Author Journey (February 15, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey February 15 2021

It’s been a tougher week, but that usually happens when the day job creeps into my writing time. I love working from home, however, the distinction between work-time and me-time gets a bit blurred.

February 15, 2021

So, my day job is very cyclical in nature. I generally have two weeks of quite intensive reporting with lots of overlapping deadlines and processes that need to be completed before I can do my parts. Since the whole working from home thing took over, what used to be two weeks of reporting and two weeks of slower time where I could develop reports has slowly turned into three and a half weeks of intensive reporting and half a week to recover before it all starts again.

I find this leaves me constantly looking at my plan and working out how best to do everything I want to. Ultimately, I think I need to continue to reassess things on a regular basis and be able to stop and start things as needed. That means that there will be some small changes to my plan.

The first thing that I think makes the most sense, and primarily because it is tied to something that I can change, is to stop doing episode reviews of seasonal shows. Now, this is a hard one as I have seen a lot of great shows that I might not have if I wasn’t covering new shows. However, the weekly release schedule makes it impossible to work ahead when I have the time. I literally have to wait for the next episode to air before I can continue.

Record of Grancrest War Episode 10 The Theatre King of Kilhis

So, once I’ve finished reviewing The Quintessential Quintuplets, The Promised Neverland, and Dr Stone that will be it for now. One day, I might start up again, but it won’t be for a little while. I will continue to look at shows that I have enjoyed in the past so that I can learn from them. However, I will limit myself to three at a time.

At the moment those are Harukana Receive, KonoSuba, Goblin Slayer and Record of Grancrest War. I am going to continue KonoSuba through season two and Record of Grancrest War is a twenty-four episode season so I have so more to go there. I’ve already picked out my next show which will take the place of Harukana Receive, but I’m going to keep that a secret for now… I still have to watch the Goblin Slayer movie, but after that I won’t be picking up anything else until one of the others has ended.

Eventually, I will be down to a weekly schedule of three reviews a week and my author journey update. I think I may still watch some of the seasonal shows and put together a season review, but I need to lighten the load and find more time to work on the things that will most likely free me from the shackles of corporate life.

Goblin Slayer Episode 11 Yaritsukai will help Goblin Slayer

I talked last week about my plan to create a rolling release schedule for several web-novel series and that is still my main goal. I’ve been playing around with writing fiction for quite a while now, publishing my first shorts stories five years ago. For a while, it was my only focus and I did a lot of work on developing my skills and knowledge. I still am!

Blogging has been a big part of that, including analysing anime and manga to work out what I like and don’t like from a storytelling perspective. For the longest time, I’ve talked about finding balance, but forever keep falling back into the same old routine.

So, there will be fewer posts on here in the near future, but that should only be for a while. Eventually, I will get my web-novel finished and I will be posting that here, among other places. One day in the not too distant future, I hope to have a mix of web-novels and anime reviews occupying my blog. I can’t say for sure just how long this plan will stay this way, but it feels like the right thing to do, especially with the way the day job is infringing on my time.

It’s time to breakfree!

The Promised Neverland Season Two Episode 5 Emma and Ray running


  1. “It’s time to breakfree!”

    Good luck!

    It’s a never-ending… I was going to say balancing act, but there’s not a lot of balance to it! The need to earn a living is relentless. I hope these changes work out for you!

    • Yeah, me too. I feel like this is best way to keep the blog ticking over and get my writing career going. If I’m ever lucky enough to be able to do it full-time, it’ll have been worth it. Gotta try something.

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