Comic 544 - Short notice

27th Nov 2017, 6:00 PM in Chapter Eight
544 - Short notice
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
rufiangel 27th Nov 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Hey guys, hope you're all having a good Monday so far!

I'm so sorry about the pause in updates. My mood has been... fickle, to say the least. Working on updates has been akin to pulling teeth aggravatingly slowly.

I am being an entitled jerk with my readership and I just want to apologise sincerely. I wish there was a way to wake up from this unmotivated stupor in a systematic fashion, but all I can do is keep throwing spaghetti on the wall and gleaning what I can from it.

Maybe I just need a break from work.

At any rate, thanks for still reading despite the hiccups in the updates. My heart is heavy, but I know I'll pull through. At least, He's always pulled me through.

Have a great start to your week, don't let my inane ramblings get to you, and see you guys on Thursday. :)

MST3KFan 27th Nov 2017, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Does your job offer vacations or paid time off of any kind, rufi? If so, maybe it's time to take one just to relax and get your stress levels down a bit.

Onto the page. Looks like everyone is having a heck of a time with this beast.

Nemi, NOOOOOO!!!! (Believes Jinn will have saved her from the attack on the next page.)
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
I'll be taking a short break this weekend, and a pretty extended on in January :) so it should be good! Thanks for your concern, MST3K~

Also I didn't realise how I somehow implied something had happened to Nemi on this page lol, hopefully the following page immediately cleared that one up XD she was out of range of that smash~
KAM 27th Nov 2017, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
I tawt I taw a puddy tat. 8-o

I can understand the problem with updates. Sleep trouble and minor illnesses make it very hard for me to focus on drawing, which is frustrating. Not fun. Hope you get over your problems.
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Thanks KAM, I appreciate it <3 health and sleep definitely impact motivation to draw :'D

I think I'm feeling better these days~ hopefully I'll push on through all the way -v-*)/ thank you!
megados 27th Nov 2017, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
That's a pretty brave (if not too well thought out) thing you're doing there, Nemi!

Entitled jerk? Nah, I think everyone understands. Sometimes life just gets in the way of living, is all. Everyone has highs and lows. Readers are not here to whip you or judge you. You are right; there will be light at the end of the tunnel. :)
mjkj 27th Nov 2017, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

(if you see light at the end of the tunnel - be careful - it might be a train)
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Nemi can be quite reckless when she thinks on the spot XD

And thank you megados, you are very kind. ;v;* <3 Honestly, I wouldn't blame readers who *are* feeling frustrated with me... Your kindness is very much appreciated though!! ;v;** <33
CiciEnixa 27th Nov 2017, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Ooh boy, everyone's starting to wing it, and it's getting progressively worse :,D I... I don't even know how they're gonna salvage this situation, I'm just praying they make it out alive at this point.

(much luv & hugs rufi <3<3<3)
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
It gets a little rough and tumble, but no worries, we do have fairly experienced adventurers at hand~ ;) though how long they'll be able to keep the Behemoth at bay without a game-changer will be the real problem, if they have to stall it long enough for more help to arrive...
mjkj 27th Nov 2017, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Cain, you are on the wrong side - go back to yours...

...and heal Nemi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nooooooo, NEEEEMMMMIIIII!!!!!!!!!!

@A/N: *hugs Rufi* <3 Thank you for the update *sends much choci and motivation*

@alt text: true ;) =P
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
XD Definitely didn't mean for people to think Nemi was at risk there, LOL! She's nimble enough to dodge any stray debris falling her way, no worries~ it was rather far away from her XD
Crestlinger 27th Nov 2017, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
Danger! Danger! Writer in Funk.

