Author Journey (December 6, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey December 6 2021

This week, I was reminded why it’s a good idea to leave a little bit of room in the plan for unexpected inconveniences. By that, I mean a situation where the plan is tossed out of a moving car and left to fend for itself!

December 6, 2021

#Blogging

This was probably my least productive week of the year. I’m not even joking. Firstly, my youngest’s daycare had a viral outbreak which meant that we kept him home. Of course, he’s too young to just leave to do his own thing, so I lost my days. When I lose my days, I have to work in the evenings to catch up and would you believe it, it’s the busy reporting period. I have watched three episodes of anime this week… Three! It’s not good for someone that credits watching anime daily as the sole reason they didn’t go insane during the first nine months of the pandemic! No sleep and no anime makes Lynn super cranky!

Seasonal Anime

Obviously, the three shows I managed to watch were the seasonals. One was Takt Op. Destiny, which was preparing us for a lengthy telephone conversation between two Conductors about the not-so-secret secrets about the organisation that is running the world. I’m not looking forward to the next episode other than to say that I got it out of the way and am closer to the end.

Thankfully, I also watched Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat. Both of these shows have been amazing and unlike Takt Op. Destiny, I will be sad when they are over. I’m hoping for more seasons of both so the waiting game begins. Luckily, there are a couple of shows that I’ve identified from the next season that I hope to get into my schedule.

Historic Anime

This is where the plan to have my historic shows running ahead of the present comes into play. After Heaven’s Lost Property returned to the festival episode last week which was amazing, it decided to throw down the worst episode of either season. It made no sense and it almost felt like the characters were getting annoyed with it too. Jujutsu Kaisen was all about Toudou and Itadori and their bromance which is amazing. When they fight together it just bumps everything up a level. Then, there’s Hundred. I still love it and will defend it to the end. So, if that doesn’t convince you to check it out, I don’t know what will!

#AmWriting

So, yeah… No writing, hardly any anime. It’s been a tough week and it came out of nowhere. You’d think I would be used to the disruptions by now, but they still suck. It throws off everything. I lose time which is the most precious commodity we have. Because of that loss, I end up trying to catch up late at night. That means I don’t get the usual downtime to relax and enjoy an episode or two. It also impacts my sleep which makes everything that much harder the next day.

Before the pandemic, it would be the occasional day that my plans got upended, however, with the pandemic it happens for extended periods of time. An outbreak can shut a class for up to two weeks. When that happens, I have the kids at home and my routine is destroyed. It’s hard to prepare for things that you cannot see coming, however, I need to try.

The best advice I can take here is to look at how I have been able to make the blog a little more stable thanks to mixing in older shows that I can move ahead when time is plentiful and ignore when I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.

So, how can I future proof my writing schedule too? Well, it’s not going to be easy, but then it wasn’t for the blog either. The best thing I’ve done is to move a lot of my resources and work to the cloud. It’s not ideal, but in a pinch, I can work on my phone. It’s harder with the writing, but for plotting and planning, I can make notes anywhere. The more notes I have with the project, the smoother the writing process will be, especially as it will help me spot issues before I write the first draft.

#Planning

I’ve started moving my templates to the cloud and will start to fill them in as I go. Hopefully, things will return to normal next week, but I’m not going to count on it. I think that is the unfortunate truth of things right now. You can’t count on anything. You can’t expect things to work out as they have before. One thing can throw everything else off.

So, has this changed my plan from last week? No. Not really. I still want to shoot for that target of four books in 2022. I want to get each of these series up and running. All I can do is get myself to the point that I can maintain my routine with minimal effort if needed. I want to get to the point where I’m not playing catch up with work. That one is a little more out of my control, but I am going to look at what I can optimise. That’s kind of one of my specialities anyhow.

Luckily, I have historic anime posts for all of quarter one of 2022 and half of quarter two. I have a big buffer and while I don’t want to eat too much into it, that is why it’s there. I need to be prepared to call it a night and actually get some sleep. I need to spend a little more time looking after myself as well as focusing on my future.

I’m reminded of a quote from Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda, which I watched with the kids this week – “You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There’s a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” I love that movie, it’s fun and has a lot of incredible quotes to pull from. Anyhow, I too need to be more focused on the present.

It’s been a tough week and I’ll be glad to get back to normal… or whatever normal looks like lately. I will continue to chip away at my planning and hope to hit the ground running in 2022 when I get back to writing.

Hope you’ve had a better time of it lately. Thanks for reading and stay safe.


3 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear about the day care center. Also hope your little one’s okay!

    My schedule is such that I often have Family Real Life Events. Like, two or three a week. That’s one reason I’m still writing anime reviews. I can get interrupted 10 times while writing a single review and still not lose my train of thought. A novel, though? Two big interruptions and the writing session’s done.

    One benefit of your long term plan: It helps you put this week into perspective! In a good way, I think.

    • Yeah, there have been a lot of FRLEs these last couple of years and you never seem to get used to them.

      I also find that with reviews. They are much easier to crank out with interruptions.

      It’s hard, but I agree focusing the view to a much longer period allows these blips to fade into the background. Just got to keep trying and keep pushing forward. We’ll get there in the end!

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