I was exhausted. This much was apparent in the fact that I burst out crying, when my game wouldn't load.
My friends listening over Skype were naturally a little perturbed about this.
They were used to me getting a little emotional over the important things in life (like failing in Runescape boss fights), but generally I'm quite calm and laid-back about other quibbles (like battling genocide, mass pollution of land and water and dictatorships). I'm certainly not usually in tears over my writing career!
"Go and get a cup of tea," advised the ever pragmatic Tabt. "Calm down, then come and tell us all about it."
The fact is that with so much excellent advice on Wizzley, the temptation is to apply it all at once. When this involves things which can be retrospectively applied, then that can turn into a big job.
I had just emerged from eight hours worth of systematically going through every one of my previous articles and changing their language. This followed feedback from the ever helpful Terri Rexson, who had pointed out that my adverts all sold merchandise in American stores, while my articles were all in British English.
In short, those buying were looking at an article which appeared littered with spelling mistakes. Those reading perfect English were met with sales that they couldn't make. Who precisely was I serving here?
I doubt Terri actually meant that I should then spend the rest of my day in a frenzied fit of spell-check fueled up-dating. It's what I did anyway; and I had over eighty articles at the time.
Unfortunately, this was the second such incident in a month. The earlier one came after great advice from always supportive Humagaia. He'd reviewed my sales techniques (non-existent, relying upon politely unassuming adverts quietly placed, more in hope than expectation that someone would investigate them). He'd then given me some beginner's advice.
He had the measure of me. He actually started his message with the statement that he wasn't going to overwhelm me with tips. He'd start with the most important: Invite people to buy! Actually put it into the affiliate module - buy this! Though also include the reasons why. It all felt way too in your face for my British sensibilities, but he assured me that it was the way forward.
Once I'd assimilated the formula, I set about up-dating the affiliate modules in all previous Wizzles. It took around two days to do and left me exhausted before I even encountered Terri's advice.
So here is some of my own - listen indeed to those wiser minds around you, and implement their good advice. But do it slowly. Burning out will help no-one in the long run, least of all yourself. It will only lead to tears, when your game won't load later on.
And talking about gaming...