Blog Break Purpose (Update Entry #4)

Working on something other than this blog has reminded me why I wanted to pause my regular updates in the first place.

One of my reasons was to make these blogs more coherent, and the other was to bring writing fiction back into my routine. Somewhere in the mix, I forgot that I am a writer and not a PR guy or social media wizard. So, this is the revised to-do list that has things directly related to these two purposes in mind:

  • Recorded, edited, and uploaded all of the missing translation recordings;
  • These recordings still need to be edited. I’m slowly psyching myself up to tackle this.

  • Created and posted a hyperlinked portfolio page on these blogs;
  • All citations will be up over the next two days, and at that point I’ll add this as a blog page. Every citation will be hyperlinked by the weekend.

  • Sent out two short stories to magazines;
  • After my current work is done I’m going to pull out my copy of The Short Story and Novel Writer’s Market, pick the ten best venues for each story I’ll be sending, and then I’ll send them. This is still likely to be the last thing from this list to get finished.

  • Outlined the next 10 chapters for the fantasy novel I’m writing;
  • I’ve read some of what I’d written and, aside from being a little ashamed of my younger self (ah, what a difference a year can make!), I’ve got a plan percolating. I’d previously guessed this step would be done for today, but alas, it has not. Still, this item is the most likely to be crossed off the list come Wednesday.

  • Completed five of those chapters;
  • The plan is still outstanding, so the same can be said of these chapters.

  • Completed the next act (four scenes) of an audio drama I’m working on;
  • No progress yet.

  • Created a Commissions page (accessible through every blog) to accept new commissions.
  • Since my two previous commissions have been completed, I have no reason to not set up this page. Expect it over the next two days.

Check back here on Wednesday for the to-do list’s current status. Check back on Friday for my search for the salient in This Means War. Oh, and, if you want to see some of my non-Blogger-hosted writing, check out my video game blog over at Examiner.com.
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Blog Break Paused (Update Entry #3)

My writing work has picked up over the past two days, and so I haven’t had time to make any further progress on the blog updates.

However, over the next two days I will be making time to tackle a task or two from the to-do list.

Check back here then for a progress report. Also, if you haven’t already, track down and watch This Means War, the final film for this year’s All-Request August.

Blog Break Progressing (Update Entry #2)

The blog update has picked up a bit over the last two days, but so has my non-blog work. As a result, the to-do list has seen steady progress but less than I’d expected. As of tonight here is where each task stands:

  • Recorded, edited, and uploaded all of the missing translation recordings;
  • All of the outstanding recordings are now finished and just need to be edited and posted.

  • Created and posted a hyperlinked portfolio page on these blogs;
  • I’m in the middle of completing the entries for the portfolio – about 1/3 are finished and almost all of them are hyperlinked.

  • Made all of the titles of entries uniform across both blogs;
  • Sent out two short stories to magazines;
  • I have the short stories chosen, and just need to send them. However, this task might be the last to be finished since I still need to organize a list of prospects.

  • Created a central, personal blog on tumblr;
  • I now have a tumblr account, but it isn’t yet set up as a blog page. Expect more on this front soon.

  • Created a Facebook Writer/Author page;
  • I now have a Facebook Writer’s page, but it’s still something of a blank slate. You can find it here.

  • Outlined the next 10 chapters for the fantasy novel I’m writing;
  • I’ve peeked at what I have written so far, but since I haven’t done anything outside of world building for months, I need to re-read it more closely. This should be completed by Monday at the latest.

  • Completed five of those chapters;
  • Since the plan still needs writing, these chapters aren’t anywhere near being written just yet.

  • Completed the next act (four scenes) of an audio drama I’m working on;
  • No progress yet.

  • Completed my two outstanding commissions;
  • Both of these have been completed and just need to be shown to the people who’ve requested them. Since I’ve done all I can with them (for now), I’ve crossed them off this list.

  • Created a Commissions page (accessible through every blog) to accept new commissions.
  • The draft is still sitting, just as it was on Tuesday.

Check back here on Saturday for the to-do list’s current status.

And, of course, be sure to catch tomorrow’s All-Request August movie review over at A Glass Darkly. I’ll be looking for the likeable in the TV miniseries Earthsea!

Plus, for some of my writing that’s not hosted on Blogger, check out my video game blog over at Examiner.com.

Blog Break Progress (Update Entry #1)

So far the to-do list has been going slowly. However, as of tonight here is where each task stands:

  • Recorded, edited, and uploaded all of the missing translation recordings;
  • All of the Beowulf passages that have “{Forthcoming}” where their recordings should be are one step closer to having them there. I’ve finished recording all of them and now just need to edit and post them. I still need to record “O Fortuna.”

  • Created and posted a hyperlinked portfolio page on these blogs;
  • I’ve planned out how I’m going to do this, but haven’t enacted the plan yet.

  • Made all of the titles of entries uniform across both blogs;
  • This task has been completed.

  • Sent out two short stories to magazines;
  • I have two short stories that I’ve sent off to recent contests (unsuccessfully, alas), but that I’m going to edit and then send.

  • Created a central, personal blog on tumblr;
  • This has been planned out, but hasn’t yet been executed.

  • Created a Facebook Writer/Author page;
  • No progress yet.

  • Outlined the next 10 chapters for the fantasy novel I’m writing;
  • No progress on this, directly, but I have been struck with some world-building ideas of late.

  • Completed five of those chapters;
  • See the above.

  • Completed the next act (four scenes) of an audio drama I’m working on;
  • No progress yet.

  • Completed my two outstanding commissions;
  • No progress yet beyond a rough draft and a rough idea.

  • Created a Commissions page (accessible through every blog) to accept new commissions.
  • I have this in draft form, and will be looking it over once I’ve finished those two commissions.

Check back here for more updates as they come, I plan to post them here bi-daily. Even if that might seem a bit counter-productive.

Also, don’t miss part four of All-Request August over at my writing/editorial/review blog A Glass Darkly. It’ll feature a look at the TV miniseries Earthsea.

Why the Blog Break? (Update Entry #0)

My taking a break from these blogs is nothing new. I’ve done it before a few times but, since each of those breaks has been motivated by an unfulfilled desire to tidy things up and to post new pages, I’ve decided to stop regular updates to both this blog and A Glass Darkly until I’ve:

  • Recorded, edited, and uploaded all of the missing translation recordings;
  • Created and posted a hyperlinked portfolio page on these blogs;
  • Made all of the titles of entries uniform across both blogs;
  • Sent out two short stories to magazines;
  • Created a central, personal blog on tumblr;
  • Created a Facebook Writer/Author page;
  • Outlined the next 10 chapters for the fantasy novel I’m writing;
  • Completed five of those chapters;
  • Completed the next act (four scenes) of an audio drama I’m working on;
  • Completed my two outstanding commissions;
  • Created a Commissions page (accessible through every blog) to accept new commissions.

I might not be regularly updating these blogs for the next week or two, but I want it to be clear that, despite more than half of the list being indirectly related to my blogs, these blogs (and those reading them) haven’t been forgotten. So, as I complete each of these tasks, I’ll post an update explaining how the process as a whole is coming along.

Plus, because they’re often the most anticipated and the most fun to put together, I’ll continue to post my weekly movie redemptions/condemnations while I work on these various tasks.

That said, watch this space for updates on my progress, and for this Friday’s attempt to redeem the TV mini-series Earthsea over at A Glass Darkly.