The last couple of weeks have been difficult for both weight loss and for the webcomic. One of my closest, dearest friends visited, which was awesome… however, we ate like we were on vacation. Between that and a Father’s Day of rich foods at my parents, I ended up shooting back up to 417.6 pounds. Yep. I managed to erase almost all of what I had lost since I started the blog. The ‘it’s a special occasion’ excuse came heavily into play here, but I am thankful to say that I was able to focus, get some exercise, and lose 3.6 of those pounds again so far this week. I’m fairly confident I’ll lose the rest by Monday. My eldest daughter and I have found a good walking path near to our home that’s 3/4 of a mile in length, so it works well for us.
In other news, after three fresh webcomics and a filler, I actually feel confident about my ability to pull off a weekly webcomic. Having said that, I’m still putting the webcomic on hiatus for a while. This is partly because I’ve got some pressing work to attend to that eats up time I’d use for the webcomic, but it’s also because I’m having a debate about whether I want to do a weekly ‘gag strip’ or an ongoing story, and I want to get that sorted before I continue, as I know I won’t have time to do both for a while. When I do bring the webcomic back, I’m going to bring it back here instead of having it be on it’s own subdomain.
Additionally, I’m going to change the focus of my blogging. Whenever I feel like I’ve lost my focus for blogging, I always revert back to blogging about random stuff in my life. Frankly, I prefer blogging about art, anime and other entertainment, and so that’s what I’m going to get back to. The webcomic, when it returns, will become the focal point, but I’m still going to blog about art and entertainment matters relevant to my interests as a writer and artist. I will still track my weight-loss, as I believe that’s something many people can relate to, and it helps me stay focused on it, but I’m not going to meander off into other areas of my life just to have something to blog about when I’m stuck for a topic! Anyone who really wants to get a glimpse into my private life can find me through other channels.
Have a great week, everyone!
Listening to one of my favorite mix CDs during a drive, I was struck by how many band names would make great sound effects! Not just in the 80s, though that’s what I was listening to, but almost anytime in the last 30-40 years. T-Pau! Bananarama! Klymaxx! Though that last one is probably more appropriate for an adult comic….
Of course, what’s the quintessential throwback to comic book sound effect? The Batman TV show from the 60s, starring everybody’s favorites, Adam West and Dick Ward. I figure in an alternate universe there has to have been The Blue Bunny and Squirrel right? Well, maybe not, but I like to think so!
Just a quick and easy update today, as gray and dreary out, and I just don’t have anything fun in mind to video blog about. Despite a drastic loss in willpower last week when my oldest daughter made brownies, I still managed to lose .4 pounds this week, bringing my total lost since I started blogging about it to 4.4 pounds. Now that we seem to have finally escaped the snow and cold, I’m going to work on getting more exercise outside, be it biking or walking. I’m also going to dig out the old exercise DVDs and see if I can begin incorporating any of those into my weekly routine.
Not much else to talk about today, so I wish all of you a happy Monday! For those in the United States observing Memorial Day, let us remember all of those brave men and women who have served our country. They deserve to be memorialized.
No, this is not about spaghetti westerns, even though I admit to their being a guilty pleasure of mine. This is just a quick review of some things that happened this week, because I’ve been wrapped up in my ‘Grand Endeavor’ and haven’t done much else during the day. Consider it this blogs equivalent of a quick Twitter or Facebook Wall post, just slightly longer!
The Good: I produced another webcomic last weekend, and almost have the one completed for this weekend. Even if it’s not getting seen much, I’m having a lot of fun making it, and someone even bought a print of one through Zazzle. You can see the pencil rough for last week’s comic above. Additionally, I learned that I would be able to stay in my apartment for another year, so that gives me time to finish getting the Grand Endeavor up and running, as well as being here and stable for my daughters as they transition to new schools.
The Bad: I’ve hit a code snag with my project, and am having trouble figuring out how to resolve it, so it’s cost me some time and added some stress. I know it’ll get resolved, but any delay is bad, even with the good news above. Also, while they were very good, my oldest daughter made brownies this week and my willpower just wasn’t up to the task and I’ve gotten in less cycling. I need to kick up the exercise this weekend!
