It is a huge relief to know that you're still out there. Having a story go into Limbo is really depressing to us loyal readers. I AM aware that it's a free product and I'm truly not wanting to snark at you. Time management is a lovely thing, but it doesn't make time magically appear, unfortunately.
Do what you need to do for your health and happiness. I'll randomly check Derelict (and a few other "dead-in-the-water" webcomics I miss) from time to time to see if you've had a brainstorm, but I really hope you'll be able to do something soon (ish). Do you have any feel for the number of pages in this particular book? And how many books did you anticipate writing about Dang and her world?
I have no ability whatever to create, but I sure do admire those who do. Derelict stands high in my list of amazing, creative, unique
products out in the webcomic world. It's also probably the "darkest" story I read. But even so, you inject a fair amount of humor.
Ah, well - keep on truckin' on, and I hope all goes well for you, and you can add to Dang's world again when you have the time. At the least, post an occasional "Still here!" message, please