
Today if all goes well, the rest of my stuff will be out of the apartment and I will begin my "Jamie/Jeffrey - Roommates Extraordinaire Adventure"

So far we've already DECIMATED the bathroom. It was a sty. So we went in with cleaners and scrubby brushes in hand and made that bitch gleam.

As I said, today I will be bringing four trucks of the apocalypse to the apartment complex, loading up the remnants of my things, and unloading them back at the new place. My hope is to be in the apartment by 8 o'clock - buy some pizza for the laborers - and sleep peacefully.

Tomorrow starts the big 'Wild Pig Convention' situation. Where I help load more boxes into someone elses truck for the comic book show this weekend. I need this comic book show. It is either going to be a shining beam on a fucking horrible 30 days.. or the best start to another 30 days I could ask for. Doesn't matter which it is, it will be JUST what the doctor ordered.

Starting Monday - I lay out more short term goals, and get them done. Book 2 is in the bag and I have a bunch of projects on the burner. I want to pick one, and have it done by this time next month.

All the while hunting for a new job, or finding permenancy in the one I have.

I need an animated fucking bird on my shoulder today.

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
11:06 pm - On Stuff...
There is something cathartic about unpacking boxes and boxes and boxes of books.

The lowest tide yet, and I don't see it rising. Last night I went through a major anxiety issue over this entire affair and I went and zenned out for a little while and came up with some personal revelations that I am keeping to myself.

I think everything is going to be ok.

Thanks everyone. :)

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010
11:57 pm - On the hurt. and sad...
...comes and goes in waves..

It's high tide.

*sigh*

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
1:20 pm - On Submission..
Just sent in a story to a Steampunk smut anthology.

Perhaps - Perhaps - Perhaps.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
10:52 am - On Choices...
Which option is better?

Uncomfortable living situation where money can be accrued?
A peaceful living situation where money is tighter, but can be accrued slower.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm - On Pryor...
I'm listening to an excellent sitdown with Robin Williams where he addresses all ends of his life... One thing that struck me is that he was talking about an act he saw Richard Pryor do ONCE and only once where God shows up looking for his son.

People kinda look around and don't know what to do, so they send God off to the pope.

God asks the pope where his son is, and finally after hemming and hawing, the pope says, 'Look.. we killed him.'

God gets REALLY pissed off and asks to explain, to which the pope does. He explains that they killed him, and he came back a few days later and then he split.

God is enragingly furious at this point, and declares he's going to destroy all of humanity. He has a moment to think. Stops. Says, "Look.. I'm not going to kill you all. I'm gone though. Done with this whole thing. I'm not coming back, but I'm going to leave you love. If you fuck that up, you're all alone."

Pryor then walked off stage.

The man was amazing.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
12:35 pm - Writer's Block: Book based
Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?


City of Ember. Hands down. Easy.

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Monday, April 26th, 2010
10:57 pm - On Book 2
I finally finished it tonight...



Presale coming soon...

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
9:11 am - On Multiple Blog Sources...
If anyone knows how to do this.. please.. help.

I want, say, 5 websites. I want each of them to be a simple blog installation. I want each to look unique. I want all of them to be based off of ONE PUBLISHING SYSTEM.

Wordpress SORTA has that functionality, but it needs a lot more technical experience than I have. I simply want:

I log onto JAMIESBLOGPAGE.COM as the administrator.
I write my post.
I pull down from a list / choose a checkbox / etc. of which webpage I want to recieve this post.
I hit post.
It's there and only in the place I want it to be.

I could install 5 wordpress blogs, but the amount of necessary updating and keeping track would start off as not so bad, and turn into a monster. It always does.

Any ideas? Any?

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Monday, April 19th, 2010
9:41 pm - On Growing Up...
On Friday I turned 31.

I hate age. It's horrendous.

I was given the gift of obnoxious realization. I realized that due to factors, a couple beyond my control, that I have horrible habits. I rest on my laurels when it comes to things that I shouldn't. I don't have a career. I don't have a savings. I don't have much at all really. I have a great comic book collection and a webcomic that I've dedicated over half a decade of my life to at this point and won't be stopping any time soon.

I don't want to blame all of my horrible habits on my family. It would be stupid. I haven't lived with my parents since I was 23 or so. It is true though that we weren't raised to be proactive about our lives. My father was a business guy who was absent more than present, and my mother was a drug addict that went from keeping a huge house to letting a townhouse fall into disrepair with literal dog shit left on the tile in the kitchen.

