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I've been going through my floppy comics today, partly from a desire to try again at putting them into order, partly to single out some issues to read and partly to set aside short runs to practice binding.

Custom binding, in this case sewing or gluing together several single issues to make your own collected edition, is something I've been interested in for some time. Budgeting such a project was one of my bingo card squares a few months ago, even. While there are a few titles that I'm looking to bind specifically into large hardcovers, I'd like to try my hand at a few smaller books first to get the hang of things. I had a few miniseries in mind when I went digging around and I've got them beside me now. Two are four-issue runs and one is a six-issue run. I'm intending to start with one of the former, as it looks like it'll be the easiest to get set up. The other two I think I may do some playing around with, if I do even decide to bind them after all.

The main drawback of a custom bind versus a commercially-released collection, at least for my money, is the presence of ads. In some books-- such as Power Girl, the mini I want to start with-- all the ads can be removed. There are a total of four two-sided ads in each issue and they're all connected to another ad rather than a page with story content. To do a bind without them, I just have to slide them out after I remove the stables from the issues to sew them together. Then there are books like the other two minis I'm looking to work on, which have no or almost no ads that can be removed even if I decide to perfect bind (that is, cut everything into individual pages and glue them at the spine rather than sewing) because most of them are single-side. Even that wouldn't be so bad if in some cases there weren't ads, occasionally mood whiplash ads, literally every other page. On the bright side, the two instances of four-page ads-- count 'em, four straight pages of ad-- are in the very middle of their respective issues and will be easy to remove. Still, though, yikes.

Probably I won't get started right away; there are still a few decisions to make about and things to get set up for later parts of the process. But since binding these minis aren't going to be super intensive projects, I think I'll probably be starting soon. Look forward to me possibly crying about mutilating my books and trying to figure out title pages and covers XD

Other fun things that came up as I was sorting my stuff:

* I have so many more DC than Marvel books. Like i knew it was unbalanced but not that much.
* Similarly, I have both a heck of a lot less non-Big Two stuff in general and a heck of a lot more IDW stuff specifically than I thought.
* One series I thought I had a full run of? Yeah, I don't. See below edit!
* Another series I know I have a full run of? Yeah, I don't know where it is. See below edit!
* There was so much misordering of my Justice League books due largely to the title changes I complained about before, omg.


ETA: So, not actually very long after making this post, I had a thought and went back to my boxes. This time, I checked a box that I'd left alone because I could've sworn that it was full of just two runs of comics. In short, I was wrong! Quite wrong. Not only did I find the missing full run mentioned in the fourth point, I found two full runs of the series mentioned in the third point. I'm not sure how or why I ended up with so many excess issues of that one, but whatever!
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I have a deep and abiding love for production bibles. I love to come across the bits and pieces that got changed or simply forgotten about, the bits and pieces that make certain final product elements make so much more sense-- or less sense, as the case may be. In the context of the original Transformers cartoon, which was all about hawking toys to kids and so paid very little mind to silly things like plot consistency and continuity, and which had a huuuge cast of characters to rotate in and out of the spotlight (again often with only a token of consistency), seeing the original intent and measuring it against canon as seen in the media is untold amounts of fun. It's also helpful for developing characters for writing fic, depending on just how obscure or inconsistent they're written in the show.

As you may have guessed, I have been reading said production bible, as presented online through transcripts. Nobody asked, but I've decided to present twenty of my favorite things/the things that most stuck out to me:

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Just a few little "how's life" tidbits that I wanna toss out there but don't need their own posts:

1.) I've gone and made myself into the unofficial "person who folds the t-shirts" as regards the promo PDQs that we've been getting in over in the toy section. Why? Because I walk past the toy section all the time on my way to the backrooms and seeing those shirts go days upon days without being folded drives me out of my mind. Management keeps thanking me for taking the time and praising my initiative-- and on the outside, I go along with it. On the inside? I'm sitting at a table with a broken leg, gaunt under a bare bulb, staring a thousand yards and gravely intoning, "It's not for you."

2.) Speaking of walking by the toy section: I stopped and gasped in horror as I went by a Rescue Bots toy display. For real gasped in horror-- high-pitched, came complete with a jerk to the side while clutching my chest, only thing missing was the scare cord. Why? Because, at a glance, it looked like there was a play figure set which came with only three-fourths of the main cast of bots and the missing bot is my favorite sometimes. I then realized, at a second glance, that the bot in question is part of the set, just placed differently than the other three. I blinked, said a fairly flat, "oh," and went on my way as if nothing had happened. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a couple looking at me oddly. I can only hope they had fun speculating about what the matter was.

