Anonymous asked: Dear Rinbo, I remember a time when you posted instead of leaving us for months on end. It makes me cry to see your tumblr so empty as well as your fans. Would a single update just to say where you are be too hard? ~The Fan's Helper
I’m sorry anon (and fan). Unfortunately, real life kind of punched me in the gut.
Just to take this opportunity to explain what I’ve been up to:
Short of it, me and my housemate were evicted after my landlord decided to sell our house. This has meant I’ve had a lot to deal with at pretty short notice (everything from arranging viewings, evaluating, renegotiating and amending tenancy agreements, setting up utilities, making sure my cat doesn’t implode, dismantling furniture, packing, etc.) Moving house, especially not by choice, is not a relaxing dip in the toasty sea of mellow calm. It’s being pushed, fully clothed, into the icy waters of stress and anxiety, and having to wade your way out with little to no outside assistance before realising, just when you thought you were done, that your clothes are still soaking wet and you now need to find a towel and a decent radiator.
On top of this, I have a fulltime job with a commute on top of that, so I am essentially out of the house the most part of my waking existence. Usually when I get back in the evenings, I’m absolutely wiped, so the weekends are pretty much the only time I can get anything done. This… hasn’t really been an option lately. Especially given work decided I’d be in charge of organising most of our end of year operations this time around. Having a lot of extremely stressful and weighty responsibilities thrown at me from both sides has meant my health has suffered a little, but I’m making sure to rest when I can.
That said, my inbox has hit triple figures, and it really doesn’t excuse the fact my last post was kind of vague in explaining why (if at all) I’d be absent this long. I also genuinely didn’t think people would notice, let alone care, so I’d like to say sorry to anyone I’ve disappointed or let down, and just in general for neglecting this place the best part of (almost) two months. I even doodled something wintery to apologise:
… Actually I just did that one because I wanted to. Have something a little cosier:
But yeah, the situation on the whole hasn’t been great. I was kind of hoping to have a comic done for the holidays, but that’ll have to be saved for some other time. Boo and hiss to you, former landlord. I’m going to be away at my parents’ next weekend - hopefully upon my return, I can get back to making something vaguely resembling regular updates…
Assuming I don’t get anything done between now and then, I hope you all have an awesome holiday! And sorry again ☆╮(♉︵♉╮)