Dev Blog Update #18

Time for another Dev Blog update! This one’s a biggie.

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Recently I have been churning out page after page of Crazy Sunshine with no buffer, finishing minutes before the upload time most Wednesdays.

It’s gotten to the point where the amount of time I am spending on the comic is starting to affect my health, my personal life, and worst of all, my future!

“But it’s just one page a week!” is what you are probably asking, and yeah, you’re right!

Except that one page takes a long time to make. Let me get straight to the point.

As I mentioned previously, I feel that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with the ORIGINS arc.

It was meant to be a year long, but now it’s going to take a projected three years to finish.

The worst part is, I don’t have three years. I have one.

 

Within this next year I have to obtain enough Japanese knowledge to get and maintain a job, I also have to find a job, and place to stay.

In 2012 I started Crazy Sunshine in order to develop my art skills and writing.

It was a little project that I did in my spare time when I wasn’t working on other stuff.

There was no story, no complex writing or detailed artwork.

Honestly, it was fun.

 

Recently, every single page has become a chore.

Something I have to do each week, and I am not enjoying it.

It gets in the way of studying, it gets in the way of hanging out with friends, it gets in the way of any other activities I enjoy.

After three years of non stop drawing the effects are starting to take their toll.

The worst part is I have finally gotten to the best part of the story, the point I really wanted to tell and there’s just nothing there.

I don’t feel a thing.

 

Maybe I burned myself out over the first three years building up this point, or maybe I just don’t have the skills to express the story like I want to.

I am not happy with most pages I draw, and I feel like I have hit an artistic plateau.

The second worst part is I am not sure how to approach this situation and there are thousands of thoughts circling my head.

  • If I take a hiatus and promise to come back, I will almost definitely break that promise.
  • If I did stop and came back, I would have to rebuild the reader base from scratch and reintroduce everything again to a new crowd.
  • If I never finish this story now, when will I? What will happen to it? Will I never get to tell it?
  • I can’t just go back to writing gag strips because that won’t magically give me time to work on my future.
  • If I say “I’ll update whenever I feel like it”, then I may as well throw the towel in all together.
  • I could make the remaining two chapters shorter. 4 pages long each, and full of narration. Each chapter would simply summarise the remaining events that took place. The only thing I hate about this idea is that I wasted an entire year on the most boring parts of the story and the entire 2013 archive would suck to read through.
  • I could just cut the entire ORIGINS project in half, and work on the final two chapters over a longer period of time, releasing them as downloadable PDFs and not a webcomic in the future.
  • Scrap the entire idea and take down the website, bringing it back in the future once I have enough time to redraw and rewrite everything as I wanted it to be.

The ORIGINS project was never meant to be this long and convoluted.

Every night I lose sleep thinking

Man, it just a simple gag comic, why does it need such a big story, you twat.

I regret ever taking on such a challenge, embarrassed by the amount of irrelevant stuff I have fleshed out, knowing I don’t have time to finish it.

The only incentive I have to keep going are the readers and regular commenters.

If it wasn’t for you guys, I would have stopped weeks ago!

So, that’s all I can think of saying, really.

 

This is probably my first whiney blog post now that I think about it.

Haha.

 

Anyway! Time to buck up! For now, I will round up the latest chapter Germination.

It’s 12 pages long and at the time or writing I have completed up to page 6.

After that, sadly, I don’t know what is going to happen, but I promise I’ll keep you all in the loop!

Thanks for reading!

40 thoughts on “Dev Blog Update #18

  1. Jkun, you’ve made something great that a lot of people enjoy. Thank you. I don’t have any helpful advice for you, but I just wanted to let you know I appreciate all the work you put in to bringing us Crazy Sunshine. Best of luck on your future endeavors!

  2. Jkun, first, you know we are here to support you no matter what, we are your fans. I follow a comic that drops a few panels once a month, and it is one of my favorites. Your’s is way up on my list too. I’d be much more willing to see this continue at one page a month than to see your life jeopardized. Please don’t push yourself too hard. Do what you need to do for YOU.

  3. A hiatus followed by a less frequent update schedule (perhaps monthly?) seems to be your best option, or perhaps switching to a black and white format to save time (or both).

    You might want to remember this: Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, took a hiatus that lasted over two years, and he didn’t lose much in the way of readers.

