Not A Good Week

This has been a truly terrible week.

Work has just been about as stressful as it’s ever been. I haven’t had a real, full day off in I don’t know how long. This week the mask mandate went into effect for everyone coming into a store. People are just stupid and evil, wearing a mask is not the worst thing that’s ever been asked of you.

It’s like in the last few weeks a switch has been thrown and work expects everything to be back to normal. I don’t like to talk about my job online to be honest, but let’s just say this week has me so close to the breaking point.

Personally this week has been just as bad. Money wise I ended up having to spend a lot more than I was expecting. I had the money but I wasn’t expecting to have to spend that much.

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this close to just breaking before. It’s been rough.

Then today someone from the warehouse calls me and tells me the cat is hurt.

Many of you that read my page may remember that we’d adopted two cats that had no home and they lived in the boatyard. It was originally a momma cat and after she had her babies we ended up with her and her son. Someone took the momma cat recently, he wanted to give her a home, and while I miss her I couldn’t begrudge her a good home. The baby boy cat was still there.

I pay for the cat’s food and anything else that needs spending. My District Manger said I should use my company credit card to buy the food, but I don’t want to go there. I wouldn’t feel right spending the company’s money. I’m ok with buying food for him.

So I go back to the warehouse and out to the boatyard and the poor cat is laying on a book while someone pets him. He’s got a huge tear in his leg and it’s oozing.

I can’t afford a huge vet bill. With help of some people in the store I manage to track down a woman that takes care of stray cats, she runs her own private vet service for free. So we get the cat in a carrier and I drive him over there. She looks at him and says that she thinks he’ll be ok. She’s going to clean the wound, fill him with some antibiotics and monitor him for the next week or so. When he’s better she’ll call me to come pick him up.

I have to tell you that at that point, when I went back there and saw that cat and was worried that it might be worse. All I could think was that if this cat dies, after this week, I will just break, I won’t be able to take it.

So in the end, after such a terrible week, I can at least look at some good news. The cat should be fine.

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Ayla #4

Again a long time project is finally finished. The fourth issue of Ayla is printed and in my hands now. This finishes the first storyline for Ayla. Another amazing cover by Javi Laparra for the issue. Also the back cover. The inside double page spread is art by Javi and colors by Tyler Carpenter, who did an astounding job and really made the page jump.

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Lizards Trade

The Lizards trade collecting the first five issues of the comic is finally printed. I can honestly say this was years in the making. But I think it came out really good and am more than pleased with the result. The cover is amazing and by Roman Gubskii.

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Ayla

page 11

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The Getaway Driver

A tease from my next comic “The Getaway Driver.” The art is by the wonderful Roman Gubskii. This is going to be a one shot. The page count is not finalized yet as I’m still finishing up the script, but it’s going to be at least 34 pages if not longer.

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Ayla

page 10

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Something Cool Today

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Ayla

page 9

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Buy Ayla

The first four issues of Ayla Speaker for the Dead are up on Gumroads now for purchase. This is the first four issues of the comic and tells the first storyline: “I’m Alright, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding.”

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Ayla the trade

I just sent the final pages to the printer for the trade of Ayla Speaker for the Dead. I don’t even want to think how long it’s taken to get this story done, all I want to think about now is that it is done. All four issues, completing the first storyline is done and at the printer.

And with such an amazing, wonderful cover. Javi Laparra, the artist for the series, has created some amazing covers for the series, but I think with the cover for the trade he’s outdone himself.

I may have a longer blog post later about the long gestation and creation of Ayla, but for now it’s late and I think it’s time to put more than just this book to bed.

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