slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Elegance with a sword)
Hey, everyone! Here's what's going on with work. ^^

First up, Natsume volume 1 is out!! Kyaaa! It's always exciting when a volume 1 is released. XD New series debut, yay! Minna, I would be delighted if you would do me the honor of reading this volume. I've grown to really like Natsume, and want everyone to give it a try. ^^ I think it is worth it!

The usual suspects behind the cut. )

Oh yes, and I'm being interviewed about my job!! It's terribly fun answering the questions. I even managed to summarize my lettering method in two short paragraphs! I didn't know that was possible. Of course I will post the link to the site when it is up. :3

ETA: Yay, the rest of the Nana 21 script is here! *pounces on it*
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (zombie)
I've been a useless zombie that past few days. Lucky for me I only have three titles at the moment. Buh.

Straight to the good stuff... )

Tsukushi (work computer) was complaining about lack of hard drive space on c:\, so I used the automatic "free up space!" option Windows provides...which screwed up Seth, my printer. He arbitrarily would spit out blank or mostly-blank pages. I reinstalled his software on Tsukushi and things seem to have returned to normal. *knocks on wood*

I've also had two chances to read more first chapters, but I have not taken them because zombie!s2m does not finish her daily work quota and thus does not deserve a treat like reading manga in the bookstore. No, I do not. *shakes chiding finger at herself*

Part of the reason I've been so tired lately is I've been going to sleep too late. With Daylight Savings making the sun set at 5 PM, everything is screwy. <:\ I need to start going to sleep earlier. Around 12:30 at the latest, and that INCLUDES reading time.

Looks like I'll be flying out of Portland twice in December, once to visit my cousin in Montana, and again to visit the family back in TX. Usagi (my laptop) will be going with me to both places, particularly since I now have Naruto 48. I wonder if I can squeeze Anthy (Uasgi's tablet) into my carry-on suitcase? Will security make me take her out and place her in a bucket like they require with laptops?? IDK. Has anyone here flown with a tablet before?

That's it for this month's shigoto update. Let us hope tomorrow I am genki again. It would be quite nice...
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Default)
Here's what's going on in regards to work:

Cut because it ended up longer than I thought it would. )
For those who read everything and paid attention, yes, at the moment I only have Nana to letter. O.o I'm trying to finish as much now as I can, since a rushed Clay 16 is about to land, and New Title 5 in a couple of months. All Pink, Orange, Yellow with Orange Dot, and straight Yellow pages are finished in the first half, which is all I have script for. I'm working on the Yellow with Green Dots now. Without more script, I can't fully preletter the 2nd half, but I'm doing what I can: straightening pages, whiting out Japanese, numbering pages, etc. I'm also doing this with Clay 16. It's all about planning ahead! Particularly since L-chan is going to try to visit in a couple weekends. :3

Back to work for me, then. Shigoto shigoto!
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (hopeful)
I do believe it's time for a shigoto update, hmm? Though there isn't much actual news to report!

Current status of Captive, Clay, Nana, Naruto, New Titles 5 and 6, and Skip. )

If you read through everything above, this does mean that at the moment, all I have to letter is Nana and Skip! It feels so weird. O.o Both vols are completely pre-lettered too, so I've been working on my art and stories instead. I didn't post it here, but the rough "blue line" of the human main character from my manga short story is up on my Deviant Art account! 100% SFW. I will be posting the final version here. Perhaps in a few days!

On a side note, at my last Sci-Fi book club meeting, I learned that a small group of professional writers meet a couple times a month to write together. New--serious writers--are welcome to join them. One of those authors is in the book club group. I'm trying to work up the nerve to invite myself. I mean, I'm writing a graphic novel. Does that count? Will the cool kids let me play with them?? O.o *fidgets* I'd so dearly love to have IRL writing friends, but I dunno how they'd feel about the whole graphic novel angle and being unpublished for my own work and not intending to actually publish-publish my first original story anyway since I plan to post it as a web comic and I'm nervous but would love to go MY INSECURITIES, LET ME SHOW YOU THEM. *hides*
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi L)
I found another one. I just did a search on DA for "model sheet" to help me think outside my own drawing box, and the first one I clicked on ended up being for a man named Giancarlo Valentino D'Osta. It's a plague! A plague, I tell you!! Awesome model sheet, though. SFW.

