Author Journey (May 31, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey May 31 2021

I’ve put together a nice run where I’ve written at least one blog post every day for the last eight days. They’re a good way to ease back into things as I can do them fairly quickly which means less screen time and fewer headaches!

May 31, 2021

After two weeks of barely keeping up with my posting schedule, although I have my forward planning to thank for my ability to keep things relatively seamless, I have started to ease myself back into things and blog posts are a nice way to do just that. I can generally write a post in thirty minutes and they generally flow out of my without much planning. I’d like to think that I’ve written so many now that my brain is ready and waiting.

I haven’t done any writing or editing as of yet, but I think it’ll come soon. There’s even a chance that schools will reopen in Ontario before the end of the school year which would be a nice bonus. That will help me ease back into the day job too, which I will be going back to tomorrow. That should be interesting, especially as I find my headaches returning if I stare at a screen for too long. Can’t wait for that to disappear!

I’m definitely feeling better for getting some work done and being able to cross tasks off. The Achiever in me is relishing these small accomplishments. As you may have gathered from the amount of work I do, I am a bit of a workaholic. Too often, I will look at my free time and pick something to do that would benefit me professionally too. It’s hard to switch off.

That made the weeks prior that much harder to take. I was under doctor’s orders to rest and recover, which I couldn’t do anyhow because of the kid’s mild to non-existent symptoms. Then, as I failed to rest during the day, I crashed as soon as the evening came around. Another fun fact about me, I am a night owl. I’ve never been a fan of sleep and have often taken on challenges that involved staying up. It’s always bothered me that waking up early has been championed, but staying up late is frowned upon. What difference does it make when you’re awake?

Record of Grancrest War Episode 20 Laura Hardly

I’m really glad that I was able to keep up with Fruits Basket over the last few weeks as it would have been horrible if these episodes had been spoiled for me. I know a couple of months back I was looking to move away from the live schedule and do things my own way, but I had to finish Fruits Basket. After that, I’m going rogue!

I’m going to start my complete analysis of Heaven’s Lost Property tomorrow and my review of the second episode of Otherside Picnic went out yesterday. It’s been two months since I switched to posting four times a week instead of seven and ironically, this will be my best month for views ever. I’m sure some of that is down to the number of posts I have, especially as many of my older reviews get views daily.

So, what am I going to do after Fruits Basket? Well, I’ve already picked out the series that I’m going to look at and it’s a new one to me which is exciting. It’s also a long season with twenty-four episodes. It started in the Fall of 2020, so it’s not that old. Anyhow, that’s enough clues for now. I’m sure you’ll be able to work it out.

Otherside Picnic Episode 2 Sorao Kamikoshi and Toriko Nishina

So, as I said earlier, I’ll be back at work tomorrow and virtual school is still going on until further notice. That means I’ll be balancing those two aspects again and trying to push my writing forward too. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to try to chip away at my goals for the year, especially as we approach the halfway mark!

I had a target of completing the edits for the Black Death trilogy by the end of June and I would like to attempt to hit that. Book one is almost done, book two doesn’t need a great deal of work, but book three has a good chunk of rewrites and several chapters that need reorganising. Luckily, I made a plan before I went off. Now, I just need to do the work…

As much as I’d like to get back to the first draft of my supernatural rom-com, I really need to focus on the Black Death and get that one done. I’m sure my Achiever personality will love that and if I’m being honest, I’d love to get that one off my plate too. Because it is co-written, there’s been a lot of pressure hanging over me. Not from the other author mind you, just having it there has stopped me from doing other projects.

Once that’s out of the way, I’m hoping it will open the flood gates. I know I can write a fifty-thousand-word first draft in a month as I’ve done it on numerous occasions. I know that I can do a complete edit on that which would be four passes with my routine in a month. If I can get a clear head, my blog posts scheduled ahead of time, and the Black Death finished, I know I can be insanely productive, especially with my work ethic and hatred of sleep.

I’m looking forward to being able to really report on my progress and forget about all the crap I’ve had to deal with. It’s been a really tough year and I feel like I’m about to turn a corner. Anyhow, I’ve got work to do. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Fruits Basket Episode 58 Kyoko


  1. June’s gonna be really busy! Good luck with everything.

  2. “…but staying up late is frowned upon. ”

    Apparently, many researchers so far say that the more you stay up late, the higher risk you get for strokes/heart attacks, especially the risk increases the older you get.


    Well it’s one individual’s decision in the end. Nobody can force somebody to do something they’re not keen on doing. After all, what’s the point of the existence of “You Only Live Once” motto?

    Unless one is confident with long-life genetics for one of my schoolmate’s grandmother lived to 88 years old though she was eating unhealthiest food & very inactive lifestyle…but eating healthy stuff & walking almost 10K steps a day should be a necessity to those who love staying up late, me included.

    Anyways, wishing you sincerest best needed for your needs to complete your missions~

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      That article talks about irregular sleep patterns, which makes more sense than when you sleep.

      I can’t see any logic reason that the time you sleep would affect the body other than say a decrease in vitamin D if you were alway missing the sun, but then the same would happen to those living inside the article circle.

      The time you sleep relative to the position of Earth and the rotation from the sun is a very variable factor which would change based on where you live within a time zone and the distance from the equator.

      What would it matter if I start my regular period of sleep at 21:00 or 04:00? Surely the length and regularity matters much more than when.

      Much like the idea that the correct time to work is between 09:00 and 17:00, these are social constructs that were created to fit someone else’s agenda.

  3. Ganbatte! I am also a bit of a workaholic. I’ve really had to focus on sleeping, but to be honest, I am not sure I feel any better than I did when I got four-five hours of a sleep at night. Might be all those years night owling myself. I feel best at night.

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      For sure. Everyone has different needs. I find that 5-6 hours is the nice zone for me. Any longer and I’ll end up feeling more tired or sore.

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