lb_lee: Miranda saying "REALITY" with airquotes. (realitylolz)
Hello all!  As you can see, we've returned from our trip, and it wasn't as bad as Mori feared.  We're rather tired, but I'll give the quick sum-up!
  • The con went very well.  The entire trip cost us less than thirty dollars, thanks to Rogan selling well.  Huzzah!
  • We took all the photographs we needed of our childhood neighborhood, and I daresay we are now prepared for future comics set there.  Well done, dears! (However, we did not get to visit Candle Cave.  That's all right, Biff got a good hike, and regardless, we went in presuming it would be a bonus, not a given.)
  • We got to see some people of our past, including a couple high school friends, and Dr. Drag. (Dr. Drag was our first therapist, though we have not had that sort of relationship in years.  She has mentions on this blog, probably buried under the 'therapy' tag.) Their generosity allowed us to make this trip, and we are very grateful.
  • Rogan finished Alter Boys In Love, but due to the printer's website being broken on Mozilla and some truly peculiar requests regarding our formatting, we have not managed to finish the order.  We hope to complete that today.
  • Due to the intense work schedule, and the emotional challenge of returning to our hometown, Rogan has been worn out.  He will not be fronting for a bit, and Mori, Biff, Sneak, and I will manage things until he has rested up.

Thank you for your patience!
--Miranda
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
We will be out of town for Staple Con, Saturday September 9th and Sunday the 10th,  at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex  in Austin, Texas!  We will be at table 48B!

Due to the con, we will be out of town from Thursday to Tuesday, and we will not be online during that time.

EDIT: added table

lb_lee: The Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, doubled over laughing. From Justice League International #7 (bwa-hah-ha)

Okay, so for Zyfron and Mystics’ stag party, pre-wedding, we went bar-hopping.  Both us and Zy were on the wagon for the night, but that’s fine, because the first bar had something way more awesome to do:

IT HAD A MECHANICAL BULL.

Zy and Mori made a solemn pact to see who would last longer while riding.  They each did three rounds.  The result: A TIE!  We still have bruises on our thighs, and of course I drew it all (and other members of the bridal party took video, which I’m sure will end up SOMEWHERE at some point).

Drunk Alaskans, by the way, are the BEST audience.  I highly endorse riding the bull at the Gaslight in Anchorage any day of the week.  Mori says that between the bull, the poledancing stage, and the jukebox, she has experienced everything she’d ever want to in a bar.

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Had an awesome time. Made a 30-page travelogue comic about the trip. Got to watch Zyfron and Mystics get married. Saw moose and eagle and did not get eaten by bears. Very good, much fun. Ate reindeer.

God, we’ve known Zyfron ten years! Whaaaaaat? They were the big name behind healthymultiplicity.com for years; we were the johnny-come-lately so it seems funny that folks see it as our site now. (Don’t worry, I badgered them to do some stuff again. We’ll see if they do!) Due to reasons that likely aren’t my place to say, much of the Gemini archive has been lost. If any of you guys downloaded and saved any of it before then, it’d be a huge boon to us.

Pulled an all-nighter, then didn’t get in until 3 AM due to flight delays. We are wicked sleep-deprived and blurry slurry right now.
lb_lee: A tiny scribbly Rogan fleeing for his life with the big words, OH NO EMOTION (emotions)
Okay guys, so, we went to the DID conference called IGDID over the past weekend.  If you want the longer, more personal version of events from Mori, that's filtered; let us know if you want to see that but can't.  Here is the quick TL;DR sum-up:

IGDID was extremely poorly organized.  Our table on the first day was hidden between a pillar and stairs, far from the rest of the con.  The second day, that table just disappeared and we were placed in the middle of a fire door, so we had to move, and our backs were to everyone.  The talks were also poorly scheduled, so that while I did the same workshop twice, one had twice the time as the other.

On top of that, the con felt in some ways the epitome of what people complain about with DID.  There were therapists claiming and stating things I found pseudoscientific and flat-out incorrect--mainly involving repressed memories, including ones involving the afterlife, infancy, and pre-birth.  I do not believe in such things, haven't seen good empirical support for them, and don't believe they belong at a professional conference.  The conference was deeply fixated on belief, conflating it with support and respect, which I personally disagree with.

On the whole, between the poor organization and deeply concerning cults of personality I felt manifested among the speakers, we will not be returning and can not in good faith recommend it even for fellow people with DID.  DID often involves difficulty with reality; I do not believe a conference like this would help that at all.

On the plus side, we've managed to meet up with a bunch of Seattle-area friends, which has been a lot of fun and deeply rewarding.  Pretty much everything that DIDN'T involve the conference has been great.

