THANK YOU to everyone that contributed to the break! If you missed it, I highly recommend checking out all the amazing work that people submitted! The break began here. An extra big thank you to Phantom for also providing Chapter Nine’s cover, so I could focus on making pages.
The break gave me some much-needed mental and emotional space to deal with a lot of HUUUUGE decisions. What decisions, you ask? Well, I’ve made a video that breaks it down for you below, but the quick version is 1) New Job, 2) New Name, 3) New Life. Unfortunately, with trying to make all of that happen, I will be reducing LeyLines pages until things stabilize.
Mondays and Wednesdays will be comic days. Fridays will be blog days, where I’ll share my thoughts on a specific aspect of storytelling, development material, and answer reader questions. This will be temporary, and I appreciate your understanding during this difficult transition!
Transcript for those that cannot view the video:
Greetings, LeyLians! Some very big changes are happening in my life, and I wanted to include you in everything is going on, especially as it will impact LeyLines. The near future will include a New Job, a New Name, and a New Life.
As some of you know, I don’t work full time on LeyLines. I have a day job, where I work as an engineer. While this has given me the financial stability that made a lot of what we’ve done so far possible, I’m increasingly frustrated with engineering. It only utilizes a tiny fraction of my strengths, and plays instead to most of my weaknesses. So I have decided to look for not only a new employer, but a new career. I don’t yet know what I’ll be doing. The exciting part is there are many options. The terrifying part is that there are many options! Right now I’m looking into everything I can. I’ve set up a LinkedIn profile, and if you’d like to join my network, or have suggestions on what I might look into, it would be very much appreciated. You can find the link to that below!
Cory and I have been together for almost a decade, and we’ve been intending to get married for a while, but never could seem to find the time. Neither of us is much for ceremonies, and the idea of planning a big wedding that we didn’t want was not nearly as exciting as planning conventions, publishing books, and writing new stories. So we’ve decided that if ceremonies aren’t for us, why not just skip that part? So there will be no exchange of rings or vows, just some paperwork at the courthouse, but in the future you’ll see the name on the covers change from Dempsey to Childs. I’m very much ready to leave that name behind me.
My entire life, I’ve gone the path of MOST resistance. I’ve always played to my weaknesses, not my strengths. In my professional life, I tried to walk a linear and miserable path dictated by my upbringing, rather than my own desires and abilities. And despite all that, I’ve always been very good at what I do, because I’ve just worked harder to make up the difference. So I’m intrigued to find out what happens when I work smarter, instead of harder. What I’m really capable of when I’m working on things I care about, and with skills that I’m naturally GOOD at.
Making these changes represents more than just a change of working environment, but a change in how I view myself and my future. As you might imagine, it’s very difficult emotionally and psychologically to challenge the patterns I’ve governed so much of my life by. However, I’m certain the outcome will be a happier and healthier life. I appreciate your patience as I go through this transition.
There will be some immediate, if temporary, impacts. With job searching, interviewing, and soul-searching going on, I don’t have as much time or energy to devote to LeyLines. So we will be scaling back the schedule to two pages a week until things stabilize again. I’d prefer not to have to do this, but I figure two pages a week that you can count on is better than not knowing when there will, or will not, be content. So Monday and Wednesday will be comic days. I’m thinking of making Friday more of a blog day, where I can share WIP sketches, character interviews, and answer reader questions. If that sounds interesting to you, let me know in the comments below!
As always, thank you so much for your support. I am continually amazed at how incredibly kind LeyLians are. Your encouragement is a huge source of strength for me. I hope that I will have good news to report soon!