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Posted on 26 January 2020 09:44

Summary:

I’m still keeping up with the Artisan proofing, which is the most important thing, but everything else is pretty much falling by the wayside at the moment. Except the podcast, which is still really fun. I’m on writing retreat at the end of next week, so I suspect my output will increase a bit then, to move into February with a better work ethic.

 

Monday:

I reviewed a game and a book.

Then I wrote a blog post about how I’m not doing much writing at the moment, and how that’s okay.

 

Wednesday:

I wrote a review.

 

Thursday:

I wrote the next interim podcast script. Then I proofread the next four chapters of Artisan.

 

Friday:

I finished a book and wrote the review.

 

Saturday:

I wrote my script for the next main podcast episode, which we recorded later in the day.

I also submitted a couple of stories for publication.

 

Posted on 19 January 2020 11:03

Summary:

I’m not sure I’ve found my groove for 2020 yet, unless my groove is slacking off, which would be okay, at least for the moment!

 

Monday:

I wrote reviews for the four books I read on reading retreat over the weekend.

 

Thursday:

I met Ann in Wapping, feeling not particularly motivated. My writing goals so far this year seem very light, but I’m enjoying not putting too much pressure on myself at the moment.

I started with my first discussion post of the year for GYWO.

Then I proofread the next four chapters of Artisan, which I’m still really enjoying!

 

Saturday:

I helped Bear with his latest reading retreat blog post.

I also wrote a review of my most recent audiobook.

 

Posted on 13 January 2020 17:43

Summary:

And so work begins in earnest on getting Artisan ready for publication and Colours ready for submission. In good news, I’m really enjoying rereading both of them!

 

Monday:

I went through the whole Artisan manuscript, doing ‘find and replace’ on various things the publisher wants me to change. Perhaps dangerous, but I am going to do a close read over the next few weeks to double-check everything is as it should.

 

Tuesday:

I met Hannah after work, making good on our vow to start 2020 with a better work ethic. I proofread the first two chapters of Artisan, then knocked a couple more Colours edits off my master list. I restructured and consolidated my Colours editing plan, to hopefully make it less scary.

 

Wednesday:

I did my first batch of submissions for the year. Still tedious, but has to be done!

I posted Beneath the Tree on the TL;DR Slack, to ask the members for feedback.

Then I settled down to the next two chapters of Artisan, another Colours edit column and some notes for a potential new short story.

 

Posted on 30 December 2019 09:21

Summary:

Not a complete break from writing over Christmas, but certainly much reduced.

 

Monday:

I wrote a review of Saturday’s Olympia Horse Show and also the book I finished later in the afternoon.

 

Saturday:

I edited a friend’s short story and provided lots of comments.

I added some notes to my Colours editing plan.

Then I worked on an old flash fiction piece, expanding it to fit an upcoming competition entry, and submitted it.

I also wrote a few reviews.

 

Sunday:

I wrote a blog post, celebrating my writing achievements of 2019.

 

Posted on 23 December 2019 10:33

Summary:

I’m really pleased with what I accomplished this week, and also over the course of the whole year. So now I can take a break over Christmas and feel good about my writing.

 

Monday:

New week, new attitude. I was determined to make some real progress today, so I set off for a full day at Good and Proper. I got there at 11am, with six hours ahead of me before I needed to leave and lots of good intentions.

I launched straight in with the next few scenes of Beneath the Tree, as I’d completely neglected that over the weekend, in favour of easier and more prosaic tasks.

I managed two scenes before lunch, though it was a bit of a slog.

After lunch, I finished the next interim podcast script and wrote another scene of Beneath the Tree.

I stopped after the third completed scene for Beneath the Tree because I didn’t want to push it too hard.

I also got three acceptances for really old stories that I’ve submitted well into double digits each, so that was very satisfying. It’ll be great to see them all finally in print.

In the evening, I went to one of Claire’s free-writing workshops for the first time in ages. It was great to see everyone and a lot of fun, as always.

 

Tuesday:

I edited some more of Sarah’s novel.

 

Wednesday:

I finished editing Sarah’s novel, and wrote a couple of reviews. Then I did the next two scenes of Beneath the Tree.

I was due to meet Hannah after work and did another scene of Beneath the Tree before she arrived.

 

Thursday:

Last hurrah at Good and Proper with Ann today, as it was due to close the next day, which was very sad.

But I had a tremendous couple of hours of writing flow and completed the last five scenes of Beneath the Tree, to finish the first draft. It came out at just over 17,000 words, which was a little short, but I think there’s plenty of room for expansion once I start reviewing it. But I decided to leave that task until the new year.

I recorded some stats for a blog post review of the year.

 

Friday:

I broke open my awesome URW 2020 Writer’s Diary and completed the section at the start about goals for the new year.

 

Posted on 16 December 2019 08:46

Summary:

A bit of a struggle on the productivity front, but I did manage to get some good stuff done, even if I didn’t make progress on the bigger fiction projects.

 

Tuesday:

I finished a book and wrote the review.

