Author Journey (March 22, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey March 22 2021

This has been an unusual week. Not surprising, however. It’s hard to be surprised by much anymore. Trying to carve out some time to write has been nearly impossible. Even the interruptions have had interruptions!

March 22, 2021

I’m going to try my hardest to keep this post fairly positive and as such will be just writing the opposite of what actually happened to me… Just kidding. It has, however, been fairly stressful. I’m not going to lie. We discovered on Sunday that my youngest son’s daycare was going to be closed for fourteen days because of a confirmed COVID case. That’s fairly scary, to begin with, so we’re hoping that everyone stays healthy.

What’s that has done for my schedule? It’s as if someone dropped my schedule out of a plane and while it plummeted towards the ground, it was hit with a nuclear warhead that also contained a zombie virus… Yeah, it’s been a tough week. Not only has it been my busy period at the day job (it always seems to be the busy period nowadays), but I have a puppy that demands constant attention and, of course, my youngest is home too.

It’s needless to say, but I think my head is going to explode. The worst thing is I was planning on taking a couple of days off once this busy period ends (if it ever ends) to sit around and watch anime. Just a couple of days of complete relaxation. It was going to be glorious… Now, it’s going to have to wait as I try to squeeze every available moment out of my day for everything else.

Dr Stone Stone Wars Episode 10 Hyoga makes his move

See, I told you it was going to be crazy positive… Hang on, we’re not done yet. I have some more positive news to focus on. I have one more episode of Dr Stone, The Promised Neverland, and The Quintessential Quintuplets to watch and then my schedule should open up a bit more. These last two weeks, I have been publishing six posts a week and that will soon go down to four.

Oh, and talking about squeezing every moment out of a day, I have been getting into light novels. I recently read book one of KonoSuba and I’m working my way through book one of Goblin Slayer. Ironically, I think the anime was better with KonoSuba. Goblin Slayer has an interesting storytelling method and it’s something I’d like to write about at some point. If you’ve read it, I’m sure you’ll know what I mean.

I think I’m likely to continue reading Goblin Slayer and will probably move onto How Not to Summon a Demon Lord after that. At some point, I will come back to KonoSuba and keep reading, but I am really enjoying Goblin Slayer right now, so that’s where I will stay for now.

KonoSuba Episode 15 Megumin Kazuma and Aqua

So, I’m still planning on doing NaNoWriMo in April as things should have returned to normal by then… well, normal-ish, maybe! The whole point of me slowing down the blogging was to ramp up the fiction writing, and nothing has changed on that front. I need to get these stories out of my head and into the world. If anyone reads them, it’ll be a bonus. I just need to free up some headspace…

Admittedly, I do have four active stories bouncing around in there, and several more that pop up every now and then. I think I’ll only need twenty-five to thirty-thousand words to complete my current first draft so once that’s done, I might do some plotting for the other stories. It would be nice to have those laid out ready to go as soon as I have availability.

Hopefully, I’ll get to take a couple of vacation days soon as there are a number of seasonal shows that are coming to an end that I have made a note of to watch once I can binge them. I’m going to miss watching the new shows as they air, but I will save a lot of time by not watching and reviewing as many shows, plus being free to do an entire season in advance has a lot of benefits.

So, things are tough right now, but I’m happy with where they are going and am really excited to get my focus on writing fiction again. I love it when ideas are flying around my head, preparing to jump onto the page. Writing fiction is a lot of fun. Sure, it’s hard, but then it’s completely worth it.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Episode 22 Yotsuba flying high


  1. Hang in there! This, too, shall pass!

    • Thanks. It’s hard to picture it at the moment. Constantly taking one step forwards and two back.

  2. Real life is just not at all respectful of plans.

    On the plus, you have to admire the accuracy of a nuclear weapon that could hit your plans in free fall. That’s pretty impressive.

    • Real life needs to stop trying to tell me what to do already. I have plans and dammit, I’m going to follow them… just maybe not for another week…

      With my luck, my plans would fall directly on to it…

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