In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t really been around for the past two months.
The reason for that is two-fold; first, in January, I started work on Fun with Franchises. This was also while writing and posting (at least) an article a day for the blog and covering last year’s Oscar season. And when Fun with Franchises began last April, I was a franchise ahead. And slowly, over the course of the summer, the articles caught up to me, and damn-near surpassed me. Originally, we had two more franchises planned for it, which would have brought us to today, but they just became too much work for Colin and I to handle, so, midway through, we cut one franchise off to save for later, and, by the time we got to the Pirates articles, we realized we weren’t really having fun anymore, since we were struggling to keep up with the workload, and were barely getting the articles out in time. So we decided to stop there and leave it as it was before the quality of the articles started suffering.
It ended up being a good idea, since (and that brings me to the second fold in my reasoning), over the course of the year, both Colin and I started taking on extremely heavy workloads in our daily lives. Like, crazily so. Right now, I’m working about 60 hour weeks, and haven’t had a full day off since the week of the last Pirates movie (and even then, the day off was completely unexpected and can barely be considered as such, considering I was locked out of my apartment for half of it). In fact, since June, I’ve only had 9 total days off — 2 in June, 1 in July, 2 in August, and 4 in September. And one of those September ones, like I said, barely counts. It’s actually a miracle we got as far as we did with Fun with Franchises. When you consider the amount of work that went into it, and how little time both Colin and I had, it really is astounding how much we accomplished there. (more…)