As the title says, I'm taking my hands off the development for a week. There's multiple reasons for this.
The main one is I'm kinda burnt. I've been at this nonstop to get caught up for lost time and to get back on schedule, but part of me knows that won't happen. I care too much about quality to rush it. That being said, I've been driven to get this done on time to the point my head hurts. I just need to take a few days off, but it's more than that.
The other reason, as I mentioned before is my job-hunting has been fruitless so far. All my life I've been a Customer Support agent for a company (hey, someone's gotta do it!) and been abused by customers and employees; sometimes at once. As such, I'm one of the best in the business due to how I talk to people and get results. Problem is I'm done with that and want to work elsewhere. Doesn't help when the only employers who want you are those who want your Customer Service skills. Helps less if the job is either too far or doesn't pay enough to pay the bills. It's pretty depressing and has me feeling like I'm stuck in a rut that I might not ever get out of. Because of that, I want to take some time off and not really focus on that.
A minor reason is a friend of mine that I have known for almost 20 years now is getting married. By the time I'm ready to get back to business, it'll be his wedding day. As such, I'm extending it to then. I don't get out much, so it's a good excuse, but it's gonna be hell when people get on me for not being married yet. Hell, I'm single so I'm not even dating anyone! Single people at a wedding is like steak to a piranha! Yeah, it's gonna be fun...
Finally, and this is also a minor reason, I kinda hit a roadblock with a story issue. As I stated over the site, the game's foundation is from a Pokemon fanfic, but the game itself is not Pokemon-related in any way; I'm trying to keep it original as I can without deviating from the foundation of the story too much. The issue, however, is there's a place where Pokemon and their powers are heavily centered and Cameron (the main character of the fanfic) just plays support. I need to redo the scene so I can progress it. I'll figure something out, but it's aggravating me. And because I'm also burnt out and depressed, I can't think straight.
So there you have it. I'll be out of the game development until July 18th. Hey, considering one guy has been doing the work of 20 people since January, taking his first vacation for a week seems pretty reasonable, don't you think? Rest assured I have no desire to quit making the game and distributing it. I've been wanting to do this since I was 15 and I fully intend to see it's completion!
That being said, I'm not unreachable. You can still contact me via e-mail:
I always enjoy chatting with the players :) It's because of you all I can even press forward at all!
I'll be back!
~Twilight Faze signing off until July 18