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March 25th, 2018, 11:17 am

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Reply skyangel, March 25th, 2018, 11:17 am

It's at this point in the story I should really ask readers if there are any questions left they still feel have not been answered. During the course of writing this I naturally posed questions which were left hanging for a later date, some more crucial than others; and it's in these coming pages that I have to clear up anything I overlooked if it's not too late!!
For the record, There is still some closure with Lenore to come so I won't be answering any vital questions that could affect future reading on her part. There is a reunion between Lucy and Laura just around the corner and that will pretty much finish this Carlingford stuff off.

Despite having said that this is the last chapter of the whole story it now makes sense to me to seperate Sarah's new life beyond Carlingford from the rest of Chapter six. I probably said this last week, or at least thought about saying it but because the Carlingford story is pretty unique in it's own right I feel it should remain contained to chapters five and six neatly as they cover the whole story from meeting Lucy to finding Laura, and the Lenore sub story.
So as I say, Sarah's future beyond Carlingford etc will now be a seperate chapter, but a short one just so that it creates a nice break and a feeling of a fresh start for us all after six. Also SS started out as a short romantic story and that's how I'd like to end it up too.
It'll give me renewed pleasure in finishing this off nicely and allow us to have a nice little break in between!

Have a nice week :)

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Reply Linn, March 25th, 2018, 12:42 pm

This will be really uncomfortable for Sarah, maybe even more Ron, but its needed.
I feel bad for her though, its not exactly cool to know you're being her rebound and that Lucy is not over her ex.
Sarah is wise to say that she wont take more part of it because frankly its not her problem anymore. But knowing Sarah she will probably stay and pick up the pieces with Lucy and help her through it. It will be nice with a ending Sarah-chapter though as she's been stuck in between two other peoples stories for quite a long time and her own personal life has been put on hold as she's been playing Sherlock Holmes with the Carlingford's.
I think I need to re-read a bit but I feel like Nikky might be the one character who has had quite a few unanswered strings, like how her date with the guy from the club went (badly?) and why she was being so upset when arriving when at the party hosted by Lucy (unless it was the Janet thing that was the reason for her messy apperance?).

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 4:33 pm

@Linn: Hi Linn, yes, I totally agree about Sarah taking a back seat for too long. When I first started this comic it was just a short 30 page one revolving around Sarah's personal life and and how she felt, and I'd like to finish off the same way. She will be back with Nikki again a lot so I could add in the original pages I'd written concerning Nik's short relationship with that guy. The fact that you even remembered it makes it a worthy point to consider.

Reply Dragonrider, March 25th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Has to try to be the scum bag of the earth doesn't he. Wants to make everybody as uncomfortable as he is. The sad thing this may well drive poor Lucy over the deep end, her parents have lied to her, tried to kill her last love, have killed any love that might have been between she and Sarah, and is physically loosing her one anchor of reality. I see two probable outcomes and I am sure our Author will not choose the gruesome one although it is the most likely reality. Poor Lucy will end up in a mental Health facility visited by Sarah until the Bitch on Wheels has her and Laura banned. Not sure who is the most likely to get the title of "All Universes Worst Parent Of All Time" Certificate may well end up with two recipients.
I do hope Lenore becomes a regular visitor to Ron and Mommy Dearest sees her a few times, possibly Ronnie could use a nice rest in padded rooms complete with straight jacket although trial and conviction for attempted murder sounds much more delicious.

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 4:37 pm

@Dragonrider: Haha You certainly have very strong views on this and you're fully entitled to them. Pesonally I still rather like Ron and I do feel that if it hadn't been for Helen he might never have gone so far but at the same time his actions are often very cowardly and self centered so I'm not protecting him from Lenore and her crows! ;)

Reply Dragonrider, March 30th, 2018, 3:16 pm

@skyangel: Moi, strong views, vindictive you say? Nay fair maiden take them on a luxury boat trip, chum for sharks and let then go swimming along their way.

Reply kidcthulhu, March 25th, 2018, 3:15 pm

Wow... This is the most assertive and decisive I've seen the character of Sarah in a loooong time. It's an incredible page. Oddly enough, I feel like Sare; I'm so over Carlingford now.

While it does sadden me a little that the end is nigh, I'm glad there's going to be a brief epilogue instead of "Oh yeah, the last page of this chapter is Sare walking off into the sunset." I'm getting flashbacks to when Blaster Nation ended (that's a compliment, BTW).

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 4:43 pm

@kidcthulhu: Hi, yea, I've been doing the last few pages of this Carlingford thing and just really want them to be done and over.

The thought of making that last short chapter something special has given me new enthusiasm
to round off Sarah's personal life nicely without as Linn says, any interference from other peoples stories.

Reply ohanyname!, March 25th, 2018, 5:05 pm

'I'm not a bad person'. Actually you are Ron.

I am about the same age and the same gender as Ron, a bit more hair and a bit less weight, and I have absolutely no sympathy with him at all.

I think that Skyangel is right to end Simply Sarah. It's got really dark, and she's said a couple of times that this isn't really the place she wants to be in any more.

I imagine she just wants to take a break for a couple of months and lighten up a bit. Maybe completely change direction, like the crazy things people say when they come to her shop - slice of life rather than a continuous narrative.

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 4:51 pm

@ohanyname!: I love writing dark stories, and I have a whole nest of shorts that I have written over the term of this comic some of which I thought I might one day use in an anthology. What I did say was that I felt this particular dark story has gone on for long enough.

Reply Gemi (Guest), March 26th, 2018, 9:55 pm

Wow! This is a very decisive Sarah! I think it's great that she wants to wash her hands of the matter while leaving the dirty work of telling the truth to the one who strung the lies to begin with.

