03/31/21 – No Regets

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 31, 2021.



I finally got to inking it and coloring it almost 29 months later. I’ll leave the sketched version below.



WEEK TWO OF —- Presented here is the final scripts for this week, but with only rough thumbnail sketches. Apologies. I have this huge animation job due April 1st, and what with the house buying (Monday is the day I remove half the roof before the roofers arrive) and this and that, I’m behind schedule. I will do final drawings for these in April.

P.S. – it’s Tuesday, my body is sore from removing a roof yesterday (with Cedra and two friends). But it’s done, the roofers (coming to put a new one on) are scheduled, and the monster animation job is finished (I’ll share it when they’re ready for it go public). And I’ve been cleaning up this coming week’s scripts for Spacetrawler, which will be back to normal. Life can return to relative normality. Goodness I hope.

So I spent today just puttering at small tasks, letting my body and mind rest, but keeping busy. Feeling okay.



  1. Rikard

    Wait what YOU have to do half the job for the workers? Oh la di da aren’t they the daintiest little roofies. Clearing out the attic, yes, ’cause stuff gets in the way or dirty, but tearing of the new roof before the roofers puts down the new one?

    Might as well do the job yourself – can’t see anything major from the photo. New wood, tarred roofing cardboard/felt, spars, and interlocking roof-tiles.

    And honey mead after the work is done – can’t put a new roof on an old house without a party.

    1. Oh, they quoted us for roof removal, so our decision was based on being poor. 🙂

      And the new roof will be metal. All of it was done in metal, except this one side (we think the owner may have died before finishing). So, the money went in that direction, because they’ll last (hopefully) for our lifetime.

      And we haven’t moved belongings in yet, and the attic needs to be redone, so the mess is just added to the other mess. 🙂

  2. Keith

    Heh, as a Teen I fell through a roof while stripping it down. Dry rotted board. heh, mind. We weren’t just striping the roof…and we were not exactly tearing the house down either. We were deconstructing the house, pitching the bad pieces the reusing the rest for I think it was a parsonage or to help out some people fixing their house. That’s over 30 years about and the details are fuzzy.

  3. Pitgamer

    Maybe they’re not doing the install because they’re getting a metal roof (they’ve become popular where I live in central New York). I’ve only done asphalt shingles so I don’t know if putting in a metal roof is a job that can be done by an amateur. And they might be getting a better deal by doing their own demo. But be careful folks!

  4. Nomi

    I’ve been wondering… do we know the symbiont is a he? Do symbionts even have sexes? Why or when did Tesfay decide it was male? Have we encountered any species in the spacetrawlerverse that had more &/or different sexes than the spectrum known to humans?

  5. Mgnostic

    If you blew the roof off of even a small house in a day you have done some serious work. It looks like there might have been a layer of wood shingles under the asphalt. You won’t miss them and your insurance may be cheaper. I’ve been very happy with my metal roof but I have always lusted after a tile roof. Is it weird to have roof envy?

  6. Pete Rogan

    I hope you had a mask on while ripping off the old roof, Christopher. I used to do restoration work and I had some bad run-ins with biologics hidden in shady corners of the woodwork; lung infections that resulted were no fun and highly unproductive too. You’d be amazed what you can’t do when breathing hurts.

    Interesting to see the new dynamic forming among Tesfay, the symbiont, and Goonth. Hostility, suspicion, captivity and pending captivity, not to mention murder, among three strangers stuck in these circumstances together. Come to think of it, where are they now? Doesn’t look like the lifepod is going to make it off-planet again, nope nope nope nope nope.

  7. Richard

    Make sure the chimney is in good repair before the new roof goes on.
    Or if you don’t think you will need it if it was just for a stove – no fire place – knock it down below the roof line and remove the rest later…

    1. Meran

      This comment is VERY important! Our inspector really missed a lot of things.
      But then, no one would want ME to inspect. I’m good. No sales would ever take place, OR the value of the houses would be greatly reduced.

      Saving lots of money by doing your own deconstruction. Its fun and therapeutic.

  8. Owen Smith

    I’m baffled by anyone wanting a metal roof. Here in the UK we don’t have them, except very expensive lead or zinc ones on old churches and cathedrals, or very cheap corrugated metal ones on stables or falling down out buildings. But on a house? Basically never. UK houses generally use cast concrete roof tiles these days, or welsh slate on older houses.

    1. Muzhik

      @Owen Smith ,

      They’re becoming popular because here in America, a basic roof (plywood over the frame, tar to seal it, felt to seal the tar, then nailing asphalt shingles through everything) is expected to last about 20 years. After that, you generally need to strip off the asphalt shingles, lay down a new layer of plywood/tar/felt and new shingles. After another 20 years, unless you are able to do something special to it, you have to start saving to have the entire roof replaced down to the rafters.

      Things might be a little different now, but you still have to plan on having your roof replaced at some point, hopefully after you’ve moved out and it becomes someone else’s problem. With metal roofs, though, they don’t wear out, you don’t have to worry about wind stripping up the shingles, and because the metal roofs are more fire-resistant, you get lower insurance costs. And you don’t have to climb up once a year to replace the tiles that slid off.

  9. Owen Smith

    Cast concrete roof tiles or welsh slate do the same job as metal in the UK ie they don’t wear out and they are fire resistant. People in the UK basically assume the roof will last forever and is not an item you have to plan to replace.

    1. Bernard C

      Many people in my part of the UK (Suffolk) have thatched roofs, and those need replacing about every 20 years and are REALLY expensive. Slate roofs are long lasting until the nails corrode. Clay or concrete tile roofs are expected to last maybe 60 years. Very few metal roofs on domestic houses, but of course they are common on commercial properties.

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