I'm always busy around my birthday; it's never the same thing twice, so it's not something I can plan around and mitigate for, it's just a recurring pattern. With birthday comes stress. So when I found myself banging my head against the current SJ storyline and unable to get the characters to move forward, I figured I'd take a little two-week break. One week, to rest, and then one week to start drawing ahead.
Naturally, that didn't happen. -.- My evenings for the past two weeks have been spent either watching videos, playing video games, or painting miniatures -- in short, goofing off like normal, sane people occasionally do. (When I was a kid, I always boggled at the way my parents shut off their lives at 8:00 and spent the next three hours lying in bed watching television every night. I still boggle at it -- but there are times when I envy it, too. Not that my parents are normal, sane people, but you get the idea.) By the end of the day at work, I was usually too tired to do anything else.
I did at least manage to get a strip up for today, tho, so hopefully that'll be the first step towards breaking the block. You'll probably notice that it's not in the usual strip format, which is because the idea of sitting at the drawing table trying to wrestle any ideas into three little panels just plain hurt yesterday. Today's strip was done on a full-size sketchbook page and then colored in Photoshop. The whole thing took me about an hour, maybe an hour and a half, which is what it usually takes me just to do the inital pencils for a strip. It's not something I can do all the time, but occasionally, for a moody piece, it fits the bill nicely.
Anyway, it's movement, and that's a start. Hopefully I'll be able to build some momentum and get things rolling again quickly.