I never thought I'd be doing an installment of WTF about myself.
Although I suspected.
So, as you can tell from the lack of content this week, the comic hasn't been --uh-- reliable lately. Yeah. We'll go with "reliable."
There are a lot of long, boring and pathetically emo reasons why, but the biggest (and most emo) of the lot has been good old fashioned stress. Ducky lost his job 7 (emo) months ago, and hasn't been able to replace it. It's stretched our bank account and my emotional (read: emo) state as far as they can go without either total financial ruin and/or complete mental meltdown.
To put it briefly: both my bank account and psyche have (emo) stretchmarks*.
Last week, I had the comic all but finished when I was involved in a minor fender-bender. It wasn't serious (or emo): some scrapes on the bumper and some lingering stiffness for two days. So even I was surprised when this made me have a drama-fest of gargantuan proportions. (You thought I was going to say "emo" didn't you?) It made me come to a hard decision about the comic. One that I've been avoiding.
I'm going to have to tool back Strange Fiction, and in a major way. I've kept saying I was going to do this, but I've resisted. Partly because I'm finally almost (almost) satisfied with the direction the comic is taking, and partly because I'm a stubborn bitch of a woman. I don't want to do less with the comic, I want to do more. I'm both furious and frustrated I'm unable to do that. I didn't want to admit to myself that Strange Fiction had become a burden.
But, I also don't want to burn myself out to the point where I can no longer produce the comic, and if I continue along this path, I'm afraid that's just what will happen. So, that's where we are, kids. Indulge my emoness a bit longer, and sooner or later, we'll get back to a place we can all enjoy.
* If you've made it this far through the blog, you deserve a reward. Would you like a terrible "Your mom" joke? Too bad! That's what you're getting.
"Both my bank account and psyche have stretchmarks, just like your mom's ass."
Thank you! I'll be here all week!