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27 Things

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 27 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 27 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 27 random things, tag 27 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. I chose to do the 27 things post sent by Jason instead of the 25 sent by Tom because Tom complained that 25 was a lot.
2. I lurk Fandom!Secrets because people revealing how much they obsess over fictional characters is hysterically funny to me.
3. My Seattle co-workers and I were close enough to talk about a lot of things that were not SFW. They know me as an expert on pervy internet subcultures, even though I myself am a part of none of them.
4. I used to own a ferret specifically because I wanted a pet that would sit on my shoulder. I was disappointed when he wouldn’t learn to stay up there.
5. At age 14 I was as obsessed with the Young Riders as any internet fan might be today, but I’m relieved that there was no internet and my childlike gushing was confined to spiral notebooks.
6. I’ve done extensive research on Lewis Carroll, visited Oxford and the vacation home in Wales, and read his diaries.
7. My first crush was at age 4 – the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. I remain an admirer.
8. One of my later crushes was Gary Owens. Yes, the voice of Space Ghost. With moustache.
9. I have never considered dating anyone younger than me. At least one year is a requirment, and frankly the larger the age gap the better.
10. I played baritone horn in high school until my senior year, when I finally got the courage to tell my parents that I’d hated band for years.
11. I got a ‘Most Talented’ nomination when I graduated from high school, which surprised me, because I didn’t think anyone at school had noticed I was an artist.
12. I once lost the regional level of an art competition to the judges’ granddaughter, whose piece was disqualified from going to state because the rules didn’t allow photocopied money pasted into the artwork. Actually nothing was supposed to be pasted on in the first place.
13. I was born in Beaumont, moved to Houston, moved to Beaumont, moved to Bellingham, moved to Beaumont, moved to Atlanta, moved to Savannah, summered in Orlando, moved to Atlanta, moved to Beaumont, moved to Seattle, then moved to Orlando.
14. My parents are selling their Beaumont house and moving to Orlando, so I will most definitely not be housing again in Beaumont.
15. I helped run a business for two years which had office space and employees on the payroll. I let my partner buy me out when I just couldn’t afford the struggle anymore.
16. My favorite game is observing strangers and making deductions about them. Extended observations shows I have a high accuracy rate.
17. If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing, it would be to avoid sugar and flour, avoiding years of pre-diabetic weight gain and fainting spells.
18. Despite distance, I will be a lifetime member of Cartoonists Northwest, and have an unusual number of acquaintances working in professional comics, from a DC Batman editor to newspaper comics writes to independents who actually do make a living at it.
19. My year working as an animator on Cartoon Network bumpers created relationships with animators that I still keep up with. I meet up with them whenever I get the chance, even though they are now all over the country.
20. I’m positive I’m married to one of the most talented artists alive. I take it for granted that every brushstroke will be genius.
21. I will karaoke on the slightest excuse, and when Jason told me he was developing an emergency karaoke list, I was very encouraging.
22. I left Georgia Tech because the pressures of Calculus III were giving me a nervous breakdown.
23. I’m writing a graphic novel about my grandfather that I think may be slightly explosive if published.
24. I think part of the fun of being a Republican is how much it ticks everybody off.
25. I watch Blade Runner at least once a year. I’ve seen it at least 30 times and regularly quote it.
26. I’ve gotten the short end of things so many times that I have little sympathy for whiny pity parties. Pick it up and try again.
27. When I would tell my father my thoughts about something, he would say, “Yeah, but is that real, or just feelings?” I live my life by that philosophy.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

The Goose is Getting Fat

My parents are visiting, and while they’re here, they’re looking at houses. With their two kids now on the east coast, there isn’t much left in Texas to hold their interest. A few days ago I talked with my dad about some of the things I’ve experienced associated with the layoffs and he reminded me of his own story. He survived no less than five layoffs with Mobil Oil before they merged with Exxon, the move that finally brought stability to the company and preserved the oil industry. He retired with ExxonMobil just this year, but there were many times when he thought he would be on the list to go. Before it happened, there would be a new rumor every day and people would lash out at each other from fear. After it happened, the people that left said things about him and believed he said things he never did. For awhile he thought he was losing a lot of friends, and then after awhile, he realized that people that behave that way were never worth worrying about to begin with.

My mother has gone through a long year of ovarian cancer treatments. Every time she goes in to see the doctor, he shakes his head with disbelief. She is still here. My parents never wanted to hear the odds because people aren’t statistics; statistics have very little to do with the progress of the individual. They are planning to move here, regardless of where the future takes me, because they would rather enjoy the time they have left than wait for a possibility that may never come. No one is entitled to a job. No one is entitled to have their slightest hurt feeling massaged. No one is even entitled to ten more years of living without cancer giving the final say in the matter.

As I put a pumpkin pie in the oven, I am reminded of how blessed I am, for this year at least, to have my mother chopping celery at the table. It comes down to this: my father retired in January after 30 years of service to his company. On his last day of work, he turned off his computer, packed his things, and waved to the few co-workers around to witness the event. He walked out the door, and went home to spend time with my mother, still recovering from her surgery in October. What’s really important is hard for us to see sometimes, but life invariably defines it for you. Merry Christmas everyone.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Hometown Unchanged

Hello everyone! Back from vacation. Texas hasn’t changed too much in three years, although you can still see a little damage from Hurricane Rita. Homes and businesses have roof damage here and there. Some places that were familiar haunts have gone out of business, mostly because so many people evacuated and didn’t come back. On the other hand, the hometown is expanding a little more than I’ve ever seen it. Stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s are moving in, giving people a few more options than just Sears and Dillards. San Antonio is as sparkling as ever and the food is just as good. But it’s still a relief to get back home.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter