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Tieback is my pen name. I love cats, cosplay and visual storytelling. While I've produced illustrations and comics for years, "The Archer and the Squirrel" is my first online publication.

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Hello Lovelies,

A lot has happened over these last few months, and I want to give you an update.

I’ve listened to several audio books, and read many actual books on topics such as story writing, medieval times, comic format, literary writing, etc. I believe this self education effort has been successful. I feel much more capable of creating a good story, and telling it well.

When I started this comic, I only had the beginning planned out. And while creating pages, I struggled to write the remainder of the story on the side. It was stressful. And more than once, I wished I could have changed something on a page that was already posted. I learned my lesson. Don’t start making pages until the full story is set in stone.

I’ve also been working on blending literary form with comic form, and it’s been tricky. I do have a knack for creative writing, but I’ve had much more practice telling stories in a comic format. Right now, I’m on the fence if I’m combining the two forms well or not. If I can’t combine the forms well, I won’t do it. I’ll stick to comic pages only. I know the point was to save time by incorporating written pages, but the quality of the story is most important to me.

I ran into a hick-up with my scanner printer. It broke. It had always been temperamental, but I put up with it because it was the only affordable art quality, large bed scanner out there. No joke, other large bed scanners will put you back at least $2,000. Unable to make that type of financial commitment, I replaced the broken scanner with a much more affordable, but much smaller, standard sized scanner. So, instead of drawing pages on 11” x 16” sheets, I am now redrawing them on 8” x 12” sheets.

I lucked out and found a good month to month to live in while waiting to move into my forever home. But the time frame has changed. Instead of moving in late November, I’ll be moving mid September. I’m so excited, but the the time frame change means things will require my attention sooner than planned.

So, big question, when will updates start?
Answer… I don’t know know yet.

As a person that thrives on setting goals, it kills me to say it. But I don’t know. It took more time than I thought to do research. And the non-comic parts of my life has kept me very busy. As a creator, I don’t want to create just a comic. I want to create a GREAT comic! And doing that takes time.

So, this is my plan:

First, I’d like to refund all my Patreons who continued to support me during my hiatus. I appreciate your support, but since I’m unable to resume updates in August as planned, I want to refund everyone who has stayed, for three months worth of their Patronage. I tried issuing refunds through Patreon already, but it wasn’t working. I’ve sent an email to Patreon to figure out how to make this possible. If they are unable to help, I can assure refunds through PayPal as a “gift”, and I will be contacting you individually to make sure that the refund is going to the right place.

After that is settled, I’m going to close my Patreon account until further notice. And I’m going to resume working on this comic, but at my own pace, while out of the spot light of the web. After I get to a certain point, I may start uploading again, or I might take a chance at getting it published. I’m not sure yet.

Thank you again for all your support!

And as always… Hugs,
@claudeb: Thank you :)
@Imola: Thank you!
Hello Lovelies,

First off, they finally know what’s wrong! I tested positive for Mono. I tested negative for Mono twice before, but third times the charm. Since Mono is caused by a virus, there is no medical treatment. You just get better, when you get better. And thankfully, I am feeling better.

And now, time for a heart to heart…

While sick, I’ve had time to think deeply. And there are some things I regret. For instance, I regret not spending more time with my friends and family. I regret resorting to quick unhealthy foods, as opposed to taking the time to cook healthy meals. And I regret not having the time to do random art projects, just for the joy of it. This led me to seriously evaluate how I use my time.

Between making pages, doing story boards, producing additional content for Patreons, and working on completing the story’s plot on the side, I spend about 30 hours a week on the comic. My full time job requires 40 hours a week, and I spend another 5-10 hours studying. The time I spend at work and studying is not negotiable, so that leaves the time I spend on the comic.

I brainstormed some ways I could spend less time on comic. One idea was abandonment, which I don’t want to do. Another idea was updating less frequently, which I also don’t want to do. I also could convert the webcomic into a written story, which I have mixed feelings about. On the other side, maybe after some big life stressors get ironed out, the comic’s time requirements might not be problematic anymore.

I’ve run over these possibilities multiple times, and I can’t decide right now. I need more time to think. But even more so, I really need to focus on my test coming up in February. If I don’t pass it, I lose my current position at work. And right after my test, I’ll be trying to get my first home. So, for my health, sanity, job security, and future living situation, I decided that I need to place this comic on a hiatus. Once I pass my test and get a home, I’ll be in the position to decide what to do.

I want to be frank, there’s a chance this comic may end. I don’t like that idea, but that would be the worst case scenario. I also may jump back in, fully charged, with weekly updates. I just don’t know at this time. I have been on such an emotional roller coster. During the first 20 days of being sick, I had 12 blood tests, 2 X-rays, a CT scan, and trip to the ER. And after all of that, they still didn’t know what was wrong. It was incredibly scary…

I’m not sure the exact date this hiatus will end, it depends when I get a home. The latest should May 2019, because that’s when my lease ends. I know that’s a long time away, and I am sorry. But I need to give myself a break as a get better. And I need to fully focus on securing my job, and getting a permanent home. I hope you can understand. Thank you for reading this post.

Hello Lovelies,

I have contracted an unknown illness, and am on day 13 of a fever. This illness robbed me of five vacation days I set aside to work on the comic.

