First, thank you guys for being so understanding and patient. I may hate taking breaks, but in retrospect, I’m glad I did. I can’t go into details of what happened, but I definitely needed to take the time and handle it. That was made all that much easier by your words of support. <3 If I haven't told you lately how cool I think you all are, then I'm going to do it now. You guys are the coolest. Thanks again. Now back to the story! I've already got the next page just about ready. I wanted to make sure it was there for you guys come Monday. See you back here then. ๐Ÿ™‚

I might as well commit to this out loud. The more warning the better, I suppose.

Prophecy of the Circle will not be updated this coming week.

I really hate taking breaks, but there’s been a very difficult situation that’s cropped up suddenly. People close to me who I care about very much are hurting right now and I need to turn my attention to being there when I’m needed.

I know you guys understand. You’ve always been great for that. I’ll aim to be back to work and have a new page for June 16th. For right now I just need to put it all on pause and concentrate my energies elsewhere.

Thanks. <3 And be careful and safe, all of you, especially in any of your travels.

Haha, why do I always do that? I’m always so terribly certain that taking a vacation is going to mean that somehow I keep working, and in fact, I keep expecting that somehow I’ll work five times harder than I normally do. I apologize that there wasn’t anything to show here. I did actually get a ton sorted out behind the scenes and a bunch of important updates have been started. There are footholds where there weren’t any before. The problem is that none of you can see what I’ve been working on at all. Even if you were following my Tumblr (which I started awkwardly using as a journal as well; if you ever wondered exactly how mundane a person I am, there’s your source) you’ll have to take my word for it that I did more than just play old video games, build Ikea furniture, and draw the very occasional bit of fanart for my Tumblr.

…although I suppose playing video games and drawing fanart is…. what a vacation is supposed to be..

All right. Now I’m confused.

At any rate. Things and stuff. I am indeed working on them. Secret projects for ProtC and whatnot.

You will see.

For now, back to bumbling and stumbling my way through the story! Alas, the first page probably has fewer answers than you were all hoping for, considering the confusing chaotic mess that our heroes-so-to-speak had to deal with when I left off…. and Kirie is probably not the character you were hoping to see first thing. Bear with me.

Now before I go, two things.

First, some of you have been donating to Prophecy of the Circle using the Paypal button over the past few months, and I want to tell you how incredibly grateful I am for any and all of the support you’ve been giving me. It was enough all together that when I needed to replace a bunch of my paints recently, I could! And those aren’t cheap colors. They add up quickly when more than one of them runs dry at the same time (and let me tell you, yellow ochre gets a serious workout in my set). Thank you! That is really, really cool! I love you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to say that! You need to know. You are very cool people.

Second, on the order of paying it forward, there’s someone else who needs a hand. If you remember A Mysterious Light in the fanart gallery, and Kirie’s Discovery (which I neglected to post in the fanart gallert; d’oh! I’m a bit behind there… and elsewhere..) the artist of both of those pieces, Andalar, is in need of some extra funds to replace his aging computer. If you’re interested at all, he’s commissionable for extremely reasonable prices. There’s a journal entry with more information over here, at his DeviantArt page.

Again, it’s good to be back! Always is. I hope you guys enjoy the next chunk of the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

… but unfortunately I need to go on one. Every once in a while, just like with any job (even if this one is a lot more entertaining than anything I do to earn the rent), a vacation is needed. You have my sincerest apologies that this comes at a cliffhanger ending. I was honestly hoping and planning on being able to push one more scene out before I had to take a holiday from Prophecy of the Circle, but that last set of pages was actually a lot more difficult to draw and write and especially to plan than I imagined it would be and it rather stressed me out and drained me dry. If you imagine that each project I work on comes with a built in battery… this one’s not giving me any more wiggle room. I have kicked it into restarting for the last time unless I give it a rest, and the message on the proverbial screen inside my head is a very clear “Stop pushing buttons. Drop that pencil. Turn it off. Plug it in. Recharge. Go.” that refuses to budge.

Still, it’s been over a year (I do believe?) since the last time I had to take a real break, so that’s not bad. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish my laptop came with that kind of lifespan between recharges.

So yes. I’m taking a month. It’s always been enough to get me refreshed and ready to go for another bout of storytelling, and I’m certain this will be no different. Look for new pages on March 24th, come hell or high water (although where I live, high water is likely to simply be drifts of snow and I can deal with that), where we find out if we do indeed need a new protagonist. The future is unclear.

