Author Journey (September 20, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey September 20 2021

Things are slowly returning to normal and that’s allowed me to focus on the future. I’ve spent a bit of time getting things prepared for the rest of the year. Now, I’m ready to get back to writing… at long last!

September 20, 2021

#Blogging

It’s been just over a week since my site was restored and so far, I’ve only found one corrupt image that was easily replaced. I mentioned that Ecchi Hunter was unrecoverable and that remains the case. We’re going to look at rebuilding that in the near future.

So last week was a busy week for me in terms of blogging. I only released one post more than normal which was a season review of The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter, but I’ve been working on future plans and also doing a lot of backing up of posts. Here’s a couple of the methods I’m using currently.

  • I signed up to my site as an email subscriber so that every post is emailed to my inbox.
  • I have a couple of private WordPress.com blogs that I will be backing all my posts to on a regular basis.
  • I’m looking into the JetPack backup package which is about $8 a month Canadian.
  • I have a plugin that allows me to export all my posts to Word. I can then save these in multiple locations.
  • Download a backup from my host monthly.

Basically, I’m not messing around and will have everything covered one way or another. I currently have 830 published posts, another 66 scheduled, and 44 drafts. Altogether, that’s about seven hundred thousand words and the prospect of losing them again after what I went through is not a pleasant thought.

On top of doing all this disaster planning, I have also been working on the future. You know I like to plan ahead and had already finished watching and reviewing all of Jujutsu Kaisen some time ago. Well, I have now finished Heaven’s Lost Property, both seasons and both movies. I had completed How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω before I even published the first post. During the week where I was waiting to find out if my site would live or die, I decided to watch something fun to cheer me up and ended up reviewing it too. Those posts will come after Demon Lord and that means I have posts scheduled into 2022.

It’s crazy. In the space of a week, I went from having no posts at all to having three posts a week scheduled until the beginning of 2022. So, I have what’s left of September, all of October, November, and December where I am completely free. I’m free to write, watch anime, come up with new posts and challenges. You name it. This is the upside of my schedule.

One thing I am already planning on looking at is season two of Fire Force. I reviewed the first season with my Ecchi Hunter co-founder Yomu and now that we don’t have that taking up our time, we’re going to dive back in and catch up. I’m also planning on watching season two of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and coming up with some posts for that series. I originally reviewed it on my old site so I have nothing on here other than a pitch for a spin-off starring Shizu.

However, my biggest and most audacious idea is for me to watch all of Bleach in 2022. I first got into anime before the big three got going and since anime TV shows didn’t really travel that well prior to the invention of the internet (yeah, I’m that old) I never really saw much of them. I am up to episode 574 of One Piece, but I’ve not seen any of Bleach, so it’s time to catch up.

#AmWriting

And here’s the big winner from my scheduled posts drive. I have so much more time to write and starting today, I am dedicating a good chunk of my time to finishing off my supernatural rom-com. I started writing this book in November 2020 for NaNoWriMo and I’d really like to get it finished before this November so I can get to work on another idea.

The key to winning NaNoWriMo last year was that I had almost all my posts scheduled for the entire month. Well, I am now looking at that for three and a half months now. There are no more excuses. It’s writing time!

And with that in mind, I’m going to leave it at that and get to work. Hopefully, the #AmWriting section will be much larger next week when I can report on my massive amounts of progress. So, as always, thanks for reading, stay safe, and please don’t forget to back up your work!


4 Comments

  1. Good luck with your rom-com!

  2. All of Bleach, huh? Dang, dude, that’s a heavy lift!

    I hope you survive the Bount arc. That killed Bleach for me!

    Do you plan to release an audio book of The Damsel in Distress (Valiant Lineage Book 1) or the rest of the series? The only time I have to really sit down and read is in the car. And, well, audio books just work better in that environment!

    Good luck on finishing the supernatural rom-com!

    • Yeah. It’s only 366 episodes long so that just over one a day. Too bad it’s not a leap year…

      Originally, I had planned on getting audio books done, although I was going to bundle them and do a bunch at once. However, I’m now looking at a complete rewrite of that series which will be novel length and I will be looking to make those into audiobooks. Planning on writing the first draft of book 1 this coming November.

      Thanks. I definitely feel like I need to accomplish something on that side of the business. Even if it is just finishing it and getting it released.

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