I see what you mean... Perhaps it's a matter of kicking that habbit in the face to fix my muse. Guess I tried to sacrifice a bit too much for others, until there was nothing left for myself. Can't really help others either way if I can't help myself.
I don't think you need to do that; after all, you practically brought up a generation of RPers, already, directly or otherwise. You made a guide that is still one of the best and most in-depth apparatus one can go to for Roleplaying tips, in a sense, it's a real hand holder (I probably wouldn't be that good of a roleplayer without it). Not only that, but you go further out of your way to help people in need via in the discussion thread, and even those posts are rather sizable, and then there are all of the apprentices you molded into respectable roleplayers; those are some pretty big achievements.
I'd agree about PC suffering from muse problems, but you're doing too much, already. People already know who you are and how helpful you are, and the impression you've made on PC's RP community; this is one case where I'd actually say you've no need to strive towards motivating others or raising morale. You've already got a lot on your plate, leave PC's improvement to us.
...Granted, I do realize that I'm actually telling to do less of what you love to do, and really it's not my place to say this, I don't feel that you should do something such as this out of obligation, and it'd definitely free up time for other things you may be interested in (or sleep or school) if you did take time off from PC or visited less.
Well... alright. I've got a handful of off-site RPs including chat RPs, I make music, administrate a website, I've got school, and...honestly? PC here is the only place currently suffering from such extreme muse problems.
I feel like perhaps it's the atmosphere. I feel obligated to try extra hard, obligated to try and impress, obligated to set an example even when I'm not feeling up to trying hard.
They're related, as your health improves, so will your muse, I can almost guarantee that. Your brain will work better and your thoughts will flow much more smoothly if you get more sleep. Heck, even if it only affects your health, that should be a good thing in and of itself. Granted, I know how you feel about that amount of sleep being exhausting, but your body will adjust. I'd say that you need at least 6 hours, and don't go pulling all-nighters on RP posts, it's bad for your health and for your RP quality. If I may suggest, try spreading out the time you roleplay more, maybe even starting a post and then finishing it at a later point, maybe even another day. Just don't drain yourself.
Another thing, if you feel writer's block coming on, stop before it gets bad. It's not good that you torture yourself like that, do some sort of stretch or exercise or just take a nap. I know I've already said this several times, but not just me, but the PC RP community as a whole doesn't want you hurting yourself like this; you're a pretty valuable member after all. Pace yourself, relax, rest, and just stay safe.
I'm already playing tennis and arranging music and doing various other smaller things as hobbies though. D; I guess if I could find the perfect video game to occupy my mind for a bit each day. But I'm cursed with a competitive attitude and mental limitations that cripple my ability to effectively compete, so I kind of suspect there is no such thing out there for me.
I also need something more active than watching TV, or my mind will fall asleep from lack of stimulation. I guess I could sleep, but somehow I don't think that's going to help my muse so much as it will help my health. Plus, oversleeping is really bad for you. If I switch to 8 hours of sleep it is going to be murder on my body, and I will feel exhausted already when I get up.
Just be careful, okay? I know you're having fun, but it's not good that you deprive yourself of sleep and the like for the sake of it. I really think that you should actually strive to find other hobbies that take up your time and actually force you to RP less. You may be very deeply invested in the RPs but they're not good for you, and as much as you love it, I really think that you should worry about yourself more than your hobby.
Roleplay will always be here, and really, your muse can only recover from your cutting down, and in doing so, you'll start to find it to be more fun and you'd just be plain better at it; it's a sort of "you can have your cake and eat it, too" type of deal, it really only can help you. You don't need to stop, outright, but just find other things to take up other hobbies and sleep more. Do yoga, learn Japanese, take up biking, find a good show to get invested in, just something that you enjoy, not only would that improve your quality of life, but you could also bring your experiences back to roleplaying.
But as I said, just be careful; try to balance out what's fun to you and what you need, no one wants you to deprive yourself for the sake of their roleplays, and even if you do enjoy them so much, just consider how this is affecting you.
Hahaha... that's sweet. I mean. I guess it's slightly more complex than what I've led you to believe. Sure my muse is really suffering, and my lack of sleep has really hurt me, but I guess I'm addicted. I love what I do, even when it's this hard. I'd find some other addiction to fill that space if it wasn't roleplaying, be it video games, socializing, or something or another.
If my muse wasn't in such poor shape, I could make posts much quicker instead of staring at my screen for an hour or two until my writer's block fades. I'm just not quite sure how to fix that at the moment. Perhaps I am in too many roleplays, or perhaps I work too hard. But I'm very attached to the few I'm in.
...I guess I'm just really attached to the roleplays I'm currently in. I have no idea what or who I would drop. That's one hard choice. x_x
No one'll hold it against you, after all, it's for your own good. I have a sort of philosophy about hobbies, and it's that if your hobbies eventually become a chore, you should probably tone it down. In my case, I'm an avid gamer and review games and movies, but if I feel that what I'm doing is for some other sake than my own enrichment, I've done something wrong.
And it's great that you do it for other's sake, but really, the one you should worry about most is Marin. You don't need to worry about the others because they'll be fine, there'll always be someone to take care of what you left behind, and in the past few months that I've been a roleplayer, I've seen quite a few competent members. Seriously, it's fine, take breaks, maybe drop out of a few, get some Co-GMs, you won't be hurting anyone; after all, you've already contributed so much in the way of guides and RPs. If less RPing means your overall life will improve and you will have more time to explore other interests, do other things you need to do, and allow you more sleep, then I say it's worth it.
Y'know, I've been thinking about it, and you should really cut down on your roleplaying. I know it's a hobby, but it's also an incredible workload in your case, and it could start affecting your health and educational/professional life negatively.
Roleplaying's pretty much my favorite hobby ever though. Still though. I find it terrifying that I could swear I remember posting it and yet it wasn't there the next day when someone asked me about it. I literally told them I posted and was shocked to find it wasn't there. I couldn't even go back to the history because I had no idea where in the world I lost it and a good 24-36 hours had passed.
I just read your last Fallout post and...don't overwork yourself. GMing 3 RPs and 17 characters is an incredible work load and, while I applaud the fact that you can keep up with all of that, I don't think it's worth it if it's taking a toll on you. Just be careful, okay?
Oh, and another thing. If you go to the history and find the post you were making, it should restore your post with all of the text before the tab was closed. At least in my experience it does, and I've accidentally closed my posts several times in a bunch of different situations.