    1. No, I won’t be updating less frequently. I hate the pressure of having to pull out a page on a regular schedule. I am in talks with other artists on how to handle it, and I have a few ideas in mind, stay tuned!

  4. Hey Jkun,

    It sounds like life’s really taken the wind out of your sails. I’m sorry to hear that, man. I’ve been impressed with your art and, for what it’s worth, have really enjoyed the long-story comic format. I appreciate that It is difficult to make work in the webcomic market, sadly. I don’t think you’re alone among artists for having to take some time away from art – or, at least – this one aspect of it. I saw it happen years ago with Tatsuya Ishida of sinfest – he talked about what happened to him on a blog post linked at http://www.sinfest.net (http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/208/my-criminal-days-are-behind-me). I have no idea if reading about his experience might help you with yours, but thought I’d pass it on.

    Thanks for putting as much effort into the comic as you did. I’ve enjoyed it since I was first linked here from chimneyspeak. If you do say that you’ll come back someday, then I’ll be here to see what you have however many months/years from now.

    All the best,

    James

    1. Thanks a lot for the comment! What you said is partially right, I do need time away. Not from art, but from comics. I want to draw, I just want to do other things.

      Don’t worry, I will find a place to keep all my art together, whether it’s through this site as a comic subdivision or on a new portfolio site. Thanks!

      1. Just remember, your fans are here for you no matter what :) We want what is the best for you

  5. I have linked to two posts from authors of other comics I read. One had their issues and decided to leave while the other decided to stick with it. However, their situations are more then likely very different from each others as they both are from yours. Hopefully they might help you get a grasp of what is right for you. You can only do what will work for yourself and no one but yourself can tell you what that is.

    http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/news/truth.html
    http://www.goblinscomic.org/i-quit/

    As a reader I want nothing more then to have it continue on with nothing changing, but that is obviously not going to happen nor should it. Last weekend I had randomly decided to go through the archives and it just made me enjoy this comic as a whole so much more. It’s due to this that I would hate to see the site taken down. While it might not be updated anytime soon, or anytime at all, the work that has been done here for the past ~2 years is amazing. I have stumbled upon many a web comic that got left behind and the story ended halfway through and I hated it. It made me think about why I was so annoyed that this story was unfinished, well its because I was enjoying it so much. Then why can’t I just appreciate what I did enjoy and leave it at that and ever since that’s been the approach that I have taken and I feel that there are many out there that would love to experience what you have and be left wanting more then to of never experienced it at all.

    Whatever your decision I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors. As a reader as long as my RSS gets an update I will be back, in fact I had a subscription to a comic that hadn’t updated in three years to suddenly get a post with a status update and I will be returning to it once they have it up and going again. Regardless of any decisions you make or whatever may happen in the time to come I hope you are able to enjoy drawing again. I can’t even fathom how hard it is to not just get tired of something you love, but to actually dread doing it.

    Thank you for a great two years of comics.

    1. That goblins guy, tldr. I mean seriously what the fuck that was huge aha.

      Thanks though, I haven’t decided what I will do next but I’ll be sure to let everyone know, and keep it short.

  6. James, you need your health and life to get together, that’s the first priority.
    Just go on a short hiatus.
    But at the same time, why don’t you have people just help you with keeping the viewership of the site by putting up some fan comics or something as a little filler.

    Sure it won’t contribute to the story, but it will give you the break you need (or some of it to catch up) and we’ll get to see a different spin on how another artist sees your world of Crazy Sunshine (as per the gag comic)
    Don’t worry, we’ll be here. At least I will.

    1. Because this isn’t a hiatus or break, this is stopping the comic until I feel like coming back. There aren’t enough people to around to make strips for the amount of time I won’t be here, and I would still need to maintain everything.

      I think a lot of people are getting the wrong impression. I don’t need a break from the comic, I need to stop making it. For good. Until I have a new job, new apartment, and a new life together. It’s not a break.

      1. Then I should suggest you should focus on the real life for the moment. Instead of the… “Digital World” :3 But in all seriousness. There can’t be a Crazy Sunshine without a James Grant to create it at all. Work on it if you WANT, but real life has to come first.

        We understand, and we can wait.

  7. Remember the immortal words from “The Princess Bride”: “Take care of yourself. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything”.
    If it’s not fun anymore, it’s not worth risking your future on. Hang it up, for now at least, and do what you have to do. It’s an enjoyable comic to read, but I think I speak for most of your readers by saying we’d rather wait for a while and get a good quality product that you enjoy making than something you aren’t happy with.

  8. Your comic has always been popular with me and I’ve rabidly awaited each one in the Origins series.

    Do what you must do, you have the support of us fans.

  9. j-kun, I would just like to let you know that since I found your comic it has brighten my Wednesdays every week. it has really helped me get over “hump day.” however the first and foremost prerogative is you. this is your labor of love and if you do no feel you can do it than, fine, take a break, get your stuff in order. just, when you do come off hiatus give us a holler on tumbler and twitter. just remember that we (or at least I do) support you in whatever you decide. I we know that making a webcomic of this quality takes time and effort.

    1. I hate hump day, but recently never notice it because even when I finish one comic I have to start on the next the same day. As I said, I won’t be disappearing, just not updating as strictly as I am now, and I fully expect everyone else to disappear instead. Thanks for stickin’ around.

    1. But playing with lolis would get me arrested.

      Seriously though, I understand. Yui from K-ON! said it perfectly; fun things are fun.

  10. I’m sure that all of us readers can understand the amount of stress you’re under what with all the responsibilities you have. All I can really think to say is go at your own pace. Your health should always come first. I understand what that pressure can be like, other people do too

    1. Thanks. Part of the pressure, and probably the least “fun” part of making the comic with as little free time as I have was knowing if I “don’t” it would upset readers. I am glad most people in this comment section are so understanding.

  11. I just found your comic a few days ago and have been absolutely loving it. I have two RSS feeds for webcomics “Comics” and “Top Comics.” Crazy Sunshine is already in Top Comics. I’d be sad to see you go, you’re very talented and the comic is an absolute blast.

    Advice from a Newbie:
    Take a break! Or draw some things that you want to draw, don’t worry about jokes, have fun! Try to remember why you became an artist in the first place. It probably wasn’t to maintain a tight update schedule and be miserable. You’ll know what to do because the story and the passion that fueled your art in the beginning is never lost forever. It’s just being overshadowed by stress and some of the bleak realities of life right now. The first step is reclaiming the fun. Everything else comes naturally from that. Don’t give up and don’t give in.

    On Japanese:
    My mom used to live in Japan and she said that TONS of people speak English and that it’s way easier to learn Japanese when you’re surrounded by it. As for getting a head start on it, I’d recommend using something like “The Pimsleur Approach” which is an immersive audio-based series (I think they have a free demo even) to get basic conversational Japanese down without killing yourself.

    Follow your dreams,
    Andrew the Newbie

    1. Yay I made the top list!

      As I said way down below in some comment, I won’t be getting rid of the world, comic or characters, just maybe not making a comic about ’em as often, y’know? There will still be drawing, just FUN drawing I want to do!

      As for JP, I live in Japan, so I have to speak it every day! I just gotta pass a SUPER HARD test that even Japanese people find difficult to get another job first after this contract ends!

  12. Hey Jkun, this breaks my heart but doesn’t totally surprise me. You put a lot of effort into this comic while seeming to be quite busy and motivated in other areas of your life too. (Are you still teaching? I couldn’t imagine doing something so high-stress AND maintaining a webcomic!) Whatever you choose, I will support you. You’re a smart, clever person with a lot of potential, and your life, friends and future are more important than any one project.

    I wouldn’t take down the website, unless it’s costing you too much to maintain. If anything, put up a notice that the comic is finished or on indefinite hiatus, whatever you decide, but leave it up so people can check through the archives. The gag strips are great lighthearted fun, and even if the story is unfinished, it still provides some backstory. Plus any well-made story comic serves as inspiration for other creators out there. I’ve been trying to take in as many as possible lately.

    I’ll say this: whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you can commit to with the least regrets, and try your hardest NOT to regret. Because if you’re trying to learn and focus on your future with this cloud of “oh no, I let all those people down, I really messed up” hanging over your head, that’s no good. Again, it’s your life and you spent so much of it pouring your soul into this. You already don’t OWE any of us readers any more of yourself. Although I understand all too well that feeling of obligation, that alone is not enough for you to keep sacrificing if your own creative fire is no longer there.

    Finally, I urge you not to feel like you wasted your time or anything. Even if, worst case scenario, you were to completely abandon the CS characters and NEVER come back to them, you still have developed yourself as an artist and character designer, as well as honing your responsibility and dedication, and making new connections. You created something that many people, myself included, enjoyed a lot.

