Blog Journal 11/8/19

Hello everyone, today I’m going to share with you a few writing updates. Nothing major going on in terms of my writing. And the adult working life had been taking up the rest of my time. Now that I have a few day’s I’ve taken off for my wedding anniversary I want to spend most of that time with my wife.

Book Progress is slow but steady

Part of me wishes I could be as fast a writer as those NANOWRAMO people. Writing a whole book in the month of November is a minor miracle considering it takes me the better part of two years to write a full book. Maybe Lost Sun won’t take as long as the first book I wrote. But I’m only on chapter 4 so things are not looking good on that front. According to my computer the file for Lost Sun was created on August 19th so that’s at 2 months and only 4 chapters in. Yeah a full book in a single month would kill me.

The Cull of other writing projects

As I continue to make progress on both my book and my table top RPG system I’ve needed to cut down on more side projects. These projects were not something I’ve really talked about here so nothing really major. But it was really hard for me to convince myself that those writing project needed to be canned so I could focus on the projects that I actually wanted to get done. In the process of working on those projects I created–and then deleted a whole other blog….

Games and things

With Pokemon Sword and Shield coming out soon I’ve had a hard time concentrating on other things. I did pick up a game called Digimon Cyber Sleuth but I doubt I’ll finish it before the new Pokemon game comes out and that’s taking up all my time. Gosh I hope I can find the wherewithal to work on my writing during that time.

That’s everything for this week everyone. Until we meet again.

Blog Journal 10/25/19

Hello everyone, I’ve been struggling getting these blog journals out on time. And with life in general but we won’t worry about that just yet. I can’t seem to get these done on time for whatever reason. And so I think I am going to rearrange the schedule yet again.

New Scheduale

This is what my new blog schedule is going to be: I will be posting Blog journals on Friday’s from now on. Re-blog Friday is going to become re-blog Monday. Micro stories and short stories will come out on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of a poem, meaning you might get a poem, a micro story, or a short story on those days. In addition I am going to be writing Blog Journals every other week instead of every week. I might post other things on Friday if I catch the bug, and I could always use the big Wednesday sized hole in the schedule for something as well, who knows. All of these changes are in connection to something that I’ve realized lately, read on to learn more.

My Sleep Schedule is Terrible

I went thought the whole day yesterday feeling like crap because I usually only get 6 hours of sleep at night. This is good for my writing–but really bad for my health. And I need to lower my cholesterol as well and I have been told that getting more sleep is a good place to start.

This means I’m going to have to work hard on adjusting how I work on projects and how much time I spend doing things like playing video games and reading. There is only so much time in the day, and I need to start working on getting my 8 hours.

Current Projects and Changes

I am currently in the process of reviewing all my writing projects that I’ve been working on in light of my new revaluations. I don’t think I need to make any changes to anything yet–but it’s hard to say for sure. I’ve been making good progress on my book and I want to keep working on that, but there really isn’t a time-limit on when that needs to get done so I think I can slow that down in favor of focusing on some of my other projects.

I’ve been designing my own Table Top RPG as frequent visitors may know. And I have some people lined up to help me play-test. Getting that done is gong to have to be a priority for me right now since I will need to start testing that right away and the only way I can is to have my D&D group help me when the current game I’m running ends.

This also means that I’m going to have to slow down on some of the longer short stories I’ve been working on if I want get some of my longer projects done. This might also help to explaining why I will be doing Blog Journals every other week now.

A few Other Things

As the holidays approach I need to have realistic expectation about what I will get done during that time. The new Pokemon games are also coming out of the 15th of November and so there might be a slow down in content during that time. I don’t know for sure how this will effect the upload schedule, if I could predict these things I would but sometimes I write poems ahead of time and schedule them far enough in advance where it isn’t even a big worry. And then other times I write the poem or story that day and post it. So just be warned, I don’t know what’s going to happen with that.

For Fun

I started playing “Digimon Story CyperSleuth” It’s been a nostalgia trip and I think I will try to play that game up until the new Pokemon games come out. It will give me something to do and focus on until then. I have not gotten any more reading done. But I think that will go better once I get my sleep schedule in order.

That’s everything I have for now….

Until we meet again.

Blog Journal 10/11/19

Hello everyone, as you may have noticed it’s Friday and I am writing my blog journal today instead of on Wednesday. Honestly I got distracted working on one of my projects the table top rpg I’m designing and as such forgot that I needed to write a blog journal until latter. Not a big deal over all but I have no idea how many of you actually look forward to reading these so I tend not to stress out about it to much.

