I like the fact that I have created quite a rich plot with Rainbow Orchid, and I really need to be careful that it does not get confusing in the telling. Part one threw several balls up in the air. I want to make sure I catch them all neatly. I don't find writing the easiest process, so for that reason I work harder on it. I don't think a day has gone by in the last four years when I haven't been turning over some aspect of the story in my mind, and how I can tell that aspect in pictures.
Now, don't think this is a statement that precedes a long silence and then a comic that never appears as I lose interest. It is partly due to increased interest in the comic that I have to make sure of my writing more carefully now. The first 7 episodes of Rainbow Orchid will remain online and I am also going to continue with the colouring, and I will post the updated strips as they're finished. Shane Chebsey recently called The Rainbow Orchid (book two) "the most eagerly awaited comic in the UK at the moment", and while that's a rather over-generous statement, I am aware some of you have been very patient for a long time. I hugely appreciate every reader I have. I know comics aren't the most important thing in the world, but this one's very important to me. I will now be working harder on The Rainbow Orchid, and it will definitely appear, and it won't be years away. I'm very wary of giving time-promises, but I hope this writing period won't be more than two or three months. The plot is there, I just need to tighten the details properly. There are some bits in part three I can't wait to draw!
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