Smooth Like Sandpaper

Hey everyone!

Apologies for the silence these past 6 weeks and if it caused any confusion or worry for anyone. I appreciate the love and concern you guys had while I was gone, and am grateful for the support you’ve shared with me. Thank you. I apologise again for leaving some of you with more worry than you needed in your lives.

Things have been.. rough these past several months, to say the least. It’s just been one thing after the next ever since my PC broke down and the big move back in May. Progression of works in-general were EXTREMELY slow for a while.

These circumstances which demanded my attention only started to settle down in August, and that’s when I was able to properly refocus on doing MMO and other art projects properly. BUT THEN (in typical RandoWis fashion), I was required to return to the fire department as a reservist for 3 weeks starting mid September. So as you can see, when the dust settles, it’s just an illusionary calm before another gust of wind decides to fart its way through.

Seeing that MMO was already 4 months behind at that point, I decided to focus all my attention to completing chapter 8 first, including on the weekends, to make up for lost time. The idea was to spend a couple of weeks to finish Chapter 8, then continue on the weekly comics and other projects after. Was it ridiculous of me to think I would be able to catch up with 4 months of incomplete work in 2 weeks? Yes, because those 2 weeks became 3, which then stretched to 4, and finally resulted in the 6 weeks of silence we just experienced.

While this isn’t the most surprising of news for most of you, I hope I don’t come out as a broken record whenever things seem slow. If anything, I blame myself for not being able to cope with the circumstances and manage my time better. For those who are new (and those who aren’t familiar with RandoWis’ yearly routine), circumstances which require my attention get in the way regularly. I’ve accepted and embraced that now, instead of hoping things would clear up. I’ve always tried to keep up with both RandoWis and said circumstances in order to keep things flowing smoothly, only to fail each and every time. I’m done with that.

I’m done complaining about how things always aren’t working out. They won’t, and probably never will, but that’s not an excuse to stop trying! All this energy spent worrying and being anxious about falling behind on RandoWis would be better spent focusing on completing as much as I can, when I can.

That’s the mindset I intend to make stuff with from now on. Hopefully this way, I won’t have to go silent for too long again in the future. Things should be back to normal from this week onwards.

Thank you, sincerely, for your love and support.
Love you much much, and I’ll see you in the next post. ♥

 

P.S
Allow me to use this opportunity to clarify a couple more things though.

Firstly; streaming.
Some of you guys know that I do stream on twitch with the rest of the boys about 3 times a week, and despite these 6 weeks of silence on RandoWis, I have continued to stream there still. Allow me to clarify that I do my best to stream consistently despite my issues because streaming full time is not just my dream, but a dream all of us share and are working hard to achieve together. Unfortunately, the only PC who’s rigged to host our streams is mine, and I think it would’ve been selfish of me to get in the way of everyone’s dream, just because life isn’t working out for me in particular. I think if I did, then the problems in my life would have affected the rest of the boys as well. We’re working on rigging someone else’s PC as well to avoid a situation where everyone can’t stream only because I can’t. I hope this clears things up, and I thank you for the feedback.

Secondly; this post.
I’ve realised this post has garnered some negative responses over time, and I’d like to explain and clarify myself in the hopes that it doesn’t rub readers (past,present & future) the wrong way. Thank you everyone who’ve shared your thoughts and opinions about it.
Hopefully this explanation clears things up a bit as well.

No Comics This Week!

Hey everyone!

Apologies but there won’t be a comic this week!

I’m currently making preparations to move, and I kinda underestimated the amount of time it took. I’ll be a little more busy throughout the month, but I’ll try my best not to miss another comic! Again, apologies!

In the meantime, here’s a picture of Lu reading this post!

Use it wherever, whenever:

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No comic this week!

Hey everyone!

There won’t be any comics this week as I got carried away finishing up the next release of the ‘MMO?!’ series! My apologies!

In the meantime, feel free to use this picture of Puss reading this post to your heart’s content!

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Gumroad Store!

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Our Gumroad Store is finally live!
https://gumroad.com/randowis

If you were ever interested in my Patreon Rewards but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t support me on Patreon, you can now get them on Gumroad instead!

Wallpapers, Step By Steps, Time Lapse videos and more!
All products are fixed at $5 USD each!

If you’re a Patron looking for old rewards, get every product at $2 each with a discount code provided on the 4th of every month! 60% off baby! (Only if you’ve been successfully processed on Patreon though!)

Thank you for your love and support!
I’ll see you in the next post!

Twitch Affiliates!

