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No work ethic even when not working

I was chatting with someone recently on facebook, thanking them for all the hard work they go through at gencon to put on an event I really enjoy. The workload involved must truly be staggering and while for most attendees, gencon is 4 or 5 days of frenzied activity and sleepless nights, for some event runners it's far more. Even if we just count the event itself, these people sometimes have to get on site the week before and then spend ridiculous amounts of time setting up their event or booth, and then take the whole thing down afterward. This is, of course, in addition to the labor that goes on during, coming with the added responsibility that comes with being in charge rather than just going about having fun. Even with all of that, he responded that he actually has more fun than the players in the event.

It's probably just telling that I would automatically think of such a labor-intensive endeavor as being a chore or work. I know people often talk about having a job that they love and that they would almost do it without the pay, but it's not anything I've ever experienced in my life. I wonder if things hadn't derailed so badly, I would have had a chance to actually find something like that. Then again, many people have also said that no matter how much fun you have at something, the minute it becomes a career, a lot of that fun is drained away. Instead of solely being something you do for enjoyment, you now have to follow a schedule and your output is measured and evaluated. No doubt part of the fun of any hobby, is the the freedom it offers. You can pick it up or drop it at will, which disappears once it becomes a job.

I was just thinking about all of this in relation to this blog and my inability to keep up with it to the degree that I would like. Someone else on facebook was talking about a sleepless night he spent watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I had also seen the show and enjoyed it a lot. It was actually the second attempt to turn the Fullmetal Alchemist manga into an anime, and it surpassed its predecessor in a lot of ways. For one, it stuck far more closely to the actual story related in the manga with few deviations. The first series, on the otherhand, had a story which was cobbled together from disparate bits and pieces, mixing canon events with filler. There was also a very episodic factor to the show I found obnoxious as it often became the search for the faux Philosopher Stone of the week.

As I was commenting on facebook about this, I thought it would be spiffy to find my review of FMA: Brotherhood and link it there just in case anyone was interested in my take on the show. I searched through my livejournal only to find that no such entry existed. All I had there was a review of the first anime series. It seems that FMA: Brotherhood was just another show which I had watched, intended to write some commentary about, and then completely failed to follow through on. If I really think about it, this happens quite often and I feel a bit annoyed and disappointed in myself. You'd think that I could at least jot down a few paragraphs, but there are times that writing in here just feels like work. I wonder if part of the procrastination factor is that I know so few people would actually read it in the first place even if I had, and almost no one would have known what I was talking about anyway. It was just unusual in this case that I was actually interested in my thoughts at the time since most of these entries will just float into the temporal ether, never to be read again by me or anyone else.

I guess I should just be happy I'm not a real blogger or anything like that. I'd probably be tying myself into knots trying to meet 'deadlines'. Then again, the structure and reward could actually have been a good thing. Oh well, it's all pie in the sky anyway. Still, I wonder if I did set deadlines for myself it it would actually make me follow through, or if I would just end up ignoring them because I know there are no consequences for doing so. Even as I type this, I still have the whole gencon recap looming over me and that job's getting no smaller while I dither. Procrastination has just got me by the balls.


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the work I do...but if it wasn't for the money I would not do it.

I think if you have the correct job you can enjoy it...but without pay I don't honestly believe anyone would really bother.

Also...I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! for the lj gift...It is very kind of you. Plus ~ I am glad you are not in so much pain now....earlier this year it seemed things were not so good for you...which actually made me feel sad.
Aug. 24th, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
I've actually thought a bit more about it and I'm not certain that it's the best it's ever been, but the relief I feel is probably due to the fact that this spring was just so crappy. By comparison, things are pretty spiffy, which is just as well since I'm having doctor issues now thanks to changes in insurance and whatnot.

I hope things are going good for you too. You often seem to end up picking up the mucky end of the stick too from what I've seen. I think we're all due for some good luck.
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I think the fact that it got better from being worse is good....It means it is not one big downward spiral.

I am doing ok...Sometimes I have days where I cry most of the day about my health problems...the rest of the time I try to forget about them.

Do you get all the medicines you need free with your insurance?
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