After three months (and a whole year before that) trying to do everything all at once, I have reached the point in my schedule where I am free. Yes, I’m still blogging and writing, but now the balance is there to do both.
April 5, 2021
This week has been one tough week, but I’ve come through the other side and now things will start to settle down. I finished all my seasonal shows, wrote up and scheduled the full season reviews, and pushed ahead with some of my other posts. All of these has basically freed me up for the entire month of April. All I have to do for the blog is write my weekly update and the episode reviews for the final season of Fruits Basket. Should be easy.
This will give me loads more time to dedicate to writing fiction and I’m excited to get back into it. Originally, I had planned on doing Camp NaNoWriMo through April and it wasn’t until the first day that I decided I wasn’t going to. I have the edits for the Black Death trilogy to get through first and while I could have tracked that for Camp NaNo, I felt it wasn’t really in the spirit of things.
So, it’s going to be editing in April, which is good for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this series is long overdue, and secondly, Ontario has just gone into another lockdown of sorts and there’s lots of speculation that schools will switch to virtual learning at some point. That will make things tougher for me for sure, so I decided to focus on this and get through as much as possible before the world crumbles around me.
With the Black Death trilogy out of the way, I should find it easier to get back into writing my stories. It has been hanging over me for quite a while and whenever I work on something else, it feels a little bit like cheating. You should be working on the Black Death! The internal nagging can get quite intense.
So, my season review of the second season of Dr Stone was published yesterday. I had a lot of fun with this show once more and it continues to be a real star. Possibly one of my favourite series. The Promised Neverland and The Quintessential Quintuplets second season reviews will come out later this week and let’s just say that they will be quite different from one another in tone. One of them didn’t resonate with me.
As I mentioned last week, I will be picking up one seasonal show this season, even after saying I was done with them… It’s only because it’s the final season of Fruits Basket and while this isn’t my normal choice of show, I have been blown away by the writing and direction in the series so far and feel like there’s going to be a lot to learn from this season. Plus, I’ve reviewed all fifty episodes so far and I have to complete the series.
I also finished the first light novel in the Goblin Slayer series and I really enjoyed the book. It was quite short and didn’t do things in the same order as the anime, but the tone was almost identical. There were some unusual things in terms of writing style. It was written third person omnipresent which means the point of view will bounce from character to character, depending on who’s thoughts the author wanted to access. There were some smaller chapters here and there that even turned into an interview format. All in, it had the feel of a much older book in terms of style.
I was planning on moving onto the next Goblin Slayer, but I have another author friend (my co-author for the Black Death trilogy) who has sent me a couple of books to read from his new series so, I’ll be working through those first. I tend to take more time with reading at the moment, mostly because I read a chapter or two before going to sleep. Gotta love night-mode!
So, that’s pretty much the plan for the next week and most likely the whole month of April. Spring break was pushed back from March to April here and I really feel like the schools will switch to virtual learning after the break. If that happens, I don’t think they’ll be going back until September. That’s going to make things interesting. I didn’t get much work done while trying to coordinate virtual learning last time and often ended up catching up in the evening/night.
Hopefully, it won’t come to that, although things are slow here with the vaccinations. The sooner we can get this pandemic behind us and start to push on the better. However, I doubt things will go back to the way they were anytime soon, if ever. We’ve been shown just how easy it would be for a virus to spread. I want to believe we will learn from this experience, but at the same time, I worry that there are so many conspiracy theorists and science deniers that nothing is going to get through.
Anyhow, I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m going to try to make sure that I get as much work done as possible so that I’m ready when whatever happens happens. Stay safe and positive.