Hmm, as a (now) long time reader, I would like to see how a few things play out:
-The date Nikki had with that guy
-Lucy's reaction to both her parents.
-Where the lives of of Janey, Nikki, and Laura end up.

Ron did a terrible thing, but I think Lucy's mom is the most accountable. It would have never escalated quite as bad without her influence. I see Ron as more of a sad person that had few good answers outside of money.

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 5:09 pm

@Gemi: Hi Gemi, firstly Nikki's date again so I'll definitely have to dig out thos old pages ;)
We will also get to see where Nikki, Janey and Laura end up for sure and I haven't planned any confrontation with Helen but we will see Her reaction to the news when her father tells her and hear about the aftermath of it all a little later on.

Nicely balanced viewpoint of Ron btw. I think those who despise Ron are justified enough in feeling the way they do but I tend to feel the same way as you. :)

Reply Gemi (Guest), March 31st, 2018, 11:52 pm

@skyangel: That is fantastic to hear! I am glad that we will get to see the last bit of story for Nikki, Janey, and Laura. :D Hee hee, I admit that for a long time, I was hoping that Sarah and Janey will resolve their differences and end up back together. But that was two years ago, and now I am purely interested in what creative situation you end Sarah's story at. ^_^ Hee hee, I no longer ship anyone specific, but I know I will love the outcome!!

Thanks! Yea, I totally understand why they dislike him as much as they do as well; but you have wrote him so well that he is more human than monster to me. He felt so much remorse for Laura when she nearly died, but also felt the contradicting sting when finding Catherine purposely tricked him. I also love how his anger increased as Laura pressed, and the comparison he made between her and Catherine's tactics. :)

I am going to miss Simply Sarah when it eventually comes to it's end, but I wanted to let you know that it's been fun! Thanks for sharing a great story!


Reply Lordcholmondywarner (Guest), March 27th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Such a shame you are going to end this. I love reading your work and will miss logging on every week or so. I started reading this out of boredom in all honesty. I was sitting at home struggling with severe depression and needed something to do. I happened upon your work and was hooked from the first page I read. So much so I had to go right back to the beginning and read the whole thing. Thanks for opening a (nearly) middle aged hetero male's eyes just a little to the wider world around him.

I only hope that the last chapter re visits some old characters and brings their stories to an end happily. Enjoy your break and hope to see your next chapter soon.

Reply ohanyname!, March 29th, 2018, 12:01 pm

@Lordcholmondywarner: She has done side-chapters like Jane Blonde (a James Bond spoof) and an atheist one about a blind girl. I think it was called Cathy. I think the links to these vanished when she moved to SmackJeeves.

She has said in the past that S_S takes a lot of work - all that inking, but I wish she would stick to ligne claire and leave the shading and colouring up to Becky - and at times it almost seemed to be taking over her life.

When something gets that intense, it's time to take a step back into reality.

I view this site under Windows7 with Firefox with AdBlock+ enabled, this is now necessary to avoid your view of the screen being covered with pop-ups of 'girls who really want to meet you on Pontefract' - where the hell is Pontefract? If you view it using Linux you get a lot more content. There are fanart pages, and her pencil-drawn pix of girls (these are really stunning), and links and stuff.

I love the way she draws and inks hair. Frame 3 today is a good example.

OK, it's been a lesbian comic. But she's not ramming it in your face. My kids have read it almost since their eyes were able to focus (they're twins) and although the hormones have kicked in and their main interest is boys, they still look at the lineart and go wow. They don't speak English so they don't really follow the plot anyway.

They do ask why the land is so flat. I explained that Essex is not noted for its mountains.

She'll be back. S_S has been a project of I think nine years? She just needs to shrug off that heavy dark cloak and slip into something lighter.

Do you agree Sky?

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 5:40 pm

@ohanyname!: I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to talk to me direct, instead of just about me! lol
I really won't be doing any more to this comic. You were close when you said 9 years as it's actually been 10 and that's one hell of a lot of input at what averages out at about a page a week for all that time. It's not the work though but the fact that I really feel there is no more story to tell. We all know too that any show that runs on too long loses it's quality in the end. I don't feel like the same person I did when I first started this comic, it's affected my life and that in turn affects my writing so if I do feel the urge to do more I would much rather start a completely new story than keep latching onto this one.

Reply skyangel, March 29th, 2018, 5:17 pm

@Lordcholmondywarner: Thanks for such a lovely message. I do wonder if I will feel 'homesick' and lost after this ends. I took nice long breaks between chgapters before and felt incredibly enthusiastic and excited to start the next new chapter afterwards but this really has to end now and I feel what I've written is the nicet way to do it. It will not only be complete but very nicely rounded off at a apoint where I no longer feel I can get any more mileage out of it.

And yes, we will have a few reunion pages with Stacey and Leo, and of course Nikki and Janey, but more on that later. :)

Reply Karlijn, March 30th, 2018, 4:07 pm

This has been such a good story, I can't think of any questions. Of course I wonder what happened to the characters we haven't seen in a while, but that's about it. This chapter has been very exciting and unpredictable to read and so beautiful to see!

Reply Lordcholmondlywarner (Guest), May 6th, 2018, 2:04 am

There would be nothing worse than forcing yourself to carry on just to please the readers. The comic would suffer if your heart wasnt really in it. And trust me, you can tell this is something you have put your heart and soul into. It will be a shame when this is done and I will miss it but it will let you move on to other things and allow you to explore other ideas if you wish. I was lucky to stumble upon your comic. Thank you again for your excellent work.

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