1. Restricting my online chatting. I was on the phone with my mother the other day, and it dawned on me that it was the first time I had talked to her in almost two months. Surprisingly, we're both OK with that; my family has been very independent of each other since we reached adulthood, plus we understand that at heart, each of us is a loner (or very close to it). What bothered me when I got off the phone was that while I was all right with the minimal contact with my family (I haven't talked to my sister in Tulsa since late September, for instance), I was consistently feeling guilty for not maintaining contacts with people I know online. I don't have the time and I'm pretty sure I won't have the energy to deal with that in the next six months, so I'm excusing myself from it for the most part. This isn't directed at anyone in particular, but is something I need to do for myself in order to maintain some semblance of sanity. If you think this makes me selfish, fine. You're probably right. Ask me and I'll tell you I'm the most selfish person I know. It doesn't change the fact that I need to do this in order to make the next year as painless as possible for my family. They are my number one priority, and they always will be.
2. Reorganizing my writing priorities. No, this doesn't mean I'm stopping Spuffy---god, there are way too many plot bunnies waiting to be given a stage for me to stop now. It does mean that I'm going to be scheduling my writing, just as I'm going to be scheduling every other aspect of my life, and alloting time for my original endeavours as well as the fanfic. I have definite goals I want to accomplish before we move, and I can't do that if I continue in the same manner I have been. It may mean slower updates; it may not. I won't know until I actually start with it (after I've finished Rook).
3. I'm not abandoning any of my other online pursuits---CW, MM, the awards site, or LJ. However, my commenting will probably dramatically decrease here as it already has at both CW and MM. Please don't take it personally; it has nothing to do with anyone but with my own time limitations. When time is easier, my participation will increase accordingly, of course.
These are the biggies for people online; I'm sure you don't want to see my new cleaning schedule, or the outlines for my free time with my husband or kids. ;) I hope you understand; this is a big deal for me to do this. I've let a lot of aspects of my life become all-consuming when they really shouldn't be, and my solution for this is as it always has been---reorganization. It's what I do. I owe this to my family, and frankly, I owe it to myself. Life is too short for me to be drowning in the inconsequential, and it's too short for me to just let it continue passing me by.
I'm done watching. Now it's time to slay. ;)