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|Joe - 10/14/04
|Laura - 10/14/04
I'll go against the part of me that wants to be a bit reclusive and secretive and tell you that I spent last week at Viable Paradise. It's a sf/f writers workshop on Martha's Vineyard. If any of you reading this are writers in those genres, I would recommend the workshop without any hesitation. I learned more than I thought was possible in a week, and I had a blast doing it. The instructors know their stuff, and, even more importantly, they know how to teach you what they know.
After attending VP, I look over EF and see a number of things I could have done better... much better. There isn't too much I can do about it now. The up side is that it will hopefully be getting better in the future. Speaking of the future, there are some changes in the works concerning EF. When we started EF, it was mainly a fun project for us to work on. Lately, however, it has lost some of that sense of fun. We're going to try and bring some of that back. There are a number of EF related things that we want to do, but with the weekly update thing going, it's hard to work on anything else. So, after we finish the current issue, we're going to move away from the strict weekly update schedule for a while. To keep things clear, we're not ending EF. There's still a lot of story to tell, and we really want to tell it. A part of the work I'll be doing after we finish issue 4 is refining the story. The end of this issue is a breakpoint in the story. It's almost like the end of a chapter. I won't say it's the end of the setup and introductions, because it's more than that. Issue 5 will be a new beginning of sorts. I feel that I've learned a lot since EF started, and I want to take some time to apply what I have learned to make EF better. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Moving on to tertiary topics, National Novel Writing Month is coming up, and I will again be joining the insanity... and I want to get as many people as I can to drink the "special" koolaid that is NaNoWriMo with me! C'mon... you know you wanna! It'll make you feel good! I think I'll probably end up doing this every November for the rest of my life. So, if I live another 40 years or so, that'll be 40 novels. That thought is kinda freaky.
Wow, sorry for being MIA these past couple weeks (past couple months if you include my rants). I'm feeling kind of worn out lately. Not like a physical exhaustion, because really I haven't been doing anything. I guess it's more like a major slump or a rut. But today, I'm writing the rant to end all rants....or more precisely, this will most likely be my last rant for the comic in it's current form. If you've read Joe's rant, you know that we're changing Eidolic Fringe. This was mainly prompted by me, because lately, I'm just not feeling it :( I hate to say it, but lately I sort of don't want to work on the comic. That's not to say I want to quit, because I have an emotional investment in the story and characters and as of now I'm determined to see it through to the end. But as things stand, I'm really dragging my feet these days. Working on the comic the way I do has become something of a burden. I kind of feel like I'm always beating myself up over it, and when I thought about how much longer I could last like this, the answer was "not much longer". So I decided on a change and that was the removal of the deadline, meaning basically that the comic will be updated whenever I feel like it. One the one hand, I feel badly because I worry that this jerks around the people who enjoy the comic, but I think that this is also best for the comic and myself. Since the end of the current issue could be considered an end to an arc if you will, I felt this was also a good point to take a good look at the comic and really think about how to evolve it and make it more of what I always wanted it to be. I want Eidolic Fringe to transform and grow up a little, and hopefully come the next issue, it will show. So I am sorry if this disapoints people, but I'm glad that comic is going from a weekly web site, to a project I'm doing for my own enjoyment again. And if other people continue to enjoy it along the way, that's just a plus. ^_^
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