    Best wishes!
    -Courtney

    1. Hey long time no see (your comments!)

      I do still teach! Full time! The staff changes every year and this year we are down one English teacher so my classes were doubled, it sucks and is super hard work!

      I don’t think I will take down the site or abandon anything, and at the same time I don’t want to leave people hanging. I have discussed how I should wrap up ORIGINS and the comic with a few people so we’ll see how it goes – whether it’s making the odd strip here and there and filling the site with other illustrations, or evolving the entire site into a new format such as simply a place where I can draw stuff and people can comment on it. I just want drawing to be fun again, y’know?

      Thanks for your kind words..!

      1. Yeah, I went through like a year where I got distracted and fell out of the habit of actively following other webcomics, so I’ve just recently been catching up. ^_^; I was just thinking I’m about due to make you some new fanart because the designs have changed and I’ve gotten better too!

        Wow! My mom is a teacher so I certainly know how much work it is, and I find it incredible that you get as much art done as you do on top of all that!

        But yeah, I look forward to where you go in the future. I’ve seen some webcomics (although only a few that I was invested in) go on hiatus where the creators just kind of… disappear for weeks or months and no one’s really sure what’s going on. Again, it’s their right and it’s totally understandable to just get swept up in life, but it’s really cool that you care enough to let everyone know so openly what’s going on, and to want to keep people entertained one way or another. I hope you find that balance you’re looking for, and that it helps you renew your creative energy. :)

  13. Dude, just drop it and move on with your life. I really mean it. With best wishes for you.
    I enjoy the comic but it’s not so big deal if it stopped now. Plenty of others out there.
    If some time in future you want to continue then people will find out.
    Don’t torture yourself with something that was supposed to be fun in the first place.

    1. Aha, such an easy answer. I want to but the 15 year old me who made the story up is holding me at gunpoint.

      I think the best thing to do now is finish Germination then work something out. Hiatus or less updates, either way it’s not something I want to/can drop so easily!

      1. Hey, at least you’ve actually *done* something. I’ve been sitting on my ideas for roughly ten years, and I keep having new ones that I don’t have time or the necessary expertise to execute in a reasonable amount of time. Despite all my planning, translating ideas into page upon page isn’t as easy as *having* the ideas.

        I guess what I’m saying is, I wish I had your problems – if I did, I’d probably just cut down my workload and continue the project as I have the opportunity.

  14. I just realized something I didn’t address; I was writing from the standpoint that you are unquestionably suffering from burnout, while you only said “maybe I burned myself out”.

    On the off chance you weren’t actually clear on what the problem is, yes, you’re suffering from burnout. Not having enough time to properly work on a major project like this is its own (and potentially very severe) issue, and can *cause* burnout, but things like taking a break or working more slowly or whatever aren’t really an issue without the burnout factor. When you say:

    “The worst part is I have finally gotten to the best part of the story, the point I really wanted to tell and there’s just…nothing there. I don’t feel a thing. […] I am not happy with most pages I draw, and I feel like I have hit an artistic plateau.”

    That’s burnout incarnate. I’ve read practically the same sentences a dozen times, from a dozen different creators, at all levels of skill. That’s just what burnout feels like.

    While it’s of course possible that what you’re putting on the page really isn’t doing justice to what’s in your head, I think any decent artist feels that way at least a little bit, and as an external observer it’s all coming out very nice and professionally, so the problem is one of perception. It almost certainly feels wrong and you’re not happy with it because you’re burnt-out, not because it’s not coming out well.

    If you already understood that, apologies for unnecessarily preaching the gospel of burnout. It sucks, and can happen to anybody. (I’m rather fried on a day job I used to love, for example, but it pays for the roof over my head and the art I love more now.)

    1. I’ll reply to both your posts here to save space, haha.

      The main problem might not be burning myself out on comics, just burning myself out in general. As most people know I have two full time jobs, and this is slowly becoming my third. The majority of webcomic artists I know get into drawing because they don’t have a job, and want comicking to become their job. All they have is time. Three years ago I was the same. But now, time is running out and I need to spend all the time I am not at my other two jobs working on projects that will appease Japanese design companies, and studying Japanese itself to secure a job here. Spending this last year making webcomics isn’t going to get me a job. It’s a sad but harsh truth.

