As I get within view of the finale of the strip-format run, it's getting harder and harder to stick with it. I started my really heavy-duty work on NeverNever in 1997-1998, so it's getting close on to a decade now that comic strips in one form or another have dominated my artistic life ... and as much as I love it, I'm really looking forward to spending some time doing something else for a change.
Thus, every time I put down the blue pencil, it becomes just a little bit harder to pick it up again. I've got Brigid and Greg tickling the back of my brain, I've got an outline for a Michael Macbeth novel that needs writing, I want to expand my comics/illustration repertoire ... and lately I've been itching to study another language (or even just brush up on my Latin) and take up jazz guitar. I can't do all these things all at once, obviously, but I can't seriously work on any of them if I'm spending three or five nights a week exclusively drawing SJ.
On the other hand, I am committed to bringing SJ in for a graceful landing instead of an abrupt stop, which means that I have to keep picking up the pencil for a bit longer, no matter how much I want to goof off instead. So, discipline, Gneech, discipline! If you don't do it right now, it will keep bugging you forever afterwards.