I hate writing retractions, so as Sarah said, it's a good job I'm not in politics. Here goes:
I've slept on it, and I've decided I will keep the comments up, so thank you to everyone for your support.
I hope these journals haven't messed anyone around too much. Basically, although I can't go into it too deeply, there's a lot going on in my life right now and that - combined with extended illnesses - have really gotten me down in terms of motivation and mood so I've been struggling to remain my usual happy self. I was going to disable all the comments on my deviations until I felt a little better, I have changed my approach:
I will take a bit of a break. I don't think I've ever had much of one from DA for a long time, I've always been active in one way or another, so I'll take some time and come back with fresh eyes. It won't be a massively long time (a couple of weeks, maybe) but from Monday 30th I'll go on my virtual holiday and try to cool down and right my mood (hopefully then my health will be improved a little too).
I will stick with what I said about faves and comments, so for those of you who didn't read it:
I won't be commenting or faving as regularly as I used to, since I watch a lot of people and have a mountain of faves that I can't keep track of. I will add the odd thing or make the odd comment and of course you're welcome to drop me a line if there's anything specific you want my opinion on or want to talk to me about. I hope none of you think this means I don't appreciate your work or efforts but I understand if there are those of you who wish to unwatch me for it. All I can say is, If I watch you, I support you in my own way and I will be looking forward to your work and keeping track of it.
Thank you all again for your support and apologies for the inconvenience of my current stormy mind.