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    Joe - 1/5/04       Laura 12/15/03  

We Need a Vacation

Happy New Year, everyone. It's been 3 issues, 78 pages, almost 2 years. We've been late a number of times on the update, but I think we have managed to put something up for every week that we've been up, and we really need a break. Now, I want to make it clear that this comic is not going away. We actually have stuff planned for while we take our break, but issue 4 won't start until we finish resting.

Okay, here's the plan. After the end of Issue 3 Omake, we'll be taking a month (i.e. 4 weeks / 4 updates) vacation of sorts. During this time, the site will still have updates every week, but they won't be comic pages. We have some guest art and some EF related stuff to run. After that, we will promptly resume the EF storyline with Issue 4.

We know that some people aren't going to be pleased with this announcement, and we're sorry. The most common complaint that we get is that we update too slow, but both Laura and I do this as a hobby in our spare time. We have full time jobs (which at times can take up more than the usual "full-time" of 40 hours a week). When we started out, the thought was that we would get used to doing things and the pace would pick up, but as things progressed, the extra time from becoming more efficient got used in improving the quality of the work.

From the writing side of things, there is not a day that goes by where EF is not on my mind. Even during November, when I was doing NaNoWriMo, I was still thinking about how to pace out Issue 4. The general story is worked out, but the majority of the work that needs to be done is in the presentation of the story. Going from some general ideas and themes to the exact dialog, events and setting details isn't exactly straight forward at times. Also, becuase I get new ideas, some things are constantly getting re-worked and improved.

As it goes, EF is really fun for me to work on. I really enjoy writing it, but in order to keep things fresh, I really think I need to step away from it for a bit. My personal plan for this break is to take a couple weeks off. The second half of the time will be for me to rebuild my script buffer. I also want to try and finally get some of the character profiles written and finalized along with some articles I wanted to put into the "info" part of the site.

Again, sorry for the delay.


To get the flu shot or not get the flu shot. That was the question I faced earlier this season. I opted not to because when my dad got it last year, he said it made him feel terrible, and when it was made available to me, I had already given blood that day and wasn't really feeling like getting jabbed with another needle. Of course, wouldn't you know, now I have the flu. :( Oh well. I sensed I was due to get sick. Without fail, I tend to fall ill just once a year, usually in the late fall or winter, and almost always near a holiday. The timing really sucks this year, because this really puts me behind on my Christmas shopping, leaving me just about a week and a half to get it done.

Fortunately I seem to be pretty resilient when it comes to the flu. I had it last year for just 24 hours and was good as new the next day. Even with this bout, I've had colds that were worse. Still I'm in bad shape. I'm making all sorts of unappealing coughing sounds and I've been in bed for most of the weekend. I was hoping to stave it off with mental power or possibly the Force, but I don't seem to be having much luck and now I'm at the slighty loopy stage, where if I watch too much TV, it starts to confuse me. I think I'm about to start getting better though. Hopefully I'll be well enough to enjoy my Christmas vacation next week and get in a couple viewings of Return of the King.

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