At this time, I’m not sure what exact date I can start uploading again. I’m currently getting some special tests done and will be meeting with an infectious disease specialist. If you want to read page 75, the only page I have left, you can view it on my main site. I will also be posting updates on my progress on my website.


****Updated 10/08/18****

Hello Lovelies,

I wanted to give an update. The doctors have run a bunch of tests, and they still don’t know why I’m sick with fever. They’re doing their best though, and started a new series of tests. I am excited that I’ve been able to start eating again. I’m going to try to put some weight back on. I’ve lost 6 pounds since this started 22 days ago.

I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support. Reading your comments brought tears to my eyes. (Not joking.)

I’ll post another update in one week on Tuesday, October 16th.

Big Hugs,
@VadanDrumist: I have a feeling she'll be visited by someone... ;)
Hello Lovelies!

I’ve got a few extra days off work this week. I’m excited to spend them: drawing pages, making character design sheets, and writing upcoming chapters! I call it a “work-cation”

If you enjoy this comic, and want to help it continue, please become a Patreon. Archer and the Squirrel Patreons get early and exclusive access to comic pages and comic related artwork!

The next update will be Tuesday, October 2nd.

@woolysox123: You are one of the few readers who realize there are costs involved in running an event. Points for you!
@eekee: Kitten!!!
Hello Lovelies!

Kitten News:
I’m excited to introduce the newest member of my family, Jupiter! This kitten is a red female Abyssinian. She’s highly energetic and has an insatiable sense of curiosity. When I first brought her home a week ago, she was a little sick. But thanks to some meds she’s now doing much better. She still needs to be in quarantine for another day. But by Thursday morning, I will introduce her to her sister, Artemis.

Kitten Video:

Story Writing News:
I just finished the first draft for Chapter 15, and I should have the chapter finalized within a week. At this point, I think the whole story will be somewhere between 25 and 30 chapters long.

Certification News:
As you know I passed my first test, and I have one more to take. Originally I was planning to take the second test in November, but with the arrival of the new kitten I know I will have less time to study. So, I’m now planning to take the second test in February. I don’t want to push the test back, but I can’t risk failing it. I’m so eager to start weekly updates. As soon as I have the second test passed I can start!

The next update will be in two weeks on Tuesday, September 18th.

Hello Lovelies!

I passed my test! That’s one test down, and one to go. I’m aiming to take the second test in November, but I won’t know if I’ll be ready for at least another month.

Also, I don’t remember if I’ve shared this or not, but I’ve been on a wait list for an Abby kitten for about two and a half years. And next week, the kitten should finally be ready for pick up. I can’t wait to share a picture with you.

I was surprised how strongly people reacted to the last page. As the story "crafter", I will share that there are a few things going on in this scene. ;)

I hope you enjoy this weeks upload. The next page update will be in two weeks on Tuesday, August 28th.

Hello Lovelies,

I’m very pleased with how the background people in the first panel turned out. I tried returning to the “blue” technique I used in the prologue, and I think it worked well.

By the next upload, which will be in two weeks on Tuesday, August 21st, I will have taken my first big test. Can’t wait to slay this academic adversary. Wish me luck!

@GeeksOverHipsters: I'm so glad you found the comic, and love it! Thanks for reading :)
Hello Lovelies,

It’s such a treat to get feedback from you guys. I love learning how individual readers perceive the comic, and what they get out of it.

As the creator, I’m so close to the work that I have a very specific perspective of the story. And when I get to hear what readers are observing, I’m sometimes taken completely aback! Because you guys connect dots that don’t even occur to me, and I love that!!!!

And I’ll tell you a secrete. While I’ve been working on finishing the story’s plot, I’ve been taking inspiration from you guys. A few twists and turns yet to come are inspired by your comments. So, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. And thank you for being you. 🙂

Hello Lovelies!

The first version of this page was made on a new type of watercolor paper, and that was a mistake! The way the paper absorbed the paint created this “grainy” visual texture, and the colors were just “off”. I tried to fix it in photoshop, but that resulted in an airbrushed effect, which I thought looked just as bad. So I decided to redo the page using the right paper. Lesson learned.

To view original version:

Since I was going to do a redo, I thought it was a good opportunity to see if there were any changes I could make to improve the page. This line of thinking led me to make several alterations, and I’m very pleased with the second version. I thought it would be fun to share both versions with you. I’m curious if you guys prefer the second version as well. At least I hope so, because it sure took a lot of time to make. I’m still getting used to drawing pages with densely populated backgrounds. People are so much harder to draw then trees. Chapter one and two spoiled me…

@eekee: Thanks for bringing this to my attention eekee. I'm sorry the comment system was giving you problems. It did that to me once, and when I restarted my computer it worked again. Maybe that will help you? I hope at least. I have a tech guy that set up my site, so I'm not very knowledgable about the commenting system. If it happens again, please let me know, and I'll bring it up to the tech guy next we meet.

In regards to the two versions of page 69, I'm so happy that you also like the second version. Thanks for letting me know!

P.S. I'm sorry you're having eyesight difficulty.
@woolysox123: I think he's a relatable guy. I think everyone probably knows someone like him in their day to day life. :)