The Ugly: After staying at bay for most of the time since I received my scan results, yesterday the depression hit back hard and with it came the self-defeating questions I strive to keep at bay, such as “was it a mistake to renew my lease?” “Will I actually be able to compete with my Grand Endeavor” “Will I ever lose the weight?” “Why should I get out of bed this morning?” You get the idea. I believe that completing this weekend’s webcomic will help me push those thoughts back, as will completing the digital painting I’ve been working on, but I wish the depression had stayed away longer.
That’s it! For those who follow the webcomic, a new update will go up sometime tomorrow night, otherwise I’ll have a new VBlog update on Monday. Have a great weekend!
Only a short update this week as I’m heads-down in code for my Grand Endeavor!
My girls and I love kaiju (giant monsters), and own every Godzilla and Gamera movie. Of course, we also love wordplay, so I was joking with them about Cow-Ju, or giant cow monsters. They thought I should go for it, and I agree! Now we need to convince Toho to make it!
Here’s a larger version that’s a bit easier to see (as the original was actually quite large)! Have a great weekend!
Let’s start off with the bad news: I gained 1.4 pounds since last Monday. That’s not the reason why I’m not videoblogging today. I’m not videoblogging because I had a mild reaction to a new shaving cream I tried. I’m certain it’ll clear up and I can do the VBlog tomorrow. Anyway, in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s news about being cancer-free, I rather overindulged in sweets in celebration. Cookies at home and multiple times of going out for pie with my family (not celebratory pie – just pie). I’m actually quite amazed that I didn’t go up more, but I guess that’s the benefit of having gone cycling around the neighborhood most days!
In other news, I launched ‘Mindless Pursuits – The Comic‘ over the weekend. It’s a baby step towards my ultimate goal of publishing a graphic novel and will help me further develop my drawing and digital inking/coloring skills. It’s also a chance to let loose with some of my more absurd thoughts and whimsy! Above is the pencil sketch of the first comic. To see the completed version, go to the comic site!
That’s it for today, as I am back to working on my ‘Grand Endeavor’ full time. Have a great week!
Hey – It’s a first comic! I only expect to do one each weekend, but who knows? Maybe as I get faster I’ll do more. Regardless, this is what happens when I have too much coffee, too little sleep, and an active imagination!
I don’t think I’d really want to travel with this incarnation of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. Would you?
Wednesday I receive my most recent PET scan results, which resulted in my being declared ‘Cancer Free’ (provisionally speaking, but we won’t get into that). As you can guess, there was, and still is, a flood of emotions that swelled up around the news. This post isn’t to discuss that. Instead, beating the big ‘C’ a second time beggars other questions. First and foremost among them: what comes next?
Well, first and foremost, I devote all of my daytime attention to my ‘Grand Endeavor.’ It’s not something I’m talking about in specifics right now as I need to keep it under wraps to avoid competitive scrutiny, and because I don’t want to create any preconceived notions about it. The final rounds of chemo and radiation really disrupted my work though, and starting Monday, I plan to devote a solid 8-10 hours a day to it and get it back on track. I also plan to spend time each evening and weekend on my art. My drawing skills have been developing nicely, my desire to paint with traditional mediums is back, and I’m quite enjoying my digital space and science fiction art projects. Maintaining a healthy balance between the Grand Endeavor, my art, and my time with my daughters is very important to me.
Additionally, I plan on furthering my exercise schedule. I have brought my 12-speed mountain bike back from storage, and have already ridden around town twice. I’m going to slowly introduce some weights into my daily routine. Of course, I’ve already started working on eating healthier, though I’m not going to follow any specific weight loss plan. I’ve even done well in ensuring I am not sitting still all day, despite being at the PC. Every half an hour I ensure I get up and walk around and enjoy a moment on the balcony.
Finally, I have a project that will be very much a sideline project for a while, but will be another step forward in my dreams of enabling creative souls to gain exposure and show their craft. In this case, it’s a project named ‘We All Dream,’ and the earliest incarnation will be a hub for webcomics creators, online graphic novelists, musicians and writers to share their works. Eventually I plan to expand it to be much, MUCH more, but every dream needs a starting point! I’ll provide more information on it here as I develop it further.
Have a great weekend everyone!