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Thursday, March 8th, 2007

It's been over a month since I last worked on Botaram and PaaT. I'd say that I was busy with GVCH, but that's only partly the case, as business was slow for about two weeks and I had plenty of spare time in the duration. I could say that it's hard to be creative when you're worrying about whether you can make the rent - indeed, I am saying it - but I don't care to offer it as an excuse.

One artistic problem that I can identify is that the last strip feels forced to me. I designed the adult versions of Eni and Kuu in a rush and I don't feel comfortable with them; also the dialogue in the strip feels too much like what it is - hastily composed and uncompelling.

The blockage is likely what Damon Knight called a Signal From Fred, meaning that I am subconsciously aware that the last strip or so is heading in a wrong direction, and I can't get enthusiastic about expending more energy on the story when it's likely to be wasted on material that doesn't fit the story's development. The best remedy is to strike out the last few strips and redo them, but in the face of having missed so many entries, I feel bad about widening the gap. I have to do it, though, if I am to continue with the story.

While I am preparing for that, I mean to fill in the missing month with other material, a few pages at a time. This has been too large a gap to throw off with a few 'Missed Entry' notices.


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