As you might have guessed I’ve mostly recovered from being sick though there are a few lingering symptoms that I’m working through. Once I’m back up to 100% I should really remember to get my flu shot. Maybe if I write it down here I won’t forget.

Poems, Micro Stories, and blogs

As some of you might have noticed I have started writing micro stories (or maybe just short, short stories, I’m a little unsure of the definitions) you can check out my first one here. All in all I liked how it turned out and I want to write more of these, but I’m not really sure show to optimize my schedule and creative time with this new addition to my repertoire. I could write micro stories and then write one less poem that week. Or I could write two poems and a micro story–but honestly I’m not sure how to is going to feel on my end considering the whole point of only doing two poems a week is to keep myself from burning out. I’ll let you guys know what I’m going to do about that next week. But for now enjoy the new posts you’ll be getting.

Other Projects

As I said earlier I got distracted working on my Table Top RPG system that I’ve been designing. And so that’s coming along nicely. But due to that not a lot of progress has been made on the book I’ve been working on writing. Honestly I’m not really sure which of these two major projects I should be prioritizing. So it seems like each week I end up working more on when then the other–then I wonder if I should have been working on the other project instead. Maybe one day I will understand how to manage time properly–but it is not this day.

What have I been reading and playing

I’ve finally gotten around to doing some reading, and I’ve been working my way though the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin it’s good so far but I’ll have to wait until I’ve made my way all the way though to know for sure.

I’ve been playing a lot of games since I was so sick over the past few weeks. I’ve been working my way though another play-though of Pokemon Sun, I’ve been trying to find time to play Fire Emblem Three Houses, and I even took a crack at this new RPG called Indivisible (no relation to the political movement group).

I think that’s going to have to be all from me for now. But I do intend on blogging for re-blog Friday as I always do. Have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you next week.

Blog Journal 9/18/19

Hello everyone, another week another blog journal. As far as life goes I’ve been working hard. Work has taken up most of my time again this week so I have had less time for writing. But I think that’s about to end soon, fingers crossed.

Poems and Things

It’s a normal week for poems. Tuesday and Thursday, this schedule is working out rather well for me so I think we’ll keep going with it. Next weeks blog journal won’t include information about the schedule since its normal now. I will only include this information if something different is happening that week. In addition I will try to keep blog journals going up on Wednesday, but if I can’t for whatever reason they will be going up on Friday instead.

Short Stories and Book progress

I’ve been brain storming ideas for short stories and working on that project but I have not had time to sit down and write anything out. So nothing like that is being posted this week–unless a miracle happens.

In addition I have made very little progress on writing my book. I’m still writing chapter 2 and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten. I’m going to have to take some writing days I think very soon if I have any hope of catching up on where I want to be. But right now that requires taking a day off as my weekends are filled with things. I do have a lot of free time on Friday’s after work though so maybe I’ll take a half writing day.

What am I reading and playing

I’m planning on taking more time for reading books next week and I even have a few picked out that I think might be interesting. My video game playing has been really limited and I’ve set a goal for myself. I want to have competed another play through of Pokemon Ultra Sun before Sword and Shield come out in November. I need to catch all the Pokemon from gen 7 to help my wife complete her Pokedex, because she says I have to….

That’s everything for this week everyone, I hope to see you all next week.

Blog Journal 9/13/19

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of fun. This is not going to be a particularly long blog journal as not a whole lot has changed since last week. Things have slowed down at work and I finally feel like I have a chance to catch my breath. But I don’t really feel like I’ve caught up on my sleep. But sometimes as a writer I have to wonder if I’ll ever catch up on sleep or if that’s just a pipe dream. Oh well I can sleep when I’m dead I guess.

Blog Schedule

This week there are going to be two poems posted, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. Going forward I’m going to try and post blog journals on Wednesday. In addition short stories are going to show up on Fridays. But those are not going to be an every week thing, just whenever I can get those up. I also am going to have weekend posts starting soon. But what those are going to be is a secret for now.

Book update

I am writing another book–joy–the name of the book is Lost Sun, but for now I’m not going to share more about it then that. I have only just started the first chapter so how things will go is another matter entirely, writing books are a long journey that sometimes don’t pay off. But I will keep posting more about that journey here. I have a lot of other projects as well so we will see how that goes.

