[sticky entry] Sticky: LB's Welcome Post!

Oct. 26th, 2014 07:30 pm
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Hello! Welcome to the writing site and blog of LB Lee, AKA Loony-Brain.  You might know us from Etsy, Patreon, or tumblr, for being That Multi Who Makes Comics on the Internet, but this is primarily a personal blog and writing site.  Here you will find lots of stories about a post-apocalyptic traveling exorcist, fantasy adventures going wrong, and geezer vampires--I specialize in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror about LGBT and mentally odd folks.

You can find all our posted stories here.  If you want to know more about us or multi, check out our 101 page here. (Or, if that's too much, here's the very short version.)

Have a story you want me to write?  Toss your idea here!
Art commissions are currently open!

We also have some stories for sale. Do any catch your eye?

Stories for sale! )
the Paypal button on this page breaks constantly. If you're trying to use it and it fails, please let me know immediately so I can fix it again! Until I fix it, you can always use the button on our profile.
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(I do not have a good icon for me and Biff's relationship.  This will have to change.)

I had an episode today, and afterward, Biff and I went for a quiet walk to get some groceries, because even though I was tired and laggy, I wanted to enjoy the sunlight with him.  Biff, being the system smoker, lit up, and the following conversation ensued:

Me: I know why you're a smoker.

Biff: ?

Me: It's because you're HOT.

Biff: *shakes his head, groans*

Me: That was good.  Admit that was good.

Biff: Man, that was awful.

But I got him to smile at least, and it made me laugh, so I'll take it as a success.

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Hey guys, I was out of the game for a while due to shoulder/back issues, but I'll be back to doing my livestream Sunday at 3PM, Eastern Time here. We'll be working on Out Of Mind or Raised by Wolves pages, and probably won't be working for as long as usual, just to be safe.

Come join the party!
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Nope, no, it’s too late, now I’m mad.

Going off the posts that inspired this, ‘little’ can mean, depending who you’re talking to, ‘small,’ ‘a child,’ ‘my inner child,’ ‘a member of a multiple system who is a child,’ or ‘a role that I play in kink activities.’ All of these uses of ‘little’ make total sense, and pretending that using any one version is ‘stealing’ from the DID community is so laughably absurd that I’m astounded anyone even pauses to consider it.  Except I'm not, because it’s actually a clever little thought-trap.

The thought-trap and how it works )
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In honor of his time with us, roomie got Biff apple cider and caramel ice cream for apple cider affogatos. (A fancy way of saying a root beer float, only with hot spiced apple cider instead of root beer.)

Result: DELICIOUS! Do recommend. (Roomie made the apple cider with cinnamon, and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper, cloves, and nutmeg.) Happy Biffaversary, wings.


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Hey everybody, it's that time again: time to vote for which story gets the Patreon money this month! 

The poll is here!  Make me write what you want to read!


Oct. 12th, 2016 05:10 pm
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Well, this is embarrassing.  All this time, it turns out that I've been doing the whole friending business on DW wrong.  And here I thought you all were just inordinately quiet.

*goes through the list to get things sorted*
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We finished reading the Subtle Knife.  And wow, holy shitcake, no WONDER we didn't like it as kids.  What was that ENDING?  What did I even just READ?  What?

Me and Rogan ranted about it to each other for half an hour. (Nice thing about headmates, you can do that and odds are good SOMEONE else in there will care about your topic.  Mac and Biff totally jetted though.) Seriously, what?  WHAT?

Man, I need to go clean out my brain-mouth with Enron books now.


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Also, holy crap am I glad that I’ve pretty much written everything for the later parts of Infinity Smashed.  Because with Mori and Biff back, well, my ability to write them during that period has pretty much died.  Which is okay; given the choice between the story and them, it’s no question.

I kinda figured I’d be writing Infinity Smashed forever.  It’s weird to start feeling like it has an actual concrete END.


EDIT: I mean, I just looked at my computer, and I have well over a hundred IS stories, not including the Giant Robots crossover, and I… pretty much have a couple minor gaps in the later stuff, and all that’s left is Book 1 and 2.

This delights me on a level I didn’t expect. :D

EDIT 2:Also holy crap I’ve POSTED over a hundred Infinity Smashed stories? Not including the Giant Robots crossover? JEEZ.

That’s not a bad completion rate, either. Good job, me!


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Wow, Biff has been here for over a year now!  I guess we can't call him the new guy so much anymore.  Seeing that and how he first showed his sorry ass here in 2001, I now declare him the OLD guy. (Seriously, he even predates Gigs.)

