Quick Status Update

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Eviscerati.Org has been a lot more quiet for the last week or two than I'd intended. Short version: a few days before Christmas, my primary work computer, a beast of a laptop that I've used for about four years, died abruptly. Because that is my work computer (work including the things I do on this site, and also the things I do 40 hours a week that allows me to pay my bills) I needed to get a replacement, fast. So this Christmas I found myself with an additional expense--a new desktop computer.

Except that I didn't just go out and buy a desktop computer. I bought a barebones system and extra parts, because it was cheaper. Unfortunately, the last time actually built a desktop computer was six years ago, and a lot has happened in the last six years. So instead of focusing on the enjoyable and creative things in my life, I've been holding together this new computer with duct tape during work hours, then trying to get it to actually work in my off hours.

So basically that combined with holidays means I have no updates for... well... anything. And the Publishing Of Great Things probably won't resume until January 5, because I need another weekend to iron everything out.

(The long version of this story is a lot more amusing and involves a desktop computer power supply actually exploding. But that story is going to have to wait.)

Status Report

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

July has been a difficult month.

I was supposed to have Issue 12 of Curveball out this month. I was also supposed to have the next chapter of The Points Between up. I was also supposed to have a lot more comics up than there actually are.

Instead, I spent most of July trying to find a job.

Issue 12 is currently about 25% complete. The next chapter of The Points Between is about 50% complete. On the other hand, I'm working again, so ability to feed family is once more at 100%.

Apologies for the delay. All the other projects--both fiction and comics--are moving forward. I have a lot of ground I need to make up...

Random Button!

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

The navigation buttons for the comics on the site now have a "Random" button. Clicking the button will take you to a random comic. Hurray for new features!

The button doesn't show up on the comics page, because of Drupal Reasons. I'm working on it. But as soon as you click into the full page view for the comic, it's there...

Potential site warnings ahead

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

A reader pointed out a few days ago that he was getting certificate errors and site warnings when he visited my site. I tracked the problem down to a Drupal module that provides the "like" and "+1" widgets for a number of posts, and deactivated it. However, I am re-activating it in order to try to help troubleshoot the issue for the module developer.

This means that for a while when you visit this site your browser might tell you OH MY GOD THIS SITE HAS A PROBLEM BEWARE OR YOU'LL CATCH A VIRUS AND DIE which is a reasonable thing for a browser to report, but is probably not what will actually happen. Please bear with me for a few days.

Thanks!

Update: The problem was patched, and everything should be working again. If you're getting certificate warnings, please let me know, because it's for something new.

Hello Alabama.

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

I made it. It was a rough trip. I was trying to minimize the pain by splitting it into two pieces -- Saturday driving and Sunday driving.

Saturday driving was supposed to be 5 hours. It wound up being 9 hours because they closed down one of the more important roads I was sort of counting on not being closed down. Sunday I left at 8:30ish and was supposed to arrive around 7:30 (Central time). It wound up being closer to 9 because I had to drive through a pretty heavy rainstorm that apparently spawned a tornado once it hit South Carolina.

But I made it. Expect fun things to appear on this site soonish.

Curveball Fail

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

One of the things I'd hoped I'd be able to do when I started Curveball was "keep to a damn publishing schedule." This is, after all, modeled after a comic book. It publishes monthly. That's significantly longer than any webcomic or web serial I know of, and under most circumstances it's doable. Even so, during the course of this run I found myself going off the rails, and I spent a lot of time at the beginning of this year improving my workflow and focusing on getting Curveball back on track.

Which has just completely unraveled, officially, as of today.

The May issue of Curveball is not coming out in May. It will be coming out in June. Hopefully the June issue will also be coming out in June.

There is really only one reason for this. I've spent so much time trying to move to another state -- much of that time spent in futilely trying to do the last few things on my own -- that I haven't been able to write. I've been able to work my day job and try, with varying degrees of success, to pack. And that's about it. So Issue 11, while plotted, has not been written. Today, the 31st, is the last day I could reasonably post anything at all and consider it legitimately the "May Issue," and it's just not going to happen.

My apologies to those of you are following the serial. It, like everything else in my life, has been pushed aside and trampled over because I can't manage all of the logistics involved in trying to move AND publish things at the same time.

The good news is I'm moving this weekend, but everything will still be a whirling sea of chaos for a while, and while I hope to get back on the stick and get all my publishing work moving again, I'm too stressed right now to estimate when that's going to happen.

I hate moving. I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate moving.

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