That, in a word, describes the mess I've been through for the past few months. Between problems with the comic, problems with other projects, and problems with real life, I have not been able to make any progress.
As the hiatus extended unannounced through three extra months, I've been forced to rethink priorities here and elsewhere, and to take a good hard look at the story I wanted to tell here. This is what I've finally realized.
The problem I've run into with this comic (aside from the ever present problem of discipline) is that I wanted to tell one story, but in some inexplicable desire to be "hip" I wound up starting to tell another story. I wanted to do something like "Earthlight" with touches of "2001" and "Gundam Wing", and wound up with something like "Tenchi Muyo". Nothing wrong with "Tenchi Muyo", mind you (though some people may disagree), but it's not what I was aiming for.
What this means is that I'm tearing everything down and starting anew. Since there's only four completed strips of the old and now dead storyline, this is something I think I can pull off without too much trouble. Besides, I suspect that the long delays between updates have alienated all but a few readers and the occasional "newbie", so it's not like I have anything left to lose.
There will be no set deadline for when the new Cassini City will begin. I'd like things to start in January, but realistically it isn't going to happen. So it will start when it starts.
Once again, I apologize for all of this and for the inconvenience it will cause what few readers I have left.
As always, if you have comments, questions, or even complaints about this change in direction, you can contact me at email@example.com.
There are several reasons for my failure, but it all boils down to the fact that I bit off more than I can chew. After a while it became easier to let things slide, and keep on trying to rework the basic concept. And when I hit THAT point, it was clear to me that I wasn't ready to do a webcomic. I was never ready to begin with.
A word of advice for those few aspiring webcomic artists who chance upon this page: don't make my mistake. Before you think that making a webcomic is cool and jump into it, study the medium carefully. Speak to webcomic artists, read how-tos. Know the story you want to tell right down to the last detail, and make sure it all rings true.
And never, EVER, let doubt grab you, like it did me. Once you start listening to your doubts, the struggle is over and you've lost.
My apologies to the few readers who hung on this long. Sorry it had to end this way.
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