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It's occurred to me that I owe the lot of you an update, given it's been almost three years since I produced anything at all here (wow).

I am still alive.

I am mostly well.

My disappearance had several causes: I became disillusioned with my skill, and I believe that I should leave the comics to others; I felt unintegrated into the fandom I was contributing to, and hence began to drift away; my emotional health declined from its already-precarious position.

I'm not going to tell you I'm back and active - that would be a lie. But it's about time for me to tell you something, so this is my note to you. I'm sorry for my unexplained absence.

Despite my silence, though, some of you continued to wish me a happy birthday annually, and thank you for that! I hope you're all doing well. If there are any questions I can answer, please let me know.


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Call me commando.

I try to be as pleasant as I can. Almost nothing upsets me more than when I upset others.

I'm 21 years old and studying philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and computer science at university.

My presence is spotty at best right now. I apologize.
So... um... sorry about the impromptu hiatus. I just got stuck on a comic one day, and instead of keeping at it until I got unstuck, I decided I would come back later.

Well now it's later.

Seriously, if you ever get stuck on something, never decide to "come back later", always work until you're just unstuck, and then leave the easy part for later. Otherwise, over a month will unexpectedly go by.

Expect a comic by next weekend.

And again... um... sorry :iconfluttershyshyplz:


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Thunderhawk03 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake::party:
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:It's time to party!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
eagc7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
happy bday
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Hey are you still on Deviant Art?
iamcommando13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Sort of. I check here very periodically. I've just experienced a lot of disillusionment with respect to my skill, and I'm busy as all hell. I suppose I ought to make a post about it to explain myself. Sorry for going dark!
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
No it's okay. What do you mean by disillusionment?
iamcommando13 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
I came to believe, and continue to believe, that I don't have the skill for this sort of thing.
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NovemberLilly Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
HAAAPPPYYY BBIIIRRTTHHDDAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Out of context [Pinkie Pie] 
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
rainbowdash10124 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Artist
Sup twilight!
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