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Woo! 99 strips done! You may be asking why it’s not 112, like it says on my site page. That’s because I’m counting the ones that just I did, not taking credit for the gorgeous Tim Fish strips. Which you can read starting here!

I also wanted to let you guys know that since I’m (still) in the process of revamping my whole website, once that’s complete I’ll be adding an archives page and a character page to this strip. I know not having an archive page has been a headache for some of you guys, so thanks for your patience with me! I promise it’ll be worth the wait!

New site’s pending arrival? I’m gonna sayyyyy … mid-August. THERE, I SAID IT. … (now I have to do it by then! Eep!)

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It’s never too late for resolutions, right?

Oh, and I made a little print out of that V-Day Card I posted the other day, featuring the Pantone Color of 2012 – Tangerine Tango!

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More Stuart

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New Bonnie! Click here to read.

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Back on the Wheels!

Okay, I did it. After 3 months, I put the skates back on Sunday. (Well, if we’re being truthful, I put them on Friday and rolled around my kitchen – SHHH.) And you know what – I didn’t forget how to skate! It’s unbelievable!!

True, I was just as unwilling to turn right as I always am, but hey. I skated consistently instead of my default all-eight-wheels-on-the-ground position (which is what I do when I’m scared/tired/exhausted and need to reset). And we went around the 1.3 mile track 4 times – impressive when I think about how when I was training to try out for derby, some days I could barely go around twice. ‘Course, I was skating with a friend who just recovered from dislocating her knee and she was keeping up with me fine … and I ran into another former rollergirl who was whizzing around the track way more times, wearing way less padding … maybe I shouldn’t pat myself on the back too hard.

But – skating! Yay! Something I can still do!

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I miss derby. I’ve been avoiding it a bit at the moment, mainly because I hate not being part of it and knowing that I won’t have time for it for a little while. Still … all the skating and fun and fitness and outfits and FRIENDS … I miss them so!

Last night my lovely former teammates the Junkyard Dolls were modeling at Dr. Sketchy’s, so I got to have a happy fun arty reunion with them. Here are my sketches …

Left-Handed Five Minute Sketch ... ugh

Team Captain Quickshot Kitty! (5 mins)

My Derby L'il Sis Trixy Le Doom! (5 mins)

Smearin' Off Ice and Adrenaline Junkie (5 mins)

Adrenaline Junkie examining Smearin's Bruise (10 mins)

Quickshot Kitty and Doris Day of Reckoning (10 mins)

Adrenaline Junkie (1/2 of the 20 mins)

Smearin' (1/2 of the 20 mins)

And yes, Smearin’ is wearing a monster bra.

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Weak Sauce

Yes folks, I’m still hibernating. :)

Actually, since the off-season began in November, I was going to practice about once a week, and stressing out over not going more than that. Then after having to miss a couple practices in a row, I thought – you know what? Eff this noise. This is the off-season, a time to re-assess and get all my little derby and non-derby duckies in a row, relax, enjoy, get fat, etc. etc. I keep getting trapped between having to miss practice for one reason or another, and then stressing/obsessing over what I missed out on. I did enough of that at the end of last season, so I need to end this trend NOW.

Derby is incredibly demanding and can swallow your whole world up if you let it. For some people, that’s what they want, and that’s awesome. For those of us who are a bit all over the place, want to do EVERYTHING they’re interested in all the time, and forget you need time to work and play and socialize and run errands and work on art projects and work on writing/illustrating books, … it gets a little stressful. So I started to neglect derby. A LOT. And it’s not something you can ignore or take lightly (see above with the swallowing).

I’m not saying you can’t do derby and do other things. That’s what I’m trying to work out at the moment. I just think everything that deserves your attention deserves ALL of it. So if it’s Monday night and you have practice, you go to practice. That time has been allotted for derby. End o’ story. If it’s Tuesday and you could go to practice or catch up on stuff you’ve been neglecting, catch up. And so on. Make time for derby and put all your gusto into it, but treat the rest of your life the same way. I’m trying to think of it as tunnel vision. Or as my multiple personalities kicking in. “Derby Monica can’t hear you right now, unless it’s about Derby. But talk to me after a couple of hours, and Friend Monica or Illustrator Monica might be able to answer your question.”

So in emphasis of this fact, I quit going to practice half-assed in the off-season. I said, I am taking time off, this is the date when I will return. And once I return, I will be newly committed. And until then, I’ll still be exercising and stretching because – oy. Those muscles do disappear fast!

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