 

Thursday:

I wasn’t really feeling it on arrival at my writing date in Wapping with Ann. I think I put in a bit too much effort last week, and my brain was rebelling. So, I started slow with a couple of reviews, then went back to a competition entry that was due the next day and made the required amendments. Then I submitted the entry.

Then I decided I wouldn’t allow myself to go home until I’d written the next three scenes of Beneath the Tree as I didn’t want to lose impetus after doing so much on it last week. I managed two and then stalled, but decided to let myself off and not push too hard.

 

Friday:

I edited some more of Sarah’s novel and wrote a list of all the tasks I wanted to complete over the weekend.

 

Saturday:

I started early with more of Sarah’s novel, along with some thoughts and ideas about how to approach several upcoming submissions. By the end of the day, I’d edited ten chapters of Sarah’s novel and written nothing of my own… I decided I needed a different plan for tomorrow.

 

Sunday:

I edited another chapter of Sarah’s novel before heading out for a solo writing session in Enfield, hoping that would help me focus more on my projects by being out of the flat..

Once ensconced in a cafe, I completed and submitted an entry for this week’s Reedsy Prompt competition, and looked over another story with a view to amending it to fit an upcoming submission. But I was finding it really difficult to focus on fiction, so I switched to easier tasks.

I wrote my December discussion post for GYWO and also some podcast scripts.

 

Posted on 08 December 2019 22:35

Summary:

What a week! Great news about Artisan and a tremendous amount of progress on all sorts of writing projects, plus cementing new writerly friendships online. Exhausting, but very satisfying!

 

Monday:

Off to Stickwick Manor for a four-day retreat with Urban Writers Retreats!

But, before that, I got an email from the publisher I re-submitted Artisan to earlier in the year - and they want to publish it!!

The words that will forever be burned into my brain: “we like what you have done with the manuscript and want to offer you a contract to publish”.

They can’t send anything through until March, because their publication schedule is too full, but that’s fine with me! I was expecting to be doing more edits over Christmas, but they’ve only asked for one more, very minor change, which will give me the opportunity to do one more read-through before sending them a revised manuscript at the end of February.

I’m aware that the wheels of publishing move very slowly, and sometimes get stuck altogether, but this is still a major moment for me!

So, it then felt a bit mundane to be writing reviews on the train to Devon - though I suppose my writing life must go on!

I planned out my desired writing tasks for the rest of the week, then wrote my script for the next main podcast episode and brainstormed some ideas for an upcoming competition.

 

Tuesday:

Slightly later start than I had intended, but I was set up in the gorgeous dining room at Stickwick Manor with a pot of tea, and ready to get started by 9:15am. I launched straight into the next three scenes of Beneath the Tree, completing 2,500 words in less than three hours.

I did some brainstorming on upcoming submission opportunities, either coming up with ideas for new stuff or identifying old, unpublished stuff that would be appropriate.

After lunch, I got out my notes for developing the second draft of Colours and had several moments of complete paralysis as the enormity of the task started to sink in. I briefly read through the things that need to change and decided the best approach would be to go through the scene list and add notations to each to determine what needs to be added/changed where. This required careful consideration of each point to figure out how much alteration was required. Scary stuff, but at least I came up with what I hope is a workable plan.

I finished up the day by reading some more of my current writing craft book, which was really interesting.

 

Wednesday:

Second full day at the Stickwick retreat!

I started out like yesterday with the next three scenes of Beneath the Tree, which went better than I expected.

Then I brainstormed some more ideas for new stories.

After a short break, I went back to Broken Succession and did the edits from my Scribophile critiques to finish off the story.

I finished off my morning session by reading another chapter of my current craft book, which is proving to have a lot of excellent, concrete examples of how to apply its proposed techniques.

After lunch, I identified the easiest edits for Colours and knocked those on the head, just to feel like I had started the great editorial endeavour.

Later, I rewrote a really old story, in order to fit it to an upcoming submission opportunity. I thought it was going to be a lot of work, but it actually turned out to be pretty easy and I think the story was much improved by the alterations. I posted it on the TL;DR betaswap channel and got some great suggestions from the writers there, so I wrote some editing notes.

Then I read another section of the emotional craft book.

 

Thursday:

Two decent writing sessions left of the Stickwick retreat - morning at the manor and the train journey back to London.

I started out with the next two scenes of Beneath the Tree, to get to the halfway point. The first one flowed really well but the second one was a struggle. My brain was definitely reaching saturation point with writing by that stage of the week.

I took a break and did some planning, some scheduling and some task list amalgamation. Nothing like making lists and plans with different coloured pens in a notebook to rejuvenate the brain!

Then I completed my retreat experience by writing an Hour of Writes entry on the train home, a competition I used to enter a lot but which hadn't released a new prompt in nearly a year until this week.

What a fantastic few days! I was worried I would be unfocused and lazy, and not make the most of the opportunity, but I exceeded my wildest expectations with what I achieved at Stickwick Manor this time around!

Roll on the next visit in January!

