Post by SpottedBlades on May 17, 2017 13:30:40 GMT
On May 17th, 2013, Zodiacstuck had started. Happy 4th anniversary.
One year ago, I started the maintenance project: re-do all panels that were outdated, and crudely drawn, to better reflect what I wanted to do with this adventure.
*I planned to re-do the entirety of Act 1, about a hundred pages. Some pages were already fine as they were, including the latest ones. *I planned to possibly re-draw digitally the paper-drawn panels, which existed as placeholders when I couldn't draw numerically. *I wanted to update dialogue and text to better reflect my vision of the characters.
And, where did it end?
*I only completed one half of Act 1, including several .gif panels. *The paper panels have been tweaked and re-taken to better the image quality, but no redraw has been done. *Most dialogue has been updated.
Re-drawing the entirety of the beginnings of a fanventure is a task I had under-estimated. Since I put so much care in the visual aspect of Zodiacstuck, I didn't want to settle with less-than-best drawing quality, to the point where I had received some critics about how the artstyle was "too dense" and "complex" for a fanventure. I know visuals are only one aspect of the whole thing, but it is the one I wanted to change before all, so new readers wouldn't be put off by the crude drawings that were the beginnings of Zodiacstuck.
Now, I don't know what to do. I didn't complete my goals in the one year I had given myself to do all of these changes. I did what I could, but it left the whole thing looking like a patchwork. I couldn't stand the idea, but it put so much stress on me that I couldn't bring myself to do it. I saw this task as a burden rather than a task I wanted to do. In short, I was imposing myself too much, and this made me unable to reach the bar I had put so high.
I have many projects I'm currently working on, and they feel much more inspiring than re-doing Zodiacstuck and spending hours on drawing panels, without making the story progress. I didn't produce new content for it and this is what drove my slight readership away, since no commands have been given in months. Working on Zodiacstuck has become a hassle, a contraint. I'm just re-doing stuff I already did, and it's not going anywhere. That's why I decided to stop.
I'll stop re-doing panels. Since people don't care about the quality of the graphics, and most have already been done, I will leave the current panels in place. I will however try to update the dialogues and text as much as I can, so the story has a continuity. I will now try to focus on making new panels and finishing the story once I get commands and inspiration.
I hesitate as to whether put Zodiacstuck as 'On Hiatus' or not. I've already taken too much time without working on it. To not leave people with the idea that I'm not doing it anymore, I think I won't touch its status. I hope you understand my concerns.
Thank you for following the development of Zodiacstuck.
You're pretty much lost, then, for all you know. Browsing through all possible options, you decide to head through this LAND. It's cold, the MIST is too thick, you can barely see what's going on in here. After the disappearance of FASHIONSPRITE, because all sprites disappear for some reason, you guess, you were left to your own DEVICES. And FERREN isn't much helpful either, so you're wondering what to do next. You start to think you're hearing VOICES in here. Better go and check on your friends as soon as the way is paved for you to move SOMEWHERE ELSE.
I just realized I have no idea of what I was doing anymore. It's been almost a year and I never wrote down any script save for the big lines. I'm very tempted to say fuck it and just skip a bunch of stuff, but that would be even more confusing that it already is. I'm just so lost! I don't know what to do next, and I only lose motivation.
Tempting. But at that point I should ask the readership directly. I will likely do some exposition stuff to make sure everything for the audience is clear, so tell me if there's anything you still don't get and I'll make it into the next scene. Tell me if there's a character you think didn't talk enough. Anything.
Post by SpottedBlades on May 17, 2019 10:06:36 GMT
My, would you look at this. Zodiacstuck is seven years old today!
Memories, memories. So much thing I'd like to say, so little time. I wish I could say I have an update ready. I even pulled out my tablet and everything. But when trying to draw a panel, I just. I didn't have any single clue of where to go from there on.
I had a lot of ideas and potential for Zodiacstuck. Plot twists, character arcs, cool and fancy things planned. But it was a hastily-started project, with no coherency whatsoever, and a very noobish feel to it that even a reboot couldn't save. And now I'm here trying to build a story from that, and have it go somewhere. Which, I won't try to hide, isn't what I need right now.
I had a lot of fun doing Zodiacstuck over the past few years. A great chunk of my art improvement came from there. Reading it you can still see the evolution of my style, and my way to write as well. And it still remains one of my little darlings.
But now is another time. Now, I'm busy with college, with other fandoms, with projects of a whole other scale. Homestuck isn't my special interest anymore, and I've grown disconnected with the story. I just don't feel the same spark anymore. So I think that now the time has come to discontinue Zodiacstuck altogether.
I won't try to shine the promise of potential updates in front of you, nor do I expect you to keep following it. I'm aware that my fanbase has grown very thin over the past years, and nothing I can do will make you come back. But it's okay. It was fun while it lasted, and I had a lot of fun meeting people interested in my story and art, who eventually pushed me to get better. So thank you everyone who followed the ride at any point, thank you for your support and encouragement, and thank you for doing this with me all these years.