First off, they finally know what’s wrong! I tested positive for Mono. I tested negative for Mono twice before, but third times the charm. Since Mono is caused by a virus, there is no medical treatment. You just get better, when you get better. And thankfully, I am feeling better.
And now, time for a heart to heart…
While sick, I’ve had time to think deeply. And there are some things I regret. For instance, I regret not spending more time with my friends and family. I regret resorting to quick unhealthy foods, as opposed to taking the time to cook healthy meals. And I regret not having the time to do random art projects, just for the joy of it. This led me to seriously evaluate how I use my time.
Between making pages, doing story boards, producing additional content for Patreons, and working on completing the story’s plot on the side, I spend about 30 hours a week on the comic. My full time job requires 40 hours a week, and I spend another 5-10 hours studying. The time I spend at work and studying is not negotiable, so that leaves the time I spend on the comic.
I brainstormed some ways I could spend less time on comic. One idea was abandonment, which I don’t want to do. Another idea was updating less frequently, which I also don’t want to do. I also could convert the webcomic into a written story, which I have mixed feelings about. On the other side, maybe after some big life stressors get ironed out, the comic’s time requirements might not be problematic anymore.
I’ve run over these possibilities multiple times, and I can’t decide right now. I need more time to think. But even more so, I really need to focus on my test coming up in February. If I don’t pass it, I lose my current position at work. And right after my test, I’ll be trying to get my first home. So, for my health, sanity, job security, and future living situation, I decided that I need to place this comic on a hiatus. Once I pass my test and get a home, I’ll be in the position to decide what to do.
I want to be frank, there’s a chance this comic may end. I don’t like that idea, but that would be the worst case scenario. I also may jump back in, fully charged, with weekly updates. I just don’t know at this time. I have been on such an emotional roller coster. During the first 20 days of being sick, I had 12 blood tests, 2 X-rays, a CT scan, and trip to the ER. And after all of that, they still didn’t know what was wrong. It was incredibly scary…
I’m not sure the exact date this hiatus will end, it depends when I get a home. The latest should May 2019, because that’s when my lease ends. I know that’s a long time away, and I am sorry. But I need to give myself a break as a get better. And I need to fully focus on securing my job, and getting a permanent home. I hope you can understand. Thank you for reading this post.
The story and illustrations are very good! I will wait all the time needed for you te get back on your feet, study and pass your exam and find a new home! This is how much I enjoy reading The Archer and the Squirrel (I love stories where a woman gets to be as good or even better than anybody else)
Awww! Thank you so much. Everyone has been so supportive. If nothing else it’s going to be my love for you guys that will help be get the comic going again. Thank you!
I understand. Take care of yourself first. I’ll wait as long as needed for your comic to return. 🙂
Thank you Gorzag 🙂
The balance of life and art is perhaps the biggest struggle that any comic-maker faces (second only to drawing hands!) Take care of yourself!
Indeed, this would be something you would know well, fellow-comic creator. Thank you 🙂
Good luck to you Tieback, and we hope to see you back on your feet soon!
Better a hiatus than a homeless jobless artist. Get better, pass the test, and get an awesome house.
Take the time you need.
You being healthy and well is the most important thing.
And if you eventually have time to work more on the Archer and the Squirrel, we’ll be here.
1) Your health and wellbeing (both physical and mental) are most important. Take care of yourself and the rest will follow.
2) Your story is interesting, your storytelling is quite good, and your art is well done and fun to look at. We’ll be here when you get back. No worries.
3) While update schedules affect people who are currently reading your web comic, anybody who comes across this as I did and binge reads it won’t notice any delays until they catch up.
I’ve got a lot of web comics that I’m currently reading. As such, I’ve come up with a system in which I read comics starting with A-F one week, G-M the next, N-S the next, and finally the rest (including numbers). The upshot is I get four weeks worth of comics to read when I come back to it. If that’s only one or two pages, no biggie: it’s still new. 🙂
Long-time reader, first-time poster.
First-take care of yourself! Do what is necessary to get healthy and stable :).
Second-thank you for such amazing artwork! I love the quality and consistency.
Third-thank you for being open about the future of your comic.
Take all the time you need! Your health and personal life always come first =) I hope you’ll be able to get back to this comic because it’s extremely enjoyable, but be it the case or not it was a pleasure to read what you already offered. Thanks so much for all your hard work, take care of yourself ♥
Keep safe,live as well as you can as long as you wish and we’ll keep coming back to see when you are better.
The hand of the goddess be over you and love sustain you and yours.
Thank you for so far.
Stay strong,live as well as you can and if you need opinions,support or advice please do ask.
67 year old aspie here.
May the hand of the Lady be over you and yours.
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