How about a shigoto update, since that's why pretty much everyone's here?

Clay, Nana, Naruto, Natsume, Skip, my short story, and an unexpected fanart request )

That's it for this update. I'm reading my SF book club's July selection, Day of the Triffids. O.o This book is incredibly unnerving. D= I keep having to take breaks. I might have to pull out the big guns and unwind with Hikaru no Go or One Piece or something half-way through. Ghaaa! (Pretty impressive how scary I'm finding it, considering the book was written in the 50s!)
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (hopeful)
Here's the first of the "I'm still alive and kicking" posts. ^^ I'm a bit tired today, but still managing to chip away at work and life. *is gallantly fighting back the zombiedom*

Hoth, Clay, Nana, Naruto, Natsume, and Skip )

I owe email, snail mail, or comments to several of you. Forgive me my silence, I've been rather frantic lately. I'll try to fix it ASAP.

Oh yes, and I've had an epiphany of sorts regarding my future original manga. I'd intended to post about it days ago, but...yeah. Anyway, perhaps I'll make it the main feature of next week's "I"m sill alive!" post. Though Naruto should be here by then. Urgh. It's a good thing I love that series. So until next week! Or when something pulls me out of my silence, whichever comes first.
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (insane laughter)
Why can't I crave celery sticks? )

Clay 15 is about a fourth of the way finished. I've made sure that fourth includes all pink and orange pages, so the difficult ones are done. Whew! Of course, I'm sure some of my orange-dotted pages are going to end up full-blown oranges, but let us hope they remain easier orange dots. :P

Nana 18 is completely finished. This was another 250 pager, thanks to the bonus story in the back. Just what we need, more of the Rat Bastard. *gags* SE2 tells me events in vol 20 made her feel sorry for him, so we'll see if I decide to think of him a little more favorably. *doubtful sniff* I'm already half-way through Nana 19, per my OMGletterasmuchasIcanbeforeNaruto46hits!!!1!!11 philosophy.

Natsume 1. I turned in the first half yesterday, and am waiting on script for the 2nd half. SE2 says the script was due on the 29th, so it should be here Monday or Tuesday. Which means I'll have four simultaneous tiles again. Wheeee! Feels like old times!!!

Skip 20 is coming along. This vol is more difficult than they've been of late, as some of the craziness is back. It's cute and happy craziness though, not revenge craziness. (IMO revenge craziness is more fun. But then I enjoy writing "Grudge" and "Hate" on all those Devil Kyokos in my creepy-fied handwriting.) :D I'm going to need an insulin shot after I finish this volume. Wooooo, sugar!!! *is dizzy*

I've also made a new entry in my Titles I have Turned Down list. (One of these days I'll do a dedicated post about them.) It was a substitute lettering job for one of the Big Titles. Are you ready?? I guarantee if you know anime and manga at all. you're going to recognize it!!! *drumroll*

Behind the cut to increase the DRAMA!!! XD )


Okay, there we go. One shigoto update! Now I have to get back to finishing the daily quota, and I must google "marjoram", because it is in the recipe I am considering attempting and I have no clue what it is.

Mmmmm....bread.....
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Elegance with a sword)

 

Hair--a challenge for s2m to render prettily. )


On work news, I'll finish Nana 18 tomorrow, three weeks early. Since I already have script and tiffs for 19, I'll just dive right in. No news on Skip 20 or Clay 15, but I'm sure they're coming. Natsume, the new title, is progressing nicely. I don't have a logo yet, but I'm almost through with the first chapter. This title really is more simple than Honey and Captive. It's slightly less complicated, BUT! The FX are almost all black scribbles. Seriously. Honey and Captive made me switch styles constantly--black scribbles, black block, white block, pattern scribbles, white block half-filled with pattern, calligraphy-style. vibratey, jagged, etc etc etc. Not so with Natsume. Hmm.

