Thursday, August 11, 2016

Echo Effect Hiatus

I struggled with this decision for a while, but I’ve decided to put my webcomic Echo Effect on hiatus. It won’t return until Friday, November 18th.

I wish I didn’t have to do this, but I feel like I’ll burn out otherwise. I work on my comics for long hours every day, often sacrificing sleep and skipping meals so I can get more accomplished. Despite this, though, I’m still nowhere near as fast or talented as other artists, and even seem to be losing readers as a result. This has depressed me to the point where I’ve nearly torn down Echo Effect from my site several times, convinced no one would notice or care. I keep trying to resist, especially since the story is already 2/3rds of the way completed, but it’s hard.

I haven’t written myself into a corner, or anything like that. Echo Effect has been fully plotted since 2012, so I know exactly what happens next, all the way to the end. Drawing this webcomic has simply become taxing, and I need to ease up before it causes me to break.

While I still plan to work on Echo Effect during the hiatus, I’m going to do it at a more leisurely pace, so I don’t burn out for real. New strips will be up on Patreon whenever I manage to complete them, before the official return in November. And because only Echo Effect is going on hiatus, I’ll continue to post random art here on this blog, for those of you who are fans of my work in general.

If I feel like Echo Effect can return sooner than planned, I’ll let you guys know. At the moment, though, mid-November seems most feasible, so I hope the wait isn’t too unbearable…

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  1. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a break and take the pressure off . . . we'll look forward to Echo Effects return in November. Take care.

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    1. Yeah, I'm really hoping not having the pressure of deadlines for a while will make Echo Effect easier to work on. If not, though, at least I'll have some time to recharge...

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  2. Heather, that's smart to give yourself a break. It's not a job - you should be doing it because you enjoy it.

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    1. I actually do consider it a full-time job, which is one of the reasons why I feel bad about needing to take a break. But I have to remind myself that it's also a job I do for free, so if I need to recharge, I should be allowed to let myself to...

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  3. When illustrating your comic starts to feel more like a chore than something you enjoy it's time to take a break :)

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    1. Yeah, I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed working on Echo Effect, and I've actually been drawing strips I once looked forward to reaching. Working on concept art for a different project has been a lot more fun lately...

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  4. It's totally understandable! Artists and creative types need to recharge and take care of themselves when they get overwhelmed. Please take care and enjoy your break.

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    1. Yeah, I've been feeling overwhelmed for far too long now. I've resisted taking a break for a long time, but finally had to admit how much all this has been making me fall apart. Going on hiatus is the best option for both me and Echo Effect, I hope...

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  5. Everyone needs to take a break now and then. We'll all be ready for more Echo Effect in November or whenever you feel ready to return. Just do what's best for you! Take care. *hugs*

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    1. Thank you. I was actually pretty tempted to put Echo Effect on hiatus for the rest of 2016, but was afraid I'd lose my entire readership if I did that. So, I hope just a three-month break ends up being enough for me to recharge...

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  6. You got to do what you've got to do. Hope you get some mental rest and find new inspiration! :)

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  8. I think working at your leisure is a wonderful idea, but I hate to hear you are depressed and questioning your art. We've all been there. I think you're very talented and do a wonderful job. I enjoy your strip and will look forward to Nov 18th. Big hug.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. My art's been depressing me for years, I must admit. (I even quit drawing once...)

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  9. Three months isn't that long. Hope you make the most of it and get some much needed rest. Pushing ourselves to work hard is great, but being burnt out doesn't help creatively. Look forward to the return!

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    1. Three months is actually considered long for webcomics. Readers have been known to quit for shorter hiatuses. This is one reason why I pushed myself so much instead of taking a break. I'm really afraid this will end up being a death knell for Echo Effect...

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  10. Sounds as if you're making a good decision to me. Adding more pressure when you're not feeling up to it can only lead to more trouble for you. Here's to taking it slower and producing some good work when you can.

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    1. Not sure if any of the work I'll produce will be good, but I'll try, haha...

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  11. I love Echo Effect!!! I would miss it terribly!!!
    And, I'm okay with waiting. I'll still be around to read in November and beyond!
    I've been slow with Ashes Burn for some of the same reasons. Sometimes, we need to take a hiatus and find what is working for us instead of pushing against walls of frustration.
    Rest, enjoy, draw art that you love!

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    1. Thank you, Tyrean. I really appreciate all your support!

      And I'm a big fan of Ashes Burn, so I'll also be around whenever you're able to post new entries for that! :)

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  12. I'm sad but I understand. I'll have to tell myself what I always tell my kids when they want something really bad but they have to wait: it'll be all the better when the time comes. Write(and draw!) on :-)

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    1. LOL, hope the wait isn't too unbearable for you! And I might be able to share some "just for fun" art of Coco and Nicholas during the hiatus, so that's something to look forward to, maybe...

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  13. Yes, definitely give yourself a break. This should be fun, not tearing you apart. I love EE. And while I'll miss it, I'll wait as long as it takes for it to come back. :)

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Hopefully I'll be able to keep my promise and return within three months, since any longer would probably be too unbearable, heh.

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  14. You may not be as FAST as some other artists, but you definitely ARE as talented. Never doubt yourself, kiddo. Take a deep breath, and enjoy your break.

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    1. I can't help but feel talentless every time I draw. It's something I've been struggling with for years...

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  15. Sounds like a break is what you need. I've had that with writing and after the break I feel so much refreshed. I enjoy the story and your art style, so look forward to the comic returning (on my birthday!)

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    1. Thank you! Glad to hear you've been enjoying it. What a fun coincidence that the planned return is on your birthday!

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  16. Sounds like a break is what you need. I've had that with writing and after the break I feel so much refreshed. I enjoy the story and your art style, so look forward to the comic returning (on my birthday!)

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  17. Avoiding burnout is SO important. It's so easy to get completely caught up and ignore our own health. Take care of yourself and we'll be here when Echo returns!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jemi! Yeah, it's way too easy to neglect what's best for me, health-wise. Hopefully I can figure out a better balance by the time Echo Effect returns!

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  18. I, myself, have been burning out on blogging, so I missed this announcement and was wondering for a few days, "Hey, where's Echo Effect?!" Now I know. Don't worry about the hiatus! Breaks are important!

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    1. I've been burning out on blogging lately, too. (It's really hard to keep up with everything in the blogosphere, sometimes!) I can't help but feel bad about the hiatus for Echo Effect still, but yeah, it was something I definitely needed to do. Thanks!

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  20. I think you're making a mature decision. You can't force art. It's true that those who produce more sell more, but everyone is different, and you have to be you. Nothing is wasted and the time you spend to create things is also learning and experience - so important for your future projects!

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    1. Being me has been pretty detrimental to my art career, though. Wish I knew how to balance my life better without sacrificing productivity!

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