18 October 2013:I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for all the kind-hearted and supportive replies I've received over this past week regarding my last newspost. My email box has been absolutely flooded with responses and 100% all of them have been kind and supportive. You guys are the best readers I could have ever hoped for. Thanks.
6 October 2013:Hello.
I've got a couple things to write here, all of them are related and most of them are pretty important. If you know me in any regard lease take a moment to read this post.
So last year I made a couple dress-up Halloween header images for my site in the spirit of the holiday, but I did them the weekend before Halloween, had them up for maybe a couple days and then took them down, and thanks to caching some people didn't see them at all. So this year for October I'm putting them back up early. It's fun and festive! However, I made a change to them this year. This is the end of the non-important part of this post. The rest is pretty significant.
I hate talking about this issue so I'm going to power through this paragraph as best I can, so bear with me: I'm starting this chapter off by using a different name than I'd used the past six or so years I've been writing comics. It's also the name I'll be using on my present and future work. My name is Allison and I have been dealing with trans/gender dysphoria for the past twenty years of my life, and only in this year or so have I had the drive to start taking steps towards not being completely miserable all the time. It's not an issue I have talked about with more than a small handful of people and it's honestly still not an issue I have an easy time talking about at all, but I am at a point where I either have to deal with it head-on or curl up and die, and I'm picking the former approach. I'm posting this here because this is a place my friends, my family, people who like my work or anyone else can read about it all at once. I've thought about it a great deal over the past two decades, and I spent a lot of time convincing myself I could ignore it for everyone else's sake, so I'm not an inconvenience to anyone else, and I realized I was letting myself suffer for everyone else's peace of mind but my own. That's why I'm taking today to take that big step and say hi, I'm hurting inside but I'm getting better. This is my big notice to the world.
Related to the above paragraph, but I've got enough money saved where I can finally start printing the second volume of my book. I deeply regret not taking the Kickstarter route and I sincerely apologize for the long time coming, but I can finally afford a print run. As mentioned, the new book is going to print with the new name on it. I've honestly torn my guts up deliberating over whether or not to do this, but it really doesn't make sense not to. If there's demand for a reprint of the first volume that one will be changed to match it. Also some point during this coming week I'm going to put up an ebook download of the first volume for sale with those same edits to the .pdf; I was going to get it ready in time for this post but there's only so many hours in the day.
This is a big thing for me. This whole thing has been pretty hard for me to write but it's important to put it into words so I can move forward in my life without that heavy burden on my head. I'm feeling better already. Thank you for reading this, thanks for your support and thanks for sticking with me.
All content is ©2007-13 Allison Shabet unless otherwise specified. Dead Winter is an action-filled modern fantasy/sci-fi horror story about a post-apocalypse living-dead zombie infested present-day world. It isn't really about zombies, though. It's about people. It follows the lives of a rag-tag group of survivors who struggle to further their agendas and live through a lawless, disease-torn reality where everyday job skills take on new uses and nothing ever really goes according to plan.
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