--Rogan
lb_lee: Raige making a horrified face. (D:)
Well, dismaying but not surprising news--Rogan's health has failed.  He collapsed in the art gallery here in Des Moines and hasn't been able to leave the B&B we're currently at.  Since traveling is no fun when you're unwell, we've decided as a system to bring him home--unfortunately rather abruptly, but I suppose there's nothing to be done about that.

Thankfully, we are in good hands.  For any of you in the Midwest, we can not recommend the Peaceful Haven B&B highly enough.  If you are looking for a place to spend a calm, serene weekend, this is the place.  The owners are lovely, and they have treated us very well, especially considering Rogan has taken ill.

Anyway, we will be rushing home to Boston by flight, and we'll be needing some place to stay.  Please, get in contact with us right away.  Unfortunately, our phone has died and we are in no condition to go out and fix that, so email and IM are best.  We'll likely be on all day.

--Miranda
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (#59428217)
Grah.  I have discovered that road-tripping the US is a very different thing from traveling New Zealand. (I know, what a surprise.)

For instance, I went to Iowa City because it was geographically closer to Minneapolis, and I figured that would mean it'd cut my travel time.  Right?  WRONG.  Here, there are hubs, and so I'm kinda restricted to the bigger cities.  I can't just breeze my way into population 500 towns like I did in NZ.  It's too bad.

Also, our system has agreed to abridge the trip; Roswell, New Mexico is likely the last place we'll hit, and then we're jetting back to Boston.  Mostly because while I've been holding up well, I'm still pretty easily tired and worn out, and there really wasn't that much in the South we were deadset on seeing, not like the Southwest, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest.  We're still hitting San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Corvallis, plus towns in Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, but then we're heading back to Boston to rest up and decide whether we want to REMAIN in Boston.

I mean, no offense meant to Boston.  It's a nice city.  But godDAMN is it expensive.  Living on SSI there is tough, and I'd be pretty much restricted to the absolute cheapest of the room market.  Meanwhile, that money would stretch a lot farther somewhere like Cincinnati, where you can rent a goddamn APARTMENT for what a dirt-cheap room costs in Boston.

I don't plan on making any decisions until this trip is over and we have some stability again.  But much as I love Boston, I don't know that I can handle the cost of living there.
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Having been to Chicago a couple of times now, I'm not a big fan of the city. Too big, the weather's crappy, everything's just too large for me. I feel my two-day stay in it was a success--the Art Institute had just opened an exhibit on Judith killing Holofernes, so we spent most of yesterday happily drawing statues and learning about Gentileschi--but I won't be sad to go.

One thing I've had to learn, though, is that I'm not nearly as spry as I was when I did the road trip around New Zealand five years ago. I tire so quickly, and can't do nearly as many things in a day as I'm used to. Even when I'm happy and content, there's a bone-deep core of weariness that I can't quite shake, and just WANTING to do a thing doesn't mean I can actually do it. I don't know if it's the past year taking a chunk out of me or just me plain getting older.

On to Iowa City!

--Rogan

Chicago

Oct. 17th, 2013 10:26 am
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Alas, alack, bad weather has finally caught up to us; it's gray and rainy here in Chicago.  Since an umbrella was one of the things we didn't bring with us, there's nothing much we can do right now but chill at the hostel and wait for the weather to improve--we're leaving tomorrow and the last thing I want is a bunch of wet stuff moldering in my bag. (Besides, I only got the one pair of pants.) Ah well, I have some writing I want to catch up on, and I can do some more drawing; we've been doing a LOT since hitting the road.  I feel a lot better rested now, and seem to have relaxed into the rhythms of travel.  I feel better than I have in a long time.  Also, hooray, our government is now officially doing its goddamned job again! *waves a little flag* Anyway, this post is all in one brick due to this borrowed comp's Enter key being broken.  Sorry guys. --Rogan

In Ohio

Oct. 14th, 2013 10:04 pm
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Rogan: Hey guys!  Sorry for the vanishing; I've been without a comp, and am borrowing someone's.  We're currently in Ohio, staying with buddies.  I have to say, Cincinnati is a beautiful city.  I didn't realize just how much I'd been living in Hipsterville until I got out here.  Some of the buildings are gorgeous, there are a bunch of neat shops and people... it's lovely.  I didn't realize how much I missed Southern accents and cheesy Christian T-shirt shops.

Mac: I CAN'T HELP IT.  I went in to laugh at the cheesy shirts and ended up chatting with the owner about Jesus.  Made me realize how much I missed having a church of my own.  I know some folks have no trouble being queer and Christian at the same time, but it's been hard for me for a while.  Doesn't help that I was raised in a traditional Southern Baptist church, and a lot of the trappings mean a lot to me.

