Shit. Shit shit shit. Shit! It happened again. So much for one update a fortnight, huh guys?

Okay, I’m aware it has been over a month since my last update and now I’m coming to you without even any comic, as if rubbing salt into the wound. Well, I assure you the comic is nearly done. I’m just finishing the text. I finish work tomorrow at 14:00 so I can get back to work after that. Promise. This is just a preliminary post.

Anyway, there is an explanation for why I haven’t updated and, although I realise that these overly-verbose justifications for incompetence are starting to make me sound like a father who’s never around, I’ll tell you anyway because this isn’t one of those “I felt really lazy this month” things. This is serious. I lost my job. I lost my job a few days after my last post, actually. I had to find a new one. I have one now. As soon as I was back in the land of the employed, work began again on the next strip. I hope you can understand that my ’employment crisis’ meant other things like updating the comic and not having nightmares fell by the wayside.

It seems that something always comes along to stop me from doing this and it’s frustrating the hell out of me, I can tell you. The only thing worse is the feeling that I’m letting my readers down. And I checked my viewer stats today to find that my average number of readers per day has halved since the comic started last year… and then I realised I was reading the graph the wrong way round. My average readership has doubled. I was surprised, considering the crap I’ve put you guys through. It was a humbling realisation. I can only thank you for sticking with me. Well, not just sticking with me but spreading the word. I’m going to try my best to become worthy of that loyalty.

I don’t want to be one of those cartoonists that never updates. I remember how much I liked Spells and Whistles before it stopped updating, went away, came back two years later only to disappear again and… I think it’s just now landed back on ‘disappeared’ again after a brief flirt with some updates and a new writer. I don’t want to be that guy. I’ve never wanted to be. Believe me when I say I’m not that guy.

I’m not going to go all Men In Hats and just quit because I don’t like it. I love Life on the Fourth Floor. It’s the project I’ve wanted to do all my life and I’m going to keep at it if it kills me. I may slow down but I never stop. During the gap I’ve storyboarded thousands of strips and, you know what? I’m going draw them all. Watch this space — new comic up today or tomorrow. Then there will only be another nine-hundred and ninety-nine to go. Shit.