Author Journey (December 2019)

The Otaku Author Journey December 2019

It’s the end of 2019 which means it’s time to look back at the whole year and not just December, while also thinking about what the next year has in store for us. There’s a lot to unpack!

Got any big announcements?

Let’s just say that things took a pretty big turn in December. I had mentioned in my last Author Journey which is now sitting in my drafts that I was planning on switching my web hosting, but that wasn’t really that exciting… Had I only known! It just goes to show how quickly things can move if you really want them too. At some point in December, I decided to not only move my web hosting but to get a new domain and relaunch my blog.

There was a lot to consider in the move with regards to my old posts. It was possible to just republish them with the old dates exactly as they were, but you may also remember that I have been refreshing the older posts to fit with the current theme. Another issue was going to be the loss of my search engine rankings and backdating them wasn’t the optimum solution there either. In short, I decided that I would keep them all offline and work on them, slowly re-releasing them over the coming months.

It seems like a fairly drastic move, but I decided that if I was going to fully embrace the Otaku Author brand, it was better to do it sooner than later. I’ve already got a number of new series of posts set up for the New Year which tap into my love of story and I think will be a nice change from the episode reviews. I will be continuing to watch and review seasonal shows but will be using a new format, making my posts shorter and more focused on story elements. On top of that, I will be revisiting some of my favourite shows to really examine what makes them work.

Highschool of the Dead Episode 2 Saeko Attack Grin

How’s the writing going?

The relaunch kind of ended up taking up most of my time when I wasn’t dealing with the viral outbreaks that seemed to be afflicting my family. I’m pretty confident that the new format for my seasonal reviews and new posts will allow me more time to put to my fiction writing. The big focus is getting through the edits of Black Death and once that’s done, I’m going to start work on some new projects which should be pretty exciting.

Have you done anything interesting?

Other than relaunching my site… I was obviously a good boy this year as Santa got me some fancy markers and paper for me to revisit my other love, drawing. Last year, I started up again with some sketches and it was a lot of fun. In just ten weeks, I saw my skills coming back to me. Well, this coming year, I’m going to do that again, but I’m also going to look to add some colour to my images and create some original artwork that I can potentially use for some cover art for my coming works of fiction.

What have you been watching?

I haven’t watched as much as I’d like this month, but I did finish Dr. Stone. You may have seen some of my posts, especially as I did a twenty-four-hour Dr. Stone take over when I relaunched my blog. Since then, I’ve been reviving my Fire Force, My Hero Academia, and Cautious Hero reviews. I chose to bring these back next as they’re the current shows and if I want to keep reviewing them, it made sense.

Dr Stone Episode 24 Senku's Determined to Win

Do you have any plans for next month?

Obviously, I need to get back to work on Black Death. It’s been going on for a long time now and I’d really like to get that out into the world. As for things here on the Otaku Author, I will be revisiting the first of my favourite series and exploring what made it resonate with me. There will be an announcement as to which series that is soon, so keep an eye out for that. It may surprise some people. I will also be bringing back my Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba reviews through January, so it’s going to be interesting rereading my thoughts from when I watched it live. Also, watch out for my new post series. The first will be out on Saturday. Exciting times!

Do you have any recommendations for anime, manga, or anything really? Do you have an idea for a discussion post for here or Ecchi Hunter? If you want to talk about it, I’m sure we can fit you in. Thanks again for reading.

2 Comments

  1. ” I’m pretty confident that the new format for my seasonal reviews and new posts will allow me more time to put to my fiction writing. ”

    I started tracking how much time I spent writing for my anime site.

    It was more than I expected. So far for the fall season (which, obviously, is almost over), I invested 209 hours and 40 minutes.

    Sounds like you were thinking along the same lines!

    I hope you find the same thing that I did — namely, that your new review format will be as popular as the old, so you’ll both have more time to write fiction and the same or greater level of success with your blog!

    Good luck with the new domain! It’s looking good!

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      I found I was spending almost twice as long to write up the post as it took to watch the episode.

      This format takes much less time and I’m focusing more on the story and writing aspects.

      Thanks. It’s very similar to the old site, just a couple of tweaks and adjustments. The big one is getting a SSL certificate which I’m sure was stopping some from visiting.

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