Rogan: Sneak has been getting into tarot.  Zie now has a wee baby deck a friend gave zer.  The way I figure, let zer have fun; gives me a chance to do story research for Reverend Alpert.  And then zie found a blank 'draw your own' deck, and sweet-talked me into making Infinity Smashed tarot.  I've already laid out about half the major arcana, and will be doing black-and-white lusciously inked cards.  Even if I don't believe in that crap, Sneak knows I can't resist an art project.
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (#59428217)
First off, Cincinnati is apparently the most inaccessible city for geographic distance in this country. Seriously, I'm in DC and I can't find a way to get there for less than thirteen hours. (And most for an hour more.) Seriously, the actual driving distance is only eight hours, it's just that the bus/train would take me through a bunch of other places first, stopping all the way.

WHY SO INACCESSIBLE, OHIO? *sigh* At least I can rest for a week once I get there. But god, fourteen hours on a bus/train! What a miserable way to spend a day, especially when I'm kind of drained already. I really don't want to have to rise at four in the morning or make my friends come out at one in the morning...

In other news, I probably chose the worst time to come to DC, since it's all shut down. A few museums are still open, which we'll check out today. It's warm and muggy out--it'll be an interesting contrast when we get to Wyoming, which got three feet of snow dumped on it this week. I'm staying at Duohousing, which is pretty nice for a hostel, as long as you're okay with there being lots of strict rules. They give you free pancakes at breakfast!

I grabbed a book off their shelf which is cheesetastic, a romance novel called A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux. Written in 1988, it's about this "very modern" young woman who wants nothing more than to marry an old-fashioned rich man and settle down and have kids. Which would be fine, except the dude she's with insists on going halfsies with her in the most passive-aggressive way ever, and from a past marriage has a thirteen-year-old child who loathes the air our heroine breathes. It's kind of amazing watching this book try and paint a spoiled child as this malevolent demon. She's spoiled! She's whiny! She puts on makeup badly! She's a fatty fat fatterson and SO VERY EVIL, trying to RUIN EVERYTHING for our perfect heroine, who is physically incapable of proposing to the guy!

The fact is, this woman probably shouldn't be dating a man when she hates the kid and the kid hates her. I'm not sure I'd have married Mac if Sneak and Gigs had hated him. At least this explains some of the bullshit I see misogynists on the Internet spout; I think they learned everything they knew about women from books like these.
lb_lee: A scribble of Edward Cullen with a shit-eating grin, giving a double thumbs-up and surrounded by sparkles, with the words 'What's not to trust?' around him in blue (edward cullen)
One of the strongest lessons I've learned this year is that just because I WANT to do something, and just because I HAVE done something in the past, doesn't mean I can do it now. This trip, unfortunately, may be one of those things.

I haven't been out of Boston a week, and I'm already feeling pretty drained. I'm tired all the time, can't concentrate, forget things I've just done... it's a shame.

I'm still trying to do as much of the trip as I can, but the whole point of it was to be a cleansing experience, and there's no point in traveling if I just break myself all over again. I'm having to accept that I may not even make it to Seattle.

I'll keep everyone updated as I go along. I still have hope that maybe I'll start feeling better... but I'm also trying to accept that I may not.

Sorry, kids. I really hoped to take you on a great trip this year.

--Rogan
lb_lee: A short-haired person flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
MICE is over, and tomorrow, we leave upon our grand, glorious trip!

Right now, I'm anxious to leave. It's always awkward, that down time where big things are on the horizon, but at the moment there's nothing much to do but wait and rest.

We're going to try and keep posting on LJ as much as possible, so folks can keep tabs on where we are and how we're doing. We're also going to try and check in on Manboobz periodically, but honestly, all other public web activity will likely fall by the wayside. Email and phone will be the best ways to keep in touch with us, and as we hit Nowheresville in the Badlands, likely the phone will fail as well. If you don't have our loonybrain email, ask for it here. Otherwise, leave a comment on LJ and we'll try to respond when we can.

Also, because print shops will be few and far between, I am not selling any of our comics until I return--unless you see us at the Infinite Mind conference in Orlando, Florida this February. I will throw writeathons as travel allows!

As I've stated before, we are always up for meet-ups or coffees, and any offers of crash space will be deeply appreciated. Feel free to ask us, or check our itinerary!

See you on the roadside!

--Rogan
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (#59428217)
So, most of you who know us offline already know about this, but for those who don't: come October, we be HITTING THE ROAD!  We're going to be working our way across the Midwest, down the West Coast, across the South, and back up again.  If you're located in the contiguous forty-eight and would like to do coffee, offer crash space, or generally meet up, this is the post to tell us!  ESPECIALLY if you're in the Wyoming, Montana, Dakotas area, because that's our first big gap right now.  If you have any recs of places to see or visit that's sorta on the way, please, let us know!

the grand glorious itinerary )
lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
I have now experienced being trapped deep underground in a packed subway car for over half an hour on a disabled train, then being pushed by the next train to the next station (which, thankfully, was the stop I needed anyway).  I feel I have now had the quintessential urban Yankee experience.

(Hint: when your subway operator says over the intercom, "Murphy's Law is in full effect today, ladies and gentlemen," you know you're hosed.)

--Rogan
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (woohoo)
Things Missed Most from New Zealand

  1. Homemade yogurt
  2. Vincent's Art Gallery, where I could play with clay and talk to other people about art and not play the Twoo Art game.
  3. Having people call me by the right pronouns and not having to try to pass by someone else's standard
  4. The Matchbox.  Farewell, sweet $120 a month rent...
  5. My sweet as flatmates with whom I never had to fight about washing dishes, or leaving out food, or the thermostat
  6. Edam cheese
  7. Bicycling through back alleys, feeling the breeze on my face, and feeling like a street urchin who OWNED the entirety of Wellington
  8. Having social gatherings to go to at least once a week
  9. Being out
  10. The Zombie Squad. ("Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders, and neither does ROCK AND ROLL!")


<3 WE HEART YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH, KIWILAND.
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)

So, road-tripped to Denton with our aunt. (Because she's that flavor of awesome.)

It wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it'd be.  Due to it being Memorial weekend, UNT was pretty much locked up, so didn't get to explore.

Good Stuff

  • Surprisingly green
  • Looks bikeable
  • Farmer's market three times a week
  • Pretty campus
  • A marriageable spot for sure
  • Delicious ice cream shop (this makes a happy Sneakergirl)
  • Apparently TWU (right by UNT) hosted the first public lesbian marriage in Texas. THE MORE YOU KNOW
Not-so-good Stuff
  • Didn't get to wander the campus
  • Large campus, lots of undergrad
  • Didn't get to drop in any classes, etc
  • Nice, but still just that: nice.
  • The comic book store is not well-stocked
Shelving the education question for a few days, just letting the ol' brain munch on it for a bit.

OMFG CRUISE

Jan. 3rd, 2009 09:02 pm
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (squee)
Rogan: Our grandmother has just asked if we would like to go on a two-week cruise over Australia and New Zealand in March.  It will cost us roughly a thousand dollars, which coincidentally is EXACTLY what she gave us as a combined birthday/Christmas present.

...OMFG.

Miranda: Oh, we are SO going.  If you even TRY to protest about money, Rogan, I will make Mac not have sex with you or something, because we are GOING ON THIS CRUISE.  It will be wonderful!  Luxurious!  OMG SO MUCH FUN!

Mac: I've never been on a cruise!

Sneak: BIG BOAT YAY!  I wanna go on the big boat!

Miranda: And we won't have a job then, likely, we can relax for a couple of months, perhaps live with our parents for a little while and pay them rent...

Rogan: OMFG .

Miranda: Oh goodness, we need to buy a swimming suit.

Rogan: Oh my god no!

Mac: STRING BIKINI TIME!

Rogan: D:

Sneak: I've never been to Australia!

Gigi: @_@

Sneak: Yes yes!  We will be on a boat!  And we can swim and eat food and have fun and--

Mac and Miranda: RELAX!

Rogan: But... but...

Mac: *as Rogan* Relax?  But that's against the law of God!

Rogan: *IS RAILROADED* ...looks like we might be spending two weeks with our generous, Southern belle grandmother on a big boat.

Sneak and Miranda: SQUEEEEEEEE!

Mac: Did I mention they've got ten thousand bucks coming in too?  Oh we are SO going to relax for this!
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
Well, damn.  The room that it looked like we'd get, in a great part of town, with great rent and awesome people, was unceremoniously yanked.  Last night we got an e-mail to meet the other flatmates tonight... and then this morning it was hastily added up with, "Sorry, room's taken, bye."

So, still looking for a place to live.  Mom and Dad have a place for cheap that we can flop on for a little, but I'm still a little cranky about the, "Here, have a room!  It's nice!  We like you!  Oh, wait, never mind." Blah.  That's room-hunting for you.

Plus, may have a job in retail soon selling NZ souvenirs.  It looks like it'd really suck though, and Mac pitched a fit over it, so we're hoping to find something else.

ADULTHOOD CONTINUES.

FAIL

Sep. 9th, 2008 04:46 pm
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (phil foglio)
Help!  My boss no has come picked me up.  I is stranded in Coromandel!

...someone come and take me home please?
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