An update, looking forward, and some mid-season reviews.

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So anyhow, I have managed to catch up on a few anime…  Some I’m watching and some we’re watching.  Since we’re coming up on mid-season, I decided to go with a few quick season reviews rather than try to review a ton of individual episodes.

So hit the jump, let’s chat about what I’m caught up on, look at what the next few weeks are going to look like, and talk about the featured image.

Continue reading “An update, looking forward, and some mid-season reviews.”

With a heavy heart.

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If you follow my Twitter, you no doubt saw the news…  My mother passed away unexpectedly on Thursday.  So, for now, I’m on indefinite hiatus.

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This is…  especially hard because my Dad died a few years back.  And my other parents (my in laws) before that.

The funeral is the week after next, and then I go into the annual madness of the Kitsap County Fair…  So the hiatus will likely last at least through the end of August.  I have a few editorial pieces I may work on as my head allows, but I make no promises.

Bear with me folks, it’s a rough time but I will be back despite all the crazy in my life.  This blog, this community, is an important part of my life.

Hey! Now I’m a third year!

Well, I guess sticking to it pays off – today is officially the Lounge‘s second birthday!

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I’d originally planned a much longer entry in the more traditional style…  all about the stats and stuff, but what the h_ll.  Nobody wants to read all that stuff anyhow.  Right?

And besides, that makes it all about me…  and it’s not all about me after all.  It’s also all about the readers, commenters, folks who’ve linked to me, folks who’ve retweeted my posts…  all the folks (and they’re way too many to list) who work so hard to make me look better than I am.  Without all of you, there’d be no community.  Without all you do, this community wouldn’t rock as hard as it does.

A huge heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you!

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Ok, speech over – time to paaaar-tay!  The bar is open and drinks are on the house!

2018 beats out 2017!

Like most of us, I don’t obsess over stats.  Doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention though.  Checking them today (when I should be working on tomorrow’s post) I found pleasant news indeed.  Sometime in the last couple of weeks, my total views and visitors for 2018 blew past the total for all of 2017!
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Even more surprising…  I was convinced that my output was down for the year.  But with almost all of a quarter left to go, I’m closing in on last year’s total.

Let’s celebrate!!!

 

(And when I went searching, I did not expect to find an AMV using a disco era song…  But there it is.  So you get to watch an AMV rather than a disco era music video.)

Just for today, it’s an open bar here at the Lounge!  Drinks are on the house!

Spring 2018 – a quick note.

After being out very late on Tuesday night on a club photo-shoot, I felt like crap on Wednesday and decided to delay my weekly posting to Thursday…  Then on Thursday, I realized that there was only 4 finales left to cover.  (Rokuhoudou, Tada-kun, My Hero Academia, and SAOA:GGO.)  So, the Week 12 post will be delayed to Sunday or Monday to wrap up all the remaining finales in one post.

So, looking forward here’s what my posting schedule looks like for the next week or so.

  • Later today:  Summer 2018 Preview.
  • Sun or Mon: Spring 2018 – Week 12.
  • Late next week or early the week after:  Spring 2018 Season Review.
  • Starting next week: Summer 2018 First Impressions.

Wednesday of next week is a holiday, and we’re busy the next weekend (the 7th/8th) and that will likely affect the timing of my Review and First Impressions posts.

I got motivated, and most of the useful images from the photo shoot are already edited, so I’ll also have a “Recent Photography” post up soon.

Thanks for reading, see you soon with more actual content!

Now on Tumblr!

The things I do when I should be working on other things…

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Presenting – The Apprentice Mages Lounge on Tumblr! I just set the connection up, so there’s not much there yet…  But all future posts will be cross posted.

If you have a Tumblr, be sure and follow – and let me know down in the comments so I can follow you back!

A quick update!

Just a quick note to let folks know what the next week will look like…

  • I’m still plugging away on my season review for last season (Fall 2017).  It’ll be late, but by gum I’m determined to actually get one out this season. Look for it over the weekend! (He says, crossing his fingers.)
  • Considering the overall schedule, it looks like Wednesday is still the best day for my weekly post.  So, look for a post next week with the balance of the Winter 2018 premieres and the second episode of everything else.
  • However, I don’t want to be a week behind on A place further than the Universe like I was on Konohana Kitan last season…  So for the balance of this season, I’ll be bailing early on my usual Tuesday social night so I can watch it with my lovely wife.  (Watching it without her is only an option in extremis.)
  • One week, I will end up a week behind because I’ve still got the Tuesday late night photoshoot coming up.  (It keeps getting postponed due to weather.)
  • The Yamato 2199 Groupwatch post will still be on Friday.

Thanks for reading, thanks for being patient!

Kumi

Bonus Kumiko picture, because why not?

Happy New Year!

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A quick post to wish everyone a happy New Year and to look forward over the next week or so…

  • The normal weekly Wednesday post will be delayed until Saturday or Sunday for two reasons:
    • I want to include the YuYu finale.
    • If the weather holds, I’ll be out very late Tuesday night on a night photography shoot with the photo club. We’re planning on light painting a lighthouse up at the north end of the County.

This is an experimental light painting I did a few years back:

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If you click through on the photograph there’s more about my process and tools.

  • Depending on how things go, I should have a Winter 2018 anticipation post up Wednesday or Thursday

In closing a New Year’s Eve haiku I wrote a few years back:

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Happy New Years!