Media Stuff

I have been watching stuff on Netflix a lot this week. I’m not embarrassed to say I’m a big cartoon person despite my age. So I spent some time binge watching Twelve Forever. Other then that I still have not had much time to play or read anything. Though I have been playing Pokemon Masters a little bit when I get a chance.

That’s all for now everyone, see you next week.

Blog Journal 9/5/19

It has been some time everyone. The last time I wrote one of these journals 2dcon was coming up and I was afraid that I might not be able to write as much during that time. OH boy did I underestimate that bugbear. I think I only had one poem put up on this blog that week. And I really was only expecting to miss one.

To give everyone an idea of whats been happening, work got crazy, really crazy. The upshot is I did get a promotion at work, but the adjustment period has been rough. I can’t really go into details but for awhile the uncertainty was stressful to say the least. But the good news is we’re getting things worked out now and everything is settling down.

Less Poems Per week, for now

I’ve going to be publishing poems two days a week instead of four days a week. The days will usually be Tuesday and Wednesday. I hope to start writing more poems soon, but stress, believe it or not, is not conducive to being creative. I’m also running low on my bank of unpublished poems and I would like more time to build those up again just in case. If things go well I might go back to the four a week schedule, or even go to a three day a week schedule to split the difference.

End of Hidden Sanctuary, Start of something new.

I no longer have the will to keep working on Hidden Sanctuary. And those stories get almost no views, so I don’t feel very guilty about it. Since that was part of an ongoing story and since I might still use some of those ideas latter for different writing projects I will delete those stories at the end of the week.

I do have something else I’m going to be working on I’m it’s place–well two things actually. I’ve finally decided to work on writing a book again. After finishing my first book and failing to get it published I wasn’t feeling very motivated. But now I feel a little more willing to try to write something else. But of course I will not be posting anything related to my book on here since I might still hold onto the dream of getting it published.

All that being said I am going to be working on some short stories on here. The stories you will be seeing here will be individual short stories with a lose connection in that they all take place inside the same multiverse. Some may even star reoccurring characters.

What I’ve been playing and doing this week.

2dcon was fun and I played a while ton of old games. I finally got to try Battle Toads after years of hearing roamers about it. I also got to play some arcade games and pinball which I haven’t gotten a chance to do in years. It was really nice. I’ve also been playing the mobile game Pokemon Masters which is a total cash grab I admit but I’m having fun with it. Still have not had a whole lot of time for reading but I hope that changes soon. I’ve been listening to the Daily Podcast from the New York Times this week for a lot of my news and reading AP articles about the damage done by hurricane Dorien.

That’s all from me this week.

Blog Journal 8/20/19

Hello everyone, as I said last week I have decided to call these Blog Journals instead of State of the Blog Journals. It’s just easier to say and much less of a mouthful. I have a bunch of things going on this week and I should tell everyone some important things about my schedule this week. But first…

2D Con

I am going to 2d con this weekend, my wife is selling things there and I will be spending Friday to Sunday helping her cell things and all my spare time is going to go to playing the arcade games they have set up there. This is all going to be a lot of fun and I think I need that time. As you might expect this is going to affect the schedule of this blog. But first let me go over a few other things that are affecting my schedule.

Burn Out

I’m not really sure how it happened but I think I’ve been working on to many creative projects at once. I’ve been frantically searching for my next long term project by trowing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. And I don’t want to call it a mistake since I’ve learned a lot and written a lot of things I’ve liked. But I came home from work and in addition to worrying about work I’ve been worrying about “finding” my next big project and I just fell asleep for three hours. I think I do need to take a breath and not worry about my writing projects for a bit.

So now, how is this affecting the blog.

First I will be putting Hidden Sanctuary on hold for a time. Honestly I am pondering dropping hidden sanctuary all together–but I don’t want to make a choice while I’m stressed out about it, so for now I won’t be worrying about it.

Since I will be at 2d con all weekend and since I don’t want to worry about writing while I’m doing that, there will be no blog post Friday. In addition, I don’t know if I will be able to post on Monday–I might–but I can’t predict what will happen from where I’m writing this on Monday night. the week before, so you will have to wait and be surprised.

The good news is I have posts for everyday this week other then Friday so this won’t affect things to much.

Everything Else

I’ve been replaying Pokemon Sun lately, but that’s all I’ve really had time to play or read. Another reason to take some time to rest and refocus. Hopefully I will have more interesting to talk to everyone about next week after 2d con.

See you all then….