Now would be a Great time for Someone's 'supermove'
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
XD Thanks Crestlinger <3 that song *does* make me bop! <3

And you got it! ;D
Matt Knab 28th Nov 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Proper positioning is key in many raid encounters!
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
SO key. I can't even count the number of times I stood somewhere dumb and got blasted XD
Nate 28th Nov 2017, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
All good Rufi. You got this! Thanks for the update. Praying for strength.
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh! Thank you!!! <333 I'm so touched XD

I'LL DO MY BEST!!! I'm definitely feeling better today :D
The Accidental Ninja 28th Nov 2017, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
The Accidental Ninja
Re: A/N
I know a lot of authors who just suddenly stop updating with no warning whatsoever and are never heard from again, so your efforts to keep up and at the very least to keep us informed are much appreciated, and most definitely un-jerk-ish.
Having a regular job, turning out two colour pages a week, and dealing with life on top of that is hard! And it does sound like you need a break, so take care of yourself!
(will pray for motivation and rest for you!)
(I am slightly worried about the state of your spaghetti-covered wall though... :p)

Re: page
Since everyone else is already super worried about Nemi, I'm going to be that one person who does care about Lyn and Archer xD

mjkj 28th Nov 2017, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Re: Re: A/N:
so true, Kat - seconded!!! - and really, really very much appreciated, Rufi <3 *hugs*
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Kat, I appreciate your kind words ;v;*

I'm always aware that I could be doing more, and honestly *should* be doing more. It just seems like such a darn waste that I would spend time being demotivated when I've got such fantastic readers and a story I want to tell, deep down! Moods can be such strange things, I tell you. A break is coming up this weekend and I'm rather looking forward to it :D <3

My wall is... a lost cause by now but you know what, that's fine XD the mess is a solid reminder for future attempts to break out of this funk and tells me what worked and didn't work yanno? Lol <3

At any rate, thank you for worrying about Lyn and Archer - somebody had to, especially since Nemi was totally fine XDDD

Macheman7 29th Nov 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Speaking for myself, I'm ecstatic with one update a week. I'd be more ecstatic with an author that felt up to the work she was doing- If you need a break, take it. Or else you'll burn out and we won't get any Serpamia Flare anyway, and you'll feel bad at the same time.

-Continuous screaming until the next update-

Poor everyone. ;-;
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Macheman for such kind and encouraging words, truly ;v;*)/ I want to try and keep up my twice-a-week as much as I can, though obviously if I keep failing a once-a-week that's consistent will be far better than an inconsistent twice-a-week so I know what to do if it comes to it. At the moment, though, I think I can attempt to keep it up. At the end of the chapter I'll take an extended break to recharge. :)

Everyone is definitely going to have *some* trouble, no denying that XD fufu <3
Proxy170 29th Nov 2017, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Yay update! :D Don't worry, Rufi, we all get stuck in a rut now and then! And drawing big battles like this can be really tough, especially when I'm sure you want to get to the winning part :) But the pacing is great for build up!
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Thank you Proxy! ;v;*** I'm really glad to know the pacing is working so far. It's been tough, you're right, because of the battle-heavy sequence. I'm definitely feeling the fatigue of it. But I'll do my best so we can just get *through* this darn sequence XD there's no other way around it!

Thanks so much for reading, always, Proxy <3 you're always so encouraging <3 ;v;***
dawndemonica 29th Nov 2017, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
I seem to remember you get even more depressed when people are kind and tell you to "take your time." So, here is me saying "get back to work you lazy slacker." And if that doesn't work, should I pack a Bull Whip or Riding Crop for a "get back to work" visit? (Not really going to come visit, I can't afford the plane ticket.) Hopefully this at least gets you to giggle a little.
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
XDDD dawndemonica that *did* make me split a grin, LOL <3 it's very true, I *do* get weirdly demotivated when people are too kind :'D a good kick in the butt is what I need, sometimes!

This time around the issues weren't quite the same as last time, though; it has to do with stuff that... hmm. Maybe I'll write an essay about it later and then you can berate me for the silliness of it XD but overall, a good kick DOES remind me to keep at it with gusto :P

Thanks for reading and for supporting SF always, dawndemonica <3 I really appreciate it, and feel the love ;v;*)/ (the tough love XD)
Seabiscuit 30th Nov 2017, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Awww Rufi you worry too much!! You clearly always do your best and put so much love into this...;^;
I think everyone gets these unmotivated periods, too.D:
Maybe a vacation?~
rufiangel 4th Dec 2017, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
;v;*** thankyew seamuffin, you are too kind~~! I think a part of the issue was that I wasn't feeling *enough* love, now that you mention it... O-<-< but I am definitely feeling more of it now XD <3 especially towards you and your kind words! Thank you <3

I have a short break this weekend (I took Friday off) so I'm looking forward to it :D fufu <3