As you should know already, this year hasn't had a lot of new material being produced. This is mainly due to 2 very busy schedules that both Forbes and I have had outside of the website.
While doing the website stuff, we are both still working full time away from the computer. This takes up a lot of our time. It doesn't help that our days off work are completely out of sync. When one of us is not working, the other still is, unfortunately. The only times we've been able to catch up in person (not counting one of us passing by during work hours) is if one of us happens to be on leave and is able to catch up on the other's day(s) off. Even then, it can be difficult at times to try and make plans.
All of this is why we've been way behind in producing new material in 2015, and is how Forbes and I have come to a mutual agreement that all of our joint projects are to be put on hold until further notice. This hiatus period does not, by any means, hint towards a retirement or split. We are still SDP colleagues as well as great buddies! We will be back in action as a duo as soon as things get under control, especially when it comes to that darn calendar.
Obviously, this hiatus will have an impact on certain projects, and I shall list them now:
1. Ducksel Comedy - This is quite a chunk of our recently active material as it includes many different things, such as writing scripts, making funny videos, and a comedy album that we have only just been able to do a small portion of (as recently as last November). It also includes "The Ducksel Comedy Game Walkthroughs" YouTube series where we give a running commentary of video games we play, which we were planning on reviving sometime soon.
2. Podcasts - After the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 ultimately cancelled "The Ducksel Comedy Podcast", we recently considered starting a new podcast series from scratch this year. I would do a podcast on my own, but it's not as much fun talking by myself for an hour or so (which is why my Plains FM radio show is mainly focused on the music).
While the previous 2 are heavily impacted by the hiatus, there are some things that won't be as inactive as those will be, and they are...
1. Music - As mentioned some time ago now, we were planning on working on a 5-album series of music releases based on our first attempt at a band, Swede. The plan was originally to work on the first album until August or September then release it by Christmas, but due to the busy life outside of the Internet, including commitment towards my radio show, there just hasn't been much time to even start. In fact, only a single instrumental demo exists of all the songs reserved for this project. However, the reason it isn't being put on hold completely is because much of this album series will only require my input. Forbes' contribution will mainly be writing and vocal-based and won't take much to do. Once the radio stuff is sorted for the year (which isn't far off from happening, by the way), my full focus will be on making that first album.
2. Writing - Forbes is the primary author of stories on this website's network. For me, I prefer to write scripts, reviews and lyrics, so when it comes to writing the likes of books, Forbes is the expert. Even though he hasn't put any new stories up in a while, the possibilities are still quite high for one to appear at any time. The only negative impact the hiatus has on this is more about how much time I will personally have to put it on this website. However, there is a way around this...
There is a plan under way for a new website to be created, which will focus on nothing but the stories Forbes has written and will write in the future. With a new site, Forbes will have the freedom to log into it at any time he pleases to post a new story, even if I don't have the time to do it for him myself.
This new story website isn't active yet, but in the near future it should be ready for your reading pleasure. It will start off with the stories that are aleady on this website, but once Forbes has something new, I'm sure he'll keep you informed of its arrival!
That is all I wish to cover for now. Even though we won't be active for some time, please continue to share the material we have already provided. The more viewers, the merrier.
Also in closing, the n-Somnia EP, "Harbinger", is still awaiting its release date. Will let you know of its planned as soon as possible. Believe me when I say there's a reason I'm not just putting it out there just yet.
Stay safe and warm. God bless!