3.) Last week I got one of those air fryer baskets, which let you air fry in your oven. I've only used it twice and I'm sure it's too early to say I'm in love but, you guys? I'm in love. I never realized how much I tasted the oil of fried foods until I wasn't tasting the oil anymore. The food tastes so clean while still feeling fried. It's amazing, highly recommended.

4.) On the flipside of the not realizing how much I was tasting a thing until I wasn't experience is cottage cheese. I never thought of cottage cheese as a particularly salty food and I've cut way back on salt in recent years anyway. But I just tasted cottage cheese with no salt added for the first time and it tastes like unhappiness. Even eating it with preserves couldn't save it (or preserve it, if you prefer).

5.) I've finished the base of my Togepi plush's shell-- though I've spotted a mistake in the design now-- and am ready to move on to embroidering the shapes on. But I'm being held back because I want to take process photos, I specifically want at least one photo of the pre-embroidered shell and I can't for the life of me get any good photos with my phone.
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, unmarked]

So, here's my card for July! Yes, that's right, back to one card. It was interesting to work with three at a time and I honestly really enjoyed it. But as I've mentioned before, I have an "out of sight, out of mind" problem with the cards sometimes. I toyed with the idea of sketching out a hard copy on a chalkboard or such and I still like that idea. I, in fact, only now remembered that I had that idea, in part because I didn't think of it at all when I would've had to sketch out three different cards. So, at least for now, a single it is.

Not much new stuff going on-- in part, I admit, because having so few squares again feels really weird XD I ended up not making Practice Coding a daily square after all because I decided to make Practice Spanish a daily, and I didn't want to overwhelm the card with those. I like them, they're helpful, but they don't contribute to an early bingo since I can't mark them until the end of the month, Can't have those good daily habits dragging me down!

Anyway, yeah. I'm aiming to include more specifics on next month's card. For now, I didn't have much in the way of specifics that I was willing to sacrifice the freer vague squares for.

Bingo!

Jun. 30th, 2017 10:30 pm
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. The right-to-left diagonal line is complete]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. There are no completed lines.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card, several squares marked. There are no completed lines.]


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aaand no stray squares on either of the two losing cards, so we're done for now!
 
I've got to admit, I got more done this month than I'd been giving myself credit for, even with the couple of "sure, why not" marks. Even though I missed some things I really hoped I wouldn't-- didn't touch Spanish all month aside from joking with a customer one day, for example-- I'm quite pleased! Still aiming for a blackout, though, of course. Maybe July will be the month for it.
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Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the ridiculousness of comic book publication. I've been meaning to sit down and figure out what I need to finish my collection of late eighties to early nineties Justice League floppies. I finally got around to getting started and was slapped with a reminder of why I put it off.

See, in the beginning, there was Justice League America. At the point where my collection begins, DC had just recently gone through a continuity reset and decided to relaunch with a more worldwide view of their heroes' adventures. This brought us a book titled simply Justice League. The book remained Justice League for seven issues before someone decided to put the League's new international focus up center by renaming the book Justice League International. It remained Justice League International until a new team was spun off into Justice League Europe, at which point Justice League International was renamed Justice League America. Meanwhile, Justice League Europe went fifty issues before being renamed-- are you ready for this?-- Justice League International.

Unnecessary, I tell you. Utterly unnecessary.
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Related to my last post, I just want to take a moment to state for the record that my favorite pieces of positive feedback to receive on fanfics are:

"I don't ship this/like this character but I enjoyed this fic."

and

"I didn't ship this/like this character but I do now thanks to this fic."
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So, something happened the other day that made me smile a lot at the time but now gives me mixed feelings.

I found a really cute fanart that was based on a fic of mine. Someone being inspired to draw based on something I'd written naturally took me to the moon and back and I'm honestly smiling a little as I think of it. The thing is that when I say I found it, I mean that I found it. I was scrolling through the fandom tag on Tumblr, thought at first that someone had just had a similar idea (since part of the scene they were inspired by was in turn based on a gag from another show) and only then noticed the link back to my fic. The artist didn't say anything to me about it until after I reblogged to gush, even though I'm preeetty sure the comment I got on that fic recently was from them. And then also when I looked at the notes, I noticed it got likes and reblogs from people who I know follow my fandom blog, where I've also posted that fic, and none of them said anything to me either...

