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I’m scheduling this update to go up on the 30th of September and it’s the 30th of May right now! AHAHAHA! HOW MUCH BUFFER IS TOO MUCH BUFFER, GUYS, HOW MUCH BUFFER?!! Four months is definitely too much buffer, so I’m going to just dump chapter 3 on you all in big chunks, so get ready, GET READY! I’m so enthusiastic because chapter 3 is going to be awesome!!! Things will start happening at last! Yay!

(I’ve drawn 110 pages of story introduction, I should be hanged for crimes against storytelling. Or at least have my cartoonist badge revoked. You guys are awesome for bearing with me and my super-slow-paced webcomic, you’re like the most patient webcomic readers on planet Earth, and hopefully your patience will be rewarded soon.)

(Also, tomorrow will be exactly a year since I launched this website, so yay to that too!)

And the writerly notes:

Chapter 2 was an agony to write. It all started when I scrapped most of my initial ideas for it, mostly because they were too melancholic and also mildly angsty. Once November 2010 came and I started writing down the story, I just made up something brand new from scratch. And it was awful. I knew it was awful the moment I had it written down, but since the motto of NaNoWriMo is to not worry about quality and keep on writing, that was what I did. But, at a certain point, you do have to start editing, but my 2.0 version of the second chapter was so bad, that after editing away all the crap, one would be left with very few lines of script.

So I deleted that thing from existence sometime in early 2011, and made a complete overhaul. The only thing I kept were the first two scenes, which had previously stayed over from my initial idea. Those were some of the oldest Bits Fair scenes I had come up with, and I wanted to keep them. But this 3.0 version of chapter 2 also eventually started to fall apart. I couldn’t understand Ananda, I couldn’t understand her family, I couldn’t understand her village, and nothing I wrote looked even remotely credible.

And so, in early 2012, I wrote the first half of the fourth new version. This time, to have a truly fresh start, I scrapped the original intro and wrote something brand new. The only thing found in this chapter that was there in the earliest version, is the brief dialogue between Hira and Ananda on pages 8-10, and I would have cut that too if it hadn’t, by that point, become an impossible-to-remove part of Ananda’s story.

Then I ran out of inspiration and this chapter just sat around unfinished until January 2014, when I forced myself to write the second half of the chapter, because I wanted to leave for myself a few month’s window during which I could notice any horrible writing and fix it before I had to start drawing the chapter.

And then I proceeded to not look at this chapter even once until it was time to start drawing it. I was kinda worried that if I actually read it, I would realise that it’s terrible and needs to be re-written again, and I didn’t feel like re-writing the exact same chapter for the millionth time. (Naturally, at this point, I don’t even know anything anymore. I hope this chapter wasn’t bad.)

Also, this chapter was super short because there wasn’t much ground to cover here. And my characters have been talking about the Autumn Fair non-stop since the first few pages of this comic, so we should probably finally get to the Autumn Fair. That’s what the next few chapters will be about.