You may have noticed that I haven't posted much all month so far. Last month, I started a new job which I greatly enjoy, but which comes with a 60-90 minute commute each way. I'm also three weeks into a nine week stretch without a single day off, between my two jobs. I'm spending over 50 hours a week working (counting drive time), and pretty much all of my other activities are suffering somewhat.
For example, if you didn't already know, I'm a huge cinephile. I usually go to the movies 50-60 times a year, and there are years where I watch 250 movies at home on DVD. It's now been six weeks since I've seen a new movie, which is I think the longest such stretch since I started working at the movie theater five years ago. I also play on a nationally ranked Buzztime trivia team, but I've managed to make it twice in the last two months. It's also been over two months since I've seen any of my RL friends.
Anyway, something has to give, and that something is probably going to be the outstanding requests from the Request-a-thon. Now, before anyone gets up in arms, this doesn't mean that I'm going to abandon any of the ones that I've started and not finished, or even that I'm not going to do any of the other requests. It DOES mean, however, that finishing requests is not going to be priority number one anymore, or even priority number two. It's time for me to reclaim some of the other activities in my life, and if that means I'm only doing 3-4 manips a month for the rest of the year, then so be it. I'll keep working on stuff, and none of the requests are off the table yet. It just might take a bit longer for them to come out, and there might be more personal work in between, as the inspiration comes.
So, how long do I plan to let this semi-hiatus last? My guess is until the end of the year. That should give me the time to reconnect with my friends and let me feel more like myself.
Now, there is some good news to all of this. When I comes "back" in January, I plan to reopen requests permanently. The system I used for the Summer Request-a-Thon worked really well to help me keep track of everything, and I think I can continue using it to good effect. However, slots are going to be back. The current plan is to take no more than five new requests a week. However, that'll be five new requests EVERY week, so hopefully the longest anyone will have to wait to get on the list is a week or two. That's still three months away, though, so I reserve the right to completely change my mind when we get there.
Been overworked and under-relaxed for too long. Cutting way back on manipping for the rest of the year, though not stopping entirely. Plan to pick up again and permanently open up requests with a slot system in the new year.