You can also check back in between if you’re keen, because I might be able to post some extra things here and there throughout the month. If I do, they’ll be mentioned on my Twitter as well. If you have an interest in any of my other non-Prophecy of the Circle doodles, there’s always my Tumblr to keep an eye on.

If anyone ever wanted to see what my comic pages look like before they’re finished, there are a couple of posts about it on my Tumblr.

Last year I posted a page showing off what the pencil work looks like.

Today I posted the inks and colors, without the text, for this week’s page!

Those are the major stages of comic-making, not counting the first step, wherein I make incoherent notes about the script in OmmWriter and then proceed to ignore them almost completely… =P

Wow, about time I posted something here. I’m just not very good at talking about myself, am I?

Annnnnd I’m still not gonna. Here! No, this is something a reader of mine’s been doing, and itย is so very, very, very cool. I have to show it off. There’s Eika and Koro cosplay! And it’s magnificent! =D

Tim over on DeviantArtย and I have been talking back and forth for a while to get the details right, but here are the results. That is a fantastic interpretation if I do say so, and I am so flattered. So, so flattered. Go see! Go see! It’s so cool. If cosplay is your kind of thing and DeviantArt is your kind of place, I recommend giving him a watch, too. It’s worth it, and he’s a fantastic fellow. He’s also got a Tumblr, if that’s your platform of choice.

So We Begin The Fire and the Wind The Stone and the Water

 

In a real book with a real ISBN and everything, no less. ๐Ÿ™‚

There was a national short story contest this summer that Polar Expressions Publishing put on, and while I’ve always been rusty at writing short fiction, I figured I’d give it a try and see if I couldn’t shake some of that rust off. With a 750 word count limit, it was a real tight challenge. That’s so short that it’s just about postcard fiction, and a heck of a squeeze for fitting ideas into. All the same, I just got notification that I can, in fact, occasionally keep things short and still have some measure of success! Final voting isn’t until December, but I’ve passed the first round, which means I’m in the top third of submissions, and so my story Outlast is going to make it into The Sun Shall Rise, the printed book for this year. Considering my goal was simply to test my mettle, that’s good enough for me, just as-is. =D

So huzzah and hurrah! For the first time ever, I’m going to have some words in a book. What a nifty feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

The last you guys heard of me, I was moving. Now I’m almost all moved in, thank goodness. I’m still juggling my day job and now the daily unpacking of boxes and rearranging of the things (also introducing two cats to one another, which is always a joy but never simple), but it’s getting easier and faster. I even got a comic done for this week! I was actually completely out of comic pages that were done ahead of time, so I had to put this one together in a matter of hours just today. I apologize if there are a few more typos than usual. ^^;

I’ll also be working on getting back to responding to comments like I used to. I miss that. It still might be a week or so before I’ve got my life and home sorted, so bear with me if it takes some time between responses, but now I can at least consider conversation as a possibility. I’ve missed you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

There were a few glitches on the site that popped up while I was away. Sorry about those. I think I’ve fixed them for now, although if I haven’t or something else is wrong, let me know. I appreciate it. =D

Just a quick note I want to make. If you’ve noticed lately that I’ve been a bit slow at responses, there is an explanation: I’ve been attempting to find a new apartment in my city with a barely-above-1% vacancy rate, and finally, oh finally, I have succeeded. Over the next few weeks I’ll be packing up, cleaning up, and setting up in a much nicer new place. As you can imagine, I might get even more scarce for a while. There’s lots and lots to do. I’ve built up a buffer of comic-story pages already, so there shouldn’t be a noticeable difference to the progression of the story, but I myself will be just about missing.

I’ll mention here when it’s all over and I can get back to normal. We’ll be about three-quarters of the way through the story of Eika and Koro by then, I do believe. I’m glad that it seems well received so far. =)

My birthday came and went, and among the presents I received was one I can share with the rest of you: wallpaper worthy art, commissioned by J.N. Squire and drawn by the talented Andalar. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s only on DeviantArt for now, but I’ll get it onto the site in the Wallpapers section as soon as I can. Check the description for the extra goodies: There’s a story to go along with the art, and you can download the wallpaper-sized version from DeviantArt for the moment.

Enjoy!

Kirie's Discovery by Andalar