Certainties of life: death, taxes, and the inevitable burnout of a computer. Two out of three became a prominent part of my weekend, but it’s the last one there that requires an update from me here. I knew it was coming but alas, not the day nor the hour. It’s an old PC and for ages it’s been giving me signals that it’s not as healthy as I’d like. Saturday was the day when I could no longer ignore it, and it was a pretty major and sudden failure. BOOM.

Fortunately I still have my laptop so I could at least post the comic (which, also thankfully, was complete enough that I didn’t desperately need my PC), but next week’s is in question. I have a new computer to replace the old already (yes, the explosion was that bad) but it’s the rigmarole of getting it pieced together, running, everything installed, all the files back in place, and happily connected and functioning while I script, draw, and paint the next comic in the time that remains on the side. I’m optimistic (as well as a slightly crazy breed of stubborn) but there’s a tiiiiny chance that next week’s comic will be late. Probably not skipped entirely, but yeah, late. I’ll keep you guys posted as the weekend draws nearer.

It’s also a given that I may be scarce this week, which is awful because I’m already badly behind on keeping up with correspondence.

Aaaaahhhhh somebody stop time for me just for a while… XD

Seriously. I’ve been drawing a page a week for two whole years? What am I, insane?

Oh wait.

Yeah.

Dang. It actually happened! An insane month at my day job caught up with me in a horrible way and alas, there’s no way I could get the comic finished on time for this week, especially with me fleeing from the city to the wild lands to visit with my family. I’m a stubborn creature by nature and I refuse to leave you guys with nothing though, especially in the Christmas season. Thus! I cobbled together this little something to fill the gap. Family and peace are what I think of this time of year, and so the art followed suit. Plus, it’s a bit of a present to all of you. I’ve had many a person wondering what Jahrd’s mother really looked like, as we only catch a glimpse in the beginning and likely won’t see much more than that. Now you know. :3

I hope all of you are having a wonderful and relaxing holiday, and I’ll see you again in 2012 with more of the story.

Do you ever have that happen? You go to repair a  small thing to make a process a bit simpler, and then, as you’re looking at it, you realize all the things that one small change is going to effect? Then you start making a list of many small changes you need to make. Then you start thinking about all of those ways you wish you would have done things differently when you first designed the bloody contraption. Some of that was really bone-headed dunderbrain thinking and it’s sure taking an awful lot of effort to keep everything running. Next thing you know, you’re tearing the whole mess down and starting from scratch.

On that note, welcome to the entirely new Prophecy of the Circle website! This is not at all how I expected things to look when I started revising a couple of weeks ago. I should have probably expected that. It’s how things always go. Maybe this time the system that it runs on will stay the same, at least. Any major overhauls I feel called to perform in the future should be a lot easier now that the whole site is running off of Comicpress rather than a combination of WordPress and my own bumbling HTML disasters. Seriously, what was I thinking?

As a quick overview of changes, it’s mostly that I’ll have a hell of a lot less work to do when I upload a comic now, and the site generally looks different. The biggest visual changes are that I’m no longer doing the click-through-a-thumbnail process to get to the comic. I was always iffy about that, because while it was good spoiler protection, more clicks generally means less user-friendliness and that’s no good. Besides, that degree of spoiler protection is getting perhaps a tad paranoid. It was time for it to go and for this place to cater to ease of access instead.

The encyclopedia has indeed had the major redo I was hoping for, glorious gloriousness. I pulled the cast profiles out and into their own page, as you can see at the top there, and the information in both has been streamlined and simplified, not to mention updated (of course; and it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it would be once I got to looking through it).

There are various other goodies scattered about as well, such as the ability to like this site via Facebook and Google+, or share it through varying and numerous services,  and a bookmarking system for those of you who are reading from the beginning and don’t want to lose your spot. At least one more major addition is potentially underway that may be of interest to some of you, but I’ll keep that quiet as a protection against the jinx factor.

Now of course, in all of this new system, there’s the chance for bugs. I’m most concerned about the comments systems and how they work for everyone (so feel free to say hello, and you’ll be helping me out). I wasn’t terribly sorry to let go of the old HTML comments system; it was kind of cumbersome and actually led to an attack on my email inbox that made me a rather disgruntled coot for an hour or two. I lament the loss of the old comments, but hopefully the future holds shiny new ones for me.

Good to be back on track, regardless, and back to the regularly scheduled comic. The next page goes live in a couple of hours (and I’d better get on to making sure that goes as planned, as well). Enjoy, guys!

Thus concludes the interlude. Coming soon: chapter two! A few years will pass, a few new characters will work their way in, and a whole lot more plot is up ahead.

