I’m really heckin’ proud of that first panel. Also, I see you blushing there, Delta. I don’t think anyone else in the scene does, though. Then again, if a silver fox did blush, how could you tell? It wouldn’t show through her fur, surely? Eh, anime physics.
Wait? What? This is where I’m leaving Chapter 8? And this story arc won’t be picked up again until Chapter 10? What the hell, Beth?!
Okay, let me explain. When I first wrote the script to Chapter 8, it came to 72 pages. 72 pages of comic. That’s a lot. Now, with the right preparation, I could theoretically do that in about 36 weeks. Possibly less, if I got a good rhythm going (as I’ve done with the last few actual pages of this chapter). But I knew going in that there was no way I’d keep up that kind of pace for 72 pages. We were looking at Chapter 8 not going up until next year some time. Possibly not even then.
For me, that was unacceptable.
I didn’t want to spend so much time on this one story arc. There are other stories I want to tell. There are other characters who are being neglected. There’s the unresolved cliff-hanger from the end of Chapter 7, still. All of this was going to be left for potentially years. And I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep doing this series, ultimately. What if something happened that meant I couldn’t continue?
So, I looked again at the script and found two reasonably good places to break the story up into three parts. Part 1 is 21 pages, part 2 is 26 pages, and part 3 is 25 pages. Those are pretty standard page numbers for chapters of Eon’s World 2.0. It’s only Chapter 7 that got to the bumper length of 40 pages and that’s mostly because I just wanted that story arc over and done with (I’d been working on it for four years, after all), so I used as many pages as I needed to get it done. But 72 pages when I’m only uploading new chapters upon completion? And years of waiting to follow up on loose ends from 1.0, while I tell this story?
No, that’s not on. Hence the split. I only needed to make modest changes to the script to allow it and, because of it, I’m free now to tell another story of Eon’s World -- one not focused on Eon for a change -- in Chapter 9, which I hope will begin early in the New Year. And, yes, I am going to try returning to a twice weekly schedule -- Wednesdays and Saturdays again. Watch this space. And don’t worry. I don’t intend to leave you waiting too long to follow up on this story. I’d like to get in two chapters next year, minimum and Chapter 10 will be part 2 of the Discovery Saga.