And, I mean. I'm still stoked, like I said, but a link to the art would've been cool, y'know? It was already a few pages back and I was in the tags on a whim anyway. I could easily have never found it.
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Man, the worst part of forgetting my end-of-month bingo posts and putting it off until the next day is that it throws off my sense of having to still do my beginning-of-month bingo posts. Anyway, here are my new cards!

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Whoops, forgot about my end-of-month bingo post again. Watch this space!

Only one bingo again, sadly, and I got frustratingly close on both of the other cards. Even more frustrating is the way I played myself; I thought that I set myself weekly Spanish practice for this month, not biweekly. Since I didn't mark my cards as I went, I wasn't reminded otherwise. Ah, well, I scraped by on that one anyway. I need to set myself up a proper schedule for some of this stuff, I swear.

Anyway, as with last month, I'll go over the marked squares on my winning card first, then cover any squares on the other two that weren't on the first.





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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked; the top left diagonal line is completed.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked. No lines are completed.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Many squares are marked. No lines are completed.]




Watch Stuff )

Finish a WIP )

Write a New Ship )

Fix Tags )

Write Daily )

Draw Otters Daily )

Write Anolug )

Work on Vampire Thing )

Work on WIPs )

Read Comics )

Watch Beast Wars )

Practice Coding )

Read more... )

Write a New Character )

Work on Big Thing )

Three Squares in a Week )

So, that was that for May! Here's to a productive June!
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It's been a long time since any AO3 alerts turned up in my inbox. A bit of a bummer, since I was getting at least a "You've got kudos!" email pretty regularly, but it's not like I post regularly. It's also not like my memory or attention span is that great, so it would only occur to me every so often that I wasn't getting said emails.

Long story short, they've been getting sent to my spam folder for over a month. Over a month meaning, of course, that some of those emails have been deleted and I'll never get them back. Which should teach me not to neglect my spam folder for so long, if nothing else. (Should, mind you. Not necessarily will.)

On the bright side, my inbox on AO3 at least has all the comments that I've not been getting. Now I just have to work my way past the embarrassment at replying so late...
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What with the venting I've done about my frustrations with the Transformers comics, I feel I need to take a moment to throw some love toward a branch of Transformers that's been a consistent pick-me-up: Rescue Bots. I mentioned in my bingo post from last month that I started watching it with my mom; well, we finished it the other night. I'm sad to see it ended, not least because it ends on an open note rich with possibilities, but it was a great ride.

I feel like maybe I should feel silly for how much I love it, given that it was aimed at preschool-aged kids, but I don't. I like to unwind with something fun sometimes, and being able to remind myself that it's for kids, even more so than your average Transformers cartoon, helps me to not worry to too much about what's going on. Not that there's much to worry about, honestly. For all that the show's admittedly silly plots run on cartoon science and hand-waving, it's got solid writing, tight continuity, likeable characters and engaging character development.

And, you guys-- there's a musical episode.

It's not perfect, I admit. There are some episodes and creative decisions that leave me scratching my head even keeping in mind that it's a show for small children and some that leave me scratching my head because it's a show for small children. It suffers the usual problem of lacking female characters that all Transformers media does. Some characters didn't get enough play, imnsho. It's reliance on recurring human villains grows somewhat tiresome as the show goes on, even though they're used sparingly. But as a whole, it's a fun, feel-good show that doesn't shy away from genuine emotion. Even the weakest episode have memorable high points and I don't think there were ever two weak episodes in a row.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that I had someone to sit and watch with. I forgot how enjoyable that could be.

