Weather Post

Watching what’s unfolding in Florida now and what happened in Texas the last week has been hard.  For all those that lived through Katrina the current weather brings back bad memories.  My heart goes out to all those affected and all those about to be.  If any good could come out of these disasters you would hope it would encourage real talk about climate change and science and not whatever passes for science in the minds of the naysayers.  As I type these words Florida is already experiencing the first effects of Hurricane Irma and it still has hours before it makes landfall.  Starting with a proposed landfall on the east coast, the hurricane continues to move farther westward until now it’s supposed to come ashore on the west coast.  If memory serves me Katrina was originally thought to land somewhere in Florida and we all know how that turned out.  For Florida the hurricane coming up the west coast is pretty much the worse scenario imaginable, it puts pretty much the entire state on the east side of the eye, which is the most destructive side.

Sending thoughts and prayers has become a pretty much-cliched sentiment that truthfully does nothing for the intended, but at this point there really isn’t much more that can be done. I’ve spent a good chunk of my childhood in Florida and a few years later as an adult and the state is one of my favorite places.  For what it’s worth my thoughts are with everyone that will be affected and I truly wish the best.

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Monster Book

The hardback book Monsters and other Scary Shit from Wannabe Press are out and copies are being shipped to me even as I type these words.  Only four of the 224 pages in this amazing book is written by me, but the rest of the pages are still so wonderful, so great that everyone should want a copy of this book.  Russell Nohelty has done such a fantastic job in putting this book together, that I can’t even begin to thank him enough for letting me a part of it.  I’ve ordered 28 copies of the book to have to sell at upcoming conventions.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get any copies in time for Memphis Comic Expo, but I should have the book with me in time for Creative Con in October.  Each book will cost $40 and are worth twice that price.  I can’t wait to get my copy in.  Trust me this book is great.

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Love Stinks

In keeping with the theme of yesterday’s post here’s a video from one of my favorite bands and pretty much summarizing what I think of love right now, lol.

And no, I’m doing this partly in jest, so no I’m not in some deep depression right now about it all, so please no one needs to worry about me.

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no promises

I have to admit this last year has pretty much sucked.  Mainly because I’ve let it.  The first half of the year I let someone back into my life, briefly, but someone that had already done much damage to my heart and my self-esteem.   I thought things would be different this time.  I should have known better.  Within a month I was worse off than I had been the first time.  Love sucks.


I’ve let this work its way into my mind and slowly just eat away at me, day after day.  Last year I had made so much progress with my writing and publishing.  This year the plan had been to continue that.  Ayla should have had the first four issues finished by now and be in trade paperback.  Boxie should be in a trade.  Other books should have been finished.  But none of this has happened.  Yes, I have finished a few things.  Mainly Trump related since my hate for him can over ride any feelings of depression, lol.


I’ve never really used the word depression to describe what I’ve gone through this last year, but if I want to be honest with myself, I have to.  I’ve suffered from depression.


It’s made it hard to find the energy to write.  It’s made it hard to find the energy or the motivation to do so many things this past year.   Even though I manage to make myself get some things done and move forward it has been like a weight around my neck, just dragging me down.  At first, I wouldn’t want to get out of bed, if I didn’t have work, I might have stayed there for days.  Even now there are times I just want to pull the covers up over my head and just lay there without getting up.


It is getting better.   I’ve actually been dating, though that hasn’t worked out so well, not bad enough to make me even more depressed.  More like it’s bad enough to make me laugh about it.  I don’t think about what might have been, how it went wrong, what I did wrong as much as I did.  And when I do think about it I don’t get upset about it, before it would send me in a downward spiral.   Now it still will jump attack in my mind when I least expect it or want it, but it’s more and more like it’s past history, something that I’m moving on from.


So what is the purpose of this post?  To bore you all with my whining.  If any of you were my Facebook friends when all this was going down I think you got enough of my whining to last you for an eternity.  No, this is my moving on and putting all this behind me post.  This is my post where I’m pointing towards the future and putting the past where it belongs, behind me.


I’ve made some changes that I don’t want to go into that have been more than self-destructive for me.   Done and over with.


I’ve let my health slide.  I’m not in the shape I was in when I first was diagnosed with Diabetes, but I’ve added weight and let myself slide some.  My sugar levels are going in the wrong direction.  I’m going to try to start eating better again.  I know I’m not going to be perfect, far from it.  But I need to put the junk food that I had thrown out and stopped eating when I was first diagnosed back behind me again.  I’m at 194 pounds now.  I want to lose at least twenty pounds.  I’m going to post my weight on here as I move forward, hopefully the idea of looking like a complete fool and adding weight instead of subtracting it will be enough to motivate me to lose it.


And more importantly, I’m going to focus on my writing again.  I’ve got some great things going forward and I want to continue that.  I’m made some progress this year, just not as much as I had originally had hoped.  But that’s ok, there’s a new year coming and I can just do better this year.


Finally my goal for this site was to post a lot more often.  I want this site to reflect my writing, but also my personal life too.  This is where I want to post my thoughts about whatever catches my mind at that moment, where I complain about what happened today, what’s going on in my writing, etc.  I want this to be like my old blog, as I mentioned in my last post on here too many weeks ago.  I’d like to make this a daily thing, so some posts may be long and informative, while others may be short and leave you wondering why I even bothered, lol.  But at this moment I’m not going to promise daily posts.  I’ll settle for weekly and hope we can move into something closer to daily.


So let’s see how well I do this time.


