(GDG speaking, here)
I feel that's the most important thing to start off, here. If I had stayed at that job, YnY would have never updated regularly again.
My schedule was irregular to the point that I'd be closing one day and opening another, or opening one day and closing the next. Invid has to drive me everywhere because it's his car, so this was messing him up even worse than me (he often slept while I was at work).
It was also just turning into a more and more unworkable (ha) situation in a lot of other ways; the schedule was nothing new all things considered, but coupled with the fact that they were sneaking more responsibilities onto me without giving me any authority or compensation that should have come along with that, added to the fact that it turns out I apparently have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and one of the things they were regularly making me do was triggering it and aggravating it, ADDED to the fact that I was getting extremely tired of being treated like a child when I turn thirty this year, quite frankly it was time for me to leave.
My health and sanity both demanded it.
The reasons I didn't start jumping back into updating YnY right away are a little complicated to: To start with, one of my cats died literally the week after my last day, and I was completely heartbroken. I couldn't even think about her without wanting to cry for several months, and I ALSO didn't want to stop thinking about her. I didn't want to stop hurting, even. I was totally in love with this cat and she wasn't even two years old yet when she died.
So it took me a while to be even functional again. (Invid was kind of worried; at one point he told me he'd NEVER seen me quite so upset, and HE knows why I probably have PTSD.)
Once I WAS functional again, my first order of business was getting my original webcomic back on track
and setting up a Patreon for it.
Do check both of them out; the webcomic is silly and serious and if you like this fancomic but haven't ever looked at The Law of Purple, you might enjoy it. As for the Patreon, well, if you decide you want to sign up it would really help me out a lot
and having more time to do original works is also more time to do fanworks. (The reason I didn't just create a Patreon for YnY itself is that both I and Invid were a little uncomfortable with the idea. Generally I consider the Patreon to be "for my works in general," so I can convinced to be a little more flexible than "just LOP.")
(That said, if you're sitting there thinking "I don't really have ANY interest in your Patreon, can't I just help you out some other way," I've been doing commissions on Tumblr
most of the winter and also YnY now has a Ko-Fi button,
which we're dedicating to electronic device needs for now because my art computer is being held together with electric tape.)
(EDIT: Okay just to make it clear because I'm twitchy, I'm not saying "oh nuuu you HAVE to help support the comic," I'm saying "If you WANT to help support YnY, here's like three different ways to do so." Like literally, even attention or just poking me is also support; I wouldn't have been able to find the motivation to finish the page I just posted if
hadn't asked me about it over on Tumblr.)
I don't really know how things are going to go from here on out; I'm working on getting a summer job (at LEAST a summer job) because for now the Patreon isn't enough; that said, what I WANT is to get YnY back on a semi-weekly updating schedule; I know how meaningful this comic is to some of you (like. I have been randomly approached. And told. I don't really have words for how that feels.)
At any rate, you'll all be seeing more of me.
(Btw here's this comic I was finding less stressful for a while and I basically consider it to be "canon" to YnY in its own weird way: kintatsujo.tumblr.com/tagged/d…
There's a folder for it
but I sort of keep getting distracted and forget to upload it.)