- Keep an eye peeled for streams over the next few days! Planning to try for a sketch stream this weekend (hopefully for reals this time), possibly Friday?
- No page tonight; the next one's a double, though.
- Trying for a new work schedule, which is part of the delay but should yield long-term upsides if I can manage it.
- Also trying to manage stress of our housing situation, which Kazziepones elaborates on here, and if you want to help with this hogwash she started a GoFundMe here.
Okay, so here's the long version:
I'm trying to get my work schedule altered to four longer days as opposed to five shorter ones, since I rarely get much of note done on weeknights as it is anyway. I'm hoping this'll help me balance my personal work and open up more streaming opportunities for you guys to come and hang out and maybe sometimes get a sketch or two, because that's something that I enjoy doing that also just kinda helps me out both financially and with inflating my own lacking ego. Hooray! For now, though, it's going to help us out with house hunting.
We got a notice at the start of the month that our apartments' corporate overlords want to boot us out, renovate, and turn the place around for something like a 50% rent hike they can't legally lay on us. More tactfully, or really as they put it directly, they don't wish to renew our lease, which is up in December, giving us something like a month to find a new place, move to that new place, still pay the rent where we are but also the rent and deposit and such where we're going, and somehow in the middle of this remember Christmas is at the same time and manage to not get sad about it. (No promises on managing all of that.)
We've had some offers of help from family and friends, and we also don't have a hard number for costs until we figure out where we're even going, which is really hard to do when you work 9 to 5 on weekdays, need those hours to get by, and oops also that's the only time your prospective new housing is available to even be looked into. Cool beans! So I've expidited the process of switching to less but longer work days that I'd planned to go for come year's end anyway, and we're hoping to use those days to figure out how to not end up under a bridge somewhere. It's a fun situation, to be sure.
While I'm not one to panhandle, Kazzie's watchers brought up GoFundMe, and I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. If you feel like throwing us a one-time bone, you can catch that right here. (I feel obligated to mention our Patreon here less out of begging and more out of "yes I realize both of these things exist, albeit for different purposes," like a confession of artist's guilt, because apparently it's common for artsy farts to think they don't deserve jack diddly for what they do, never mind ask for aid besides.) If nothing else, it'll cushion the blow a bit; we've finally hit a point where we've more or less financially stabilized as opposed to rolling into debt, so we don't exactly have a huge stockpile of savings to address the matter since we're still gonna be paying off our assorted crap for quite a long while.
That ends the long-winded talk about depressing things. Let's address art crap:
Lonely Hooves is getting a delay this week, and you can blame me for this one entirely. Between the housing stress, work schedule shifts, and general emotional wear and tear, I found myself staring down a two-page update that needed a fair amount of last-minute design work before it could even get going. Rather than willingly approach a true and ultimate meltdown, I decided to call it for the week and focus on making this moment as close to what I've been picturing for literal years as I could. I'm bummed to push our visitor reveal another week, but hopefully it'll be worthwhile in the end.
That said, there has been a ton of design work for these pages, between all the different iterations of our spooky intruders, laying out the area, working out the wagon, setting the general mood of the scene... I keep promising it'll end up on Patreon as we go, but it's such a cluttered lot that odds are I'll just mass post it in a couple months when it's not full of spoilers I'll need to edit out. That's the sort of thing I want Patrons to get in on, so I'm excited for it, but it's a big ol' mess! Maybe I'll slap the MP3 of this last page's little bonus up on there in the meantime. Iunno.
What I do know is that I'm facing down a four-day weekend, and despite the things I want to catch up on, I'd also love to have a sketch stream sometime. Thursday seems like a bit of a batty notion since a fair portion of you lot'll be experiencing a right old turkey coma, so I'm thinking Friday evening. I know I said the same last week, but between a general lack of interest on all channels and my own waning mental fortitude, I took a personal day instead. (I may have taken several. I'm dealing with some things.) I've no excuses this week, though, so keep your eyes your watch notices Friday night if you want to come shake off whatever your racist uncle screamed across the table or forget football is a thing for five minutes and maybe order a sketch while you're at it.
(On that, In the Bath House did all right, and there's been interest in this sort of thing but I'm not sure where I or even my general audience sits with it, but: I've been considering maybe having a potential NSFW slot for the end of the streams? It'd happen pretty late, like early AM, when the kiddies have generally gone to bed, but I'm not super confident I'm mentally ready to deal with whatever audience that might draw in and I've had less than stellar experience with it in the past, so I'm super on the fence about it. I know it's not why most of you are here, and I do try to consider that sort of thing as well. I'm open to input!)
That's about the gist of it. Thanks for your time, patience, support, all that good jazz, and if you decide to tune in Friday night (or any time this long weekend, I've a lot to work through and my family's doing Thanksgiving on Sunday for whatever reason) I'll see you there!