Looking Forward, Looking Back

I was doing some math in my head the other day and was thinking to myself “y’know, based on your scheduled comic posts, sometime in the beginning of September you’ll have been doing this for an entire year.” That was going to be pretty amazing, I thought, so when today rolled around I decided to go back and check to see if I could do a date perfect match and create this post in the near future. Well it turns out my first comic post was back in early August.

Wow. Oops.

Missed that window!

It’s probably for the best I did because, as you may have noticed my on-time posting of comics has been severely lagging these past few weeks. In terms of excuses, they’re pretty easy to come up with. It’s been one personal delay after another… Family visiting; house problems; time crunches; writers block; photographic backlog tacking; and on and on and on. But I’ve also been thinking a lot and I think it can sort of come down to one thing ultimately:

A desire for a slower pace. Over the past year, up until now, I’ve posted 79 comics which is around 1 of every 5 days and, I gotta be honest, it’s a hard pace to maintain. Even with my very simple comic structure and even with my story more-or-less already written for me, finding the time to sit down plan, produce and post the comic once every five days is extremely exhausting. After all, this is a side project I have to fit into my working and family life both of which drain enough hours on their own. Throw this into the mix and some weeks it can really feel like I have no downtime which can be mentally draining.

Whine, whine, whine, I know. So what does my personal exhaustion mean for this comic? Is it done? Will it fall into the dustbin of the internet to languish for 10(00) years until WordPress is bought out and wiped of all data? Of course not!

I do intend to continue the comic going forward but I also intend to go on a hiatus of about a month. That’s right, I’m taking an official unpaid vacation from my unpaid comic! So mark off your calendars as October 2 will be the day I intend to come back. I’ll be using this time off to more or less recharge my batteries (i.e. goof off), get some comics scripted and created so I have a bit of a buffer meaning, when the unexpected delays do happen, I don’t find myself staying up until Midnight the day of creating a new comic for all to enjoy… at least not immediately.

The other rather monumental change is I will be reducing my post schedule to once a week. This first year has been rewarding to see my webcomic come to life but, as alluded to above, it’s not a pace I can maintain. 1 comic every 7 days may not seem like a lot but, when your in my situation, it is more then enough. If circumstances in the future change maybe I can revisit my posting frequency but for now anyway I don’t see it as option.

With all that out of the way, I guess we’ll all see just how well I do on this plan of mine. In the meantime, thank you for your patience, and I’ll see you soon!

Caromyr

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Not Posting Today/Posting Late

Sad news folks, I’m officially missing my first update by a substantial amount. I know, I know. Bad on me. In fact this entire month might be bad for me as I’ve got family down which will be eating a lot of my spare time. Still, I’ll do what I can to stay on schedule for other posts. In the meantime, this one is going to have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday. You’ll know when it’s up.

Until then, have a happy August 1st!

Archives Added

Site update! Rudimentary coding has yielded a new link at the top: Archives. I felt this particular link became necessary as the links between comics leaves a lot to be desired. It’s more or less the downside of using a free service but on the upside the hosting is free!

So if you ever feel you want to review what’s happened but don’t want to start way back at the beginning you now have that option! Mind you I haven’t coded it to every single comic but just broken it up by D&D Sessions, so you still might have to do some link diving if you’re looking for a specific memory. Tough, I know, but them’s the breaks. TTFN.

Missed by a couple minutes

Sorry about the late post for Monday. I took a vacation, unannounced (on here), and this was the consequence. Blargh. As a consolation prize I updated the about page. So go check that out and marvel for thirty seconds. THEN let me know what a horrible person I am for missing an update window. SHAME! SHAME!

It will happen eventually, maybe

Hey peoples! So, looking at my current schedule, there is the distinct possibility I might miss my update post for Monday. I’m trying to rework things to make this not happen but as I can’t predict the future, I’m not making any promises.

Related to this, you might be asking why the About page is facing schedule slippage of it’s own. Well, let’s be honest, the content there is largely secondary to the webcomic at large. Plus, as this isn’t even a business but a side distraction for me, I am truly still only beholden to myself to get that (or anything on here) updated. I promise you  I haven’t forgotten about that section and it is on my list of things to do. But, y’know, not as high up there as say… the comic.

Just thought I’d give you that update. If I do actually miss Monday, I’ll post again and let you know. So pray I don’t post an update again for a while!

It’s ABOUT time!

I updated the “About” page today, and you can expect more updates on that page to come in the near future as well. I’ve set general guidelines for myself on it but who knows what the future holds!

So what about that other issue I mentioned earlier? Well, I did some delving into the wordpress site and the theme I’ve been using for this blog and, for now, I think the short story is we’re all SOL on the occasional text size issue. Which sucks I know.

It has to do with the theme and, basically, no matter what pixel size I set the comic to it will automatically conform to what the theme says it can be (at it’s largest). “Do I have any other options for themes” you might be asking? Well… Free ones? No. Paid ones? Yes, but as of writing this (and likely for the very foreseeable future), I don’t have the funds to be spending on this side project of mine. So, to reiterate, yeah it sucks.

In the meantime, I’m keeping an eye on text size I use for the comic to make sure that is always readable and this should be able to keep the worst of pixel limitations to a minimum. If I come across another solution I’ll let you know. In the meantime, keep enjoying the comic for what it is!

That’s sooooo TINY

Hey, so one thing I’m sure you’ve noticed is I run into the occasional issue with the size of the written text on the comic. It kinda sucks I know. Well, rest easy as I am working on a solution for that. You might not see it for a few comics… but I am working on addressing that. Sorry for any squinting you have to do in the meantime!