Okay, I want to get the previous entry off my front page, and I've been getting quite a few PMs asking me about this recently, a lot more than usual. I don't mind answering them but I thought maybe it'd be less effort for everyone this way.
I don't do commissions. Or art exchanges. Or stuff for people's birthdays. Or anything where someone else makes me promise I'll create something for them and then I owe them to do it.
It's not because I don't like money. It's because I can't draw or write or do anything creative if I feel like I "have" to; all inspiration automatically goes into lockdown mode, and my own self enters "sulking three year old" mode where everything my brain will say about that thing I should be working on is NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOO. One time some ten, twelve years ago, I tried it, promised a friend I'd draw pictures for the winners of a contest she was setting up. They're still waiting. (well no, it's likely they have since long moved on.) Then I tried it again; I wanted a book that wasn't out in my country, the girl sent it to me in exchange for a couple pics. I managed one of them and then BAM. Etcetera. That's assholish. I don't like being an asshole if the other person hasn't been an asshole first and in this case, if I promised something knowing full well what would happen, I would definitely be in the wrong.
Also there's the fact that the block on the promised art/fic then merrily goes on to spread to all my other pics and fics that i'm writing or drawing for myself, and that bothers me for entirely selfish reasons. ;;;
edit: 06/2016: also i've pretty much 90% stopped drawing.