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 I obsessively email myself my txt file of planned comic dialogue

This is something I seriously worry about, being a comic artist. I’ve seen a couple of instances on Left Handed Toons where comments on one strip correctly predicted something about the content of the next strip, and the artists have no way of proving they didn’t steal the idea from the commenter. And LHT isn’t even one of the most popular comics… I can only imagine what Jeph Jacques and Ryan North go through.

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nappy you here

The original song goes “The playing of the merry organ ringing in the year.” Until a few years ago, I heard “merry organ” as “merry-o, and”… so I thought a “merry-o” was some archaic musical instrument. I guess cadence has thrown me off many times when it comes to understanding song lyrics.

And the pronunciation of “a” in Canadian English is more complicated than you might think.

Anyway, happy New Year, all. I have good news and bad news.

Unfortunately, my life is getting pretty saturated with writing projects, including a collection of short stories and a sequel to the science fiction novel Kea’s Flight. This is on top of my full-time retail job. So I am reducing the number of “Abby and Norma” strips I post, as I warned earlier that I might have to do. From now on, only two strips a week. So you won’t get to read as much “Abby and Norma” in the following year as you might have thought you would.

Fortunately, those strips will be scheduled to post on Saturdays and Sundays… so you’ll be able to read more new “Abby and Norma” tomorrow and the next day, which I bet you didn’t think you would get to do!

I’ll let you know if I get to a point in life when I have the ability to go back to a daily posting schedule. Probably that’ll only happen if my science fiction novel and other writing starts selling so much that I can make a living off it, and have endless free time. (A girl can dream, right?)

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Abby's $90 toy light saber couldn't have saved a hundred lives, but still maybe a few

On this issue, I think sometimes Abby is right and sometimes Norma is. When I come up with logical arguments to support my opinions, it usually feels to me as if I’m just figuring out the logical processes that my brain originally went through to form the opinions. On the other hand, some people’s opinions, like the anti-gay-marriage sentiment, seem to me like rationalized gut feelings– “I instinctively find this gross, and therefore I have to come up with a reason why it’s evil.” But I don’t know– maybe it feels logical to them.

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 Forget you.

Of course there will be “countless billions” of people in the future. Just add up all the generations between now and the time humans go extinct. (Of course, I’ll turn out to be wrong if humans go extinct sooner than I expected. But I can still argue that the number of billions was “countless” because we were unable to count it in advance.)

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the tribble is not to scale with the enterprise

Merry day before the day before Christmas. I thought I’d use this strip to remind you once again that I don’t do a crappy copy-paste comic because I can’t draw, I do it because I’m lazy. And today, lazily, I felt that drawing Abby and Norma decorating a tree was easier than thinking up an appropriately witty joke.

By “today,” of course, I don’t mean the day this posts, I mean the day I drew it, which is a long time ago from your perspective. In fact, just because I felt like it, I’ve uploaded several Christmas-themed strips before uploading the strips that are supposed to post before them. As of the time I write this, nothing between the June 7th strip and the December 1st strip is even drawn yet. But they’re scheduled to post in the order I want, so it won’t matter what order I upload them in. Unless I die right now; then you will have gotten strips up through June 7th, and then nothing for a long time, and then a sudden Christmas surprise from the past.

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The Whos were singing 'The Kids are All Right'

Actually, people seem to go back to the store for Christmas decorations every year even if they still have the ones from last year. Christmas is about stuffing your home with useless decorative junk to celebrate the birthday of a guy who told people to give away everything they owned.

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my condition is mint. with chocolate.

I like to refer to my Asperger’s as a “condition,” because it’s so neutral in meaning. Unlike “disability,” it doesn’t imply that I lack something, and unlike “difference,” it doesn’t focus on comparing me to other people. It just states that that’s the way I am. (Of course, I have to avoid saying things like “I’ve had experiences that people without a condition would never have”– because there are no “people without a condition.” In those cases I use a more specific term like “mental diagnosis.”)

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