He decided to celebrate by scrubbing the apartment with me.  It badly needed a clean, and what with our shoulder being all fucked up, it's been Rogan stuck at front a while.  But now we can kick hiss ass off and take over again.  Yeehaw!

Anyway, roomie got Biff some apple cider (dude is fucking obsessed with cider) and caramel ice cream so he can make himself an apple cider affogato.  He is ridiculously excited about this.  And so am I since I am all for activities that involve me getting fed.  DESSERT FOR US!

Happy Biffaversary!

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In case you ever wondered what Reverend Alpert sounds like in my head, his voice sounds exactly like Greg Brown’s here.

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We've been rereading a series we really liked as kids: Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

Well, that's a lie.  We didn't like the series.  We were REALLY into the first book, the North/The Golden Compass, and read it over and over in middle school, but found the second and third books disappointing and only read them once each.  Even the first book was foggy in our memory; the later ones we remember barely anything about, including why we disliked them.

I had a vague recollection that maybe we got so invested in the world of the first book that we found the later books annoying for departing.  Well, now I'm reading the second book, the Subtle Knife, for the first time in at least a decade, and I understand completely why we were not a fan.

Spoilers for the series )
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Apparently not everyone realizes that Mac’s princessly tresses are a relatively new feature. So I went digging through all our old art to show how he used to look.

Please enjoy my husband’s gradual transformation into Disney Princess.Image behind cut )
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Perfection's Birthday
Series: Reverend Alpert
Word Count: 3000
Summary: It was one year ago that Perfection met Alpert, and she wants something very special...
Notes: This story was prompted by Megan and rolodexaspirin, and sponsored by the Patreon crowd! Extra thanks go to Megan, who kindly let me play with her character Puck for a little while. (You can read Puck's first appearance here, and see pictures of her here and here.) Also, instead of an illustration, I gave this story the word-count it deserved.  Happy birthday, Perfection!  Further notes at bottom.

The letter burst into life outside the window, stuck to the Ace of Wands.

Alpert sighed. “Dorothy Ives. What could she want now...”

“Mine! It's mine!” Perfection cried, crawling over the back of her chair and taking a flying leap to the window so as to snatch the letter before Alpert could move to look at it.


Perfection was already shoving him out the door, letter clutched in her teeth. “Yup! Mine! Get out, go find a job or something!”

And Alpert found himself unceremoniously ejected from his own inn room, perplexed and a little indignant.Read more... )
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I was watching Isa Gueye's excellent 'Civil War Sickness' and it got me thinking.

Eating disorder stuff )

Gueye talks about eating disorders being coping mechanisms for other stuff, which was DEFINITELY true for me. For me, EDs and depression are symptoms, not the disease. (And I don’t think it’s a coincidence AT ALL that once the ED was under control, the extent of our mental damage really started becoming clear. No wonder I was so hardcore about not wanting to give up starving! Ugh!)

I’m doing a lot better these days, but I still have moments where I realize how fragile my peace of mind still is. For instance, when we returned to Boston, we reclaimed a dress of Gigi’s that we’d given to [personal profile] nevacaruso ‚Äč. The pretty blue sailor dress, which fit us when I was sick, no longer fit us now. It couldn’t even be zipped up all the way.

And despite everything, we STILL took the dress home. In part because Gigi is very stubborn, but part of it was definitely my thought that maybe, somehow, somewhen, we could wear the dress again. (No. We could not. There was no way in hell that dress would ever fit us ever again, even if I WERE sick, on account of the permanent bodily changes testosterone has wrought.)

Fortunately, Mac caught me at it, and we donated the dress the next day. But it was still telling, realizing how difficult it was to DO that. I might have it mostly together now... but it's probably always going to have a shadow in my life.

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A local ice cream parlor, in honor of the new BFG movie, had a special monthly flavor: Frobscottle! Since the BFG is like my second-favorite Roald Dahl book, I had to investigate this special flavor with [personal profile] nevacaruso  to see whether it was indeed worthy of its name!

It was white ice cream, with just the TIIIINIEST hint of green. It was delicious and mild with just a hint of raspberry and a bunch of Pop Rocks.

Verdict: scrumdiddlyumptious! :D I can’t believe I get to eat an ice cream flavor from one of my favorite books! :D

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Oh man, guys.  Last night I had the most heavenly sleep.  No waking up.  Only one pain period.  It was the sleep of angels.  Little fluttering putti anointed me with lavender and chamomile, Ode to Joy played in the heavenly choir, and it was AMAZING.

