Author Journey (June 6, 2022)

The Otaku Author Journey June 6 2022

It was a short week thanks to my night in Washington and getting back into the flow of things was difficult with several real-life family events. So, I took it easy, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t productive!

June 6, 2022

Hot Topic

Basically, last week was a mess. The kids struggled to adjust back to normal life after the vacation. It was a struggle just getting everyone to go to school/daycare. All that relaxing undone in a matter of days. Things are slowly returning to normal, but it’s almost the end of the school year so that will have an impact too. The summer holidays have played on my mind too as we have visitors for almost all of July and August.

From past experiences, watching a ton of anime when we have guests is hard. Writing is much easier, so I’ve decided to get through as many of my planned posts as possible before anyone gets here. That led me to an interesting decision that will play a part in that plan.


What have I been watching/reading?

After not watching anything for eleven days, which is the longest I’ve gone since August 2021 (my last vacation), I decided to pick something random and binge it. I’ve still got lots of other things lined up, but I needed to do something to clear my head. For that, I needed something easy. Something that would require almost no effort on my part. I needed to just sit back and enjoy. You’ll never guess what I picked!

It was Record of Ragnarok and I watched it in four days. I also wrote up my reviews for it and have scheduled them to follow Peach Boy Riverside. Originally, I had another series that I was planning and had already watched three episodes, but since I finished Ragnarok, I decided to bump it up. That was also a big help in my plan to schedule all of quarter three ahead of time.

Another baffling decision in the Peach Boy Riverside release order would have made this episode almost unwatchable. Luckily for me, I’m watching chronologically and that’s made it far more enjoyable.

There were some great moments in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as we learnt a little more about the failed human transmutation experiments and we saw more of Edward and Alphonse’s father.

Magical Girl Apocalypse dived straight into the second season and it’s quite a shift from where things were, but utterly fascinating all the same.

Don’t forget that I also review ecchi anime and have these three shows on the go at the moment.


Work in Progress

There was no way I could have jumped straight into writing this week. The delayed return to work and several real-life family events made it too hard to get any suitable time. Eventually, I will get back to the point where I can just sit down and write for whatever period of time I have, but I need to work up to that. I’m going to start small and used scheduled blocks of time to work on my habits. Leaving it to the night makes it hard because I’m usually quite tired and just want to relax at that point, which is more suited to watching anime and writing up reviews.


The Plan

So, just one minor change to the plan is that I want to use the time I have now to get through a good chunk of my remaining posts for the year. That way, I can really focus on writing through the summer. Amazingly, I am already almost there so I can really block out that time and get down to finishing at least one book.

After how well my vacation went in relation to my ability to continue posting as normal, it’s shown me that I can take a bit of time off and focus it elsewhere. I just need to rediscover my old habits where I was writing fifteen thousand words a week. Hopefully, it’ll come back with a little effort.

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 – 10/13 (+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 (+8)
    • Fire Force S2 – 3/12
    • Ecchi Anime – 39/39
    • Bonus Posts – 4/4
  • Quarter Four
    • Author Journey – 0/13
    • Historic Anime – 12/39 (+5)
    • Ecchi Anime – 3/39 (+1)
    • Bonus Posts – 1/6

Smashing through Record of Ragnarok has cleared my historic schedule for quarter three and made a start on quarter four. I don’t know why, but I get a lot of satisfaction clearing off these milestones ahead of time.

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/?

So, no change here, but it’s coming. I promise. This summer is going to be my fiction writing renaissance!


Final Thoughts

One area where this current plan has excelled is in the way it’s allowed me to be able to shuffle things as I see fit. I know that I need to write x many posts by a certain date, but it also lets me decide when I will write them and if a series comes up that I think will fit better at a certain time, I can move an entire series of posts. I have a lot of freedom as a result. I know it won’t work for everyone, but scheduling into the future has been a game-changer for me.

Anyhow, thanks for reading.


Other shows I’m watching

  • Arifureta From Commonplace to Worlds Strongest Promo

6 Comments

  1. Wow, that way of organizing you time sounds really smart. I never thought of scheduling time in blocks so that things can be moved around when needed. In general I just write posts based on what is inspiring me at that moment, but I can definitely see how thinking pretty far into the future could really be helpful. Thank you for giving my scheduling techniques to ponder!

    • For a while, I was doing seasonal anime and was covering seven shows a week minimum. It was relentless and I felt like I never got a break, which was why I started planning ahead and the only way to do that was by covering shows that had already finished.

      It took a load of pressure off and the results have been the same in terms of views. If anything, they’ve increased. I currently have five completed sets of reviews that I can shuffle around. It takes a bit of work to get there, but it was worth it for me.

  2. If you’re looking for some short series that are easily bingeable, I can recommend a few. Let me know if you’ve seen any of these: Madoka Magica, Angel Beats, Vatican Kiseki Chousakan, and Hinamatsuri 🙂

    • Thanks. I’ve been planning on watching Madoka and Angel Beats for quite some time now. I’ll have to check the others out too.

      I actually have all my posts planned for the rest of the year, just need to watch the shows and write up the posts, but next year is wide open.

    • No worries, glad you found my recs helpful 🙂

      Take your time, there’s no rush when to post about them but if you have space I’d say give these flicks a look. Especially Madoka, (without spoiling anything) it’s one of the most influential and intriguing magical girl series of the decade. Nothing wrong with jumping into the hubbub about it! Angel Beats is just good for the vibes IMO on the other hand.

  3. *last decade, sorry for the typo

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