Author Journey (July 2020)

Lynn Sheridan Author Journey July 2020

I had some pretty simple plans for July and they all got kiboshed! So I haven’t finished my zombie novel, not even close actually, but I’m still moving forward and there’s always next month…

Got any big announcements?

It would appear that it was a good job I reduced my reviewing schedule for July as I have no idea how I would have kept up if I had been covering seven shows like the last two seasons. Keeping up with three has been more than enough work, although the day job has been the real reason I’m falling behind. I had hoped that I would be celebrating the first draft of my zombie novel, but I only managed to write the first two chapters before work picked up. I also forgot to account for the season reviews of the shows from last season, and as I had seven of them to write, it was quite the oversight.

Fruits Basket Episode 38 Yuki and Kakeru

How’s the writing going?

As I just mentioned, I have not completed the first draft. I’m not even close, but I am finding the new schedule to be working and hopefully, once work calms down, I can get back to drafting. The story is still running, or should I say shuffling, around in my head so that’s a good sign, although I do have moments where my mind wanders to my other projects I have lined up. Time is at an absolutely premium at the moment, but I know that it’s only temporary. I need to make sure that I am ready to take off the breaks as soon as I get the green light.

Gibiate Episode 1 Kathleen Funada

Have you done anything interesting?

That’s right, it’s Pokemon Go time. This month we had the Go Fest which was a global event this year. Admittedly, it was my first, but I had a lot of fun. I forgot to record my stats before the event, but things were pretty crazy. My son got bored after an hour, so I ended up completing all the challenges for both of us and even caught us some legendary Pokemon. I’ve actually completed all of the available challenges and am now left to my own devices, which means catching more and powering up those that I deem worthy. I can be pretty ruthless when I need to be.

If you play Pokemon Go and would like another friend, I seem to have loads of gifts and can’t carry many more items. My trainer code is – 8632 8817 2933.

Pokemon Go Otaku Author Friend Code

What have you been watching?

I managed to release all of my seasonal reviews for last season and as Fruits Basket was the only one continuing, I have picked up Deca-Dence and Gibiate. I plan on watching several other shows, but haven’t had the time yet. Trying to avoid lots of spoilers, so I have been skipping a lot of the seasonal posts. Sorry, but I really hate spoilers.

I’ve also decided to bring back my A to Z Anime Challenge posts from my previous site, and I am giving them all a once over and some fresh images. It takes a bit of time, but I watched some great series and it feels wrong to have the reviews sitting in my drafts for too long. Anyhow, here’s the current lineup:

Decadence Episode 2 Natsume

Do you have any plans for next month?

Nothing quite as grand as last month, but I will try to keep working on the novel and at the very least get some of my ideas down so that I don’t lose them. The main focus is just keeping going and remaining sane in this crazy world. Well, maybe not remaining sane, but not getting any crazier. I will just be happy to keep up with the blogging schedule. Anything more than that will be a bonus.

I also have several tag posts to do, so if you’re waiting for a response, don’t worry. I intend to get through them all, it might just take a little while.

Anyhow, stay safe and thanks for reading.


  1. Wow, covering seven shows the last two seasons is mighty – I hadn’t realised it was that many!

    I’m finding it increasingly hard to choose between writing my reviews and my fiction, lately, since I’m having more fun with one at the moment šŸ™‚

    • Yeah, it was too many, but it’s oddly addictive. I started with one back when The Promised Neverland aired and then I did three the following season.

      I first got into episode reviews because I was on paternity leave and writing reviews was easier than trying to get any fiction writing done. It’s been hard to get things to swing back to the way they were before when I was writing 15-20k words of fiction every week.

      Hopefully, I’ll get back to that soon…

    • 15-20k is awesome, nice!

      Hope you get the balance back too šŸ™‚

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, me too. Back in 2018 I wrote the first drafts of the first twenty-six novellas in a series by the end of June. Going to look at reworking them into a series of light novels.

    • Wow! That’s awesome šŸ˜€

      Do you have an illustrator in mind? That’d be fun, seeing all the art produced. (It’s one of my favourite parts of the process, getting cover art.)

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      I haven’t quite made it that far. I’m still trying to decide whether I go with the more traditional looking fantasy covers or embrace the light novel approach and get fully illustrated ones done.

    • Ah, the tough part – that’s a decision that’s always bugged me, yeah.

      I love illustrated but the market seems to favour photo manip of late. Though for light novels it’d suit quite nicely with illustrated?

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      Absolutely. I think it really depends on what market I’m looking to fit into. Light novels would sit nicely with all the anime and manga blogging.

      My first goal has got to be getting them finished and then I can look at how best to market them. I think I’ll save that headache for another day.

  2. Progress is progress — especially when you have a full time job that’s not writing.

    Do you figure out the plot/beats first, or do you just dive into the draft?

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      It’s slow, but trying to shift things back towards the fiction writing.

      I like to have a series of events. Usually just one or two lines per event and then I try to fill in the detail between them as I write. My first drafts are usually fairly low on the word count. I tend to add much more in when I edit though.

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