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No Really, I Swear I Still Exist

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I just drew and posted my first PPC page in over three months. Time to explain where I've been all that time!

I swore when I started derby that I wouldn't let it take over my life to the point of interfering with the comic. That lasted a while, but once I hit February and was trying to pass my Level 3, I slipped. It seems the one extra practice per week that I started attending to prepare for the test was the tipping point. Then I passed the test, bouting season began, I did a few full weeks at my New Hampshire job and a couple of weekend projects with Craig, and although I didn't forget about the comic, I just didn't have the time to actually put those thoughts on (virtual) paper. I can't remember the last time I had a full two-day weekend at home with nothing scheduled.

There was also some personal drama surrounding my now-ex best friend. I won't be the whiny emo kid begging for attention, but suffice to say that she managed to turn my life upside-down for a while, and we no longer speak (her choice, not mine). Fortunately my derby family has been there for me, and the silver lining in the cloud has been the opportunity to get closer to some of the amazing people I skate with. (One of whom, ironically, went through the same friend situation a few years ago.)

Other than that, not much has changed. My life consists of work, skating, chasing the elusive concept of getting enough sleep, and trying to keep up with the bills. I finally paid off my computer this week, but on the other hand, I now own the car I've been driving for the last three years, and anyone with a car knows that comes with a fair amount of expenses (especially in Taxachusetts).

I'll leave you with some pictures of the baby bird Craig and I rescued from a car wash recently.


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Jun. 20th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the interwebs
Good to hear you're still around and doing ok. Of course, when a webcomicer misses a few updates and drops off twitter, etc, the only conclusion is that they're in a shallow grave under someone's porch.

Weird that there's some crippling tax burden when you pay off a car up there. There's nothing like that in Texas. At least I hope not or the FBI might have a warrant out for me. :/

Looking forward to more Adventures with Bubbles. Speaking of which, I just thought of a stripping related question. When a club has a publicized guest come and perform, usually porn actress I guess, do the other girls in the club resent her hogging up the stage and tips, which is what I assume happens, and get catty about her dancing skills, or is it more of a rising tide situation?
Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome back to the interwebs
It's not about paying off the car. It was previously registered to my mom's trust fund in NH, where owning a car is, relatively speaking, cheap. She recently sold it to me, so I had to register it in MA, where registration and insurance is expensive. We also have this lovely thing called excise tax...don't know if you have that there, but it sucks.

I don't have much personal experience with features, so I asked Craig for his thoughts, since he saw quite a few when he DJ'd. He says for the most part it wasn't a problem. The feature wouldn't be there more than three hours, they would attract a LOT of extra customers to the club, and most of them were good about asking ahead of time what they could do to minimize friction with the girls. They also don't hog the stage (15 minutes/hour) and don't do privates. So it works out for everyone :)
Jun. 21st, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! You're alive! I usually check three times a week, along with the other comics I read. I'm sorry about your friend situation, I had something similar to that myself last year. We no longer speak either, only that one was my choice. I just couldn't handle the constant drama. It was difficult, but it does get better. I'm glad the derby was there for you. =)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks for being so loyal <3 I'm really, really going to try to update more often.

Sorry about your friend. I guess if it was a choice between the sudden break and a lot of drawn-out drama, I'd rather this. Drama is stupid >.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see everything's alright, and my wife will certainly be glad! She loves your comic more than I do.

MA excise tax is ridiculous. Taxachusetts taxes you when you buy your car, every year you own your car, and when you sell it. It's almost not worth HAVING a car. I'm so glad I moved north. :D

Anywho, glad things are going well now! I'll happily add you back to my twice weekly checks.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I heard that excise tax was originally supposed to happen just once, when the car was bought new, but then they saw how much money they were getting and decided to screw us annually :(

I can't promise twice weekly every week yet, but I'll do my best!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Glad to see your back, and not dead lol
I can understand about the time thing, thats why I kept checking to see if maybe you updated ^_^ I am thinking about starting a web-comic myself at some point in the ever nebulous future, but I want to get a buffer (a good sized one) before I even start shopping websites - my time is precious and little as well. Most of my time is taken up with games... so... uhm... yeah, maybe I could not play so much and draw more LOL... maybe...
Take care KK!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
You could do that, lol! I had a month of buffer when I started, and it would've been plenty had I not been in school at the time. Just figure out how fast you draw (and you will get faster as you become accustomed to your characters, etc.) and figure out how much you need from there. Good luck :)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
I love your comic. Sorry about what happened with your friend. My former best friend just abandoned me (long story). I'm still not really over it.

I hope things are better now and you're doing well.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) That's pretty much what happened. I'm not over it either, I'm just good at distracting myself and keeping busy. Hope you're doing ok too.
Jun. 25th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Glad You're ok ^_^
That's a cute bird btw.
NC is pricey to change cars registrations over as well..
And the thing with the friend, im sorry to hear it... I know what it's like when a friend just suddenly decideds they dont want anything to do with you. its actually happened to be three times in my short 24 years XD... Long story of course and not the point of the comment.
Glad to see you back, Life can be hectic and at least you kept your brain and it didnt go to mush from running around all the time ^_^ right?
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad You're ok ^_^

Er, yes, I think it survived all right. If anything's going to do me in, it'll probably be getting hit into the wall at practice. And I'm sure the bird says thank you ;)
Jun. 25th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Missed you
Glad to see you up and publishing again. I've missed the comic. Glad to see other things are going well for you, and for those things going not so well, I hope they get better.
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Missed you
Thanks, for the kind words and for coming back!
Jun. 25th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you are back. Assumed you would be. Also assumed it was some drama. (Girl American Creative ... need I go on :P )

Your comic reminds me of a club in Wardour st. London "Sunset strip" a Friendly bar with a stage downstairs. A haven in the crazy days of the internet bubble. No pressure normal drinks prices, and the girls would come and chat if they felt like it between dances with no agenda on either part.

Keep up the good work however it works for you. :)

Jun. 25th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good place to hang out. If it's still around, maybe I'll get there someday :)

Are American girls more prone to drama than English girls? (Assuming you're from GB because you mentioned London.)
Jun. 30th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, glad to see you're back. I have some friends who work at a club called Lipsticks, but they don't seem to like to talk about it, so this was a place to find some perspective. Hope you're feeling better. I went through some friend stuff like that about 2 years ago, so I can empathize. It takes time, and sounds like you've got some people to hold you up, so hang in there!
Jul. 7th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Perhaps they're not proud of dancing, or maybe they just don't like to think about work outside of work. Either way, glad to give you a little glimpse inside :)

I am lucky to have a lot of awesome people around these days - I really can't complain. I guess I'd rather know how things stand with her now than another four years down the road.
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