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New Year's Resolution

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 1:28 PM
  • Mood: Eager


I know it isn't the new year yet (unless you happen to be reading this after January 1st, which will become increasingly likely as time progresses (hello future people!)) but I thought I'd just get my new year's resolution off my chest now while I'm feeling productive. I'm just started winter break now, and I feel I should get more work done with Twokinds than I have been. So, first things first...

• Starting soon, I will begin responding to all my backlogged emails. For those of you who don't know, I am extremely lazy most of the time when it comes to my email responding. In fact... as some of you who may have emailed me in the last few years might have come to realize... I rarely answer emails at all. >_>; This is not intentional! It's just that... well, I get overwhelmed very easily. I take a few days off from my emailing duties and suddenly I have hundreds piled up. And every day the pile increases, the more my desire to try and wade through them decreases. At the moment, I have 2,880 emails yet to receive a response. Some of these go back months. It is my secret shame that I have not been able to keep up with all these. I just get so many every day, it's difficult. I never knew starting out that emailing people would becoming such a large part of running a webcomic.

But no more! I swear that I shall get through every single email next year, no matter how long it takes, and no matter how old it happens to be. And in this case, please do not be surprised if you have emailed me more than once and suddenly receive several replies at the same time. The new gmail design thankfully makes it easier for me to sort through unread emails more quickly, so it shouldn't be quite as hard as it might have been before now.

Edit: Additionally, please don't send me notes here on Deviantart. I just recently realized that I have amassed 697 messages on here too. I didn't even realize for the longest time that I was receiving them, and I haven't even thought about when I'll be able to get around to responding. I apologize sincerely to anyone who sent me anything of a time-sensitive nature and did not receive a reply, either through dA Notes or emails. As I said, I've been really overwhelmed lately. It is nothing intentional, I assure you. I want nothing more than to be able to answer every single person individually, and I still have every intention to do so, but with the volumes I'm dealing with it's going to take time.

• Secondly, starting in January, I resolve to finally create a buffer for myself, so that I am never behind on my updates! This resolution is a lot more challenging than the first. A buffer, for those of you not familiar with the term, means comics made in advance. It's useful in the event of unforeseen disasters that would otherwise cause delays. The reason it is so challenging is because, like a lot of other webcomic artists, I am lazy. I draw my comics at the very last minute, and often times find myself running over my deadline. It seems easy enough just to do the comics as early as I possibly can, but it's quite a lot easier said than done. Working without a deadline is extremely difficult for me. However, I am going to do everything I can to keep up my self-discipline.

• Finally, book #2 of Twokinds will be released sometime next year. I don't know when, but I am determined to finish it and have it out sometime in the summer. It's taken far too long already, and I really want to get a start on #3 as soon as I can.

We'll see how these work out. I know that new years resolutions are made to be broken, but I'm determined to put all my effort into this. Wish me luck!

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kenotakashi Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
oops (cant) is not supost to b there
kenotakashi Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
this is a sweet comic cant wen is the next page coming out
housepartykaraoke Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant wait to see the next pages of the comic, finally some Keith x Madelyn action!
DarkfireNeko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Is the first book still being published? I'm having trouble finding it on Amazon, EBay, etc.
Randallpw Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
And this is yet another reason why I like Tom better than any other web-comic author I've followed. Most authors appear to become conceded or at least bitter after their work takes off, but Tom has stayed true the whole time. Thanks for making the internet better!
Ninjaraptors Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Is it a bad thing if you get high while your on the top of a building?
tukerus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
how do i get the book
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Ahh, I wondered why you never got back to any of my notes XD I had previously asked last year about getting a commission from you, guess you're just a super popular and busy artist ^^
ZombieDrink Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Please finish book 2 as soon as possible. I really like the way that book one came out.
ZombieDrink Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Get that second book out. I just bought the first book yesterday.
SpyroFan247 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
DUDE!!! im a huge fan of 2 kinds!!! the characters are so colorful and individual. u need to continue it!!! i just got done read ing the last page u uploaded on chapter 14.... im so eager for u to keep goin!!!!
TwokindsKeithKeiser Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
welllllll, now that I know that that's why you weren't responding, I'm sorry if I started getting pissed in my emails about lack of response. sincerely sorry! now, onto the only thing I actually care about, BRING LAURA BACK! please. sry I got spazzy again. she was my favorite character and I do see a way she could be brought back but it requires a massive sacrifice! yeah, sry. my way is explained in one of the emails but if you think of a way that requires know...death! then feel free to do it however you like. If you do bring her back I will be super happy and probably start shouting joyously at my computer for an hour, but if not then atleast thank you for reading this message and sorry it's so rambly. i get carried away when i start thinking about laura sometimes.
The-dragonfiend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nozomivamp- keenspot is an application based sight from what ive read on the forums tom actually applied 3-4 years before he got accepted... Infact the first application failed but 3-4 years later keenspot became interested and invited tom into there site so i suggest get yourself a nice little server get yourself noticed and out there and if your worth it they shall come :)