Anyway, yeah. I just needed to express these feelings ♥
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Urgh, I knew I would waffle on the Transformers thing. A few days removed from my initial reaction to recent developments, I'm still pissed but I can see that the issue is otherwise solid. And I can better appreciate the parts that I like. But I'm still clinging to certain hopes that I know aren't going anywhere and I know that's only going to disappoint me more on top of the problems I've been having with the series. Urrrgh.
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The realization that something you used to love and look forward to is no longer worth the disappointment it brings can be both freeing and deeply saddening. The latter more than the former, perhaps. Acknowledging that it's time to let go lifted a weight off my shoulders but now it's heavy at my feet, holding me still. I've thought of this series as my One True for so long, with more certainty than any other before it, I can hardly imagine moving forward.
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Today is the last day of my vacation from work. It's been a great ten days. Didn't go off anywhere and didn't do much, admittedly. Went to lunch with family on a few days, did Star Wars Day with my brother and his family, did Free Comic Book Day with him and my sister-in-law, spent a chunk of a day hanging out with my niece. SWD and FCBD are what I scheduled my vacation around, though, so I'm not exactly upset.

I guess I would've liked to get more done, creativity-wise, with all my free time, but honestly? I've been enjoying just basking in so much free time. I refuse-- hear me, insidious little voice in the back of my head, I refuse-- to feel bad about spending it on nothing much. The weather has been up and down, but there have been several rainy days, perfect for getting cozy with tea and some jazz. Knowing in any which case that I have nothing I have to do has been freeing. All in all, it's just been really nice and I'm not looking forward to going back to work.
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At long last, my new cards! Read more... )
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OKAY, SO. The reason this post is so late in updating is that I found myself very uncertain of how I wanted to format, what with the three cards thing. Well, that's the first reason; the second is my dubious attention span. However! I've got that ironed out and am prepared to present my cards. No blackouts and I only hit one bingo, sadly. I decided to cover the card that got the bingo first, then any squares on either of the other two that didn't appear on said card.

Without further ado:

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[Image: A personalized todo list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; the bottom row is complete.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; there are no completed lines.]
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Only a few squares are marked; there are no completed lines.]




Write Daily )

Voice Lessons )

Work on WIPs )

Watch Stuff )

Work on Big Thing )

Draw Otters Daily )

Edit Something )

Fix Tags )

Three Squares in a Week )

Huh, didn't have much to mark beyond my wining card. Kind of a letdown, haha. Right now, I'm not entirely sure what I think of using three cards. Though that was always going to be hit or miss, depending on what tasks made it onto how many cards and what I managed to accomplish. I'm going to stick with it for now, but it remains to be seen whether it'll remain a regular feature.
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[Image: The front of a thank you card. It is green surrounded by a thick black border, which is in turn surrounded by a broad-striped yellow background. A pale brown decoration shaped sort of like a squat upside-down pentagon contains white text reading, THANKS, on a black background. The green section of the card has a large capital T in a darker on the right side. On the bottom left of the green section is black text which reads, I appreciate you.]
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[Image: The inside of the card, mostly white. The left "page" is mostly blank, with only hand-written text reading Ruth 2:12 inscribed. The right "page" is taken up by a hand-written note, transcribed below.]

Alicia,

My wife and I were in the paint department this past Sunday evening looking for ceiling paint when you so politely approached us to give us some help.

We both just want to thank you again for your kind and professional help. It was so wonderful for us to be in your presence and so blesed by your assistance! May the LORD bless you and repay you for what you did.
With sincere hearts,
[names redacted]
 

I got this thank you card-- complete with super sweet hand-written note-- the other day from a nice older couple I helped out with paint last week. I'm almost as taken aback as I am delighted-- I really didn't do anything special. I helped them find what they were looking for, made a few suggestions and shook up the paint they selected. I know I made small talk with them as well, but I couldn't even tell you what was said. Management gave me a nice little write-up for the notice board in back as well as a congratulatory pin (which is a smiley face wearing a shamrock hat for some reason...) but that interests me far less. I only hope I recognize these folks next time they come in (I can be pretty awful with faces and while I know I helped the gentleman before, it was my first time seeing the lady) so I can thank them in turn.
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Decided to do something a little different this month, based on my realization that the reason my cards kept missing squares I was sure I included, even after fixing/remaking the card, was that I miscounted how many items I was listing. This time, I intentionally overloaded the list and made-- drumroll, please-- three cards!

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For a bit more proper of a bingo game. With myself... Anyway! I'm not at all sure whether I'll be keeping this up; guess we'll see how it goes this month :D
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[Image: A personalized to-do list bingo card. Sever spaces are marked; the right-to-left diagonal is complete]

Sort of a disappointing showing after last month, I admit. I'm gonna be keeping that Last Square space and aiming again for it, though!

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