Comic Hiatus: Please Read by Tieback
October 14th, 2018, 8:56 pm
Hello Lovelies,

First off, they finally know what’s wrong! I tested positive for Mono. I tested negative for Mono twice before, but third times the charm. Since Mono is caused by a virus, there is no medical treatment. You just get better, when you get better. And thankfully, I am feeling better.

And now, time for a heart to heart…

While sick, I’ve had time to think deeply. And there are some things I regret. For instance, I regret not spending more time with my friends and family. I regret resorting to quick unhealthy foods, as opposed to taking the time to cook healthy meals. And I regret not having the time to do random art projects, just for the joy of it. This led me to seriously evaluate how I use my time.

Between making pages, doing story boards, producing additional content for Patreons, and working on completing the story’s plot on the side, I spend about 30 hours a week on the comic. My full time job requires 40 hours a week, and I spend another 5-10 hours studying. The time I spend at work and studying is not negotiable, so that leaves the time I spend on the comic.

I brainstormed some ways I could spend less time on comic. One idea was abandonment, which I don’t want to do. Another idea was updating less frequently, which I also don’t want to do. I also could convert the webcomic into a written story, which I have mixed feelings about. On the other side, maybe after some big life stressors get ironed out, the comic’s time requirements might not be problematic anymore.

I’ve run over these possibilities multiple times, and I can’t decide right now. I need more time to think. But even more so, I really need to focus on my test coming up in February. If I don’t pass it, I lose my current position at work. And right after my test, I’ll be trying to get my first home. So, for my health, sanity, job security, and future living situation, I decided that I need to place this comic on a hiatus. Once I pass my test and get a home, I’ll be in the position to decide what to do.

I want to be frank, there’s a chance this comic may end. I don’t like that idea, but that would be the worst case scenario. I also may jump back in, fully charged, with weekly updates. I just don’t know at this time. I have been on such an emotional roller coster. During the first 20 days of being sick, I had 12 blood tests, 2 X-rays, a CT scan, and trip to the ER. And after all of that, they still didn’t know what was wrong. It was incredibly scary…

I’m not sure the exact date this hiatus will end, it depends when I get a home. The latest should May 2019, because that’s when my lease ends. I know that’s a long time away, and I am sorry. But I need to give myself a break as a get better. And I need to fully focus on securing my job, and getting a permanent home. I hope you can understand. Thank you for reading this post.

Sincerely,
Tieback
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Ehhwa
October 14th, 2018, 10:26 pm
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Thank you for the update and I'm glad you were able to find out what was wrong! Get better soon!
And take your time getting stuff in order for your health and relationships. You have a life to live fully and I hope you don't feel guilty for possibly ending the series (As wonderful as it is!). Live life fully and continue your creative work at your own pace.
But if/when you decide to come back, I'll be waiting for you!
Wishing you the best!
-Ehhwa
chickey
October 15th, 2018, 5:50 am
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Thank you for your honesty, and sharing your personal life and struggles with all of us. So many people think making a webcomic is easy or that you're lazy if you don't update often.

Your first priority is you, and you don't have to justify anything to anyone (though I appreciate the update, so many webcomic artists disappear without an explanation. It gets me worried whether or not they're all right).

I do hope you feel better soon and feel comfortable enough to come back to the comic someday.
VadanDrumist
October 15th, 2018, 7:49 am
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Welp regardless of the final outcome we will miss you. Get well soon (and all those other stock phrases)! Hopefully we won’t end up with the worst outcome.
VothnThorvaldson
October 15th, 2018, 9:53 am
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I hope you'll get better very soon. This should be your priority right now, so don't worry about us!

As a generality I would advice against taking any important decision when one is unwell, so I would suggest you to wait until you are back to health to take any decision on the future of your comic; however if it's stressing you a lot, I can get how this may need to be resolved fast.

What I wish to tell you is that for comics with illustrations of this quality, I really don't mind if the updates are infrequent and/or random. If you update once a month or once every two months or even less, I will still follow it, because even as isolated illustrations, it is beautiful and rich.
So as far as I'm concerned, if you don't feel like doing it anymore at all, stop; but if you still do like working on it but are worried about update frequency, it's ok, work on it when you wish to, only :)
Tieback
October 15th, 2018, 12:38 pm
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@Ehhwa: Thank you so much for being understanding and the support! Big hugs.
Tieback
October 15th, 2018, 12:40 pm
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@chickey: I'm glad you appreciated the honesty. I wanted to be transparent with you all. Going on a hiatus was not an easy decision, and I wanted you guys to know why I needed to do it. Thank you for the support! :)
Tieback
October 15th, 2018, 12:41 pm
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@VadanDrumist: Thank you! I want the story to continue as well. I'm going to do my best to get to a place where I can continue. Thank you for the support!
Tieback
October 15th, 2018, 12:43 pm
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@VothnThorvaldson: Thank you for the kind words and support. I'm so glad that you find the comic beautiful! Thank you.
RandomEgg
October 15th, 2018, 8:25 pm
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Take all the time you need to recover and think things through. We'll just wait for you in the mean time, and if you can't come back to this comic than that's just too bad for us. Focus on just sorting things out with your life, then decide what to do with this comic. Good luck!
nycsketchbook
October 17th, 2018, 2:47 pm
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Get better Hi Tieback, Thanks for sharing your personal challenges, please feel better, health is wealth, please don't neglect it. Cheers!
Idan (Guest)
October 23rd, 2018, 10:46 am
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I hope you get better!
Pisces Concepts
December 21st, 2018, 9:09 pm
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My prayers are with you for long lasting health.