Also, no livestream today, on account of I'll be tabling at the Black Market instead.  It's at 55 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge, by Central Square, and  I'll have fresh new copies of Alter Boy, so come check me out! :D
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The tenant that we replaced at our current home left a LOT of junk behind. (Especially unguents, goos, and powders.  SOOOO MANY unguents, goos, and powders.) I am most thankful for one of her more humble leavings: a hot water bottle.

My shoulder is still hurting, but at least by swapping off the hot water bottle and an ice pack, the pain gets minimized.  Seems to work better than anything else anyway.

Thanks, predecessor!  I’m sure I’ll be using this in winter as well.


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Hey guys, did you know there's a Queer Cartoonists Database?  And that it accepts submissions?

I've already added a bunch of my cartoonist buddies; add yours, and also explore to find more comics that you want to read!  This thing might look old-fashioned, but it's got images, demographic information, and lots of links.  A true labor of love.
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I know I've got a fair number of folks following us here on Facebook dealing with mental health issues, so I thought I might make myself useful and list some of the self-help books that I've found actually helpful. (Rather than fluff designed to massage my ego or sell more stuff.) Maybe some of it will be helpful to you!

(NOTE: as always, take all these books with grains of salt.  What worked for me may not work for you, blah blah, and even I pick and choose from these books.)

  • Edmund Bourne's The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Anxiety isn't really one of my bugaboos, but back when I WAS in a really anxious situation, this book did have some handy exercises for defusing the anxiety and panic attacks.
  • ATW's 'got parts?' The most helpful self-help book for DID I've ever found.  Good for structuring the solid foundation needed for getting your shit together, should you be multiple--crafting headspace, taking note of who's there, working on communication... it's the 101 book I wish I'd found a few years earlier than I did.
  • Marshall and Alderman's 'Amongst Ourselves.' Not as good as 'got parts?' but another self-help book for DID.  It has a handy chapter on disclosure and others on dealing with health personnel, at least.
  • Susan Blauner's 'How I Stayed Alive When My Brain was Trying to Kill Me.' Exactly what it says on the tin.  I admit, I haven't read this book since the Homeless Year, but hey, it kept me from killing myself!
  • Kate Bornstein's 'Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.' Also helped me from killing myself.  I STILL refer to it on bad days, and got my copy signed by Ms. Bornstein herself. :B Lots of things to do instead of killing yourself.
  • Glenn Schiraldi's 'The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook.' Takes a scattergun approach to pretty much anything that PTSD might trouble you with, from anxiety and flashbacks to ways to calm down and deal with triggers.
  • Staci Haines's 'Healing Sex.' Specifically for dealing with the aftermath of sexual violence.  This is hands down the best book I've found for the nuts and bolts of dealing with triggers and freak-outs regarding sex. (Most of the sexual violence books I've found focus way more on emotional stuff, rather than the physical, which had limited use for me.) Specifically intended for cis women, queer or straight, but you can monkeywrench it.
  • Mike Lew's 'Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse.' This is one of the emotion books I mentioned above, and specifically for men.  Good balance with the physical stuff in 'Healing Sex.'
  • McKay, Wood, and Brantley's 'The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook.' DBT is handy for some things... I used it primarily for when I was in terrible environments that I could do nothing about at that time.  It's originally intended for folks with Borderline Personality Disorder, which is kinda the OPPOSITE of the issues I deal with, but hey, maybe that's what you need! (Apparently it's also becoming a sort of fad therapy?  So be careful.  If it doesn't apply to you, move on.)



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Being transgendered often means folks fixate on your body--what it looks like, what it WILL look like, what you're 'allowed' to do with it. But what if you aren't the only tenant of your body? Rogan takes on what it means to be male and to be a person in Alter Boy.

Alter Boy pulls together work from 2010-2016, and is pretty much all my trans comics and zines together in one place. (Plus twenty pages of new content.) It contains The Transphobe Blues, FTMPD, Gender Evolution, and the all-new GIDID. Check it out!

The print copy is $5 on Etsy.
The e-book is $3 on Gumroad.

The cover of Alter Boy, by Rogan of LB Lee.  Has a little blobby silhouette with thought bubbles.  One contains a transgender symbol, another a question mark, and a third has a large heart containing multiple smaller hearts.

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