What would you do if I said these are now all the same thing
Here's the thing - I've been slogging for YEARS with Ghosts. I love the world, I love the characters. The story... is wrong. It's unremitting angst and pain and hurt, the middle is nothing but vague and dragging and boring, the end is nonexistent. I realize that there's a place for stories that are unrelenting grim dark, but a) I don't like them and don't feel qualified to write them, and b) the lack of middle and end are detrimental to going anywhere with it.
Recently the muses have coughed up an alternative - go with the flow. Take the one half step to the left. Tell the story where there's support, where there's a more robust cast, where the main theme is still 'family' but it's broadened to encompass more than just the singular brother set against the world. Where it's set solely in the Reich, where the war marches on, where these things are important and not just offhand notes at the beginning.
It's given me a beginning and a middle and the promise of an end. It's a road of recovery, with ups and downs and backslides, the way you do. It's finding things out slow, instead of having it all shoved at you at once. It takes time off to enjoy the slice of life, and then romps back into action again. It feels, to me, like a much more solid story.
It's still gelling in my head, but I'm starting to write out scripts right now, with page thumbnails and ideas. I think I might be ready to start telling it again.
I'm also playing with the idea of a patreon account - yes, I'm employed and have a good job. I also have a crippling amount of student debt that's come due, and until I can shove my finances into better order next year after taxes I'm currently on the "can I eat for $20 a week?" budget (yes, I can, but it's getting repetitive). A patreon tip jar would both encourage me to keep on schedule with a comic and seriously, every little bit helps right now. I'd do it on a per page basis - ie, if I don't do anything, nobody has to pay anything. Thoughts?