Fangirl break: my Japanese tanko of Natsume vol 1 has an obi about the anime. And KYAAA!! X3 Ishida Akira-sama is in it!!! Kyaaa kyaa!!! I've been downloading the series without watching for fear of spoilers, but you can bet I'm going to keep an ear out for my fave seiyuu once I fire it up. *swoons into his sexy voice*

Ah, the price of civilization... )

The rest of page 3 calls!!! WHAT am I going to do with the background....?? ( Backgrounds: something else I suck at and thus avoid.) Drawing scenery is boooooring....

EDIT to fix my math, which is also not something I'm too great at. Nrrgh.
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Draco guh! X3)
I'm back in OR. It was great visiting home and seeing a good chunk of the extended family. Usagi survived the trip, thankfully! I was worried last night when walking back to my apartment through half-melted snow slush and ice, as the footing was VERY bad and I almost fell splat on the ground three times. That would not have been good. But I made it through the nasty with no mishaps. Yay!

Now! The good stuff. How about an impromptu update in general? Shigoto is first, since that's what most of you are really interested in:

Shigoto, original manga, and fanfic updates! )
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Hassan Dance)

 

I've said it once, I'll say it again...sometimes, I really hate tone. :P )



Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrated!! I hope you didn't eat too much. ^^ I gave myself the day off from calorie counting and enjoyed a yummy meal or two. :9

I'm about half-way through Captive 4. Honey 10 is coming along. I'm very glad I have so much time on this final volume, since as previously mentioned the Umino Chika-sensei cut loose and went crazy in the 2nd half. *wince* I just started Nana 17. I'm printing Nana again! Yay! I'm about a fourth of the way into Skip 19. My Japanese tanko for Skip 20 came a few days ago, and my freebie copies of Eng vol 16. Heeeeeeee. I <3 Skip!!!!!! I'm behind on my Skip anime watching, though.
 

Non-work ramblings involving Dattebayo's Shippuuden sub, my original manga, artwork, and my fanfic story DaaGB. )


That's it for now, I guess. Back to work!

ETA: I'm jumping on the new icon bandwagon and plan on using all 40 of my alloted icons. Meet Hassan, from Vampirates. Heeeeee. DANCE!! DANCE FOR ME, HASSAN!!! <3 <3 <3

And I've been singing along with my ultimate fave mp3 list all day. So much so that I'm losing my voice!!! =D
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (insane laughter)
I just caught up with my Captive backlog. I am officially no longer behind. *grateful tears*

SO! Now that I no longer have to do at least 5--and preferably more like 10--pages of Captive a day, WHAT am I going to do with that new-found spare time???

Start Honey 10, of course. *blows raspberries*

daily quota, Honey, Nana, and other work-related ramblings )

*pokes herself* Okay, you've cleared the backlog yet again. Now...KEEP IT THAT WAY!!
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (L-Light OTP)

(no reason for the icon, I just felt like looking at it) :3 

ETA: This post does NOT mean I don't want you to comment, email, or phone. I DO want to hear from you guys. If you catch yourself thinking "Maybe I should wait, since she's so busy..." DON'T. Wakatta??
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Elegance with a sword)
Urgh. If I had a designation for page difficulty higher than pink/Page from Hell, my current page of Captive 2 would definitely qualify. It's a review of volume 1, with tons of floating text, cute captions, chibi characters, sparklies, flowers, vines, and hand-written FX and asides. Which would be bad enough on their own. Except this page was printed in color, painted with markers or watercolor over EVERYTHING. No white space at all.  And as a black and white page of manga, all those pretty colors are turned into dots. *headdesk*

I've been working on it all day. I take breaks and letter pages from other titles, but I always come back to it. Urgh. If only I could let myself work half-assed....*headdesk* The arrival of  Captive 2 is why I've become silent again. --;;;


My first laptop computer arrived yesterday. An XP machine, b/c no way in hell am I touching Vista. Now I can leave the house to GET OUT and work away in a Starbucks or something. I'm pretty sure I'll name her "Usagi". I'd like to get a small 5 x 7 drawing tablet for her, which I plan to dub "Luna". Heeee. :3 Of course, this also means I now have three computers. ^^;;;; Let my geeky status be known!!!!! *flings out arms in acceptance*

