I need more time
There's no easy way to say this, but we'll have to extend the hiatus into September. It turns out that I needed a bigger and more complete break from thinking about Erfworld things than I realized. Writing backer stories or doing anything else Erfworld related was not really possible for me during the downtime. Recently, I've been loading it all back into my brain. We are on track for getting rolling again, just not today.
This is my problem and mine alone. Things are okay otherwise. Linda and I got married in Finland, at Suomenlinna, a pseudo-magical historical island fortress site that was breathtaking. We had most of the team and some wonderful and kind fans of Erfworld come to witness and celebrate with us. Also, do not worry about the art. Lillian is working out just great. There are no serious creative, health, technical, or team problems going on. This is just sort of an "author's headspace" problem, and I'm vectoring out of it now.
I am a little bit worried about Xin, who is as safe and sound as one can be right now in Houston, Texas right now. She's online and able to work, but everyone in southeast Texas was disrupted to one degree or another by Harvey. I also have some family in that area who were hit harder, and they're on my mind as well.
But it's not about the hurricane. I am just not ready to return to regular updates yet. That's not to say we don't have stuff ready to post, but it would be a mistake right now to start again. I'll let everyone know when it's time.
I really appreciate your collective patience and understanding during the last two months. Pledges even grew during that span. We're actually bumping up against Milestone 4 and Free Cards Day now, which is good for everybody's morale and my own. Thanks very much to everyone who has pledged during the down time, and everybody who has stuck with us.
We will be back as soon as we can.
That's fine by me. I'm newer to Erfworld than most people (I think I joined around page 58 of Book 4) and read for a bit before making the account, but I understand the need for a break. Eventually, work just gets tough and you need to rest.
Really, we should be thanking you for telling us you need to take a hiatus! Erfworld is one of my favorite webcomics, if not my favorite, and I am glad all is going well progress wise! Come back when you feel ready.
Hope everyone is OK in Southeast Texas. Didn't realize Xin was there. I think there is some irony in that if you hadn't decided to take a much deserved hiatus... then one probably would have been forced upon you all due to Harvey and all that craziness. I'll take a prepared hiatus over a forced one any day.
Completely understand the storm not being a main contributing factor but a little extended absence while everything stabilizes doesn't hurt.
Everyone be safe.
I have been wondering about the additional pledges; payment for pledges is per update, as far as I know. But there havent't been any updates during that time, so did those people get two months worth of toolshed content for free? That might explain some of those pledges...
Admittedly I'm not a tool, so I might misunderstand how this works.
Rob, speaking for myself (and, it seems from the comments so far, for others as well) the consistent high quality of this strip so far (story, comedy, art, everything) gives me complete confidence in your judgment -- however much time you need to keep up those high standards will be well worth the wait. Looking forward to resuming when it's ready!
I'm not surprised by this, given there was virtually no activity visible during the hiatus despite mentions of backer stories, Hamstard approvals and the like. I'm here for the long haul, and I wish safety and comfort to those impacted by the hurricane. My tool money is yours to earn as is convenient.