Sorry I missed last week…but…. you know. Well, some of you do.
I know that there are people out there that don’t get why I even update this site at all if I’m not putting up comic pages, but it’s really just for that handful of you who really seem to care what’s going on, and not just: ‘Where is my comic! I want my comic now! My free comic, that I somehow feel entitled to!!’ Oops. Did I type that out loud?
Seriously though, there was another one of those comments posted on my last blog, and the thing that I found a bit frustrating is when people say, “I don’t read the blog, but why is there no comic here?” And sometimes not in such friendly ways. (Those comments I don’t approve because I don’t have to if I don’t want to. Nyeaah.)
In summation, to anyone out there who is going to ask this question again, here’s the deal- I’m a mom first and foremost- and as a single parent, I have to do that primarily on my own with no real support. Granted, my kids are getting pretty self sufficient, but I still spend a great deal of time with and for them. I run a household alone (if you don’t know what that means see taking care of home, paying bills, taking care of cars etc…etc..). I have my own freelance business which has become quite busy, and work a second job. My parents are older and I try to spend time with them as much as possible. I also work out regularly (ideally 5 times a week) to ward off fat but primarily to keep my BP down and keep my health and sanity. Additionally, I deal with occasional bouts of depression that makes everything I mentioned above go slower at best – or completely shut down at worst. Somewhere in all this, I do try to spend some time socializing with friends and dating too. Cause, well…uh I think I kind of deserve that.
Now. If you are coming here and asking “WHERE IS MY COMIC FIX? WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THIS WOMAN?” please read through the above and locate out of that the EXTRA 16 hours that I will need to get just one page of the Xylia webcomic up on the site. I’ve looked for those hours, and I have been having trouble finding them.
THAT’S why Xylia has not been updating.
Sorry for that rant, Xyliacs, but I wanted to post a blog that I could refer these people to in the future to read so they can get their questions answered without me having to work for it, since THEY aren’t willing to work for figuring it out.
So, where was I? Oh yes. I hope all of you here stateside had a very nice Thanksgiving holiday. If you’re like me (and I really hope you aren’t 😉 holidays are a real challenging time. I forget that this is so sometimes, and then they sneak up and do a leg sweep and knock me on my butt. Which is what happened this year. The first half of my Thanksgiving day was an unpleasant one, but the last half was nice. Until I ate way too much and felt like the Goodyear blimp. But anyway. I know some of you are dealing with difficult times this year, and I hope that you were able to find some support and love.
Enough on that, how about Xylia? Well, my busy time has ramped up even further. So much so that I am not getting to the gym or seeing friends as much as I would like. As much as I WANT to work on Xylia, the back burner is where it stays for now until the holiday orders are done. It’s a matter of me finding a schedule for it, but I just haven’t figured that out. I am really anxious to tell the story- I think you will like it- I do. *frustrated…*
I’m sorry to keep everyone waiting so long, sometimes I wonder if I should just shut the site down so that people won’t wonder any more, and then bring it back when I finally can, but I hate to do that too. What are your thoughts, Xyliacs?
Thank you again for visiting the site, and again I apologize for the way things are, but most of it is out of my hands right now.
————–Response to November 14, 2011————–
Miamistax: your comments about the sketches made me smile- I think you need to go back and read chapter 1 of Xylia. 😉 Thank you for your kind words on the ‘chicken scratchy’ sketches of mine… and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
Meridian: “can I ask what’s happened to this comic? I haven’t been here for more than a year, because it just wasn’t getting anywhere.” My response to your inquiry is above. Since you ‘rarely read the blog’ it’s something you wouldn’t know, so I’m helping you out. (Course if you don’t read the blog… you won’t see this, so why did I bother? hmm….)
Nathaniel: Sounds like you are getting a good work out! I actually do several different types of exercise when I have the time, which I don’t right now. Alternating 4 mile jogs at 6.5 mph with sprinting interval days (going up to 10 mph. ) My knees can’t handle that all the time though, so sometimes I do elliptical training. When I’m not so flipping busy, my weight training is an hour long class 3x a week (ideally) with high reps. And I also try to get in a 15 minute pilates core workout- as often as possible. If I had LOTS of time, I would do yoga a couple times a week too. But right now it’s all about my art jobs though, and it’s very hard to get the exercise in. “…which will also make a healthier heart than running”. Running is more for my mind than anything, but I’m not too worried about heart health right now: my resting heart rate is 42 (I’m shooting for 35) , my bp is 118/65. I had a complete heart work up a couple years ago (before I was in this kind of shape) and was told I had the heart of a 20 year old. Not shabby for 46.
Francisco: I hope your new job is going well! And yes, that was Ambrosia in the pic. 😉
Skewered Viewpoint: I do hope Thanksgiving was all right for you this year. I thought about you quite a bit. And yeah, the schedule is going pretty nuts. 😉
Canterrain: thank you for your response to Meridian before I had time to blog. And thank you also for the nice words about the sketch of Charlie- you are pretty much spot on catching the gist of the image.
Joe: Yeah, sorry this is late! Bosslady had to be the boss of a lot of non Xylia stuff.. adnt heat will only continue…
Ayshara: Glad that your sister is doing well. Sorry I misread your other post.
Julie: I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well! I am hoping that we can work together on some more of your characters in the future! ^_^
Jamming: but you ARE great as fans.
Thanks all, I hope to post more regularly soon, but I can’t make promises in December. Is what it is.