I've finally broken Tsuwabuki. I slammed off the backspace key by typing too fast and furious, and it must take special tool or something to get it back on. I've reattached many a popped keyboard key, but Tsukwabuki isn't your normally constructed keyboard. Woe. It's only taken me two days to become accustomed to not using the backspace. I do a lot of highlighting and retyping. Heh. :P Tsuwabuki-kuuuuuuun....gomen.....T.T But at least I didn't drop him.
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (chibi L)

I missed posting last week. I don't think anyone noticed though, so no harm no foul and all that. *waves hand*

Lured by anti-chan's own meme post about a personality test, I took it myself. Here are the complete results. Tl;dr version: I am an independent thinker. I love to work, I think things through, I'm good at my job, enjoy being alone, and need only a few close friends to be happy. Yep, that's me. What I find amusing is I fully expected to come up with the same results as anti-chan's test. I know I would have, before I found my current job. I guess lettering manga has really changed my life. Omoshiroi.

As a quick shigoto update: Captive v1 is 3/5ths done, I'm actually through with the series content and am now working on the first of two manga oneshots that complete the book. Clay 13 is 4/5ths done. I have two pink pages left before an easy finish of yellow and green. Honey 8 is finished, and I'm now having a mini-break since Japan hasn't sent the pages for vol 9. Yay. Break is good! Nana 15 has begun, I'm a whole whopping one page in. Heh! Naruto 38 is wrapping up, I have about 20 pages left, all yellow and green. I've been working on Skip 17 piecemeal for about a week, so I'm still at the beginning.

At the moment, things are under control. Granted, it's a very thin and flimsy control, but still, I'm not worried. I haven't had to use my freakout icon, which is good. Early this week I had a massive energy shutdown, but I'm apparently mostly over it. Viz is changing some things before pages are sent to me, I'll share what's going on when I know more myself. If I'm lucky, the change will save me tons of time.

And I have discovered audiobooks!!! They are wonderful!! I can work and listen at the same simultaneously!! They've helped me complete so many pages by keeping my alert....I've listened to 7 books so far, and am half-way through my 8th. I listen for 3 to 7 hours a day, so I burn through them pretty fast. More on my newfound passion later, though.

As always, work calls. Minna, be well! *hugs*

slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Default)

Osu, minna! Meet my newest default icon. ^^V Me likey. Another self-portrait, of course.

It's been a while, so here's a shigoto update. ^^


That's it for now, minna. Time for me to get cracking on some extra Honey pages! Oh yes, and I decided my new keyboard is named Tsuwabuki. And I've already dropped him. But just once. ^^;;;

slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (zombie)

When I'm trapped in a bout of zombieism and the subsequent lack of drive to do anything productive, I take on pointless projects like changing my LJ layout. I still rather like this green thing I have going on, so instead, I've decided to babble about what I admire and find notable about my mangaka. Let us begin!

Nana's Yazawa Ai

art:
A master of the empty panel, her spartan style is the antithesis of the clutter you'll find in most uber busy and overtoned shoujo manga. Of course, Nana's target audience is older than your average Shojo Beat reader, which I'm sure is a large part of why. She realizes the value of a single-panel page, and how much impact one figure against a plain background can truly have. She makes magnificent use of silent moments to portray emotion, yet she isn't afraid to jam-pack a page with small panels and dialogue to relay a conversation in seeming real-time. She has an unusual line method, one that uses deep shadows in dark and tight areas, rather than the standard make-a-line-thicker-when-it's-at-the-bottom-of-something. You can see a faint wobble in her lines, something that would normally count against an artist, but in her case, it works. I have yet to figure out why she can get away with it. *is baffled* She rarely uses tone for shading. Instead, she uses it more for flat colors, such as clothing.


