I had hoped to have a page up by the end of today, but unfortunately, it’s nowhere near finished, and I’m not going to force myself to crank out a rushed job just to hit a deadline. My goal now is to have Page 362 up on Wednesday, April 19, and then resume Monday/Friday updates after that.
I sincerely apologize for how scattershot updates have been lately. It used to be that I’d force myself to get two pages out every week no matter what, and that approach eventually led to me only getting three or four hours of sleep a night and feeling perpetually miserable. Lately, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to take better care of myself, and I think the comic is benefiting from it in the long run. The drawback of course, is that updates have recently been more sparse than I’d prefer.
At the end of the day, Aeon Valley is a labor of love; I don’t make any money from the comic, and maybe I never will. I’m not saying this to try and curry sympathy, but rather to point out that stepping back and forcing myself to go at a slower pace is sometimes necessary in order to maintain enthusiasm for my own work. Meeting deadlines and having a regular update schedule is incredibly important to me, but if it means harming myself on a constant basis, then it’s absolutely not worth it.
This past year has been important for me in that it’s made me realize that it’s okay to stop and take a break. My long term goal is to find a better balance between work and rest so that I can resume putting out two pages a week while still getting the sleep I need in order to tackle both the comic and my day job. I don’t know how long it’ll take me in order to strike this balance, but I hope you’ll continue to be patient with me while I figure it out.
To anyone out there who has read and enjoyed my comic, and I know there aren’t many of you, but thank you so much for giving it a chance. I’m going to continue to make a comic that I hope is worth your time. I can promise you this for sure: Aeon Valley is not going away anytime soon. I have a long story planned, and I have every intention of seeing it through to the end, no matter how long it takes.