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Subject:Sorry... no updates/stories/pages for 2012
Time:10:29 pm
Dear patient readers - this post is to confirm what I think many of you have probably already figured out anyway... the Bare Pit has gone into hibernation and there won't be any new updates this year. There are a raft of reasons, but to boil it down into the key few:
  • I'm "storied out"... that is to say, I do have stories (and I do not need you to give me any ideas for stories) - I have a bucket load of ideas for stories - I just don't have the vision to tell those stories at the moment (yes, there's a difference and no, having a "better" idea for a story is not the solution);
  • The last story burnt me out - I really enjoyed Prudes & Prejudice, in fact I feel it was one of my best stories, unfortunately it also ground me down and at the time, by the time I got to the end of it I just couldn't wait to get it finished. That happens with all my long stories... usually I recover a few weeks or months later and I have been waiting for the rekindling enthusiasm but it just hasn't been there;
  • Other stuff - I'm enjoying working on other non-nudist projects at the moment (Magellan) but on top of that my day time work has become much more demanding this last twelve months and (as if I didn't have enough to do) I am currently studying part time... I just literally don't have the time for any extra work, not even sporadic, occasional updates, etc.
So - I'm very sorry, especially to have dragged it out like this for so long with no word at all - in part I think I was waiting to see if my muse would return, but she has not and for the time being I won't be doing any noodtooning. There may be other Bare Pit stories ahead... I've hopefully got a few more years of drawing in me yet... but not in 2012.  I should have been more honest with myself at the start of the year. Your fondness for the characters I've created and your enthusiasm for the stories told through them has been deeply appreciated by me - thank you for your readership! :)

Regards, Stephen
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Subject:Next story? An update on the next update...
Time:08:03 am
To my many readers, especially those who have been waiting patiently for news of the return of The Bare Pit/Loxie & Zoot or any form of noodtoons... I'm sorry to say that at this stage I won't be producing any new work at least until 2012.

I know I said at the end of Prudes & Prejudice it might be 3-4 months before the next story and I've certainly needed that break but it would seem that I need longer. As much as I dearly love all the characters and the stories that come out of the Koala Bay Bares I'm just not feeling the drive to produce new material. It's not that I don't have ideas for stories, I have many, many, many stories still to tell (and I realise me writing that is probably even more frustrating for you to read). No, it's a definite lack of drive - producing serialised comics is a considerable ongoing dedication of personal time and I just can't gear myself up for that at the moment.

The drive, or inspiration, is a funny thing - it can strike when I least expect - and all the stories produced so far have come through that. But without the drive to work on a story it would go nowhere fast - I'd rather keep my track record at having copleted all the stories so far produced than start on some half-hearted undertaking only to go on hiatus after a few months.

A problem has been the size of the stories I've produced lately (90/120 pages) and a definite solution is to look at shorter stories. It is likely this will be how I get back into it again, slowly rather than in a big splash.

So, my apologies if you were hoping for better news - please check back in January 2012 for an update.

Thanks for your support!

Stephen
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Subject:Prudes & Prejudice finishes...
Time:10:10 pm
...and so ends the current storyline! Thanks for reading... like a lot of my stories it went off in directions I never quite expected! It seems to have taken a looong time to tell this one, even though I never took any lengthy breaks (apart from a few weeks here and there). Apparently the first page went online on July 20, 2009... so it took over 21 months to work through 90 pages. I really hope you enjoyed them... maybe a going back to the start and giving it a second read through might help with the overall appreciation (or not) of the story (it starts here!). A number of people have commented that this has been one of their favourite stories - possibly due to the nude activism themes rather than the romance angle I saddled it with. Generally though it has generated much less comment from readers than previous stories so I don't know if that reflects a low level of interest or not. Annnyway... phew! It's always a relief to get something like this finished and 90 pages is a lot of pages. Comments and feedback about the comic welcome.

Next update: With P&P out of the way I'm taking a lengthy break to recharge my creative batteries. I probably should have done it sooner but I really wanted to finish the story for once before going on hiatus. I still have plenty of stories to tell with the folks of the Koala Bares but really need to not have the self-imposed weekly deadline of another The Bare Pit page hanging over me for a while. Also, some of you may have noticed the site is somewhat broken - notably navigation and the forum, so it's time to find a new home and I'll be using the hiatus to sort out those issues. At his stage I'm thinking three, maybe four months. I'll let you know as soon as I've sorted things out. Thanks for reading!

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Subject:An update on page 73...
Time:03:08 pm
...I'm getting it there but it won't go up today, but will go up tomorrow, Friday 29. Whew. When you see it you'll wonder what took me so long, it's certainly not complicated artwise (unlike that spiral staircase page). It's largely about having a lot of work on in my day job, plus some freelance work... but also about the writing. This is a very talky update and the dialogue had to go through a number of rewrites before I was happy with it. Anyway, please hang in another 24 hours and the next page will finally be online!

update*update*update!

Saturday - Saturday for sure.

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Subject:sorry no update this week... next update 28 October
Time:02:16 pm
blah - been worked off my feet in my day job and just can't think straight at the moment let alone write or draw straight. next update 28 October, sorry to leave you hanging!
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Subject:Prudes and Prejudice #67
Time:04:17 pm
I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post here. Sorry for my slackness!

