This break started on April 15th, but I never announced it here.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: I'm not reading or responding to any comments or messages directed at me. This goes for Twitter, YouTube, Discord, etc.
During this break, I might still tweet or post videos, but I won't tweet as often, and I can't promise anything with the videos.
I'll remove the "on break" part of my Twitter and YouTube handles when it's over. No idea when this will be, but it's probably going to be a good long while.
So, here's the part where I say why I'm taking this break.
Everyone probably knows at this point that I've been struggling for a long time with my creative identity, particularly with my game that has undergone many temporary names, like Project Comet, Patina's Paintbrush, etc.
When I started working on the game, it was in total isolation and I told nobody about my plans, not even my friends. I was dedicated to making it a very personal project, but at some point, I couldn't keep it all to myself and I started sharing bits and pieces with others. This might have been the start of my uncertainty about the game and about myself. I'm not really sure.
Even after all of my efforts to find myself, I'm still kind of lost. So I want to go back to that isolation, following my feelings without distraction or fear of living up to expectations, making something that is decidedly "me" and no one else. I might even disconnect my PC from the Internet to reinforce this.
I won't be able to give all of this proper attention until my finals are over, which will be Wednesday, but I already feel as though I've made a lot of progress since my break began.
So, if you ask me questions about the game and I don't answer them, or if the game doesn't look the same the next time you see it, I hope this doesn't come as a disappointment, but for me to be true to myself, I can't be paranoid about disappointing people anymore.
I'll end this with a relevant quote from Ratatouille:
"You must be imaginative. Strong hearted. You must try things that may not work. ... What I say is true, anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great."
I'll plug the discord, too, even though I won't be there for a while: