You know how, when you were a kid, and something exciting was going to happen (like a trip to the zoo or something) and your parents would wait until like 20 minutes before you were leaving to tell you because you were an impatient little bugger and annoyed the crap out of them with droning complaints like “when are we goooooiiiiinng??” or “why can’t we go right noooow?” every time they actually told you about something within a reasonable time frame such as, let’s say, a few days earlier? It’s a pretty awesome technique, since it saves you from having to hear the kid complain about waiting, and the kid doesn’t have to suppress their excitement for days at a time, which is not fun for anyone, frankly.
Well, my mother (and father, really) still do this out of habit, and tend to wait till the last minute to let me know if anything exciting or potentially schedule-disrupting is headed my way. Typically, this involves small children who, for whatever reason, tend to be super-interested in whatever I happen to be doing, whether that be drawing, playing videogames, doing homework, etc. So, maybe two or three times each month, my mother will suddenly let me know that “oh yeah, by the way, [your sister] and [her child(ren)] are visiting for several days, and they’re going to be here this afternoon”.
I don’t mind, of course–I love those kiddies–but again, for whatever reason, no matter how many people are in the place, whatever I do becomes instantly compelling to whatever child is in the vicinity. The most common thing is that the second I try to draw something, I hear: “Mom/Grandma, can I have a piece of paper?” It’s really awesome that the kids think I’m so cool they wanna do everything I do B) …but it’s hard to get things done when they’re around so…yeah. The past month and a half or so, this has been the precise reason for why I’ve missed updates and is the reason for many missed updates throughout the past year. Maybe, someday, I will have made a comic buffer of fully coloured comics to help avoid gaps in updates, but -right now- no such buffer exists (thanks to me updating more often…whoops) and just so y’all know, this might still be a problem in the future. :/
Anyway, what’s happened this summer has taught me a lot about how much time I can realistically spend on BoC. Now I know, no school or job does not necessarily mean loads of free time (especially since over the summer, them kids suddenly have loads of free time to visit with). Live n’ learn, I guess. :p