An important message from Hank, with info on the future of Cape Crisis…
10 years ago, on this exact same day (June 18), I was pretty scared. I was about to leave my family and home in Florida, fly to Berkeley, CA, and start a whole new life on my own. I didn’t even have a job, and only a meager savings to support myself while looking for employment on a completely on the total other side of the USA. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the end of the year, terrified I might have to move back to Florida.
Living on my own was so new and different, going from the suburban south to the Bay Area, and it was mostly exciting when I wasn’t crippled by anxiety. In those first days I couldn’t imagine what the next year would be like, or even the next decade – I was too concerned about paying rent the next month. I didn’t expect I’d go from video store employee to web site intern to professional writer to crowd supported podcaster. I certainly didn’t expect to make so many close friends along the way, or meet so many people through the work I put out into the world.
It’s something I keep reminding myself whenever depression creeps into my life – “Stop trying to convince yourself you know what will happen in the future, because you absolutely have never known before.” Even this last year featured things I never anticipated, like leaving my old website to help Chris and Dave expand Laser Time, as well as a ton of family stuff that’s too boring to get into here. For someone who finds comfort in routine, there’s been a lot of change to get used to.
So, looking back at all that history and this anniversary being so personally important is why I wanted to tell you all something on this big day. Starting next week, I’ll no longer be working full time at Laser Time. After being offered a new opportunity I couldn’t pass up, I’ll be working at a new job and will no longer have daytime hours free to work on LT (though I’m not leaving the Bay Area), and consequently, won’t be as big a part of Laser Time’s many productions.
The largest change to all of this is that Cape Crisis is now on an indefinite hiatus until I figure out if the podcast can fit into my new schedule. Cape fans, you have my most sincere apologies for this, but I’m not sure how I’ll be able to fit recording that weekly show around my current workload. I’m not saying Cape Crisis will never return or that there won’t be other comic book content from LT, but I just can’t say for sure right now.
My new job also means I won’t be around for any of the daytime streams, and I’ll be appearing less frequently on podcasts and videos in the future. The next month or so I’ll be figuring out exactly how I’ll be able to fit Laser Time into my changing schedule, so I can’t say for certain just how much I’ll be involved in LT from now on. I know that’s a lot to take in, but I’ll let you know when I know more.
This was a very hard choice to make, especially when I’ve gotten to know so many of you very well over the years, particularly via the last year of Patreon support. All of you put time, money, and effort into making Laser Time financially possible as a full time operation, all through your love and support for what we do. You have my eternal gratitude for that. And with that Patreon support Laser Time will absolutely continue on with Chris, Dave, and Brett creating more of the fun stuff we’ve all been making in the last 12 months. I know I’ll still be supporting Laser Time via Patreon, and I hope all of you feel the same way too. The rest of the Laser Time crew are my best friends and I’m going to miss working with them every day.
In the next few days I’ll let you all know where I’m headed, and I suppose we’ll all see together where this will take me and how much you’ll be hearing/seeing me on LT stuff. Again, I thank you all so much for the support that has made this last decade into more fun than I ever anticipated. I have no clue where this next decade will take me, but I hope that I can entertain and inform all of you as those days and months and years go by. Thank you all so much, and until next time…