      Then again, I wanted ORIGINS to be over in a year. I have no idea how it is only half way done! It could be that I wasn’t used to writing big stories and had no idea about time management, or it could be I just thought “Ech, I have loads of weeks until I get fired, I can take it easy”. I should have planned out the entire story from the start and not chapter by chapter, so in a way I am 100% at fault for putting myself in this situation, which stresses me out to no end.

      The last two ways of getting around this situation are ones I am considering. However, I dislike how boring the first year of the ORIGINS arc is. If it were a standalone book of PDF, I don’t think ANYONE would enjoy reading these first 50 pages to get to the “good” stuff when Germination starts. There are much better ways to tell this story, I know there is, yet if I took the site down to redraw the entire thing, this whole last year would have been for nothing.

      It feels like “Woops, I’ve messed up” and there is no turning back time. Yet, I still have a whole year to change. I need to make a choice now on what that change is going to be, but there will be casualties either way. Either I lose the comic, its readers and followers for the sake of my future, or I focus on it 100%, finally tell my story, but end up flipping burgers at 30 while living on the streets.

      1. Could well be just general burnout—and sometimes life just does that to you—but I would still say from both personal experience and having read the same sort of thing many times before that what you’re describing sounds very much like artistic burnout coupled with a lot of external work that doesn’t help any.

        At the least, you keep saying that the first half isn’t enjoyable, which I don’t think is true. The second half may well be better (I can’t say, not having read it), but myself and many of the readers here have enjoyed it, so I think your opinion of it has been colored by your mental state.

        I do know where you’re coming from—I’ve somehow ended up with three jobs, one of which is full time, in addition to significant family obligations due to ailing parents and some relatively serious health problems of my own, so lack of sleep and migraines have practically become a way of life. It’s rough—it grinds you down mentally and physically, and if you don’t figure out a way to manage it or escape from it, it’ll do terrible things to you. I have coworkers who’ve had that happen, often at roughly the stage in life you’re at.

        Point being, at least you’ve realized there’s a problem before it got really bad.

        On a more creative note, you do sound like you figured out something that very few webcomic creators seem to do, but the lack of which has always baffled me. I’m only a writer—I have to hire someone else to do the art (that’s why I’m willing to work three jobs, in fact). But while it seems like most webcomics have final scripts done only a few strips in advance, at most, I wouldn’t consider handing over my scripts to an artist until the entire story was finalized from start to finish; too often I’ve figured out something after finishing an entire first draft that required substantial adjustments early on, or later realized a better way to do something. I don’t feel remotely confident that the beginning won’t change until the end is equally final. Sequential art by its nature is best produced sequentially, but the writing therefore can be tweaked and re-drafted as many times as necessary until it all fits perfectly.

        In any case, I hope you figure out a solution that makes you happy with yourself. If it were me, I’d reach a stopping point then shelve the story until I felt the creative spark again and had the time to finish it, but maybe a more relaxed update schedule, where you only put in the time when it’s available, is the better way to go. If you’re not intending to use the comic as a jumping-off point for a career in that field, then it’s not that important to maintain the readership—the people who really care will keep it in their RSS list and notice when it picks up again.

  15. I enjoy reading your comic every week, and as someone working on a manga myself it’s extra-disheartening when I see other creators burn themselves out. I find myself with a different problem of doing the same kind of damage to personal relationships, health, and work by doing too much (example: It is 4:30am on a weekday and I’m still awake because I was wrtiting), but because I can’t *not* do it—I feel driven to get the story out of my head. That may be because I’m a writer/creator, not an artist, though—I’m handing the grinding grunt-work required to produce art off to someone else.

    Art is hard work, but if you’re not having fun, that’s generally bad, and while you might be able to power through the last bit if you were almost there, at the halfway point that’s not doing anybody any favors.

    Personally, I’d take the break to refresh myself, but you seem to have the self-awareness to understand that you’ll never pick it back up if you do, so that seems like an unfortunate worst-case option.

    Of what you suggested, I’d say the last two options seem the most reasonable. I’m assuming here that you were implying going back to a gag strip and poking at Origins when able—either as a re-launch or PDF for fans to buy—but even if you meant shelving the entirety of Crazy Sunshine until the time came, those seem the most reasonable options.

    It’s what I’d do, at least.

