Today's comic is going up slightly earlier than I
usually update, but I suppose being a few hours early
might make up for my week-long lapse in activity. This
was partly due to real-life stresses, but another
contributing factor was the script to this comic, which
I agonised about for ages and still don't really like.
There were at least three reasons it was a pain to
write, which is pretty impressive considering it's just
a six-panel comic.
In the interests of full disclosure, Artemis' line about
the possibility of it all being a dream was put there
entirely for my own benefit, just to add a sense of
plausible deniability to the whole affair. When I first
had Hippolyte visiting Artemis, I worried that bringing
in blatantly mythological elements could unbalance a
story that's otherwise grounded in reality (well... more
or less). Given the responses, it seems like I might be
the only person who was bothered by this, but my policy
remains. There are problems when you start bringing
Goddesses and the like into stories, and I suppose one
way of limiting their impact is having it so that their
actions could be explained away logically, should you be
inclined to do so. The line is also, I suppose, inspired
by the various Gods throughout mythology who seem
thoroughly uninterested in proving their own existence.
Given that, in many cases, these Gods also want people
to worship them, it seems rather counter-intuitive.
I once had an idea for a fantasy religion... that I may
yet use, if I ever write one of the many novels I'm
forever failing to write. The idea of this religion is
that God exists, but he values rationality and therefore
conceals his existence in order for humans to assess the
universe logically. He rewards those humans who conclude
that there is no God, since there's no logical reason to
believe one exists. The great thing about this religion
is that it's impossible to adhere to, since once you've
accepted its basic premise - that a God exists - you've
Actually, forget the novel. I'm setting up my own
Church. Tax evasion, here I come...