the last time i published regularly, it was easy to crank issues out. since they were gaming newsletters (aka “zeens”), the game results took up the bulk of the pages and they tended to more or less write themselves. there was also the self-imposed pressure of getting each issue in the monday mail following the saturday deadline. players needed the reliability of knowing when their results were coming out for the next round of negotiations! needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of sleeping (or anything non-publication-related) on deadline weekend.
for the early years of the main gaming zeen i had access to office copiers, so could crank out the roughly seventy copies x thirty page issues on a late sunday night run for the cost of a couple reams of copy paper. when i went back to school kinkos became the go to production facility (better quality, less work for me, occasional printing snafus, more expensive), eventually leading up to me getting a copier of my own (a minolta from a local pawn shop auction. convenient, good quality, able to do 11×17 pages, broke down a lot). there was even a seriously retro period using a ditto machine (colorful, cheap, but not versatile).
but the constant through all the years was getting the printed pages home, collating them, folding & stapling, hand-addressing and stamping (always upside down!), then stuffing them into a big blue mailbox, usually wrapping up around dawn on monday.
good thing i’ve always been able to function at least semi-coherently despite chronic sleep deprivation.
it’s different now. now it’s tough actually getting to the point where i can hit the “publish” button and be happy with it. there’s no deadline pressure to keep me moving. i’ve basically sat on this almost-finished episode for almost two weeks now and…just…can’t…finish…it.
ah, well. gotta take this step in order to get to the next one, eh? there, it’s done! i do hope it gets easier though.