I remember in martial arts, I'd know if I wasn't really into a style if my teachers started accusing me of being lazy. That meant I just wasn't excited about the class. I've found the same is with the comic, when my buffer starts to dwindle and I'm finding it hard to rebuild, I look at my scripts and ask myself if I'm excited about what's coming next. In the case of the recent strips, I'm tired of my cat-less desert, so I shuffled some story arcs, threw out a new character and recalibrated. Now the end is in sight and I'm very excited. These couple of arcs are rather the dark before the dawn.