December 29th, 2018

So, here's the deal.

The original plan was to update on Patreon, and once I'd built up enough pages to post over here, to kinda do a chunk of pages, a full scene, so that despite the wait it could feel like a satisfying amount of content.

But while taking the time to go slower gave me the freedom to draw other things and help me recharge a lot, I found myself dreading the pages themselves. I've definitely had times with this comic where I had to kinda push through feeling uninspired or not being up to drawing. But... I've always been excited to bring the finished thing into being in the end. Lately, not so much; it's felt like slogging through a chore just to get it done.

Runewriters is super important to me, and Lord willing, it's a story I really wanna tell! But like, I'm making this thing because I love it, and I want it to have love and joy in it.

So what's going on? Things are a lil rough sometimes but I'm not Super Busy outside of RW and patreon -- is it burnout? Do I need to step away? To build up a buffer? Do I need to fix something in the script? Do I need another hiatus? Do I need to work out Real Life Stuff first? I don't wanna keep everybody in the dark while I figure out what I'm doing, but it's a lot to think through!

SO FOR NOW: I think I'm gonna take, like, a month, to get sorted. In February, start of February, I'll come in and let you guys know whether or not the Shazz saw her shadow and what my actual plan for RW is. THE PLAN MIGHT BE A HIATUS. But whatever it is, it'll be whatever I think will make me most able to actually make a good comic. ;u;

And... thank you to everyone for your kind words and support while the schedule has been weird. ;u; I know it's always a scary thing when webcomics go on long breaks, and even though there's a lot of uncertainty right now I'm gonna try my best to keep you guys posted!!

Comment by Sahara

It is always uncertain whether or not a comic will ever come back when it goes on break, but like you said, you're making this because you love it! If you aren't loving it anymore, by all means take the time to figure out what it is that you do want to be doing, and do it. :)

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posted at 7:40pm on December 29th, 2018

Comment by TomTomy

This is why I love RSS. Whenever you feel ready to post the comic again, I'll be there. This comic is way too good, but you have to do as you feel is best. Take care.

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posted at 8:08pm on December 29th, 2018

Comment by Fenny

Whatever you do, know that of course we will wait and enjoy whatever comes forth at whatever point. Do what you need! Lack of inspiration can be infuriating, but you'll manage. We know you will. :)

(I bet Tareth, Sev and the rest know it too.)

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posted at 2:45pm on December 30th, 2018

Comment by AlpineBob

I really love what you are doing here (and I think part of that is the love and care you have for it). I miss it when you take breaks, but if something isn't working then by all means step away. Dread not, lest ye be dreadful!
Or something. We'll be waiting for news...

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posted at 2:58am on December 31st, 2018

Comment by Ikwig

Well, in all honesty, I mostly just appreciate that you took the time to let us know what was going on; I get worried when I don't hear from people for awhile, even if they're people I only know via the internet! :)

Take your time, and figure out whatever you need to; life happens to all of us, whether we're creating amazing web comics or not.

I will selfishly say, however, that I do hope eventually you find your way back to enjoying making Runewriters. It is, in my opinion, one of the best web comics out there, and the world you've created is so well-crafted it is super satisfying!

Be well, and be happy! And thank you!

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posted at 11:30am on December 31st, 2018

Comment by NoRAd

When you announced the "scene updates" schedule, the one thing I was really worried about was your ranking in the TWC, because a lot of webcomics get traffic from that and that means ad revenue yadda yadda.

Then I realized you don't have any ads on your site.

Anywho, I've still been voting sporadically for the comic, because I think it's fun, and I want new people to discover your work.

That said, if you need a break, you need a break. I'm sure you'll either find another project you'll be excited to share with us, or come back to this at some point.

Thanks for the good times so far, and happy new year.

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posted at 1:47am on January 2nd, 2019

Comment by BBullock

Honestly, my biggest concern over the comic not updating was how you were doing; a comic not updating is sort of sad, but it not updating because something bad's happened with the writer/artist is far more terrible, to my mind.
So I'm glad you're okay (more or less?) even if you're not feeling the comic, lately.
Though I do hope to see what happens next, eventually.

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posted at 3:58pm on January 2nd, 2019

Comment by A Sheep Person

Take as much time as you need! We will all be waiting patiently for your return. I hope you rediscover your inspiration, and I think it would be helpful to think about why you started the comic in the first place. Maybe your motivations have changed since then. In any case, good luck and whatever your decision may be, you have my support. Cheers!

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posted at 4:36pm on January 2nd, 2019

Comment by TheOtherDibbler

Thanks for the update. :) Good luck figuring out your next steps.

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posted at 5:02pm on January 3rd, 2019

Comment by Fal

Thanks a lot for the update, and take all the time you need :)
I really enjoy the comic, but your wellbeing comes first!

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