Author Journey (May 24, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey May 24 2021

I’m working my way back to full strength and raring to get back to work. I’ve got stories to write, editing to do, plotting to revise, and posts to schedule. It would probably be wise to take it easy, but that’s not how I roll!

May 24, 2021

It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks, but I can finally say that things are starting to pick up again. My headache appears to have gone after two weeks of constant thrumming in my head. It’s not something I plan on repeating and hopefully, now my body should be prepared for the next invasion. I do have my vaccination schedule booked so my white blood cells should be locked and loaded.

One of the funny things about being quarantined at home with the family is that my step count increased by about twenty-five percent! That’s right. I was trapped at home, unable to walk the dog, weak from COVID, and I still managed to raise my daily average from 7.5 thousand steps to over 10 thousand steps. It makes no sense, but then I haven’t had much time to rest and have spent less time at my desk.

All of that walking must have given me more time to think because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. One thing that really came to the forefront of my mind was my results from the Clifton Strengths test I did back in February. One of my top five strengths is Achiever, which means that I get energy from completing things. These last two weeks I have not completed much and it’s got me all revved up to change that.

It’s part of the reason that I blog, or at least that’s what I think in retrospect. Posting four posts a week gives me something that I can achieve on a regular basis, even if part of me wants to go back to seven days a week. One day maybe. There’s a lot I want to do and I have a plan thanks to my other strengths. Now, I just need to get back to achieving things again.

Otherside Picnic Episode 1 Sorao Kamikoshi and Toriko Nishina on the Otherside

One of the few things I did manage to complete was my weekly Fruits Basket review. It was also confirmed that this season will only be thirteen episodes which I think means it’s going to get pretty heavy with all the spoilers. I have to keep up if only to avoid the spoilers. We’re already past the halfway mark too, so there’s not long left to go either.

My season review of Record of Grancrest War will go out tomorrow which will be the last post in that series. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m actually sad to see it finish. Another of my long-running series of posts has also come to an end. I reviewed the KonoSuba movie yesterday which was amazing. Luckily, before I got sick, I started to review Otherside Picnic and the first review was published on Saturday.

That means that I will need another series to take over from Record of Grancrest War. I’ve had a few ideas for what to tackle next, but with the way the year has gone, I’m going to revisit an old favourite. I reviewed this series back on my old website and since those posts are no longer around, I thought it would be a good one to look at again, especially as I think there’s a lot to look at. That series is Heaven’s Lost Property. I’ve also found the second movie which I hadn’t seen before so it’ll be a fun way to work up to that.

Fruits Basket Episode 57 Arisa finds a dead bird

I have another week before I return to the day job and I’m actually glad that I am taking the time to recover properly. In the past, I have worked through the most ridiculous colds and that just made them stick around for month after month. At this rate, I should be back to full strength and ready to take on the world.

Of course, that means that I will get back to my plan of editing, writing, plotting, and blogging every day. I may lean heavily on the editing for the first while as I made some big breakthroughs with the Black Death Trilogy before I was wiped out by COVID. The rest should be much easier to get through, even if it is twice as many words.

I’m also pretty keen to finish my first draft of my paranormal rom-com which has been sitting at fifty thousand words since November. It’s right at the beginning of the third act too, so it’s going to be a lot of fun finishing it. I don’t think it’ll need as many edits as it was just me writing it, but we’ll see. Hopefully, I can start to launch it as a web novel in the second half of the year.

So, as you can see, I have lots of work to catch up on and the way my mind works, it always seems to find more to do. I’m at the stage, however, where I need to get a big win under my belt to keep the achiever in me happy. I’d love to get the Black Death fully edited by the end of June so I can hand it over to my co-author for a final readthrough.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by. I’m doing much better now and looking forward to returning to normal.

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    • Thanks. Hoping to get this series wrapped up so I can get on with the next one. There’s always something shiny and new…

  1. Glad to hear you’re on the way to recovery. Hearing you say 10K steps got me wondering if you were either pacing back and forth in your room or your house is actually big enough for those big steps. ?

    Wishing you all the best you may need to your Black Death series’ edits. ?

    Also, Heaven’s Lost Property?! I’m looking forward to reading your episodic reviews on it! It definitely has the author’s best (if not, most sensible) writing! Hopefully reading them can make me forget about that (ahem!) blunder completely. ?

    • Thanks. I don’t think it’s huge, but it is a house and I have been in the garden a bit with the kids and the dog. It’s just funny that I climbed when I was expecting it to drop. The kids have definitely kept me busy during our quarantine.

      Yeah, I’m hoping to get it finished for good this time. It’s been on my to-do list for far too long.

      I’m looking forward to revisit HLP. It’s one of my favourites and has some of the best comedic moments ever. Hoping to work out how they work and what I can learn from them.

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