I think I have finally understood what is bothering me about writing this arc. In the absence of meaningful emotional contact between fs and Cassandra, it's not reaching me on the same emotional level as some of the precious arcs. While Arc 6 is based off of a fatasy I had initially hoped to draw as a comic, I am struggling to write it out in words and like part 2 in the first arc, portions that I had hoped to cover in 1-2 pages of comic panels are coming off a bit too harsh and are taking me 3000+ words. It is also turning out a bit too fantasy for what I had hoped.
That being said I do plan to finish this arc as planned and it will likely be the longest arc of them all. Arc 7 will likely return to a more realistically sustainable lifestyle dynamic.
Unless I find a way to really fast forward the parts I expect another 10-20k words or more in Arc 6.
If you are enjoying this arc please let me know if there are specific aspects that "speak to you" and I can try to carry those over into the future.