I want to thank everyone who has commented on this journal
and sent notes offering me well wishes, advice, and concern. It really means a lot to me that you have all been so understanding of my situation.
I'm nowhere near ready to get back to business, and a lot of you told me that I should take anywhere from a month or two off anyway, but I at least wanted to share some thoughts of how we got to this point and where we need to go in the future.
As I mentioned before, ever since I moved out on my own in September of 2007, I had been taking on more commissions, projects, and side things than I really should have. I'm up to my forehead in commissions I owe, I stupidly took on projects I prolly shouldn't have which is no fault of the project heads, by the way...I even more stupidly decided to go and do side things that I shouldn't have such as Lameplay Theater. It was fun and I'll miss it, mind you, but I really shouldn't have done it for as long as I did, especially with a practically nonexistent viewer base. Even things like the Creature of Whim packs are among some of the admittedly bad ideas that I've done, but everything I've done, I did to keep afloat as I'm my only source of income. Sure there was a splurge here or there, but a good lot of what I made went into my overall survival.
While it's still (and the rate things are going, never will be) as much as I'd like to make, I currently make enough to get by at the very least. So I don't have to take on anymore side projects or quick make money projects or anything like that. I appreciate everyone's help, but now it's time to focus on what NEEDS to be done.
First, the commissions. I don't think I need to say anything more about that. They've been there for long enough and they need to GO.
Secondly, given as PayPal has gone total dick with some of its future changes, I'm switching over to Google Wallet in regards to online payments. I suggest you all do the same.
I'm going to be getting out of the Premium Pack business. It helped, but I can't be bothered to make any more when there are so many other things I need to take care of. Once this journal is posted, I'm going to retire the packs and remove the links. I'll publicly post them the contents at a future date so as to not stiff any recent customers.
I'm feeling a bit more confident in my abilities to get stuff done with all the distractions out of the way and feeling allowed to take an extended break once every so often to recharge my batteries, as it were. I'd ask for your patience with me in these times, but I know I already have it. Thank you all so much for caring.