Author Journey (June 20, 2022)

The Otaku Author Journey June 20 2022

I’ve been thinking about how my perfect day might go and how last week every single day did its best to ensure that it remained a fantasy. In truth, that’s probably where it belongs, but it’s good to have something to aspire to!

June 20, 2022

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This week was fun! The Mrs was going away for three days for work, which was already going to make things interesting around the house. However, the kids then developed nasty coughs and had to stay home. Poof! My quiet workdays vanished and became nighttime catch-up sessions once they’d gone to bed. Luckily, I’m out of the reporting period which meant I didn’t have anything time-sensitive to deal with.

Surprisingly, I did get some work done thanks to my flexible schedule and the fact that I’m working on quarter four posts. There are just under two weeks left in June and I think I might just manage to get all my posts for 2022 done. Then, I’m going to channel what I’ve been doing for blogging into my writing. I just need some trackers that I can update to give my brain the same sort of satisfaction I get from scheduling posts.


What have I been watching/reading?

I didn’t watch anything new this week which is kind of a bummer although it has been interesting revisiting Sankarea: Undying Love now that I’ve started on the manga. I also pushed through the second season of My Wife is the Student Council President! to get some posts ready for that. Each episode is short so it’s an easy one to binge. Just don’t watch the censored version unless you happen to like full-screen censorship!

Last week was a pretty grim affair as far as my posts went with each of the series seeming to push some darker moments and themes. I do love it when stuff like that seems to align randomly. Nothing like a bit of organised chaos!

Following on from episode twelve of Peach Boy Riverside, episode five gave us a glimpse of the sorts of discrimination that Sally is so keen to stamp out. For a jumbled-up shounen series, it handles some tough topics incredibly well.

Winry learnt the identity of the person that killed her parents in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and it was hard to see her like that, especially when she’s been such a bright and inspiring character. She’s had a rough patch, but I’m sure it’ll make her stronger.

Magical Girl Apocalypse raised the crazy bar once more and then cleared it with room to spare. There is nothing that could be too surprising for this series. Nothing!

Yesterday, I published the season review of Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory which means that this week, there will be a new ecchi show in its place. I’m excited about this one. There’s so much to talk about, you can expect some bonus posts as it won’t all fit into the episode reviews.


Work in Progress

So, last week started with a flurry of data analysis. Some of my reports are built on cubes maintained by IT and there were some issues. Of course, it was up to me to isolate those issues and then guess what IT would need to do to resolve the processes (that I have no access to). Seems reasonable. Anyhow, I did my part and now it’s with IT. Then, the kids got too sick to go to school but not sick enough to lie in bed all day, so I was on entertainment duty twenty-four hours a day for three days. It’s great that everyone is feeling better, although I now have a bit of a cough… Hopefully, it’s not anime related. Those guys get it hard! So, no real progress on this front.


The Plan

Obviously, what I’m doing with the blog is working. I’ve been consistently producing more and more posts. Something about the way I have it set up is resonating with my brain and making the process easier and easier. So, I’m going to try to do something similar with my writing. Maybe, I should break everything down to the chapter level and work with a similar routine.

Thinking back to my most productive period of writing, I decided that I would just write and not worry about editing and publishing. My goal was to write all the books first and then edit them together for consistency. With that done, I would be in a position to prepare them all for launch and release them in a similar manner to what I do with my posts. Without realising it, I was doing the same thing as I’m doing now, just for fiction. I need to set myself a goal of seven chapters a week on whatever story grabs my fancy. I’ve got more than enough to work on.

Posts

  • Quarter One
    • Author Journey – 13/13
    • Historic Anime – 39/39
    • Seasonal Anime – 36/36
    • Ecchi Anime – 14/14
    • Bonus Posts – 18/18
  • Quarter Two
    • Author Journey – 12/13 (+1)
    • Historic Anime – 39/39
    • Ecchi Anime – 39/39
    • Seasonal Anime – 3/3
    • Bonus Posts – 1/1
  • Quarter Three
    • Author Journey – 0/13
    • Historic Anime – 39/39
    • Fire Force S2 – 5/12 (+1)
    • Ecchi Anime – 39/39
    • Bonus Posts – 4/4
  • Quarter Four
    • Author Journey – 0/13
    • Historic Anime – 13/39 (+1)
    • Ecchi Anime – 29/39 (+13)
    • Bonus Posts – 2/6 (+1)

I was surprised to get through as much as I did, but they were mostly eight-minute episodes so that helps.

Writing

  • MSR (Paranormal Harem Rom-com)
    • Plotting – 49/58
    • Writing – 43/58
    • Editing – 42/58
    • Artwork – 0/9
  • Valiant Lineage (Epic Dark Fantasy)
    • Plotting – 41/41
    • Writing – 0/?
    • Editing – 0/?
    • Artwork – 0/?
  • Black Death (Post Apocalyptic Shoujo AI)
    • Plotting – 0/?
    • Writing – 0/?
    • Editing – 0/?
    • Artwork – 0/?
  • Asteroidea (Horror Science-fiction)
    • Plotting – 0/?
    • Writing – 0/?
    • Editing – 0/?
    • Artwork – 0/?
  • Out of Time (Time-travel Murder Mystery)
    • First Draft – 0/?
    • Plotting – 0/?
    • Writing – 0/?
    • Editing – 0/?
    • Artwork – 0/?

I need to look at how I’m recording and scheduling this section to bring it more in line with my blogging routine. Hopefully, that will result in a much-needed boost in productivity.


Final Thoughts

So, I’m almost at the point of completing a year’s worth of posts in half a year. Now, I need to find a way of writing a year’s worth of publishable fiction in half a year. My most productive period saw me write three-hundred thousand words in six months. If I planned on releasing four books a year at sixty to eighty thousand words each then it’s achievable. It’s also worth noting at the beginning of that period I was writing two-three hundred words a day and it quickly climbed from there. I’ve done it before. I just need to do it again.

Anyhow, thanks for reading.


Other shows I’m watching

  • Arifureta From Commonplace to Worlds Strongest Promo

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