Hey there, loyal fans. I know I've been AWOL for awhile, and I do apologize for that. Before I get into that, though, if you haven't noticed yet this week's update is posted. Announcement post below this one. Check it out; it's something truly different from my past work.
Now, as for the absence: old-timers (and newbs who've read the blog archives) know that this is not my primary vocation. I do still have a "real" job (which, sadly, I still need to keep), and at times it keeps me very busy. Even before I started Lost Bets, sometimes my job plus the sporadic timesinks that go by the name "life" would keep me too busy to turn around. And there are times when job + other stuff has kept me away from Lost Bets.
But that's not what happened this time. To make a long story short, I burned out. The stress of working two jobs plus a number of other non-work-related things just took me past my limit, and I shut down. Haven't even looked at my email or this site in a couple of weeks.
That comes to a stop now. I need to recapture what makes this job fun, and I think I've got it. I reminded myself what I love about this job. Like, one thing I love is to provide variety, and I think my format was starting to become a bit too formulaic. This week's update helped a lot. Now I just have to get off my ass and actually do the software for interactive games. One step at a time. But any suggestions for how best to keep the site fresh and exciting are always welcome.
I'm back. I hope. I have a lot to catch up on. I'd better get to it.
UPDATE: Yes, I'm aware that I'm behind in the SD department. Some of those SD videos still need to be uploaded or even rendered. When I do finally get them up (before the next regular weekly update I promise) you will find the discount from HD pricing to be a bit greater than usual. My sincere apology to everyone I've pissed off with my laxitude.
Oh, finally, that shoot I mentioned I had coming up between Lily and long-lost Ashley? Didn't happen, Lily came down with something. Fortunately, I was able to find a last-minute replacement, who was all too happy to take on Lost Bets's most popular girl. Used as many of your ideas as I could remember. Also, I enlisted the aid of a PA, who was mostly a spectator for this shoot but an active (behind-the-camera only, alas) participant in the next shoot. But more on that later.
Man, I haven't used that tagline in awhile. I could definitely use a new one.