February 22, 2017
Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
–The Doctor in Doctor Who “The Zygon Inversion”
- Continuing with a previous post: Freedom of Speech. I was thinking about the Bill Maher/Yiannopoulos interview and a point occurred to me. I like to think that the whole point behind Freedom of Speech is the exchange of ideas. Put forth new ideas that open people’s minds and get them thinking. There’s a difference between trying to pick a fight and putting forth a new idea. Ideas encourage thought and discussion. Whenever I’ve tried to write seriously about any topic–guns, religion, relationships, politics, social issues, etc.–I’m really just trying to give people new ideas to think about. I don’t necessarily overburden myself with a notion of being right or wrong. And any of those ideas I usually think on more after I write about them and would be willing to have a discussion about. I know that probably was never really possible for some people and probably never will be, but I wouldn’t mind discussion where possible. Being challenged helps new ideas to form.
- I’m pretty impressed that I’m holding steady at 175 pounds right now. My diet and exercise routines seem to be working effectively enough and I’m ramping up the cardio lately. Made it to 6.5 minutes on the elliptical machine. Can’t wait to kayak and hike again. I pretty much cut out cardio completely for the winter under the rational that I’m on my feet and running around for most of my eight hours at work every night so that should amount to something and I was trying to gain some significant weight. Still not where I want to be in regards to sleep, but there’s always something to work on.
- Trying to figure out how one is really supposed to celebrate President’s Day. What is one supposed to do?
- Lately, I’ve been giving more thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid. I almost did a special page about something that was going on at work, but events unfolded so it was unnecessary. I feel like it is needed again. Going to do some page layouts and maybe redraw some of the early pages. Maybe even make some use of various reference pictures I took.
January 18, 2017
I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
- So this flu–going to call it that based on the myriad symptoms I’ve exhibited–has dragged on for about a week. I’m getting tired of it. Mostly I just want to breathe again. Haven’t been able to bench for a few days, lying back on the bench when you struggle to breathe is quite the challenge. Hopefully I will be back to doing a flat or decline bench at the end of the week. Did a pretty decent workout today, which is a very good sign.
- Got the last of my NYCC books back from CGC. This round of books were the set I got signed by Jim Starlin. I got a 9.2 on Avengers Annual #7 (Conclusion of the first Thanos Saga and the “Death” of Adam Warlock), Infinity Gauntlet #1 got a 9.4, Infinity Gauntlet #2 got a 9.4, and Infinity Gauntlet #3 got a 9.6. Not a bad hull. The Avengers Annual actually has Thanos’ first “death” as well as his assembling the Infinity Gems, although he does not use them as the Gauntlet until the series of the same name. Very pleased, fits right along with my plans for these and the books I got signed by Stan Lee as well.
- Trying to budget more time for drawing, optimize my abilities. I’ve been doing a lot of side stuff, but I’d really like to get back to comics. I’m going to try drawing more by hand, with actual pencil and paper. I’m not necessarily a fan of being purely digital. Definitely feel like I draw better in pencil first, then pretty it up in Photoshop.
December 14, 2016
- Started working on a new comic. Kind of a western type of thing. Only really got rolling on one page so far. I’m just glad I’ve been able to keep drawing and writing.
- Been listening to a lot of Hamilton lately. My biggest disappointment about NYC was that I didn’t manage to get tickets to see the show. Unfortunately, they are ridiculously expensive and sold out. Then the whole thing with Mike Pence happened and I started listening to it again. The song “Non-stop” sticks with me. Primarily the line “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the idea that time has already run out. In a couple of situations, I think that might be the case. I try to think of it as meaning there’s nothing left to lose, which can be nice in its own way.
- Made Shepherd’s Pie a couple of weeks ago, that was really good. Put some bacon cheddar cheese on top. I’ve missed being able to cook on a regular basis. Threw together some Ranch Chicken and baked french fries the other day, planning on some more cooking too. I got a couple of ideas I want to try at some point. Something involving seafood. Hopefully I’ll be able to prioritize more time for that in the future.
- Trying to hit 200 pounds for my body weight before I really start cutting and toning up. It was kind of exhilarating to actually 180 pounds on my driver’s license when I renewed it last week. Kind of a weird thing.
- The other day, a supervisor told me he’s been hearing complaints about me, apparently thinking I’ve been slacking off. Regardless of my opinion of that assertion–*cough* bullshit *cough*–I never take complaints like that seriously. The big reason being that my dad works at the plant. Basically, I acknowledge that there’s a lot of back-stabbing politics in any work place and having a parent there makes me a big target. So I’ve come to expect such if only because it is human nature and I choose not to really care. I put in my 40 hours a week and do my best for those hours. That’s it. I’m already in a situation I’m not really that keen on and I have no interest in getting into pissing matches over delegitimized nonsense.
October 26, 2016
Just another week, I suppose.
- Found out one of the Michael’s up in Burlington carries Copic Markers. I’ve been slowly building up my range of markers as I need a color or two. Been using them primarily on sketch tiles, going to do some bookmarks in the near future. Mostly I just like using the Copic Markers, can do a lot with them. Been posting a lot of those drawings on dA or Instagram, seem to be coming out well. Might do some larger stuff in the near future. Not quite sure what yet.
- Got distracted from finishing the last page in Issue #1 of Order of the Dragon. Bought art boards for doing comic pages by hand, smaller than the stuff I bought in NYC a couple of years back. These might be a bit more manageable than those. Might try to do a short comic for Halloween with them.
- Checked out a gym in Williston yesterday morning. Place called Lift VT. Huge warehouse gym, I really liked the range of weights, machines and overall options they offered. Wish I had planned more time to just fuck around and try stuff. Liked it better than my normal place for a number of reasons and planning to make it a regular thing to hit up other gyms. At the very least, I liked the change of scenery.
- Also visited a new comics and games store in Williston, a place called Killer Rabbit Comics and Games. Only been open a month, grand opening supposed to happen this weekend. Bought some comics, some dice and a dice bag while I was there. Lovely little store, look forward to seeing what they do going forward.
- Continuing to reflect on the post I did on a woman’s responsibility a bit. I do feel those roles and responsibilities are changing, whether people like it or not. Gender roles, sexuality, rules and expectations in regards to those… I feel like we’re in the middle of a revolution of sorts where a lot of the barriers and limitations are being challenged.