Can I just reiterate how grateful and surprised I am that in under 24 hours, you guys had really gone above and beyond for me in my time of need. I mean, you guys donated over twice what I asked for. That's just mindblowing to me (I always knew I had the best fans, but I'm still surprised). So, I'll have the money available to me probably by the middle to end of this week, and I'll buy the tablet and likely be back to work before the page buffer even comes close to running out. Truly, I can't thank you guys enough.
I've been thinking a lot on what I want to do with the surplus (since I can't draw right now, it's pretty much what I did today). My first thought was to use it for transition-related matters. But as strange as this might sound, I don't want to. You guys donated this money so we wouldn't have to worry about the comic going on a prolonged hiatus (or worse). And I would much rather keep the money focused on that cause.
So I think: I had this tablet working just fine for me for over five years. One day it just stops working, and I quickly learn just how dependent I am on it. The whole comic suddenly faces the threat of falling apart all at once. And then I think, my computer's even older than the tablet. What happens when that croaks too?
Now, I don't want to just sound like I'm saying, "Hey guys, buy me a new computer," but I do want to keep on top of these things. I'd rather not feel as devastated as I was about the tablet dying on me again. So the surplus will be used to save up for a new computer (hence the renaming of the fundraiser, and increasing of the goal amount).
And when I accumulate enough to buy a new computer, if there's still money to spare, it will be set aside in a special savings account to be there for emergencies and expenses pertaining to my art and writing. I don't how many people realize this, but "Rain" is my job right now. So, I think I need to start treating this a bit more like a business and be smart, and save up for times like this. This way, in the future, I won't have to bother you guys to come and bail me out when something goes awry. I'd rather just resolve the situation myself and be done with it.
And someday, that will be the case. Until then, I want you all to realize how thankful I am to have such generous and wonderful friends and readers who help me when I need that boost.
I love you all. And whether you can offer anything or not, thank you. Even just for reading this shows you care.