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     First, hand update: I'm still a long ways away from being healed enough to work again. :(

     Second, this is a bit of a long read, so there's a summary at the bottom if you want the quick version.

     I've been pondering my options. It's been almost a year since I started Shards. During the period where I've been unable to make pages for it I've continued to work on the story itself, and it's becoming clear that it's just too big for me to make as a comic with how screwed up my hands are.

     A vague estimate is if I worked on it exclusively, at two pages per mouth it would take at least 20 years to make, and that's not taking into account the Kyoshi comic, which I don't want to cancel. And that's just those stories - I have others I want to tell too.

     What can I do then? Petty much the only way I can think of to keep it a comic is to draw everyone as stick figures, but there's no way I would be satisfied with that (and I doubt most readers would want to read it that way as it would not do justice to the story at all), and if I'm honest, I sincerely doubt I could keep myself from trying to make it more detailed again.

     As such, I've been forced to conclude that it's just not feasible as it is.

     Okay, a comic is out, then. The solution?

     Writing.

     I actually wanted to make a novelization of Shards even before I decided to make it a comic (the version before the comic was a role playing game), so I already thought it's suited to the format.

     Writing isn't my first choice of mediums, it's true - comics are what I love making most. However, I've been writing a few sections of the story over the past week and have been having fun with it. I think it's working quite well.

     I didn't think it was a realistic option originally because of how slow it was to write, but I've been getting a lot better with the alternative input program I've been using and it's increasing the amount I can write per day.

     It amazes me just how much faster it is to write a scene than to draw it. Even with my reduced writing speed, what takes months to make as a comic I can write in hours.

     Being able to create content so fast (even though it's still a lot slower than normal typing) has also improved my mood dramatically. I'm making genuine progress on stuff instead of just waiting to heal (a couple weeks ago I thought my left wrist had gotten better enough to do some daily drawing with it - that turned out to be wrong). And a huge bonus? My writing solution doesn't use my hands, so I can rest them and still create!

     I'm also considering other options, like making pieces of art to accompany the story, or drawing an occasional page to show bits of the story as I originally imagined it.

     This approach also has the benefit of not monopolizing all my available hand endurance to work on two comics. This way I can use that time to work on other stuff.

     What about the Kyoshi comic, then?

     I'm not sure. I'm debating perhaps writing the less visually important parts of the story and drawing the parts that would benefit most from it. That would get you all the story much faster, and it would make it a lot easier for me as there are some upcoming scenes which would, shall we say, take a lot of work to draw and would probably screw up the two pages per week pace. I would prefer to keep at least some parts of it a comic though. I haven't decided what to do about it yet.

     Okay then, writing. Next problem - how to distribute it?

     I hadn't plotted out all of Shards when I started it, but because of the pace of new pages, I had quite a while to make the script before the pages caught up. With writing I actually catch up too fast. I don't write the initial ideas in a straight line, so releasing Shards chapter by chapter wouldn't work. It's far better suited to release all at once as a novel.

     The Kyoshi story on the other hand might actually work to release chapter by chapter because I've got more of it already figured out. This would also give me a way to produce new content to show people while my hands are healing.

     So yeah, tldr: I'm switching to making Shards a novel because it's my only realistic option, and am considering partially or entirely turning the Kyoshi story into a fanfic as well.

     Any thoughts? How would you feel about the Kyoshi comic turning partially or entirely into a fanfic? Let me know!

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Please please please continue with Kyoshi, I need to see where that story goes. I would also love to get a chapter a week or something like that! Anything! Ahh, I just really need to see this, heck I'll pay you money, just please do it
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Amirai's avatar
Thanks! I desperately want to continue working on it. If only tendons didn't take so long to heal!

I've been alternating between my desire to work in a visual medium and my frustration about not making progress for so long. Sometimes I just want to make it all a fanfic because at least that's something I can do right now, but there are a lot of elements that I wanted to communicate with panels rather than words. I really need to experiment a little or at least make some sketches before I can feel confident about making a decision like that. Hopefully my hand will heal soon so I can get back to work on it!

