I've been meaning to write an update on what's been happening for a while. The short version is: I will still be working on TideBreakers! There may be a few changes to how I work though.
A few months back I started work on a series of stories and unrelated to TideBreakers. This project's inception closely coincided with (what I now know with the benefit of hindsight) creative burnout with TideBreakers.
Don't get me wrong: I still love the world and its characters and am still excited about designing the game and writing all of the novellas but after four years of hard and single-minded work on just one project, I guess I really needed a break. I'd also had a lot of other ideas that I was desperate to write and design but felt like I'd be 'betraying' the hard work I'd already put into TideBreakers. Aside from writing and drawing I still very much think of myself as a musician, but I hadn't even picked up my guitar properly for months!
So – a new year, a new way of working. The plan is to work on projects – TideBreakers and others – in 'books'. This is fairly self-explanatory for novellas, stories and novels but it does change how I'll be working on the card-game aspect of TideBreakers somewhat. Previously, I was just working on cards as-and-when I needed them and releasing them on the website when they were finished. This new way will have me plan a print-book (collection of cards) ahead of time, work on all the cards until they're finished and then release each one-by-one online.
This feels far more workable, as I'll be affording each of my projects the time and space they need to grow instead of trying to write one thing while working on some game components simultaneously and having the two distract from each other. Whilst each print-book has about twelve cards, it's probably going to be longer than twelve weeks between projects, so there may be up to four or five weeks of down-time before more releases on the website. I'll try and post updates on these on social media as and when though!
Thanks for your patience, in any case. I've got some really exciting projects in the works and I'm really looking forward to being able to work on them!