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  Running linesJun 29, 2018 10:03 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I owe a big thanks to those lovely folks helping me make the comic by supporting it through my Patreon campaign—especially for sticking with it through the time I took off for the move! I couldn't do this comic without you guys and I really appreciate all your patience and support. : D
 
Even $1 a month is a big help, and those donating at higher levels can get uniquely A* rewards sent right from me, for instance here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support:
 
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Thank you very much for your help! : D
 
 
 
 
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  News on the brainJun 28, 2018 8:38 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Hey let's catch up on some space brain news:
 
- A start-up company says it will one day be able to scan people's brains to preserve their memories, although the process will be "100% fatal"
 
- Scientists kept decapitated pig brains alive for up to 36 hours
 
- Scientists claim to have transferred memory of painful conditioning from one group of snails to another by injecting nervous system RNA from conditioned snails into snails that hadn't undergone the conditioning: afterward, the injected snails responded to the conditioning stimuli as if they had already been conditioned; the scientists say this debunks the long-held idea that memories are stored at the synapses.
 
 
 
 
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  Don't take Google Maps along, that spoils itJun 27, 2018 10:24 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Been having a little too much fun taking extended hikes to explore the new town. Saw two Cooper's hawks circling on updrafts today. Tomorrow's jaunt is just the mile hike over the hill to the remarkably large supermarket (it has a post office inside it! : DD), but Friday will be hunting down the fabled local ice cream shoppe. : d
 
 
 
 
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  Woo woo!Jun 26, 2018 10:13 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Trying to have more fun with the art. 'Cause life's too short, ya know?
 
 
 
 
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  Waiting for paint to dryJun 25, 2018 11:59 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Thought I'd try doing some big dark areas—takes multiple layers in watercolor, or, at least, that's the way that seems to yield the best results. Just gotta be patient and wait a bit for them to dry sometimes! : P
 
 
 
 
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  Indexing speed is reduced due to userJun 23, 2018 12:26 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Got distracted breaking small Windows functions while trying to fix a goofy warning window that pops up every time I use my ancient version of Photoshop in this shiny new(ish) Windows 10 my laptop has. ; ) Now I'll be happy if I can just fix the thing I broke. One potential solution in progress, one more still to try if that one doesn't pan out! : P
 
Update: Fixed the Windows thingy that had broken! Windows 10 had stopped letting me search Settings; Windows and most googled help results said to try all kinds of scans and indexing options and stuff—none of those worked for me, but what did work was changing the Windows 10 language pack to English (Australia), then back to English (United States). Yay!
 
 
 
 
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  Art commissions soon-ish?Jun 21, 2018 9:58 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Well I've got the "commission me" link in the site menu now, but you'll notice the page itself still says "coming soon"; I wanna get into the swing of the daily comics a bit before I try taking on additional work, so I think it will be a few weeks before I actually open up for art commissions!
 
 
 
 
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  Second time is...?Jun 21, 2018 1:23 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Apparently over the break I forgot how not to overdo things—first attempt at this page turned, eventually, into a pile of mush. ; ) So here you see take two!
 
And I did come up with a list of things I'd meant to blog about after all this time—the first and most important of which is thanking people! Thanks to the folks who sent me well-wishes for the move and all, and thanks anew to those who gave me a warm welcome this week upon my return to webcomic-ing! It's been really great and has made me even happier and more excited to be getting back into the swing of things—and if there's a page I end up having to do over here and there along the way, well, hey, there's a bonus learning experience. ; )
 
So again, thanks, it's good to be back to the ol' daily wrestling with webcomics. ^_^
 
 
 
 
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  Off we go!Jun 19, 2018 9:05 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Hey an actual A* page, I remembered how to do it, mostly. : D Today's only new apartment surprise was a bit of a mid-afternoon fluster about humidity levels in my bedroom (aka the only way steam can get out of my bathroom after a shower), where my thirsty watercolor paper and pages were stored—the outer ones, as well as a few comic books I brought with me and had in there—were beginning to feel distinctly floppier than they had been. : o So! Paper things relocated to drier areas. Smarty!
 
My internet bandwidth here is significantly lower than it was at my old place (also significantly cheaper—free, even! : D); I'm still streaming daily art creation on Twitch, but it'll be slightly chunkier... In fact some sort of problem developed with the streaming later in today's painting process and I'm not sure how much of that got through at all... Hm. More to figure out there, I guess! : P
 
I will also probably just let the stream stream and not try to catch people's comments and stop what I'm doing to write out replies on Post-It! Notes; that was kind of fun but it was also a distraction from the main task at hand, ie making a cool comic page, so I'm gonna try to go cold turkey on the chat and just concentrate on the drawing and painting. Thanks to everyone who did take the time to make comments there in the past! It cheered me up and some fun times were had. : )
 
There's probably a ton of other stuff I've meant to tell you about now that I'm back from that big break to move across the state, but darned if my brain can isolate more bits of it just now. Let's see what it can filter out by tomorrow! Also another new A* page, hopefully fewer adventures in humidity, and gosh knows what else (how many creepy crawlies did I corral in the studio today? hm just two I think... Wasn't rainy outside today, maybe that had something to do with it) will happen in the crazy adventure we'll call Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
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  Almost back!Jun 18, 2018 7:29 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:After getting lost on Friday, the electrician was here in my new apartment today and got me properly grounded power, and heat : D. All that fun took a good chunk of the afternoon, though, so I don't actually have a new *drawn* page to kick off the long-awaited episode 34 after my break to move across the state, but at least we have the episode's title page, so, we're committed. ; )
 
Should be able to sit down and draw an actual page tomorrow! In the meantime, I give you the shady character what terrorizes dandelions in my new front yard:
 
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  A* back June 18th...ish!Jun 11, 2018 12:34 AM PDT | url
 
Update 6/16: The electrician who was supposed to fix/install grounded outlets in my new place got lost on Friday, and is now supposed to be here Monday afternoon. *Shouldn't* take all that long to do the job but I guess you never know, so it's possible I may not be able to get started until Tuesday, the 19th.
 
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I'm here in my new apartment and *mostly* unpacked but still having a myriad of things to do before I'm all ready to start up the next A* adventure, so episode 34 will be kicking off (pretty sure, fingers crossed!) next Monday, the 18th of June.
 
Thanks to everyone who's messaged me or liked my stuff on social media (I'll still be posting mini status reports on Twitter in the meantime : D) or even bought A* original art or prints during this little sabbatical of mine, it's been really encouraging! ^_^ Back in webcomic action soon!
 
 
 
 
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