I could keep going on about use of background tone, the wide variety of costumes for the women, and other such things, but this I think is long enough. I suppose I should go be productive now. :P
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (GaaLee)

It's been a long time since I've seen a lightning storm as magnificent as the one that regaled me last night. Even with our lightning rods, and the surge protectors, and with Utena and Tsukushi safely plugged into my lovely wonderful dependable old-fashioned weighs 30 pounds (yes, he does) uniterruptable power supply, Edward, I decided to turn everything off and crash 2 hours early. I'd rather sacrifice a couple pages of quota rather than have my two girls fried. >3<

My room is creepily silent without Utena and Tsukushi on. Yes, I normally never turn them off. The silence was so loud....and I ended up sleeping an extra hour and a half last night. No alarm clock, since I use a free little program on Utena that plays mp3s to wake me up. (Nothing like starting the day with the overture to Phantom of the Opera blaring at you.) Oh well. I do feel quite rested!! Yay for getting 9.5 hours of sleep!!! 

Work calls, I suppose. Back to 5 titles a day!!! If the pattern holds true, NT3 will be arriving at any moment....*hides* You might be seeing my insane laughter icon in the very near future...

Whew!

28/3/08 01:25
slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (thumbs up)

I'm very relieved to say that last night, I finished the final full-yellow page of Naruto 35. All that's left are the easy colors. Blue, Green, and yellow with green dot. Each page shouldn't take me more than 20 minutes to letter, and likely the average will be around 10. This is very very VERY good. And it means:

Step three to preserve my sanity: CHECK.

slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (Elegance with a sword)

"Her" in the subject being me!! Sorry I haven't been posting or reading my flist for the past several days. Lots of stuff seems to have happened while I was out, and I owe a good dollop of comments. Please forgive my silence! It was for a legitimate reason, I promise. V.V

It's been a real struggle to make the page quota every day and finish my prelettering, as well. Thankfully last night I finished the first chapter of New Title 3, and since I have no more script for it and won't for at least week with some luck, this means I can hopefully clear my Nana and Naruto backlogs before more script arrives. I'm relieved to say at least I've been very diligent about keeping up with the two very-tight-deadlines on Honey and Skip.

Anthy has been doing her best to seduce me away from work, but I've been able to resist until pre-lettering was finished. (This is why my LJing dropped. When I would normally LJ, I've been drawing instead. *guilty--but not too much--smile*) I do have fruits of my labor to share, but not juuuust yet. I'm roughing out a comedy doujinshi to celebrate Anthy's arrival, and I'm going to wait until the whole story is sketched out before I post it as a WIP.

As a quick shigoto update, Claymore 12 is completely finished and over YAY, Honey vol 7 is just under half-way lettered, Nana 14 is a fourth-lettered and full of fangirls, including one who reminds me of myself. Really! Only I'm not that elegant. O.o Naruto 38 is a third-lettered, New Title 3 I already mentioned, and Skip 15 is almost half-way done.

On a Skip note, this volume develops a new character we met in vol 14 who I find very intriguing, even if he is a bit of a bastard. It's fascinating to see someone that isn't afraid of the Grudge Kyokos, which is why he makes my ears prick. My my my....even if he DOES look like Nakago, who I've completely reviled for over 10 years. *shudders*

And now, work calls, as always. Though it's time for me to go outside and run. Eh he heheh.... --;;;;

(Another one of my new icons cuz it's purty.)

slr2moons: a self-portrait, of me in my usual habitat: in front of my computer monitors! (hopeful)
First up, there has been no repetition of unexplained knocks in my house, at least that I've heard. Though I haven't taken a nap on the floor since then, either. My grandmother always hated it when I was being "lazy". I would not put it above her to still be disapproving from beyond the grave. My parents and I will try to recreate the sounds, hopefully on Sunday. A large plastic empty detergent bucket IS on the roof, and apparently it WAS windy that day, though it would take one hell of a set of coincidences to make three repetitions of four evenly-spaced knocks caused by wind and a loose bucket. Not to mention how the bangs conveniently moved to the front window when I moved into the kitchen!!!  With the bucket remaining on the roof. Hmmmmmmmm. We'll see.

tl;dr version: Sweeney Todd is good, manga shopping is fun, food is yummy )
Just take me straight to the shiogoto update! :P~~~ )

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