Today's page was essentially unplanned but informed by an earlier idea. I had originally intended #67 to be about something completely different however I decided to include the random naked guy from the last panel of page 66 and it just went on to become today's page (and the fact he is naked in that panel on p66 is itself totally random, in my original draft for page 66 the person standing there was clothed, but when working on page 66 I decided at the last minute it needed one extra nude person)...

Back when I first conceived of the Prudes & Prejudice story (some years ago now) I had intended for there to be nudes, dudes, prudes, crudes, lewds and RUDES. However, while I was working on the story there was never an ideal moment for one of the rudes to pop out of the woodwork... until now. In fact I had even forgotten about the 'rudes' concept: this guy was going to be "Jake" who just happened to have a case of extreme first time jitters mixed with a crush on Jasmine with an "unfortunate" side-effect. The page went through a number of re-writes, something wasn't working and then, when I remembered "oh yeah, the 'Rudes'", it just tilted completely into territory I've generally avoided in the comic - Jake became "Randy" (sorry, to any readers named Randy!) and he became a total douche to boot. Sometimes the story just takes over!

Despite its apparent random genesis this is still a fairly significant page in the development of the story. There are a few more surprises around the corner yet!
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Subject:Only one update this week & it's on Thurs 22nd July
Time:01:15 pm
I've got a lot on this week and page #60 has a heap of detail in it which has slowed down production somewhat. I went into "2-pages-a-week" mode about 10 weeks (20 pages) ago because I wanted to move the story forward... but I think I'll have to shift back to once a week for the next few weeks while I sort out other stuff...
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Subject:Loxie & Zoot traduit en français ! (translated into French!)
Time:04:18 pm
Alright, I've been sitting on this for a while now... a long, long while - but here you have it - a French version of Loxie & Zoot!

It has been generously undertaken and provided by forum regular Cor (with proofing help from his wife). He lives in Canada and speaks both English and French. As such the French used in his translations are based around a Quebec-style grammar and usage in order to better reflect that the story itself is set in Australia where the English spoken there has its own unique colloquial qualities compared to traditional (or US) English. Translation isn't an exact science of course, you can't just substitute one word for another and it is all open to personal interpretation but I do believe Cor has given his all to capture the essence of what is being spoken by the characters. Not only has he translated The Koala Bares but also every other story I've published to date - that's right, 500+ pages of work. Astounding. I'll be serialising those pages daily... Sunday through Saturday... should take almost two years to work through them all but we'll get there.

Cor has given his own time to this project and also added the translated text (except in the case of signs, etc) over my original artwork - I had wanted to redo the lettering artwork myself to make it clearer to read but have had absolutely no time. Hopefully there will be the opportunity to still do so in the future but I did not want my tardiness to deny a potential French audience the opportunity to read these stories (and I do mean tardiness, I've had these pages for months now! Sorry, Cor!!). I have asked readers to let me know if they see any errors and to suggest corrections and I will consider merging these with any final version.

I would like to thank Cor and his lovely wife for the amazing effort and dedication they have shown in undertaking this project - as the artist, I am deeply humbled and grateful. You are champions!

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Subject:Greetings from the other side
Time:09:51 pm
Always nice to get feedback...
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I'm writing you from Venezuela, that's why that "greetings from the other side (of the globe)" title. This is about giving credit and honour to whom deserve 'em. I'm enjoying a lot your stories: The Koala Bares, those at the Bare Pit, Bare Manors, all of them; by now I've read 'em all. I love the "complexity" you give to your stories, the many plots and characters you put together in any of those adventures; graphically are also so interesting 'cause your drawings have the proper balance between detail and practicality, they tell the story so cleanly without boring or overloading your view. Of course I'm enjoying a lot Prudes & Prejudice... I guess we would all like much more updates per week, but don't worry, waiting for the next page is part of the fun.
On Bare Manors I think your Meanwhile in the Future are a nice depiction of the future we may all want, you may also review past ages and moments of human history as well history characters lives from the naturist point of view, that may be interesting...
Great work, please keep on doing it!

Venezuela... that just amazes me! I was pondering why I was getting so many visits from Brazil until I read an article that naturism is quite big in that country so perhaps it is also picking up in other South American countries.
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Subject:Now Facebook bans doll nipples
Time:02:00 pm
"Facebook's prudish police are out in force yet again..."

this is one reason why I never bothered to start a Facebook page for The Bare Pit... sheesh

update 12 July: Facebook relents on doll nipples ban
This is a hilarious comment...
Facebook said:
"And while we believe the doll would benefit from clothing to protect her fair skin, we apologise for the mistake and encourage Victoria Buckley Jewellery to upload these photos again if they so choose."

The jeweller herself "castigated Facebook for its 'opaque' and 'arbitrary' moderation system."

I foresee a future story where Mac and Daria, jewel thieves extraordinaire are lured to VB Jewellery by stories of an expensive nude dolly...

I was wondering if the doll was anatomically correct, I would imagine the answer is yes!

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