Two parts cocktail and mocktail crafting; one part fandom. Garnish with commentary.
So a few announcements this week, mostly regarding the request queue and more reruns.
The reruns matter is quite simple; I am about to engage in a two-month staring contest with my task list and I expect my task list to win. As a result, a couple of weeks this fall will be “reruns” for the remaining posts using the old format. I am going to spend a little bit of time thinking about fun side projects I can throw in for the folks who saw these posts the first time, and will keep y’all posted!
Now to address the matter of requests.
I really enjoy taking requests—they are an excellent way to interact with my larger community and to learn new media. It was my original intention to take requests as they came in, offering recipes for media within a few weeks of when that media was requested. This has, unfortunately, not happened, and requests have developed a significant backlog. I want to take a few minutes to explain this backlog and to outline what I plan to do about it from here.
Spirited Characters has a staff of one; though I work with many benevolent taste-testers, I am a single person crafting each beverage, taking each photograph, designing each post, and writing each recipe. In order to write recipes in character I must have an intuitive understanding of each character’s voice, and it takes me some time to familiarize myself with new media—I am limited by the knowledge within my head at any given time. This has directly contributed to a substantial backlog, and it also means that I do not do requests in order. Though I show no favoritism based on requester (and in fact, a good friend of mine has been waiting for her requested posts since April), I do tackle requests involving works familiar to me before I take on any posts that require significant consumption of new media. This is purely a matter of logistics, but it is an important limitation if I want to produce good content and I need to honor it.
In order to address this issue while still leaving the request queue open, SC will start posting time estimates as part of its response to ask requests. Request week recaps will also be tagged with the handle of the person placing the request to ensure that they see the posts they requested. In general, time estimates will be made based on my familiarity with the media, the scope of the media requested, the length of the request queue at the time of request, and my general schedule constraints. At present the request queue is fifteen items deep, so new requests from here will probably not be addressed until sometime mid-winter at the earliest.
Also, if you have already requested something and I have identifying information for you, I will send you a time estimate directly by ask or private message.
Also also, in general it is incredibly awesome that so many people have expressed interest in seeing new content created, and though it has been a bit of a learning curve I have really really enjoyed figuring it out. I hope that you guys continue to enjoy reading as much as I enjoy putting these posts out!