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"10 things" or "The Update"

1. The Captain & the Coal Shoveler:
The project I have been working on and off of for the last 2.5 years finally came off the presses today. I'm seriously thrilled as to how it looks. Hopefully it will sell a bazillion copies and make this whole headache inducing project worth it. As soon as I know how to let people buy a copy, I'll post it. In the meantime, here's a shot of the cover.

The whole project has really been one royal pain in the butt.

Dang, it came out cute though.


2. Dad Update:
He had his catheter removed the other day (in his words, "Thank you Lord!") and seems to be on the mend. He no longer seems quite so stunned or feeble as he first was so I view it as much progress. I'm sure it's a hard thing to ordinarily be so strong and on the ball and then be reduced to asking his youngest daughter to fill the pellet bin. I don't mind.

3. New Zealand:
Am I still going? Yes. I fly out the 13th of March. Am I going to have a layover in San Francisco? Yes I AM. For a few days in fact. I'm hoping for lunch with gigiss... and I think I'd really like to stalk down saladbar. Mua ha ha. :D

Speaking of San Francisco, I spent last weekend there (it was a bit of a whirlwind decision and I wasn't there for TOO long which is why I didn't announce it...didn't want to make too many people rearrange schedules or feel bad if I couldn't hang out with them...) but it was a rather thought provoking visit. Smartbomb is opening up a studio there. I'm seriously entertaining the notion of moving out there at the end of the summer. Nothing set in stone yet. A whole lotta things can happen between now and August, y'dig?

Me and some of my Sheridan buddies




4. The Family
wyckhurst commented on how our family is closer than ever before, thanks to Live Journal and it's a point I'm happy to concede. I look at my siblings and marvel at the wildly different paths we are on and yet we all feel genuine affection and love for each other. We fought like cats and dogs growing up but it's nice to realize we HAVE grown up. It's rather nice to realize that your family DOES indeed unconditionally love you and root for you and hope for the best for you without rancor.
And I AM the best aunt ever.

5. The New Place
So far it's been great. I still have settling to do, I really miss one of my old roommates (hopefully seeing her tonight,) but all in all, the move has been good for my soul.
LOVE the new roommate. She laughs at all of my jokes and humors me at 9:00 at night when I say, "Let's go to WalMart!" Hee. Wulfie seems to have settled in as well.

6. Beowulf:
What can I say? I have a most superior cat. The new roommate loves him too. I think the dogs are still scared of him.

7. Friday
So, I was in a car accident last night. Totally my fault which makes me feel like a moron. I didn't realize the road I was on was a one way so I thought I was in the turn lane. When I went to turn left at an intersection a guy came up on my left and bashed into Friday.
The amazing thing...Friday wasn't hurt at all. The guy that hit me...his passenger side headlight and bumper were bashed up pretty good but nobody was hurt. So, I got a citation for an improper turn...BUT...the guy that hit me, his license had totally expired so he got a citation as well. Dude shouldn't have even been on the road. The cop (and I think she was flirting with me a bit which I admit I shamelessly played up) told me I should wait 5 days for the paperwork to process and then call one of the city prosecutors. They may blow me off...but they may not. We'll see.
So yeah, I feel like a dork...but for driving for 14 years and never having been in an accident (except once...I was backing up and this guy totally hit me and it was totally his fault,) I think I've done pretty well.
And seriously...Friday looks great. The whole thing could've been SO much worse.

8. The dreams
The dreams, they are a changing. I dreamt the other night I saw my friend...except a LOT of time had passed. She looked markedly OLDER...sorrowful...even despondant as she tried to talk to me. I felt alternatively stunned and annoyed. Why was she coming to me after all this time? What did she want? What was I supposed to do? How was I supposed to feel?

Last night I dreamt that she was getting married THAT Sunday (in my dream it was Saturday,) and I wound up going. It was grey and desaturated of most color. It was chilly and felt like it was going to rain. I was again annoyed but not devastated. I noted with some surprise that it wasn't in the temple and figured she was having a `regular service' so her family could attend. I noted my parents meeting hers. I saw her in her wedding dress and gave her a hug, a kiss on the cheek, told her she looked beautiful and then found myself bored through the rest of the proceedings.

