Hello, all! I’m just making a note here that I won’t be around to respond to email or other messages until after January 2nd. I’m off to spend Christmas and New Years where there is no snow. Hurrah!

Writing about a desert is kind of fun when you happen to actually just about live in the arctic. Ultimate daydreaming.

Anyway! The important bit: never fear! The comic will still update as scheduled. I’ve built up a buffer of comics for while I’m missing, it’s just that it won’t be me at the controls every week. Be nice to my mother, ya hear?

All right, fine. The site may not be indicative of cleanliness in the rest of my life, but it is indicative of my sanity levels which are, unfortunately, dwindling. It is with that that I come before all of you, fantastic readers that you are, and I implore you for your understanding.To my chagrin, I find myself in a situation that demands a change of schedule here at Prophecy of the Circle. It’s not too terrible, and with any luck it’ll be temporary. I can at least guarantee that I will never drop things back further than this. The original schedule for the comic was once a week, on Mondays, and that’s what I would like to do once again.

The reason is that the rest of my life, and particularly my day job, has gotten a good bit crazier than I’m used to. Burn out is a terrible, terrible monster that hounds the heels of every creative person, and it’s sheer strategy that keeps us from being chomped and dragged down. With the increased workload, my own strategies are no longer sufficient, and family and friends are beginning to speak with me in serious tones about that stress twitch that I’ve developed. I’ve promised them, and you, that it does not signal a self destruct sequence, but I admit that it probably does require some attention.

That is especially true given that ProtC is being just as affected as I am, which is something that I cannot stand. I promised an update to the encyclopedia and it hasn’t happened. I’ve noticed typos after the fact of posting and haven’t been able to scrounge even the time to repair those. There are preparations behind the scenes that I’m only barely keeping on top of, and very close to falling from. I’m going too fast and the result is that things could be better and they aren’t. You’re an awesome audience, and I love you all. You’re supportive, constructive, curious, and intelligent. You’re enthusiastic and interested and I’m flattered and not sure I deserve it. You make me feel like I’ve made one of the better decisions of my life in beginning this project. I owe to all of you the best that I can give. And for that I need just a touch more time.

With any luck, as I said, it will be temporary. My other job has periods where it’s sheer madness, and times where it’s pure peace. There’s also a trip to the far south that I’m going on at the end of the month (the comic will still update during my absence) and I anticipate that that will do wonders to reset me. At worst, I’ll still aim for the occasional Thursday update, which I’ll mention in the Twitter feed when I can spare it, and Mondays will always be a go.

I thank you in advance! I thank you always.

The upkeep of this site is not indicative of my typical level of cleanliness. I get a little behind with the non-essentials in these here parts mostly because in the real world, my kitchen floor (and sundry other things) refuses to stay clean.

Excuses, excuses. Really, we’ll just leave it as an “It’s about time.” and that shall be that. The point is, I’ve begun to add things that were a long time coming! If you glance to your left, there are links to follow. These are some of my favorite story comics on the web. While they are a tiny percentage of the gold that exists out there for those who dare to look, it’s a start, and I do hope you’ll give these fine tales a glance, at the least.

And to the right, something that was long, long overdue. No story is complete without the dedication. That there is my best friend in the world, and the only person to have been there since the closest thing to a beginning that this adventure has. She remembers my first scribblings many years ago, and I trust her, if no one else, to be there when the last lines are drawn.

More to come! My next focus, though it will not be immediate, is the encyclopedia. That thing is sorely out of date already, and the update is going to feel fantastic.

Every once in a while, every webcomic artist hits a point where it’s suddenly an uphill struggle to get the comic finished ontime. I’ve got a day job, of course, and due to a huge underestimation of my abilities, it almost looked like I was going to hit one of those points. Obviously I didn’t, and I hope you enjoy the new page (glorious green paint, how I have missed you) and so the point of this is not, in fact, an apology.

No, the purpose is to expose you to the wacky little mind of my best friend, who was all prepared to come to my rescue with a guest comic, crafted lovingly in… uh… Microsoft Paint.

Regardless, I just had to showcase her, um. Her talents. Her mastery. And a note, as she has threatened me with doom if I don’t post it: she actually, in fact, I promise you, can draw really, really well.

Now go. Witness the beauty! Meet JoeBob’tekk (AKA the slow, silent type). That’s totally a datapad being smashed by a spear in the second last panel. I AM SO SORRY.

Well, you all knew it was coming eventually and I can only hope that my attempts to scrounge some pocket change won’t offend. If it keeps you at all at ease, then I promise that the advertising on my site will never be at an overwhelming level. Nothing more than you typically see around webcomics.

Peace? Yes? Cookies?

As always, feel free to take the slinging of mud or the kindly prods of a stick to either my email box or my forums. I promise to bear either with my usual dignity. Interpret that as you will.

My appreciation to the lot of you.

All righty! Witness the results of my efforts to get this site looking and acting more permanent and functional. I wanted a bit more navigation capability from the home page and a framework that I could easily add on to, besides.

I’ve also gotten and added a Twitter feed! Mostly this was due to the realization that my life does occasionally threaten to get in the way of the comic (although I am valiant in defeating what madness it throws at me), and it would be good to have an easily updated system for letting you guys know what’s happening over here. As it is Twitter, it’ll be full of the inanities of my life, but it is also full of relevant comic updates! Hopefully that’ll be awesome for at least a few of you.

Now, the real good stuff. There’s a brand new feature. My brother had a burst of wisdom when I asked for his opinions on the story thus far. He noted that with stories like mine that take place in locations that are so far distant from our own planet Earth, the first thing that new readers want to do is to orient themselves in the new world. I’d already been building a wiki on the side for my own personal use, so following his suggestion of integrating it into the site as a world encyclopedia wasn’t terribly hard. You can find your way to it from the sidebar. I’ll do my darndest to keep it up to date.

Hopefully the redesign is resonating with you in a positive sort of way. Any thoughts or twitches are welcome on either the forums or by contacting me directly. Feel free! I’d love to hear whatever’s in your head.