Location, Location, Location --- June 2nd, 2010

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One good thing about no realtor on house #1–you don’t have to pretend you like it! There were some good points (a large kitchen was not one of them) but we weren’t in love with it.

The second house really was the best, location-wise. It was moments away from downtown, shopping and entertainment and character can be a very good thing in the right house. The kitchen was kinda wonky though, and very cramped, and the toilet sitting in the middle of the bedroom certainly didn’t help matters.

House #3 we wanted to like. It, too, was close to a lot of things we wouldn’t mind being close to but the backyard was practically non-existent (the patio had a half-wall to keep you from falling down a short cliff) and it was tough to get a reading on a place when it’s so. very. messy. And that driveway was scary. The landlord was a cool guy, though, so it’s tough that it just wasn’t going to be a good place for us.

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The Lost Year

May 6th, 2011

Safe to say Year 4 (it is year 4, isn’t it? or, rather, wasn’t it…) will be known as the Lost Year in Random Acts history.

As is, some time later, years later, those who know will look back and say “Oh, yeah, that’s the year Scraps decided to write/draw a cookbook. Good think that’s over.”

Or something like that.

Not that I haven’t been a busy little monkey. And not that I haven’t been drawing, either! I’m about to finish up Chapter 4 (of 5, plus a prologue–done–and epilogue) of What to Feed Your Raiding Party. Well, the pencils. Which, let’s face it, is the long, laborious part of things. Inking goes quicker as long as my hands hold out and, yes, there’s still the formatting to do of the rapidly-approaching-200-pages tome and the spot illustrations and cover BUT the onerous penciling (and creating scenes and worlds from just my grey matter–definitely the most exhausting part of it all, really) is drawing (and I typed that with absolutely zero irony) to a close.

Which means Cocktail Hour will return to tell the story of the house on Longview Drive. One upside to the delay? I know how a major part of that story ends, which was very much up in the air when we started. I’m looking forward to getting back to both Cocktail Hour as well as Where the Geeks Are (oh, yes, it’s still floating around there, too!) but I’m not even going to go down the rabbit hole of I’ll be back on such-and-such date. As much as a deadline has the power to motivate, I honestly have no idea if it’s going to be another 3 months before I can get back here or (dear god no) more. And I just don’t want to let either of us down.

In the mean time, please make sure you’re subscribed to the RSS feed (would you like an email option, too? because I can do that if even 1 person would prefer it that way) to know when stuff starts to happen over here, again. And check out What to Feed Your Raiding Party, where I do a status update once a week. Even if it’s to say I’ve finished 1 page or a brainstorm, I post.

Thanks for your patience, you’re the best!


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