In my dream I left early without saying goodbye and not feeling bad about it.


I suppose the number one thing about dreams is to think about how you are feeling. The dreams I've had of being chased, hounded relentlessly by her and her boyfriend have finally...FINALLY started to fade. I no longer wake up feeling like my heart has been cut out. Now when they show up I longer feel the need to bolt. I no longer feel pursued.

Now when they show up in my dream scape I am annoyed...even angry at their presence (What, You AGAIN?!) but more often ...almost dead apathetic...something I couldn't have ever fathomed feeling about her...but I guess I'll take it as progress.

But it was stunning to see her...SO much older. I wondered how much time had passed. Years and years.

9: Today there is no #9

10: Work

I'm really, really liking the story I've hammered out for the game. It's going to be cute.
*UPDATE*
Namco reviewed the script and boards for the game and LOVED it. It's quite a thing to be told you've absolutely nailed the style and dry humor of the Peanuts gang. That's incredibly gratifying and humbling. Any cartoonist that doesn't list Charles Schulz as a hero, I don't want to know them.

Comments

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gigiss
Feb. 24th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I would love for you to live nearer, although the cost of living might be a bit of a shock to your system.

Glad that Dad is progressing, and that your accident was not a more painful experience. And it is also fine to sense that living arrangements are more to your satisfaction. Still able to attend the same ward as before...?
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my friend that I stayed with...found out how much she paid in rent and I nearly DIED. Course, she's right in the city kinda thing. I would expect if I moved out I would get one heckuva raise.

Yes, I am able to attend the same ward as before so that's a nice plus. Attended a rather different church on Sunday last week. I'll have to post about it. It's interesting...I flipped to Alma 32 at the time and read the first part...about how the people have been kicked out of their regular synagogues and despised because of their poverty etc...

It actually helped me with my Mormon/Puritan/oh so conservative background and helped me settle in and watched this group of people worship in a way they had made meaningful to them. Fascinating.
Also...the choir was FANtastic.
gigiss
Feb. 24th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
One consistent thing about the services of pretty much every other religious denomination that I have experienced is the incredible quality of their musicians.

I have been in a few houses of worship that had brilliant acoustic conditions, too, almost as if they designed the building for fine musical performances.
squidley
Feb. 24th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'm an Architectural Technologist and as such, was on our building committee when we built our new Church. Accoustical properties were nearly top of the list. We also spent a small fortune on the sound system. What is a church for if not to be heard? ;)
parodypictures
Feb. 24th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
OMG hows the car?
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Friday is seriously fine. The car that hit me, the front bumper and headlight on the passenger side were pretty banged up. All in all it coudl've been a LOT worse.
squidley
Feb. 24th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
The Captain and the Coal Shoveler.
The way you drew your characters really reminds me of the style of many of the National Film Board of Canada cartoons. Have you ever seen any of the NFB stuff?
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Heh heh...

Silly Squid. Don't you know where I went to art school? ;)
squidley
Feb. 26th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
I know, I know. I just wondered if the NFB influenced the direction you took with this since it's reminicent of that style. Just trying to get into the artist's head! ;)
jatg
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Honestly I was going for a more 20-30s retro comic strip style. But yeah, there's a lot of NFB stuff I've adored through the years.
smoemeth
Feb. 25th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
When are you going to be in SF? I'm going to be there in a couple weeks...
this_silly_girl
Feb. 25th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Your car's name is "Friday"? That is so utterly cool.

My car's name is (was) "Cav", pretty unoriginal when you consider that "she" was a Chevy Cavalier.

I was thinking today as I was watching Paul McCartney perform on tv:

Have you ever walked into a room as that song "Jet" was playing...you know, the cool part? (Jet! Whoo-oo-oo-whoo-ooo)

Because I think if my name was Jett, and that happened to me, I would feel like the Fonz or something.
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