longer to do the DS crafting quests than it is to take a character from level one to grandmaster. If I wanted to I could go from level one to level 50 in around two weeks time of constant play, in comparison if I wanted to I could do the DS crafting quests in six weeks time of constant play while doing absolutely nothing else. The only conclusion I can draw from this is that Wizard101 players are intended to spend most of their game time chasing around black lotus flowers in the same exact location day in and day out, and are only supposed to do anything other than that a mere one quarter of the time spent in the game (and this is excluding all the crafting quests before DS, which can also take awhile).
It's just you ... lol - seriously, I couldn't spend all my time questing, I get burnt out. It takes me about a month to finish each world. It only took me a couple of weeks to finish the DS crafting quests, and I've done it for four different wizards at various times.
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are born to craft and don't mind the reagent hunting, others LOVE PvP, which I tried a couple of times and don't care for.