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After self-publishing two issues of Ayla Speaker for the Dead, I am pleased to announce that the series will now be published by Insane Comics.  I’ve mentioned this on Facebook but let’s make this my official announcement.  I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve very happy to be part of the family at Insane Comics.  They publish some great comics, so you should go over there and check out their site.  My artist buddy, Tyler Carpenter writes one of their titles, DEMONS, and it’s worth checking out.  I have a lot of confidence that they will be able to do things for Ayla that I was not able to.  They’ll start with the first issue and it will be out in Jan of 2018.

And in that regards, one of the things they’ve already managed to do is get Ayla an exclusive for Cedar Rapids Comic Con in Feb of next year.  Javi Laparra has did another outstanding job with the cover.  This will be the first issue and the only place you’ll be able to get it with this cover will be at Cedar Rapids Comic Con.

I’m really excited for the future of Ayla and being part of the Insane Comics group.

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Blogging Ain’t What It Used to Be

Back in the day I used to have a blog, altijiranga mitjina, that I was almost obsessed with posting in.  I tried to make it a habit of posting at least once a day on it.  It’s been five years since I last posted on it, but when I was in the midst of it, I was faithful about posting.  I posted during Katrina.  I would work all day and come home exhausted but somehow find the time to sit down and write a post.  I posted about everything and anything.

I was hoping to take some of that dedication and bring it to this site.  While my other sites are geared towards certain comic titles, this site is supposed to be more open.   While it’s main focus is going to be on my comic writing career, I want to share other aspects of my life on this site.  Here I’ll talk about pretty much anything.   From posts like the one about Best Buy to perhaps one about the perils of Long Distance Relationships or how it feels to have your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped on and keep going back for more.

Ok, that got dark all of a sudden.  But as you can see, the purpose of this site is to keep you updated with me.  So I’m not promising anything, because whenever I do, things seem to not work out, but the plan is to try to post on here at least every other day or so, if I can’t maintain a daily presence.  And we’ll see where we go from there.

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Fitbit Surge

As mentioned in the previous post, this is what I ended up buying.

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Best Buy

Once upon a time Best Buy was one of my favorite stores.   Now, not so much.

I’m not going to about their music or DVD selection in this post.  That’s one for its own post and my disappointment with them.  This post is about their customer service.

Now my day job is retail, so I can understand how a customer’s perception of bad customer service isn’t always the truth.  Someone waiting for five minutes for service will say they’ve been waiting for thirty minutes.  And for that customer, it probably feels like thirty minutes when you’re waiting for help.  I’ve been there and tried to dial back the anger.  But these are examples of just plain bad service, which I hate to say I find happening more and more when I shop there.

Recently I was looking to replace my Fitbit that died on me.  A helpful hint: don’t leave it plugged in to charge for weeks.  Somehow I forgot about it and when I went back it was dead as a doornail.  So I was looking at Fitbit again, but I was looking at the Samsung Gear Fit2.  I really liked the look of the Samsung.  Reading reviews the one worry I had was that a  majority of the buyers complained about how easy it was for the watch to come unhooked and fall off your wrist.  So I definitely wanted to check it out.  I went to Best Buy and waiting for someone to come and help me, yes I remember what I said about those five minutes and it was longer than that, I timed it.  When I was about ready to walk out, someone did come up and ask if they could help me.

The displays are secured within a case that you can’t get into it.  They probably aren’t working models, just there for their looks.  But beneath the displays are the locked cases with the actual working watches.  I explained what I was looking for and that I really wanted to see how the watch connected around my wrist.  He told me that he couldn’t get into the display cases so he couldn’t show me.  There wasn’t one to show.  I explained again that I really wanted to see if the complaints were true.  Again he told me the same thing.  I explained that I wasn’t going to buy something that might fall off my wrist and get lost.  Again he explained he couldn’t show me one.

So I went elsewhere and bought a Fitbit Surge.

Another time I was looking at phones.  I’m one of those fools that is always updating his phone.  And once I always purchased my new phone from Best Buy.  That changed a few years back, but I thought maybe I’ll give them another chance.  I was looking at one of the new Samsung models.  I picked it up and the alarm went off.  There were no employees around me as I was looking at the phones.  I thought if nothing this will at least get me, someone, over to talk to.  Well, someone came over, turned the alarm off and then walked off.  Without saying a word to me.

Needless to say, I didn’t purchase a new phone at Best Buy.  I went to the Verzion store and bought the new Pixel from Google.

I hate to say this has been par for the course the last few years as far as service at Best Buy has been.  It used to be enough that I would buy my new music or TV shows on DVD there, but like I said, that’s another post, with unfortunately the same results of me not shopping there as much as before.

With brick and motoar stores in such troubles these days, the one advantage they have over online sales is customer service, dealing with a flesh and blood person.  Like I said, I know that bad customer service is sometimes the customer acting entitled, I could list a thousand such instances, but sometimes bad customer service is just that, bad customer service.

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Life During Wartime

I’ve created a Facebook page for my new comic LIFE DURING WARTIME.  The first issue is completely penciled and Javi Laparra is coloring and lettering it now.  Probably two weeks or less and then it’ll go to the printer.  So about a month from now we should have the first printed copies.  The second issue is being finished as I type this and should be out within a month of the first issue.  The third is still a work in progress.

The Facebook page is another place I’m trying to get word out about this comic.  Besides information about the comic I’ll post articles and such I find about Trump.

The first three issues:
1) What happens after Roe v Wade is overturned?
2) What happens when the press is no long free to report?
3) What happens when it becomes illegal to be gay?

All from a future we’re living in now and could happen.

Coming soon….


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Ayla # 1 and # 2

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