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I posted this on my Tumblr, but thought it belonged here as well. :)

When I look back on it, there's a lot of things I wish I could change about how Star Cross'd Destiny was handled throughout the last ten years. You always wish you would have waited to start your brainchild until your craft was more developed. They don't tell you that your craft will never stop growing or changing. You're young and you want to tell a story about two characters you really love. They don't tell you that you'll look back on your writing and shudder, or that mistakes is how you become a better writer. Being an artist is like being a teenager - you think you know everything in the present, but you really know nothing. I can't wait to hear what ten years from now me has to say about all this.

I'll be honest - while I wish that the hiatus and all the road blocks never happened, I'm grateful for the time I was forced to take off. I got older, and my perspective changed so dramatically. Sure, I hate that I lost my audience, my numbers, and a great deal of reliability for storytelling - but those three years after the hard drive crash, I learned. I wrote and I dreamt, created and grew. And my brainchild and I fell away from each other for a very long time… What's funny about that, is while we were apart, I found their pain. I experienced it, I repressed it… then I felt it, and I figured out that just because everything hurts, doesn't mean it's raining all the time… that you can breathe underwater.

So ten years later, I'm still only 230 odd pages into my oldest story, and while that's a bummer, I'm glad I waited. I'm glad I had the chance to grow, live, and cry without it because now - now I'm telling it understanding the pain, but more importantly, I understand the joy.

I'll have more revelations next week along with a super special celebration pic. Stay tuned! Here's to ten years, friends. :ahoy:

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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional
junobean Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know exactly how you feel.

I (stupidly) started my graphic novel before I had everything written down. I knew where the story was going in my head; but despite that I was quite literally just winging it... which is an all out dumbass thing to do!

A tragedy in my life pretty much made me call it quits for now; & that was nearly 5 years ago. Yet at the same time; I was recently able to actually get the whole story noted down, & story #1 is out of my head & stashed away safely so now I can also move onto story #2 (& even story #3? Possibly). But I completely agree with you; because taking time to step away as well as deal with RL things; it's expanded my mind a lot more... Even helped with things in the story I was 'stuck' on, things I wasn't entirely sure how I could explain or depict. 

Either way; I was both shocked & delighted when you decided to come back to your story & continue sharing it. It was one of the first web comics I started reading all those years ago, & it has a very distinct place in my history of discovering the internet :lol:
Isengim Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Rock the f*ck on, Juno. We'll back you all the way.
taslasness Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Been with you from the start. Love the story and art! Congratulations.
chrislea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I've been looking back a lot at things I wasn't skilled enough to tackle but did anyway, too.  I knew going into most of them I'd one day look back on them with a bit of nostalgia and a ton of embarrassment, but at the time I told myself to remember in the future that if I hadn't begun, I would never reach whatever point I'd be at when the "What was I thinking?" began. 

tl;dr:  Your journey wouldn't have taken you to this point if you'd taken another path.  Doing it the way you did, you let so many people fall in love with your characters and your stories along with you.  ^_~
KatsuTheMeek Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's to ten more, Juno =)
Myriai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on ten years!
JASwriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on 10 years! I feel good with Super Chibi Girl clearing a year (although Due East went for 3 years before going on hiatus and Off Hours completed after 3 years) so far. I know what you mean about looking back and cringing but it's so true about what happens when you grow, as an artist, as a person, and how persistence is ultimately what matters when it comes to your brainchild.

I'm still happy to follow SCD. It's got good characters and it's an interesting storyline. Keep it up!
rikuson2102 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: I could never leave. :heart:
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