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Poor Toriel really seems to have a habit of getting attached to people with tiny health bars. No wonder she's always so worried and overprotective.

Sans especially must terrify her sometimes - at least Frisk can take a few hits before dying.

I wonder if Frisk ever told her about their time-travel-based immortality, and assured her that they would be all right.

I was a bit torn while making this; part of me was saying "You should spend this time working on Just Cause instead", while another part was saying, "I want to draw this today, and if I turn Just Cause into an obligation that keeps me from drawing what I want to draw, I'm going to get sick of drawing it."

There's also the fact that Just Cause pages take time, due to the number of panels and complexity of shading, and I don't want to keep you waiting that long between art pieces. ^_^ I think it's going to start bugging me if I can only publish something every few weeks. I find it reassuring to know that I can create and publish a piece of art within a single drawing session.

Of course I'll continue working on Just Cause, and I'll do my best to keep a reasonably frequent update schedule. But in between pages, I'll also give you quick, unshaded pieces like this.

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Scottthespy's avatar
I had the same issue with my comic...I wanted to get new pages out frequently, but that made it into an obligation, and then I lost desire to work on it. So I stopped for a whole year, before getting back into it. Settling on a scheduled that let me post at decided intervals that I could EASILY finish while still working on other stuff for fun worked to balance the joy and the sense of obligation. My pages are black and white, and done traditionally so there's only so big each page can be (and I can work on it while out and about), so my update scheduled turns out at twice a week. Since yours is more complicated, maybe like...the first and third Monday of every month? A set scheduled that gives you motivation to work on it, but time to do other stuff as well.
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That's a great suggestion! Thanks for sharing. The main reason I haven't chosen a set publication schedule is because my pages are so varied in length and difficulty. The current page is 16 panels long and mostly pretty easy, so it'll probably take less than a week to complete. Some pages are as much as 40 panels long, with multi-character full-body action poses, and they can take 3-4 weeks. I prefer to finish a full scene in each page if I can, so the readers can get the full impact of the scene.
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Would you say there's an even mix of shorter and longer pages, or more shorter than longer? By setting a sechedual you can also work ahead of it when you feel a rush of motivation...I haven't worked on undersaga for a week now, and I still have six finished pages to put up. You could finish this page in a week, then work on the next one that maybe takes a week, then you have a months worth of posts done in half that time, so you have extra time to work on the long ones.

I appreciate wanting to have impact breaks in the action, I do the same, though I have to to manage my breaks to work within my page size. This works out to arranging each page to land in a mini cliff hanger or resolution. For example, one page ended with a character starting to go into a complete emotional breakdown for the first time since a massive loss, and the next page ends with the conclusion of that breakdown, and the NEXT page ends with the character processing all the destruction they caused. Its interesting to have a physical limit on how big my pages can be, forcing me to be creative, shift things around create extra panels or take them away, so that there's a good stopping point on the last panel every time. It does often result in 'garbage' panels though...extreme closeups of like...the back of a characters head, or a hand, just to not have the same poses in an extra panel I had to throw in to accommodate some important dialogue that didn't fit right in other panels.
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*Gets horribly behind on my messages, and then makes it worse by procrastinating* Sorry for the slow reply.

Most pages probably average around 30 panels or so, though some panels take ten times as long as others due to being difficult or complicated.

Sounds like you've got a good system that works for you, and I appreciate the recommendations. I don't think I'd like delaying the release of pages - once a page is done, I'm excited to share it, and waiting would bug me. But making an estimate of how long a page would take, making that estimate long enough that I could easily complete the page in that time, and then giving myself permission to work on other things when I'm ahead of schedule, might be a variant of your strategy that works for me; I'm trying it now.

Fortunately, I haven't felt as much pressure lately to work exclusively on Just Cause compared to when I created this picture; it's mostly been a matter of not feeling motivated to draw anything else, haha.
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Oh I do the 'look at all those notifications...I'll get to them tomorrow I swear' thing all the time, no worries about timing with me.

I'm glad you've gotten a system to test out, and that pressure on you has decreased. Its always awful when you feel an obligation to finish a project but pushing yourself has removed and desire to work on it.
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