Author Journey (December 21, 2020)

The Otaku Author Journey December 21 2020

This has not been my week! Not by a longshot. I have been somewhat productive with my blogging schedule, but as for writing, well, I’ve had an excuse that I think is pretty valid.

December 21, 2020

It’s amazing what a difference having a goal like NaNoWriMo did for my writing. Admittedly, I had planned for the month in advance and scheduled everything I could for my blogs so that I could focus on writing. Obviously, since then, I’ve been back to doing both and it’s much harder to do both, which is why I did what I did for November.

This week, however, I’ve had a couple of other pressures. Firstly, it’s been my last week of the day job until the New Year and that means that everything that could go wrong did and I’m actually going to have to do some work over the holidays or else I’ll be swamped when I return. So, that’s eaten into my time and will do going forward. On top of that, I’ve managed to trap a nerve in my shoulder, which makes the outside of my arm sore and two of my fingers tingly. Makes it very hard to concentrate on writing fiction.

Harukana Receive Episode 2 Ayasa Tachibana comforting Narumi Tooi

I know, I know. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot I can do other than the usual resting, stretching, and anti-inflammatories. In the meanwhile, I think I’ll focus on getting through some more review posts, plotting stories, and editing. All of those are things that I can dip in and out of before my arm starts to hurt again. And again, this is another reason I chose to do some older shows. I can push on with Harukana Receive, KonoSuba, Goblin Slayer, and Record of Grancrest War without having to wait.

As of writing this, I finished Iwakakeru and DanMachi3 and have the reviews scheduled for later this week. There’s a week gap before the shows I’m planning on following in the new season and I have a couple of season reviews lined up for that week. I said I would likely do Season two of Dr Stone and The Quintessential Quintuplets. Amazingly, I completely forgot about The Promised Neverland season two, which I will have to do too. Looks like I’ll have lots to do.

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon III Episode 11 Hermes cliffhanger

Anyhow, back to the writing. Here’s how last week went.

  • Dec 14 – 590 words
  • Dec 15 – 0 words
  • Dec 16 – 0 words
  • Dec 17 – 0 words
  • Dec 18 – 0 words
  • Dec 19 – 0 words
  • Dec 20 – 0 words

As I said, it was a tough week and hopefully, things will get back to normal sooner rather than later with my arm. If anyone has experienced this and has any tips on how to speed up recovery, I’d be all ears. Of course, it’s also the holiday season so that’s going to impact things, or not. I don’t know how to take a break from this any more. And, if I’m honest, I don’t want to. I love it too much!

KonoSuba Episode 3 Darkness protects the adventurers from the Cabbages


  1. I know its hard to write with so many obligations. Hell, I have a hard time writing a sentence with a job, a wife and two kids looming over me. But I’m sure you’ll find the time. Writing will always make its call and we have no choice but to answer. Keep writing my friend.

    • Thanks. It sucks being taken out by an injury like this though. At least I can still work on something though. More plotting and maybe some character profiles ready for the first edit.

  2. I can’t wait for the Winter 2021 season. There are so many sequels I have been waiting for and some new content that has me excited. Take care of yourself and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    • Thanks. Yeah, I was planning on only covering two shows, but there was no way to decide between these three, not to mention all the others that I’ve added to my to-watch list.

  3. Have you ever read any of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Rider series? There’s a scene in one where Robinton, the master harper, reflects that it’s sad that it’s so hard to appreciate the absence of pain.

    Pain just sucks. I hope you can get your shoulder sorted!

    I’m looking forward to all four of your reviews of the older shows. The new shows, too.

    • Tell me about it, and it just seems to be harder to remember the older you get. Who knew getting out of bed could be so dangerous?

      I can feel it slowly coming back and noticing how much it keeps me awake at night. It’s hard to lie on my good shoulder with my other arm balanced perfectly along my side. It doesn’t necessarily hurt that much, just dull and awkward pain, plus the tingling fingertips.

      I’m glad your enjoying them, I’m loving revisiting those shows. It’s great being able to really look at why I loved them and steal their secrets.

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