I don't finish projects. IHL is easy that way.. it's serial.. it doesn't have to ever end. How many projects though have been started and not finished. More than you and your significant other have fingers and toes.. and that's just in the last 2 years. I have txt file after txt file with some note, paragraph, chapter, outline of some idea that never got further than that initial idea.

It's time to start from the beginning and fix things.

I've spent too much of my life getting by on luck, doing JUST what I have to do to get by, and the power of my ability with people...

It's time to grow up.

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Friday, April 16th, 2010
7:10 am - On Birfdays...
This might be the most serious birthday of my life. =/

Hope I don't fuck up.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010
12:38 pm - On Peter Steele...
So if you hadn't heard, Peter Steele died... heart problems at the age of 48 or so. Look at him though.. with muscles like that, and a deep gravelly voice, I bet it was because he ate right and never took any drugs to make himself look imposing.

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
1:23 pm - On Clean The Bodies Up Day...
Debbie's been on a business trip for the last week. Since last Sunday when I dropped her off at the airport.

My intention was to sit and play FFXIII until my eyes bled so that when she came back, I wouldn't be hogging the television with my romp around the weirdness that is this game. (I like it, but don't love it.)

I spent the week, in no particular order:
1 - StumbleUpon'ing
2 - Masterbation (Both mental and physical)
3 - Watching movies (Holy SHIT 'Moon' was good)
4 - Reading comics
5 - Getting ready for Richmond
6 - Working on potential projects
7 - Being in Richmond
8 - Playing with the kitties

When I got home last night, the place was not a tornado attacked mess, but definitely not clean. I had been invited to watching some ladies rollerderby with friends Carla & Kimberly, but I chose instead to stay home and clean.

The place looks much more respectable, but I just feel like during my week of bachelorhood, I could have done more.

I think I'm getting ready to uninstall STUMBLEUPON.. it really wastes my life.

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Monday, April 12th, 2010
12:52 pm - On RavenCon And Return...
I'm not going to repost all the links - I posted all the peeps I hung out with over at the site (http://www.inhislikeness.com for you educated wine)

The drive up took JUSSST about 5.5 hrs and 300 miles. The ride home took around 6.25 and 320 miles (because I didn't cut through DC, I just took 95 straight.) Two stops on the ride up. No stops on the ride home, except for QuickCheck for dinner a mile away from my house.

I'm still tired and ragged. I did though prove my thought experiment well. I went with enough for gas money one way, I came home with the exact same amount in my pocket. The show was arguably a financial break even, but I made some fans. So I guess that's worth it in the end. Plus, I re-ignited a friendship with Chris Flick of Capes & Babes, and maybe found someone who wants to do some IHL Flash Animations... business side is a success.

Now I need to prepare for Wild Pig. I need new comics (Viva Las Vegas) to finish printing Book 2: Bicentennial, and clean my house before Debbie gets home from her business trip.

Glad to be home though.. really glad.

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010
12:59 pm - On Life Update
- Phone is back in working order. This will teach me to not back shit up. That has been rectified, and will be on at least a monthly basis.

- Job interview.. The temp company is fighting to get me in there tomorrow. They are aware that they can call me any time today and I will answer and promptly go to the interview tomorrow morning. They are also aware that they can't call me at 10am tomorrow because I will be in Virginia.

- RavenCon.. I'm not ready. Today will be spent making copies, printings, organizings, and cleaning out my backseat. I'm never ever ready for cons, ever - so this doesn't phase me as much.

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
4:02 pm - ON PHONE NUMBER UPDATES!
I've lost every single person's phone number. My blackberry fucked up..

Comments are screened/hidden - so please respond back with your phone digits so I know when you call.

Thanks.

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3:40 pm - On the ugly game of temping...
I've been at my insurance company job for just about 1.5 months, and I've been asking around about continuing employment here... but that is out of a sheer want for stability. I find the job boring and I'm more skilled than it needs. Oh, and where I'm at now, doesn't pay much more than Starbucks.

I just got a call from one of my older temp agencies. I've worked with them before. They are tolerable. They have a job that pays 2.50 more an hour, 10 minutes closer, that is a gig that consists in doing light IT work and light MARKETING and TRAINABLE EVERYTHING in a small company.

I hate burning temp agency bridges.. especially when these guys seem really willing to work with me in the future. They were very clear about me keeping good reports from this gig will all but guarantee me a more lucrative next gig.

..what if they don't have something when I leave here?
...what if what if what if...

I have Friday off because I was planning on leaving at 4am to go to Virginia. I might have to request an interview first. I think I HAVE to know if this job is as dreamy as it sounds. It sounds fucking dreamy.

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