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So, here I am again, taking another break, and going off on another rant. I'd just like to (again) explain to everyone what's going through my head.

First thing's first....the comic. I've been trying my hardest to keep the comic updated every single night, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. Mainly on weekends. I end up going out, or playing D&D all night, or something, and for one reason or another, i've not been able to get weekends updated regularly for a long time. This frustrates me to no end, as you may guess.

So, as for weekends, I'm faced with a decision. Do I try to get my act together, get weekends updated, and keep things the way they are, or do I make things a little easier on myself and just not update weekends? I'm currently leaning heavily to the latter. Of course, since there would no longer be weekend strips, I would probably compensate by doing every strip in color from here on in. It wouldn't create a ton of extra work, and I'm sure you'd all like it better.

The other issue as far as the comic goes is content. This one can be solved just by doing what I'm doing now...taking a vacation. Lately, I've been pushing myself to get a strip done every single night, and my days have been rather busy of late. Often, it gets to be 11:00 at night, and I'm just starting on a strip. I've been going insane at night trying to conjure up an idea, since I've had no time to think about it during the day. And frankly, i think it's starting to show. Hell, the geek olympics didn't go anywhere near the way I had hoped they would. It got to be thursday, and I just found myself floundering, wondering what to do. Not a good thing.

Also, I've been extremely tired lately. I find myself hardly able to keep my eyes open, thanks to the short amount of sleep i've been getting. Honestly, it's not uncommon for me to go to bed after 2 am, and I have to wake up every morning at 6:30. That's enough sleep to keep me alive, but not much else.

So, this whole vacation is really just to give me time to recuperate, gather my thoughts, get some sleep, and catch up on stuff that's fallen behind. But I think I should make something very clear, so that there is no misunderstanding : I love doing Real Life. It's one of the things I take great pride in, and I have no intentions of stepping down from creating this comic strip. To be able to make someone laugh every day has been a greater joy this past year than I can ever remember. I may take a vacation here and there, and I may miss a strip or two, but I will never lose interest. I can't even begin to describe to you how good it feels when someone sends me an e-mail telling me how Real Life has brightened their day.

So, no worries folks...I plan to be around for a long time. But first I'm gonna get some sleep.

-Greg Dean