How is it already March? This year seems to be flying by, but it’s not been without a bit of drama, which is appropriate as we approach the one year mark since I last worked in the office. I don’t miss it one bit if I’m honest!
March 1, 2021
I started the week with the best of intentions. My schedule was coming together, although work was still being a bit of a bugger. Then, both the kids had a low-grade fever and the Mrs wasn’t feeling too good either. That meant that everyone had to stay home and eventually venture out for the dreaded COVID test. I wasn’t eligible as I had no symptoms. Bummer, right? Anyhow, I did have to take a couple of days off work as we waited for the results and for the fevers to disappear.
Well, they cleared and the results came back. Everyone was fine, and by Wednesday they were good to return to school and day-care and I could return to work. Of course, I had some catching up to do thanks to my two days off, which certainly didn’t feel like a vacation. It’s a funny concept that taking time off work, just means you have more work to do in less time. Something seems off about that.
So, how did this affect my schedule? Well, the good news is that it held up. Even with limited time, I was still able to keep up with everything. It helps that I have finished watching and reviewing a number of the shows already, leaving just the new seasonal shows to keep up with. I’m going to chalk that up as a win and take heart that I am moving things in the right direction to be able to balance my goals.
At the moment, I have just five weeks of The Quintessential Quintuplets, The Promised Neverland, and Dr Stone left to cover and then I will be making the full switch away from the seasonal schedule. I will still watch shows so that I can keep up with the community, but my focus for reviews will be on shows that have finished airing.
I mentioned last week that I had finished Record of Grancrest War already and am closing in on KonoSuba so that is massively helping with my weekly workload. Harukana Receive and Goblin Slayer have also been completed. I watched Goblin Slayer: Goblin Crown last week and will have the review up later this week.
With my new schedule of posting on Monday (Author Journey), Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and the seasonal shows still running, I don’t have any extra work to add to my weekly routine until April. It’s quite a good feeling seeing the amount of work required going down, especially as I’m able to keep working into the future when I have the time. Going to be interesting to see how far into the future I can go!
This is going to free up loads of time for writing and I’m pretty excited to get back into it. As always, my first goal is the Black Death trilogy. After that, it’s going to be the web-novels, which I have lots of ideas buzzing around my head desperate to break free. I think I might take a week to plot them all out so that I am ready to work on them once Black Death is finished.
Now, I said I wasn’t planning on adding to my schedule, but a new anthology from a writing group I’m a member of has just been announced and it’s calling for submissions. It’s only 2.5 – 7.5k words and focuses on villains winning. Luckily, I have an idea that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time now that will work perfectly. I have until the end of June to get it done, but I’m going to try to not leave it to the last minute.
It’s been a while since I wrote a short story, but it is a format that I enjoy. Just having the idea bouncing around inside my head has been a lot of fun. It’s a fairly dark idea but with a certain amount of humour. Dark humour, of course. I’m looking forward to trying to get it on to the page.