All Work and No Play

Makes Whiskey a cranky bitch.


I’m not used to having “work” in Second Life. Things like deadlines, collaborations, building things and people counting on me- I don’t mind these things normally, but lately it feels like that’s all I’m doing inworld. I’m excited about the projects I’m working on, don’t get me wrong. But they’re all happening at once, and they all need to be done yesterday.


Second Life is where I get away from pressure and work and stress. I’ve missed having my “play time.” Building sets and taking photos makes me happy. It’s my only real fun (cue the violins). So, when I start resenting the work inworld, I stop and take a fun photo. It doesn’t have to be complicated or deep- although even the simplest pieces can be those. Just something to remind me what I love doing. And it helps me to remember that these commitments, these little inworld jobs I’ve been working on, they’re tied into my photos, too.


But next time I sign on for too much all at once, someone spank me like a bad, bad girl.


5 thoughts on “All Work and No Play

  1. I totally burned myself out the first year by overcommitting to a series of deadline-driven projects, so I can really relate to what you’re going through. Funny thing is, the lasting value of those larger scale projects such as art exhibitions or a presentations at a large event, isn’t that significant in the context of the cumulative value of blog posts and what I share on vimeo and flickr. So I’ve mostly backed off from time-based commitments that require dozens of hours of work.

  2. Yes, I’ve done that too. It’s great for a time but you do tend to leave your own stuff on a shelf. I’ve blogged before about the ‘consumerism’ of art …i.e. people can view it in 3 minutes altho it takes weeks to make, and there’s a limit as to how much new stuff one person can produce.
    Still, it does tend to spur me on to do things I wouldn’t otherwise.

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