I'm just going to address the elephant in the room: I abandoned this website for a whole two years. I got to a climactic moment in Gray's story, one that I felt was a good break, and intended to take a week off to relax before going on to the next part of the story. Two years later, I am sitting here and writing this blog post.
For anyone who was following Gray's story, first of all: I'm sorry. I didn't intend to end the series where I did, and I had many plans for how to continue the story... but at the time, I was burning myself out on the project. It was the first time I had kept up a weekly schedule with my writing, and I'm still happy I did so; however, I was not prepared to experience burnout to that extent. I was struggling with a newly diagnosed mental illness, and was learning how to manage my migraines and chronic pain. In a way, keeping up with Gray's story ended up being one of the best things I did for myself; it proved to me that I was capable of keeping a schedule for an extended period of time, and it helped me figure out how I am able to best create stories.
But there came a time when the best thing I could do for myself was to leave it behind to focus on school, and on my own health. So that's what I did; I don't regret that either. The one thing I do regret is just... disappearing without a trace from my own website. What I should have done, in hindsight, is posted something explaining my absence instead of just repeating "I'll make an effort to not disappear ever again!" every time I got back from a hiatus. I always felt like if I wasn't trying to work constantly, it made me lazy, or someone who didn't deserve to be a writer. I don't want to think like that any more. I want to be able to move forward without putting unrealistic expectations on myself.
The fact is... it's likely I will take more hiatuses in the future. The best I can do is announce and explain them.
With all that being said, I don't know if I will be on hiatus for much longer, but I do want to give a slight update on my personal life:
Because of all those things (especially the bone lesion) I'm most likely not going to be starting any new long-term series or projects any time soon. However... I do have one announcement that I am excited about. As I mentioned in that list of updates, I have been very interested in game design. To that end, I have decided to add an extra blog to this website to talk about game design. It's not going to be anything major, but it will hopefully give some insight into my mental process when it comes to games and writing. Who knows? If you're an aspiring game dev as well, you may even find it helpful. (Also, on a related note, if you are an aspiring game dev looking for a writer, and you like the stories on this website: CONTACT ME!)
As for Gray's story... I'm not abandoning her fully. I still like her story, but I feel it is no longer representative of my best writing. I will not be continuing it as a web series. Who knows, though? I may eventually decide it would be an interesting game, or I may even decide to reboot it. Or, perhaps she and her family and allies will show up in a different story. Either way, for the foreseeable future, her story will not receive updates.