    1. Sadly I wouldn’t be going “back” because, well, nothing would change. I would still be making a comic every week and not using my time efficiently. I may aswell continue with ORIGINS if I was going to do that. Instead I would probably look into creating a comics feed that would update ORIGINS slowly but surely over time, and another feed with FUN art I want to make. I just want to enjoy drawing again and try out new stuff. 3 years of the same format and same style got really stale..!

      Yay for my first webcomic breakdown!

  16. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea how much time it takes to finish a comic page. I only could try to compare it with music. An average song is like four to five minutes long, but can take weeks of effort and sweat to finish it. All the work of jamming, searching for a melody, a rhythm (lining of a comic maybe?), the baselines (plain colors), riffs, solos, transitions, intro, outro (shading & effects) & the lyrics (texts). Then you go to record the song. Spending hours, maybe struggling with bad timing, health problems of band members, mistakes at the mixer and whatever else. In the meantime everyone has to go to work, wants (needs!) to spend time with family, friends, girl- or boyfriends. Still you have to practice every day and prepare for concerts. And I am sure the work on the comic here isn’t less.

    However you will decide, I have a lot of respect of artists as you are and I always enjoyed what you were creating.

    And I totally agree to the comment of Chris.

    1. I’ll break it down for you. Every day except Sunday I have work from 8-6. During winter my day begins at 5am because of the heavy snow.

      I then have to make time for study, gym, girlfriend, and overtime if there is any. The extra 2-3 hours a day I get goes into making the comic. I will spend one day doing layout and sketches, one day doing BGInks, one day doing FG/CharaInks, one day doing flat colours, and one day doing shades, before finally adding effects, uploading everything, and setting up the auto update stuff/social media blurbs. It takes a full 5 days at 2-3 hours a day to do one page. Add to the fact I have been doing this every week for 3 years and time eventually starts catching up. I have gained over 15kg just sitting on my ass, lost many friends because I told them I had “work”, and generally treated drawing like it was something I had to do, not because I wanted to do it. The fun is just…gone.

      Thanks for your comment!

      1. Wow, dude.
        I think you really should make a longer break from the comic, and get your life back in order. Your comic is great, but your health, social life and work are more important. Don’t hurt yourself by forcing you to do things, you don’t want to.
        Take a break. Not just from the comic, in general, at least as good as possible… Isn’t that the only choice left?
        I mean, thats what I think.
        And when you return, we’ll drink a nice glass of good whisky! :)

        1. If I stopped updating the comic, I wouldn’t be going on vacation or anything, I would still be here, just making better use of my free time. Studying, drawing things I want to draw, practicing new programs and styles, maybe even starting a new hobby. THe site would still exist and there would still be blog/art updates, just not the same comic week after week, y’know? Infact, I am kind of excited at the prospect of an art blog that is updated with random stuff every few days, it would really help with my creativity, especially if fans of the comic can comment on all the stuff I make.

          Plus yes, whiskyyyyy, I need one of those. Famous Grouse, please!

          1. Yes, that is pretty much what I wanted to say, sometimes I can’t manage to express myself well in English. Good thing, that I have English lesson tonight.
            An art blog sounds like a good plan, you don’t have to draw according to a certain schedule or towards a due date. Just drawing what’s fun, whatever it is, and if you feel like not to draw or update for a week, than you just don’t. ^^
            Yes I can imagine, that drawing more various stuff from outside the CS world opens the mind wider again.
            I like this idea. About hobby: Ever tried archery? Easy to learn, pretty cheap, not too time consuming, and helped me a lot by learning to calm down and focus again. Just sayin’… :)

            Famous Grouse? A shame, but I never heard of this one before. I’ll order a bottle this weekend.

  17. I’m glad you started the comic in the first place, it’s a lot of fun, and I along with many people look forward to it each week. Sometimes though it’s hard to forget that there’s humans on the other end of the equation, people with lives beyond the stories they weave. However you choose to proceed in the future, there will always be people who will appreciate what you’ve provided. There’s no simple answer, and words sometimes sound hollow across the internet, so I guess the next best thing is to say you’ve been heard, and people’ll keep listening so long as you speak.

    -Much respect from an East Side follower.

    1. Thanks, that means a lot. I am glad people got a chuckle or two out of it, but whether it’ll continue in this format or not, who knows.

      I am not giving up on CS, the characters or the world. I will probably keep it around, but it’ll just move along much, much slower. Don’t worry about me never speaking, nobody can shut me up!

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