( Temporary kitty, flying back to TX for a wedding this weekend, work update for all my titles, and a developed tweak to my manga method. )
One page at a time. *deep breath in and out* And on that note, back to work for me.
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I am one more home in Oregon! I do love visiting with my family and good old friends...I just wish I didn't have to go back to TX to do it. :P I don't think I'll be able to return over the holidaze this year. Money is somewhat short, and Shoujo Editor 2 said the next volumes of Natsume and Skip will probably be rushed over the next few months. (Still can't start on either, no raw pages from Japan. Alas!)
I was wrong in my previous post: the pregnant cat wasn't left behind by one of my sister's former tenants, but one of the neighbors nearby her rental place. In a curious case of circumstance, her longtime friend Dr. H also lives nearby in her own house. Dr. H was the one who took in the pregnant cat. I'm not sure how I ended up mixing things, but now I've got it right. :B
( More about the saga of Kakashi the Kitten! )
I took today off work, and must resume Naruto 57 tomorrow. Tonight I am finishing up my first pic for the het bigbang. I could have sworn I blogged about it, but if I did I can't find it. I think I'll save the big explanation for when I actually post the art. In a nutshell: I'm drawing two pics for someone who is writing a crossover Buffy/Supernatural fic starring Buffy and Dean. I rather like how the first one has turned out! Here's hopin' the second is as good.
And now, back to work. Oh, and I do plan to post kitty pics! Just not tonight. :P
On Friday night, I uploaded the final pages of Saiunkoku vol 5. This is actually the last volume I will be lettering. The new letterer has the font list and the Photoshop file I made of ganked royal palace screen tones that the mangaka loves to use in her backgrounds. He's ready to go whenever it's time for vol 6! If you've been reading Saiun up to now, I do hope you'll continue to do so. I know I'll be picking up vol 6+ myself, for both the story and lovely art. :3
Skip 27 and Natsume 11 are proceeding nicely, if a bit behind schedule. 5 pages a day of each will bring me in under deadline with some comfortable padding. ^^
I should be receiving three more Naruto chapters in the next couple weeks! I wonder if Naruto will actually be in the pages this time, as in the last set of 3 he was only in a couple of flashback panels. I didn't even have any Sakura or Sasuke, it was all supporting cast! *finds that amusing* There was this one really pretty pic of Gaara-sama that made me happy, though. Heeeee! <3
I've allllmost bought my tickets for my trip to visit the hometown this summer. I'm waiting for some frequent flier miles I purchased to go through, then I can officially buy my tickets. (They're currently on hold.) And it worked out thanks to limited options and the quirks of my airline's frequent fliers program that I'll be flying first-class when I return to Oregon. I've...never done that before. O.o I feel like I need to dress up. =O Heels and a nice blouse and slacks. Makeup, too. *gulp*
I always manage to forget SOMETHING when I'm booking a flight because there are so many variables, and I managed it this time. My return flight is on the 2nd Tuesday of September...which is Book Club Night. Oops. T.T I will be literally flying in the air for the hour of Book Club. T.T How could I have forgotten??! There goes my perfect attendance record. It had to end eventually, I suppose. I'm glad it's for something fun like a trip to the hometown, rather than me being sick. And September is a fantasy book month...I already have the book, too. *wilts* Damn it...
( Yes, I have returned to the land of rain, hippies, and flaming liberals. )
I also took Tsuksuhi's tower outside and used some canned air to clean out all the dust. And there was a lot of it, since I've never cleaned her guts before. ^^;; I have her all plugged in again, but I have yet to turn her on. *gulp* I'm afraid she won't restart...um....*turns her on and holds her breath* Looks good so far...success! I do believe she survived being turned off after an entire year of constant running, and my inexperienced cleaning today! Yay!! I have given myself the day off, but working even a little bit will help me relax. ^^ Natsume 8 awaits!
Upcoming in a later post: pics!! XD Possibly flocked, I haven't decided yet. :D
To sum up, the icon and subject line say it all. Z_z
San Fran was awesome and challenging, Portland was challenging and awesome, Viz was WOW. And Shoujo editors 1 and 2 and Clay editor 1 are as fun and great to be with IRL as they are through email and phone. ^^ I definitely must go back to all three places.
More detail will follow, I don't know if it will be in one huge post or several little ones. I will say now that my favorite thing about Portland was Powell's Books. An entire city block....four floors high...of boooooooooks. *drools* My only regret was that I wasn't feeling well and thus didn't give the store the attention and squees it deserves. That place is like the Smithsonian. You can never see or know it all. O.o But I want to try. XD
So yes, I'm back in fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk Texas. Wheeeeeee. I was gone for so long I forgot what my home smells like. *sniffs* Been a long time since I managed that! And I've been awake since 3:30 AM, and on airplanes, in airports, and cars ever since then, so if you will excuse me. Time to crash! With my early copy of Love Com vol 2, courtesy of Shoujo editor #2. *evil laughter*
In a few hours, I'll be on my way to San Fran and PDX, aka Portland. Very very exciting!!! Unless I stop by an internet cafe or other public place I can access email and lj, I'll be completely internet-free until late next Tuesday, the 21st. *blink blink* Wow. That's kind of frightening, actually....
So until my return, I hope everyone is well, and you all write lots of posts for me to catch up on!! XD
Ja, minna! Matta ne!!!!!