But before I get to that, I’m finding myself needing to take a little bit of  a break. Somewhat. I’m actually pretty terrible at taking breaks, so what I’m really doing is taking some time to catch up on all the small parts of the site that run alongside the comic itself. I’m just changing jobs for a while. Some of it’s just small stuff like fixing little barely-noticeable errors, and others are a bit bigger and probably not bugging just me. The encyclopedia, for example, is driving me nuts by being so terribly outdated. That’s definitely a top priority on the list.

I don’t like to leave anyone hanging, so here’s the plan: Chapter two kicks off on December 5th. When I come back, I’ll have a lot of weight off my shoulders and things can roll on the way they should. Thanks in advance for the patience! I’ll see you all in December for more of the story. 🙂

If I’m a bit quiet and slow to respond, it’s because my day job is a bit of madness and the rest of my life just isn’t as easy to handle as it usually is either. Stuff. Things. I should be more myself next weekend.

Comics will still be on schedule. Never fear.

Crazy! I actually drew something that isn’t the comic! I couldn’t quite remember what to do with it when I was done, but… Here ya go! The cast from Jon Kowitz’s comic, The Fold Space, housed on DeviantArt. He’s been a constant supporter of ProtC for ages, so I felt I owed him a little something. :3

Okay, so I completely underestimated my capabilities to doodle and sketch while under pressure and running in circles trying to rebuild my home. Haaa, moving’s crazy, isn’t it? We all forget how crazy it really is,  don’t we? Maybe we could have seen that coming if I’d been thinking, but really, there are few events in life that are as non-conducive to straight thinking as putting one’s entire life into categorized boxes. No, it doesn’t ever work that neatly.

Regardless, here I am once again! My internet connection’s back, the world is mostly right side up, and a new page awaits you. On with the show! It is so good to be back at this.

I come bearing a reminder, just one more time:

Prophecy of the Circle will be going on hiatus!

The reason, in case you might have missed it, is that I’m in the process of moving. I’m not entirely sure how long the hiatus will be, but I officially move this weekend, and then there is the inevitable unpacking of things. Bigger and more disruptive is the small matter of getting my internet set up at the new place, and due to some interesting finagling I have to do regarding that, it may take some time (but I hope not; I am indeed part of the wired generation and life without internet looks so very, very bleak, brr).

Rest assured that I’m rushing back to this as soon as I’m able. If it’s possible during the internetless dry spell, there will at least be doodles and sketches appearing sporadically in the Tumblr and DeviantArt, courtesy of my running around with my laptop trying to catch a signal like a thirsty fellow tries to catch a raindrop. It all depends, but it’s my fervent hope.

This is difficult for me, too. I can at least assure you all of that. You’re the best audience, always curious and encouraging, and I hope you’re still around for the tekk-themed Interlude and then Chapter Two when I return.

There was a lot of commentary (for me, anyway) on that last update, and I made sounds of joy, but of course you couldn’t hear them, so this’ll just have to do. I just have to say that it was great to hear from so many of you guys all at once.  It makes my day to know you’re out there and enjoying the story as much as I am.

I guess it’s getting pretty obvious that the first way-longer-than-I-thought-it-would-be chapter is about to wrap up, hm? Is troo! There’s not much remaining. A beat page or two, depending on how everything fits together under my pencil, and then just the dénouement. I’m excited! Jon,  a fellow comicker friend of mine,  pointed out that in the long road of story telling, there are few victories as sweet as chapter completions. I agree, and add that that’s even in comparison to a story’s ending. The ending is bittersweet because it’s over and I’ve never been good with goodbyes. A chapter’s end is progress, but with more playtime ahead. Really, I think the only thing truly better than a chapter end is a story’s beginning.

Which I’d better not think about. I get Project ADD if I don’t rein myself in.

There’s a part of me that’s tempted to take a pause for a week or two after then end of chapter one, but before I give in to that temptation I thought I’d mention it out loud. The audience is kind of the most important part of story telling (otherwise we’re just talking to walls and thin air; the more eccentric of us get enough of that in on the side anyway), so it only makes sense to warn you. Basically I’ve just been slightly more out of my mind than usual lately, and trying not to let it show here. It’s the usual that everyone has sometime in their life: work, life, and, biggest of all, the inevitable hassle of moving. That last bit’s happening at the end of July/beginning of August, and, well… Aaaaaahhhhhhhh! D:

So. I’m strongly considering taking a very short hiatus at the end of chapter one before we launch into the between-chapters interlude from the tekk’s point of view (which I’m so so so looking forward to; there are finally names for those lizard faces). I feel myself rushing the art lately, and I don’t like it, but I also don’t want to take my break in a place in the story that would leave everyone hanging and wanting to come after me with pitchforks. Once I was a farm girl and we could have a pitchfork duel, but now I live in a high rise and city people frown on things like that.

Party poopers, I know.

Anyway, sounds good?