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Star Wars and Website Management
or, "content? whaddya mean, 'content'?"

by David
Summer, 1999

Ugh. That's all I can muster right now. I'll say it again. Ugh.

All through my life, I've always pushed a little too hard, always extended myself a little too far, and I always end up scrambling to keep up. In first grade, I would organize elaborate pseudo-role-playing scenarios (usually centered around Star Wars -- I was Luke Skywalker. Always.) with my somewhat less-forceful classmates. "You're Chewy, you're Han, you're Artoo,..." I would send them to various parts of the schoolyard and then I'd act through the movie scene by scene, moving from area to area. Sometimes characters stayed with me, sometimes I left them behind until our next encounter. Sometimes I had to discipline a fellow player ("Toby, Chewy can't talk -- so don't talk!"). And, often, I'd over-extend myself by including too many players and I'd forget to do my scene with someone, or the production would run too long and recess would end and four kids would find they had wasted their entire recess sitting by the jungle gym, pretending to be Stormtroopers, ready to ambush me and my kindergarten Leia. Sometimes these kids would hit me and I'd cry.

Later, I'd volunteer to be head of a small organization at school and dive into 20 projects, never quite finishing any of them. In early college (while a physics major), I'd gladly accept roles in 3 or 4 stage plays at once and then race to get to each rehearsal, barely sleeping the whole time, and ending up giving zombie-like performances in 3 of them. Once out of college, I'd work overtime at a crappy job and rehearse maybe two shows at a time -- again barely sleeping (though by this time I'd not sacrifice my stage work -- it was always my job that suffered).

Now I have a website. A huge, multifaceted website.

Lord help me.

Do I think I can manage these CSP websites, along with my work and my acting career and my artwork and the screenplays I'm working on? Of course I do. But then I also thought that in a 30 minute recess I could be George Lucas and Luke Skywalker and remake Star Wars with 5 and 6 year olds. I have great confidence that I can do anything.

So, why hasn't the website been updated (until now) for almost two weeks?

Good question. And I have a good answer. I'm busy. Plain and simple. I've got a lot of stuff going on. I love these sites, I really do -- if I didn't, I wouldn't put them up. And I am committed to new content and to doing a good job keeping them up -- adding something at least every couple of weeks. Fortunately, I have my fellow Clark Schpiellians to help me -- you'll increasingly see reviews and ramblings by them as we go forward. And upkeep in general is pretty simple -- I've actually spent the last couple of weeks going through the sites a bit at a time, optimizing images, fixing HTML so it can be read by different browsers, etc. I just need to pace myself and to understand that I can't do everything at once.

Thanks for your patience through this process, and thanks for visiting my beloved sites. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got an 8 year old Vader torturing a 5 year old Han in the backyard, and it is almost time for my scene with a 6 year old Yoda.

Man, I don't know how Lucas does it.

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