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State Of the Author Address

Posted 20:29
Mon 26 August
by Kasey

Hello everybody! In the interest of being open, I figured I'd give you all an update on the land of "Why Doesn't This Comic Update Twice a Week Anymore." This is for the sake of being open, and not to try to make anybody feel sorry for me, so I hope it doesn’t come off that way! I've been putting this off because I HATE sounding like I'm fishing for sympathy, but I think you all deserve an update.

The end of 2012 into 2013 was a big change for me! I moved to a new city and got a new job. This is great, because it's the first time I've had a dayjob where I'm happy, but it's also bad because I have a lot more responsibilities than I ever had before, as well as later hours. Combine that with a long commute, and I get home late enough that I get maybe 3-4 hours on a GOOD day to get comic work done. Realistically, I usually end up with about 1-2 workable hours in an evening before I have to get to bed.

It's also a matter of dividing time! As some of you might know, I'm also working on a collaborative project with my best friend, Paracite Knights, so I've got two babies now.

End of 2012/early 2013 also had some pretty rough things happen to me, and it sort of shook me up. My Mom passed away in December. Once the dust settled and I began to adjust, it became clear that it was going to hurt a little too much to work on Lavelle for a little while. I'd just come off Chapter 8, when the Winters siblings start to address their mother's passing, straight into a chapter about Ashton's relationship with his mother, and it was just a little too raw for me. I took a lot of time off in early 2013, and this is the reason why- I'm really sorry for not bringing it up sooner, but it was kind of hard to talk about.

The issue I'm facing right now, though, has been fighting comic fatigue.I think 4 years of 2 times a week kind of caught up to me, and I just haven’t had it in me to keep up as much as I used to. I feel really bad for that part of it, but I feel even worse for moping about it.

It’s hard to deal with burnout, I think! It’s the part of long term comics making that you don’t really hear anybody talk about. After four years, this sneaking sense of “does this really matter anyway?” started to come in for me, and it made things I used to be able to charge through feel a lot more insurmountable. I guess once I realized I wasn’t where I thought I’d be with the comic (in a lot of different areas), the fatigue started to set in. The worst part is, succumbing to that is self-fulfilling. If I can’t power through, I really WON’T improve or get the story where I want it to be, but these feelings don’t always listen to reason.

When you get down to it, though, Lavelle will always be my baby, and I won't give up until I'm either finished the story or I drop dead on the spot, so I don't want anybody to think I'm giving up! I'm working hard to get back to a more reliable schedule of updates, although if you have lost interest/are losing interest, I completely understand.

Ideally, I'm going to aim for about a page a week. I don't have a set date for it, so I'd recommend following the RSS feed ( http://wintersinlavelle.com/inc/feed.php ) or the official tumblr ( http://inlavelle.tumblr.com ) for updates! I could make an official twitter if people would like as well, so you don't have to see me vomit opinions about anime on my personal twitter.

Anyway, I hope you are all well, and I really appreciate you all so much for sticking with me! (and for reading this phonebook I just wrote) Here's to four more years (or more at the rate I'm going, YIKES) of Lavelle!!

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