Anyhoo hah i know how you feel tom i have 2 email accounts one has 3599 unread emails and one has 2000 ill never get around to reading them as most will be out of date but i wont delete either as i dont know what im deleting lol.
Eckroadious Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question. so im starting a comic and need somewhere to post it online so how does keenspot work?
BARproductions Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is twokinds a trilogy?
BARproductions Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had a cintig like yours but then again it might be made for windows only since after all you're a windows user and I'm a mac user. yeah thats right I have a bamboo pen tablet that works on both windows & mac. but is twokinds mean't to be a trilogy? cause I just love epic-trilogies!
LunarFang Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Writer
Interesting dilemma you have there. The email problem, as you said, has become easier to manage. I would have commented differently on that if it hadn't been. Such as suggesting having an acquaintance or reader help you manage those and document them as important, time-based, or a plethora of other quantifying factors so it would be made easier to deal with without you having a mass backlog. I hope that your endeavors proceed without further disturbances as I am quite fond of your comic and works. You are an inspiration.

Ever Faithful,

May night give you peaceful rest,
A-hardie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
I never knew you released a book. Where can i get it.
HafrenRiver Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist
:O Book??? Where the spaz could I get the first one?
BeastIam Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you don't have to respond to this (although it WOULD let me know you're listening, but it doesnt matter), but good luck with everything!
TheAngryRobot Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
I wish you the best of luck Tom.
Have a good holiday and a happy new year
Fwtaras21 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck dude,i wish you to be more creative than ever!!!
TheKhanly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Good luck, I can't wait for the next releases ! =)
Jerel92 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Can you also resolve to making Two Kinds a TV show or movie :)
There are sooooooooo many reasons why that would never work, and I'm saying this is as a fan, not a critic.
Jerel92 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
But a man can dream right? A man can dream.
Jerel92 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Can you also resolve to getting making Two Kinds a TV show or movie :)
shock4th Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Well that's really great to hear! ^^ I've been a huge fan of your comics and other works. And i completely understand what you mean about being lazy and finishing comics at the last minute. XD

Can't wait for your further updates.
Ephemurai Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
spammed w/ thousands of emails..... i've been there.... You're just lucky they're happy fan letters and not spam! Good luck man, and i hope to see more twokinds out there ASAP! Oh! merry christmas and a happy new year as well! XD
Geneforge Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I wish you luck, sir.
ScottWolf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Life. It hates us all.
Avolendi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck ^^

Though I doubt you'll have time to read this, maybe stating some rules or guidelines on the website to reduce the number of emails would help. (I'd imagine you get a lot of "awesome comic" emails :P)

If you get a lot of spam then perhaps write your address with (at) or display it as a picture to avoid it being found by bots.
ILoveBrunoMarso Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good luck :D
Kman-Studio Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Heh, no worries.

Personally, I've never found much problem with your update schedule. Comic authors and artist are still people at the end of the day and I know strapping deadlines to art is the quickest way to sap enjoyment out of it.

So yeah, either way I think most people are still grateful for the effort you put into TwoKinds.
But still, best of luck to the resolution, they are so damn hard to keep in line... :|

And about the emails... yeaaah.. XD
I guess in your case, keeping a few e-mails in an inbox is like keeping a few rabbits in a pen.
They will multiply...... a lot... :D
Jake-Greek Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Good luck!
gozerthecarpathian Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

As a former webcomic creator I have to wish you GOOD LUCK on that buffer. It's great if you can get it but it's HARD to keep it! I wish you the best! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, good luck with the resolutions, I hope you're nothing like me and start breaking them all... <.<
CommanderWolffe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
veirglück, meine Freund, you can do it!
Tsukasa-Spirit-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 TwoKinds Tom, It's amazing how much work you've put into it through the years! I remember back when my friend first introduced me to it, and I've been entranced ever since! I'm glad you've kept it going so long and that you are going to continue to keep it up. Thanks for everything, because I really do look forward to reading the new page every week and it never fails to cheer me up during a tough week
kaziganthi2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
good luck
Demonrik Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck to you.
SukiMuffin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck, I totally understand how it feels to be lazy with art...I wanna start a web comic....buuuut, I need a buffer first, for sure.
WolfeThane Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well now, You can certainly do it if you have the willpower. You might want to answer batches of E-mails regularly in a manner that won't burn you out. Now you've really peaked my curiosity with these book releases you've mentioned. I can't say I recall having seen them for sale anywhere, including your site. (Maybe I'm blind, I have that bad habit) But I would certainly love to scoop up a copy, and hope you push out your second volume, and future volumes with great success ^^
Hirukafox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
you have my loyalties mate! no worries ^_^
RogueKnight24 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Goog luck dude! And happy 2012 xD
Xandahar Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
im sure you can do it Tom, you may not have been the most consistant updater ever but i've stuck with you through thick and thin because i love your work.
DarksilenceTheWolf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good Luck man, Don't worry I know you are gonna do a good job! ^^
Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my new years resolution is to stop setting goals i never finish.... meh, I'll get to it later.
Ferzin-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
oh god that would be way too much e-mails and messages to reply at once. XD
blaze984 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like your gonna have alot more messages to read through now, sorry im just making it longer. I Hope your new year resolution comes true, Mine is to become a better artist perfect poses there's so much i could improve on. Thanks for listen Tom Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :handshake:.
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