Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sayonara ('Til We Meet Again)

I wanna keep this brief, but that's never been my strong suit.

If you've been following for awhile, you probably know I've been deeply conflicted for the better part of two years about continuing this blog. In reviewing the past year and a half of entries, I realized something - I really don't have anything I want to say here anymore. This isn't an indictment of this blog, or my audience, or even blogging itself. It's just that after over 12 years of doing this sort of thing (7 of them here), my interests have drifted in different directions.

To be clear, I'm not deleting this blog. It will stay up as long as Google sees fit. I'm pretty proud of it as a body of work, and I'd say well over half of it is what I wanted it to be. But I don't have any plans right now to update it further. Maybe that will change in a few months. Maybe that will change in a couple of years. I'm leaving that option open. Trust me, you'll be the first to know.

Also, I am not going away. You can still find me in the following places:

Twitter, for the occasional "wisdom" you have found here.

The Captain Satellite Tumblr and Captain Satellite Facebook, for the continuing adventures in the Owariverse.

My Tumblr and DeviantArt pages, though I am not actively posting on either at this time. Hopefully, that will be changing in the months ahead.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read, commented on, or just visited this blog. You have made it all worthwhile. I will still be lurking in the corner, occasionally messing around with the sidebar links or other such business. But for now at least, I am signing off here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Comings and Goings

I should probably update this silly blog. Sometimes, it seems it only gets love when I have something else to report. Considering how long these changes have been in effect, this probably says something about me.

First: "Pictures of Naomi Morinaga" is defunct (again), and I will not be bringing it back this time. It had stopped posting in March 2014 and there seemed little point in continuing to monitor it. This may open the door for one of you enterprising Naomi fans who visit every day to open your OWN fansite. I'll be looking for it!

Second: "Continued Next Week!" is on hiatus, and may be finished. I don't know for certain on this one, so I'll be taking a wait and see approach. However, it will remain up for the foreseeable future.

Third: I'm probably going to be participating less on DeviantArt, for various reasons. It's been awhile since I actually accomplished any art worth posting anyway. I'll have to figure out my course of action when the art resumes.

But zounds! It's not all endings! Please welcome the new Captain Satellite Facebook Page! It will be working in tandem with the Captain Satellite Tumblr (which hasn't update in like a month, oops)t deliver the Owariverse content that maybe somebody out there craves.

There's probably more, but that is all that occurs right now. I've been struggling with poor internet here at OWARI HQ for about a month, and that has tempered my enthusiasm for online mischief of late. Hopefully, that will be corrected soon. Meanwhile, if I don't post again in this space until afterward, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Our 20th Anniversary

Admittedly, I probably missed the real one. And I haven't been posting as much here over the last couple of years anyway. Still, I did list "October/November 1995" as the date for OWARI #1. So I guess we can say this still counts as the 20th anniversary of OWARI?

It doesn't seem possible that it has been two decades since I finally bit the bullet and started producing my own thing for public consumption. Heck, it's been 10 years since I bid a fond farewell to doing fanzines. Yet here we are. There is plenty of good and bad as I reflect on that body of work. But the thing that makes me happiest is that I can use the phrase "body of work" and not feel like I'm kidding myself.

I've been publishing my own work since 1995. I've been blogging since 2003. I'm kinda proud of what I've accomplished during that time, modest though it may be. It's a lot more than I ever realistically anticipated for myself.

I don't know what else to say here. Thank you to all the people along the way who have encouraged me, befriended me, or just read what I had to say. Having people actually care what I have to say means a lot to me.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rene Bond - 65

Rene Bond - born October 11, 1950. She would have been 65 years old today.

I started Rene Bond Tribute in October 2013 because I thought Rene deserved to be remembered and honored on Facebook. That's why I mostly let her do the talking via photos and video clips. That page isn't about me. It's her page.

We learned a bit more about Rene's life this year via her friend Joan, including some of the circumstances of her untimely passing. It's still incredibly sad that we lost her so young, but I am glad to at least know she was happy until the end. That's a small comfort in the tragedy of her death.

Happy birthday, Rene Bond. You are not forgotten. And you are loved.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When Gods Get It On

Uranus and Gaea making bedroom eyes at each other. From D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. This is a highly-recommended (and highly-influential!) book on the subject.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yvonne Craig

I have not written many of these in the last couple of years, even though a number of notable and influential people in my fannish development have passed away. I dunno, it just seemed enough to post on Facebook and Twitter. Yvonne Craig is the exception that brought me back to write a remembrance.

Yvonne Craig passed away Monday at the age of 78. I am pretty sure I first saw her on BATMAN, and to me, she will always be "the" Batgirl. From what I've read, she was a wonderful person in real life as well. That's always good to hear about someone who brought you so much joy from afar.

RIP Yvonne Craig. You were one of a kind and I'll always treasure memories watching you fight crime as the titian-haired Batgirl.