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Phoenix Feathers is updated on Tuesday and Friday

Nothing new to offer today, I'm afraid (except for the strip). We were going to do some translation of The Boy and The Darkness yesterday, but we went over to a friend's and played Settlers instead. It's odd how these things can happen, isn't it?  ^.^

That said, I am trying to get as much done of the next chunk of the First Story as possible. The first chunk had 15 pages, and with this next chunk I've got ten pages (well, nine-and-a-half, really) storyboarded and around eight actually drawn. So hopefully not too long before that can be updated.

It's odd how things go in waves. Moonshadow and I have far too much to do to be able to keep it all going at once. So sometimes we'll watch an anime (we're on Gasaraki at the moment. It's really weird), and sometimes we'll play an RPG (FF9 and Chrono Cross) and sometimes we'll play games. But we do these things in chunks - we haven't touched either of the RPGs for months, now, 'cos we've been watching lots of anime and haven't had the time. The frustrating thing about doodling is that it does take such a lot of time. I used to wait until I had a morning free and do a whole load at once when I felt like doodling, back when I was drawing out our silly conversations just for fun. Now, with the strip being twice-weekly, I can't do that - I have to use odd little bits of time here and there - when everyone is out of the lab for lunch, for example, or when Moonshadow isn't home yet, or is cooking.

The problem with the First Story (and, I suppose, any other little projects I might want to do) is that there's no deadline for it, and the strip has to come first. I could see myself only getting a chance to draw it on holiday, and my holidays don't come often enough (not for me, at any rate). I do want to carry on and finish it, but it tends to get pushed aside by other things, no matter how much I want to do it. I must also be careful not to turn it into work, because that way it won't ever get done, and it'll end up as an(other) abandoned job I feel guilty about. I *really* don't want that to happen.

Anyway, I'm waffling. Happy Friday, enjoy the strip  ^.^

- Sun Kitten, 12.4.02

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