Gosh, where do I even start?? I haven't really made an appearance since I left to 'set things right' so many months ago! I guess the first bit of news is the most obvious:
I've officially returned from my short hiatus! And boy has there be a LOT going on for the ole Jakester...
Firstly, I'd like to give a big shout out and thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday~
My birthday was about 10 days ago and even though I wasn't really around I came back to find plenty of happy wishes from you guys! Thanks so much! It really makes me happy to find that's the first thing I see when I return
You guys are great.
Next, I would like to happily announce that I've spent this time during hiatus finally and truly putting my priorities in order. I feel a lot happier as a person and a lot less stressed. I also feel more focused and determined than ever to bring you all exciting new content! Thanks for being patient with me as always~
One thing I've come to realize is that I tend to build things up in my head, both negatively and positively. I make goals that are just a bit too hard to reach in the time I allot for myself, and so when I inevitably fall short, I feel defeated and like I've let not only myself, but all of you down. The negativity then builds upon itself until I hit rock bottom. After moping for a bit, I watch or read something inspirational to make myself feel better, and all at once I get really pumped to tackle everything and the cycle begins all over again.
So no more of that nonsense.
As sucky as it is to have to wait for certain kinds of content over others, I'm just one dude with a million ideas, and I'm nowhere near rich enough to hire assistants. So this means I gotta be more realistic in the way I treat myself and set up my personal goals. Once I get better at managing my time, THEN I can start bringing on more of a work load, not a second before.
So, while I would love to produce two, three, or six different comic series at the same time, as it stands I simply don't have the time to spare, and dividing my attention between so many projects is going to make those projects themselves suffer, and that's no bueno. Therefore, I've come to this conclusion:
I will only be working on one project at a time from this point on.
With this realization, I'm sure the next question is the all important "WHAT WILL BE FIRST?!"
After careful consideration, I've decided that it makes more sense to work on my fancomics and fan-based storylines FIRST. These comics have no pretense of having to sell well (since I can't sell them anyway), and they're definitely the kind of personal projects that, if I don't do now, will be left at the wayside in order to focus on my own personal stuff. Makes sense, right?
I know I know, everyone's probably excited about the prospect of me working on my Naruto projects now, right? Thing is, even before the Naruto series ended, I was having a hard time getting excited about it. I'm NOT saying that I won't ever do them, as I still love the stories I created for those projects. But for now, I wouldn't have much fun working on them, and I need to start off on a good foot with something I'll actually be excited about.
So first on the list is none other than:
While some might say that this project is one of the more unnecessary, especially since PMD is closed now, let me give you some insight to my reasoning:
First, my participation in PMD was one of most fun times I've ever had doing comics. Just about all of the friends I have now I met in PMD, and on top of that, I'd never been more excited about any other storylines than I was with the ones for my PMD Teams. I REALLY want to tell those stories. Even if the group is closed. Even if interest in those characters has waned. Even if it might seem superfluous.
There's also a darker reason for my determination to complete the PMD: Redux project. As most of you are likely aware, especially toward the end, I was really REALLY struggling to meet the deadlines for PMD's missions. I had great story ideas, but I would get too overzealous and procrastinate too much and end up missing the mark. Each deadline I missed was an affront to my self-esteem, and slowly but surely it put me into a grueling cycle of depression and anxiety.
So as part of the healing process, and to finally share these tales, I am determined to complete the PMD: Redux project. If I can complete the stories how they were meant to be completed, then maybe I can become stronger and better as an artist and a person, and move on from the bad memories by replacing them with good ones.
Since I've decided to focus on only one thing at a time, I suppose I must confirm that everything besides my PMD: Redux project, including SpiritSong, BMTL's comic, and all my other projects will be put on hiatus for the time being.
Again I apologize. Projects like that, especially Spiritsong, deserve my full attention, so I can't continue them until I can provide them with such.
So that's that, I suppose. At least as far as comic stuff goes.
In other news, the reason I did not return after the promised month was because I found that the month I set for myself actually wasn't quite long enough. I needed a bit more time to form better habits and leave old, bad ones behind, as well as sort out my priorities. I apologize for not letting you guys know at that time, but I really just could not return at that time.
Then, shortly after, upon discussing extensively with my wife the circumstances of our finances and living situation, it was decided that we should move down to Texas a bit sooner than expected. So instead of waiting til August, we decided we needed to get down to Texas within the NEXT TWO WEEKS. Kind of a big, life-changing decision. So, as a result, my return to the internet was again prolonged as we prepared to move.
But now we are safely down in Texas, and while we're still busy trying to find new jobs and get ready for school, as well as save enough money to move into a place of our own, for the most part things have settled down nicely
And that brings us to today. Now that so much stress and change is out of the way I'm finally ready to say "Yes", and return to the world of the internet. I've got big goals and a lot of determination, and I look forward to sharing all of that with you all in coming weeks!
Thanks for the continued support