As happens from time to time, I haven't been producing much art for a while. That can reasonably be expected to continue, and while I will probably drop some logo wallpapers in from time to time, the 3D stuff -- both images and objects -- are probably going to be on hold for several months.
There are a few reasons for this. The small reason is that a couple months ago, my decade-plus computer finally failed. The hard drive would blink in and out of existence according to Windows, and other various newly-developing problems convinced me the computer as a whole wasn't going to be viable any longer. I had enough warning to copy all of my irreplaceable files to another interim computer, and have now obtained a new (genuinely new) computer and transferred them there. But there's still a lot that needs to be done to get it in working order. I copied my installers for 3rd-party DAZ content, I copied my own creations. I did not have time to preserve the DAZ Studio database nor the first-party DAZ content.
Some of you are, no doubt, tsk-tsking about my not having absolutely everything backed up already. But I didn't have an external hard drive to copy to, nor the money to get one -- the new computer came as an unexpected windfall -- and backing things up via cloud computing is virtually impossible on an internet connection that never reaches 1Mbps upload speeds. I took care of the essentials, the things that could not be replaced. That which *can* be replaced, though it be a pain in the ass, are getting redownloaded through that same exceedingly slow internet connection (1.5 Mbps download speed, on a good day). Since my DAZ content weighs in at over 30 gigs, it's something that will take a good week or so to download, factoring in interruptions and sub-optimal download speeds.
And after that, I'll have to reorganize everything, as losing the database means I lost my custom categorization, and "Smart Content" organization is frankly so terrible as to be almost worthless. And unfortunately the newest version of DS removed the "this directory has new content" highlighting, making the process of organizing newly-installed content all the more frustrating, especially since it's so important for third-party content. My first-party content, as said, is about 30 gigs; my third-party content is probably double that. And until it's organized in a makes-sense-to-Morgan manner, it's all going to be pretty much unusable even after it's downloaded. I'm estimating the whole project to take me several weeks. And right now, I don't have the time.
The major reason for this is that my father started hospice care a couple of months back. I know dA has some younger members, as well as those who just have had different life experiences, so if anybody doesn't know what that means, it means "end of life" care. He's dying, or at least that's what the doctors are predicting. So far he's doing remarkably well for a dying man, and is active and sharp and in reasonably spirits. But it does mean that my focus right now is rightly on him, and doing what I need to do to help him out, and spending time with him. I don't have time to futz around with organizing close to a hundred gigs of 3D content. Nor, frankly, have I got the patience.
I might still do some logo wallpapers here and there, when I get a few minutes and am in the mood. They're pretty quick to do at this point (you do something for 13 years, you get to be pretty good at it.) But don't be surprised if my frequent periods of silence are more frequent and prolonged for a while.