If you’re a regular visitor to this site, I’m sure you noticed that June was rather light on content. As I mentioned a few months back, I’m afraid this sort of thing is going to become more of the norm than the… abnorm. I’ve always kind of danced around the why of it all, but I think it’ll all make more sense if I just come out with it. My day job is as a caregiver for my girlfriend of 10 years who is afflicted with debilitating multiple sclerosis. As you might imagine, this takes up a fair amount of time and energy.
While I often get an hour-long block here or there to play a video game or watch something, recently I am rarely finding the solid 2–3 hour chunks required to watch a movie, plus another hour or so to write about it afterwards. When time was an issue before, I sometimes used to resort to watching a movie in chunks to keep the site going, but as of last month or so, I decided that I should no longer do this for films I’m trying to review. Not only is it not fair to the film, it makes it a much more stressful situation for me as a reviewer. After I’ve watched the first hour of a movie, there is a time crunch to watch the second half before I forget everything and have to start the damn thing over again (which has happened numerous times). My stress levels were much too high about something as fun and “relaxing” as watching movies, so this is why I decided to not do that anymore.
This decision has subsequently led me to watching more things I don’t have to review (such as TV shows), and I have also started down the road of becoming an anime fan. A part of me wants to write about these shows I’m watching and thoroughly enjoying, but I have yet to feel compelled enough to actually put fingers to the keyboard. And besides, if I start making this fun and relaxing thing into a writing task to create site content, then I’m just right back where I started. I have enough stress as it is, and I have way too many gray hairs than I think a normal 32-year-old dude should have. So fuck it.
Once again, I hope you visitors and readers can bear with me as I slowly trickle reviews out at a snail’s pace. I sincerely apologize to anyone following my ongoing review series (especially the lengthy and nearly insurmountable Shaw Bros. series), as they have all stalled and I have no clue when I’ll get back to them. I find that when I’m not watching a bunch of movies every week my inclination is to reach for something other than one of the series films, even if they’re as enjoyable as Arnold or Shaw films. I remain committed to finishing all of my series, though, so they will continue. Hopefully soon, but no guarantees. And when I say continue, it’s probably more realistic to say that they will appear randomly in fits and starts.
Feel free to leave polite (or nasty) words of encouragement in the comments, but also please vote in this poll below to let me know how you really feel. Thanks again and Happy 4th of July to my fellow dwellers of the US! 🙂