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Hey everyone!

Bet some of you didn’t know that Rando had a Twitch channel!
That’s right! Rando and friends have been using Twitch to stream for a while!

Though, despite being called ‘randowis’ on twitch, we never streamed anything art related. It’s only been used as an excuse for the boys and me to play games together, so that we can keep in touch. Eventually, as we kept streaming every week, we thought it could be fun if we took streaming to the next level with the fans, hence it became a personal goal of ours to want to be affiliates (and perhaps one day, partners) on Twitch.

We tried for a long time, and I’m happy to announce that we are finally Twitch affiliates! Hooray, baby steps!

HOWEVER, as the 5 of us contributed equally to make our streams happen, I didn’t want the impression of our Twitch channel to be “It’s Rando! ..oh yeah, those guys too..”.
Thus, we’ve decided to rename our twitch channel to one that we can refer to ourselves as a group, and not ‘one somewhat popular guy with his other side dudes’!

“Randowis changed, geese flew, and the salt, salty; SaltyGeese.”

That’s right, we’re calling ourselves, SaltyGeese!
Therefore, if you’re into streams, drop by our channel at:
twitch.tv/saltygeese!

We even created a Twitter account so that ‘RandoWis’ won’t be littered with twitch announcements anymore! Hooray!
https://twitter.com/SaltyGeese

Hopefully we can make your day with our streams!
Special thanks to everyone who has supported us on Twitch thus far!
Here’s hoping all of us can go even further together on Twitch!

Love you much much, and I’ll see you in the next post!

(By the way, we’ll be having our first stream as SaltyGeese in about 2 hours! Join us if you can!)

Happy New Year! So what’s new?

Hey everyone!

Hope Christmas and the New Year were great to you!

Rando’s back from the break with a bit of news!
As you all probably know, I took this break because I wanted to focus on addressing the personal conflict of what I believe RandoWis was, and what I’d like it to be.

Well, after some thought, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions, those being:
– Doodles will be discontinued!
– RandoWis will now revert back to 1 comic/week, MMO Chapters, and Art on the side!

During the break, I realised that I wasn’t enjoying making the doodles anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the doodles or anything like that, they were definitely something fun to do with the fans! It’s just that the process of making the doodles started feeling more like a chore. Yeah they might be ‘doodles’, but I realise that I usually don’t allow myself to publish them if I feel like they aren’t up to standard. I can’t bring myself to upload scribbles every bi-weekly I guess. As a result, the doodles take up the whole weekend to make, sometimes longer, to be honest.

It’s another one of those classic mistakes where Rando puts too much on his plate, only to realise he can’t finish everything (remember Monthly-Wis? Rando remembers. Rando will never forget..).

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I tried experimenting with the schedule last year to try and balance the workload, from ‘comic + doodle per week’ to ‘comic this week, doodle next week’.
We can see how well that worked out now after 1 year, haha.

So instead of wasting time figuring out how to balance the workload again, I’m just gonna take a step back, and revert to how RandoWis was when it first started; Weekly Comics, MMO, and art on the side!
Those were simpler times, but now I see that they were only made difficult by my own hands. Such blasphemy!

Hopefully this will help in reducing the time taken to make MMO chapters as well! I remember making a joke in 2017 about releasing only one chapter a year, and in 2018, we didn’t even release a full chapter! Shouldn’t have jinxed it, dammit!

Anyway, that’s it from me for now!
I’ll see you in the next post!
Love you much much, and here’s wishing 2019 will be fantastic for you! ♥

(UPDATE) – Chapter 7 (Part 2) Out This Saturday!

 

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Hey everyone!
MMO’s Chapter 7 (Part 2) will be released this Saturday!
For Patrons, you can read it today on Patreon!
https://bit.ly/2zN9qI4

Also, I’ll be taking a break this month, so there’ll be no releases (short comics/doodles) for the time being!

TLDR; I believe there’s a personal conflict of what RandoWis currently is, and what I’d like it to be. So, I’d like to take the time after Chapter 7 (Part 2)’s release to give myself some needed attention to address these issues and reevaluate what I have, need, and want.

I hope you guys aren’t too let down by this news, but I thank you for your care and concern!
Thank you for the love and support as well!

For those who have yet to read “We Live In An MMO?!” or if you wanna catch up, you can read all the chapters here:
https://bit.ly/2JUQa1v

(Remember! Chapter 6 onwards is read from right to left!)

Click here for more info:
https://bit.ly/2z95mQ4

I’ll see you in the next post! ♥