November 25, 2020

Today is a good day.

I’m glad to say that my relocation has come to an end: I’m soundly in my new home, a lovely three-story duplex that’s open and has so many windows. My space -namely, the basement- contains a half bathroom, space for a guest bedroom, a garage, and most importantly, my office. All are works in progress, though slowly buy surely, I’m opening the dozens of boxes I sent from Japan.

Thankfully, most of my things -including a lot of stationery, Out of Print manga, and general office supplies- made it through the multi-month journey from Fukushima’s central post office to my doorstep in Missouri. I’m surprised: I kind of had to let my life be in limbo given COVID-19. It’s nice to know that, as always, the postal system comes through regardless of the situation.

It’ll be weeks yet before I know if anything didn’t. Sadly, a few of my books have been ruined: that’s the risk of sending via Seamail, which is still Japan’s only option for the states. Still, I’m by and large incredibly thankful that I’ve got my things, even if they’re just things that can ultimately be replaced.

For the first time in a long time, at peace: the static that’s filled the back of my head is finally fading to low-level white noise. The stress that I’ve been working under has started to change into something new

A boon in a year like 2020’s been.

I’ve still got a lot to do before this year is wrapepd up: namely, I need to get my hands on a P.O. Box. I’ve never had one, but I find myself in need of one for something 2021 related. Why? Well…wouldn’t you like to know? (It’s for a project that’s newsletter based. More on that later.)

Other than that, I’m trying to take things easy, especially since I’ve upheaved my life for the second time in the same year. (I think I’m worth a break.) I’ve got a lot of catch-up to do this week, though it’s also a holiday: I’ll probably shift back into gear starting next week, post-itis and holiday decorating.

What I will say in this brief life/work update is that there’s so many things coming down the pipeline. I’m currently under NDA for all of it, but…hey, I can at least vaguely gesture to a lot of work with doujinshi, some new contracts, and some pretty major steps as I finally settle into my post-Japan life. I hope that you’ll continue your readership as I gear up for a dynamic end to 2020 and an even stronger start to 2021.

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