I don't know if you were joking or not about paying to help me continue on it, but I do have a patreon here: www.patreon.com/Amirai?ty=h I should mention though, even when my hand is at the best it's been in the past decade, I've never been able to manage a page a week - the fastest I've managed was a page every 1.5 weeks. I'm also not the fastest writer in the world either. Basically, I don't want to get your hopes up about the speed of my output.

If you did mean you would pay me as a joke, no worries (and no pressure). Either way, your comments, enjoyment of my work and support are very much appreciated! :)
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Ragnaroke8's avatar
When you think you would be able to upload the next page???
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Amirai's avatar
I have no idea when my hands'll heal, so I can't tell you. No sooner than a couple months at this rate.
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superboltstrike|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like the Kyoshi comic to be partially a fanfic because I love the visuals, but honestly I'll still read it no matter what.
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Airumel|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
However you do it, I'll read it. :)
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kyoshee|Hobbyist Digital Artist
whatever you do, im ready to read it with a big smile! do what makes you comfortable and happy :)
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WrenWind|Hobbyist General Artist
I think that Shards would be pretty cool as a novel, but I feel like Kyoshi's story is incredibly visual. I would personally prefer Kyoshi to stay at least partially in comic form, but at the end of the day you need to put your health first. Keeping Kyoshi a comic wouldn't be worth it if it's going to compromise your health!
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Amirai's avatar
Yeah, I was hoping to make Shards a visual feast as well, but I think having art accompanying the story will suffice in its case.

I've decided I'll definitely keep the Kyoshi story at least partially a visual experience too, I've been thinking about it and some scenes just need art to accompany them to have the full effect.
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RagnaLocke's avatar
I think turning them into fanfics with a few drawings here and there would work best. So, basically, I agree with your idea. :) As long as you don't strain yourself, I'm okay with it.
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ChikaraRyoku's avatar
however you present your art, i'll be sure to watch and read it
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Amirai's avatar
Glad to hear it. Thanks for all the supportive comments you make! :)
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JGDaniels|Student Writer
I'd love to see more of Shards in whatever format you choose.
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Starwarrior4ever|Student Digital Artist
I did something similar to this with a story, the NeverWorld. Perhaps you could consider this idea for the kioshi comic; writing out the story and illustrating along the sides of it ( for example starwarrior4ever.deviantart.co… )
Due to busy schedules and other things I was unable to continue this, but it was definitely much quicker than drawing it all out in comic format. It's just an idea ^-^
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Amirai's avatar
Thanks for the link, I was actually considering a text/picture format similar to that! I guess I don't have to make a mockup now since you've shown it works well!
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Starwarrior4ever|Student Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad I could help!! :D 
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Zylia's avatar
What about a story/art combo in an adult/young adult picture book where you draw important scenes from the story like Alice in Wonderland, the Harry Potter beginning chapters, or Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Spiderwick Chronicles? 
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Amirai's avatar
Yeah, that's what I'm leaning towards at the moment. Some sort of text/picture/panels hybrid that blends and flows between the formats.
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Zylia's avatar
I would highly recommend checking out the Spiderwick Chronicles for a good example of combining texts and pictures. tgs.gargoyles-fans.org is also a good example of a chapter/picture website. 
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Caseyrafael137's avatar
I feel like you should do whatever is best for your health. My opinion though is that Shards would be perfect for a novel since it is your own creation and it would work as a novel just as well as it would work as a comic. The kyoshi comic though I feel would be best as a comic. There is just a certain dynamic about it that makes it more appealing as a comic, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be as charming in fanfic form. If you did turn it into a fanfic I would totally read it because I'm already so invested it, so you do what you need to do :)
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Eclo's avatar
Don't really mind. Do whatever makes you comfortable.
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stelly777|Hobbyist General Artist
I for one wouldn't mind if Kyoshi was turned in to a fanfiction story, as beautiful as your art is you NEED to take care of your self, would I prefer a comic yes do I need it no I just want to read the rest of the story, and there's something to be said about how your imagination can be better then what you see
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JBaulmont| General Artist
It would be different that's sure... I'm not against. But how do you write? :D Please tell me you don't mean like some of those fanfics... :lol: (You will need to describe the scenes, not just the dialogue.)
The good thing is we already know well the characters with the comic, how they look, etc.
You can try to post several chapters written together and see the feedback.
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