 

Friday:

I took a break from actual writing today and did eleven submissions instead.

Then I started work editing a friend’s novel and later, I wrote a review.

 

Saturday:

I was due to meet some of my family for lunch so I dragged myself into central London early and set myself up to do some writing in the Starbucks over the road from the restaurant.

I started with the next two scenes of Beneath the Tree, as per my recently constructed schedule.

Then I worked on expanding an old piece of flash fiction to fit this week’s Reedsy Prompt competition and also entered this month’s Furious Fiction competition.

 

Sunday:

I edited some more of my friend’s novel.

 

Posted on 02 December 2019 10:39

Summary:

Much improved in terms of actual writing done and feeling productive this week, largely due to the support and encouragement of TL;DR Writers!

 

Monday:

After errands in Enfield in the morning, I took myself off to Good and Proper to try and get in a decent stretch of writing before meeting Dave for dinner and the theatre.

I recently joined the TL;DR Writers who have an active and supportive Slack community, so I checked in yesterday with my intentions for the week, and then again this morning to connect with other writers who were also trying to get stuff done today.

I started out with the most important and least appealing project, which was making drafting progress on Beneath the Tree. I have a full scene plan and the whole story in my head, so there was no excuse for not being able to write some of it. I gave myself the target of writing the next two scenes before I was allowed to have lunch. I actually broke for lunch partway through the second scene but did complete it afterwards.

Then I moved on to my Scribophile critiques on Broken Succession. I amended the bits that were easily changed as I went through, and also made notes on bigger edits to be tackled at a later date.

I looked at my editing notes for Colours but it all felt too overwhelming to launch into that, though I did clarify a few first steps to act on later in the week.

Then I started a book that Charlie and Amie from the Six Month Novel Programme sent me, about creating emotional resonance in fiction.

 

Tuesday:

Back to the staple weeknotes entry - I wrote a review!

 

Wednesday:

I completed a new scene for Beneath the Tree and did some Scribophile critiques.

 

Thursday:

I spent the afternoon at Picturehouse Central and completed two more scenes of Beneath the Tree. I also wrote a review.

 

Friday:

I wrote another review.

 

Posted on 24 November 2019 22:11

Summary:

I’ve recorded this week as seven straight writing days, but I’m not sure any of them really count as that, as I’ve only done blog posts, admin and reviews. But I’m recording it that way anyway and vowing to do better next week!

 

Monday:

I found out I’d won a writing competition I entered back in September, with a comedy science-fiction story, written to a specific prompt in a 48-hour window - so that was very satisfying!

I also helped Bear with his post about our latest reading retreat.

 

Tuesday:

I did some scheduling and planning.

 

Wednesday:

I caught up on some reviews.

 

Thursday:

I reviewed the books I read on reading retreat over the weekend.

 

Friday:

More reviews!

 

Saturday:

I did a ton of submissions and tracked and chased a few that have had no response.

I also created a plotting spreadsheet for Beneath the Tree to record the scene plan and track my progress.

Dave and I recorded the next main episode for the podcast and I edited it.

 

Sunday:

I wrote yet another review.

 

Posted on 18 November 2019 17:52

Summary:

Yikes! My writing week apparently dropped off a cliff after two days...

 

Monday:

I got an acceptance for a drabble I submitted recently for an anthology, so I submitted another one to hopefully increase my contribution to three.

I also updated my script for the next main podcast episode.

 

Tuesday:

I went in to Picturehouse Central early, before meeting a friend for lunch. I wrote a couple of reviews and then did some more Scribophile critiques.

 

Posted on 11 November 2019 14:48

Summary:

No writing at all until Thursday, but then I made up for it with four great writing days in a row. Dedicated writing time away from home is always good for me.

 

Thursday:

Big plans for my writing session with Ann.

I started out with a couple of reviews, then wrote my GYWO discussion post for the month. It was a good topic, so I then expanded the post into a possible article for Writing Magazine, before turning back to another planned article and working to bring that one up to the desired word count as well.

I also put together a clear and comprehensive list of all the things I want to work on during my self-directed writing retreat over the weekend and used some Urban Writers Retreat worksheets to schedule my available time.

Then I went through this month’s Writing Magazine and added relevant submission opportunities to my rolling spreadsheet.

There’s a fantasy story I wrote nearly three years ago and have sent out multiple times for publication. It got shortlisted for an anthology once, it got actually accepted for an online zine once (but I subsequently heard nothing further), and the full manuscript was requested by a magazine based on the first 500 words. So, I knew it was good, despite it never actually seeing the light of day. But, today, on its fifteenth submission, it’s been accepted for a themed anthology. Here’s hoping this is really its moment!

 

Friday:

I made my way to an Airbnb in Maidstone after work, in an effort to focus my mind on writing, rather than being distracted by domestic stuff at home.

By the time I’d had dinner and watched a bit of TV, I was actually raring to get started, so I worked on the scene list for Beneath the Tree for a bit, then broke out my coloured notecards and transferred all the planned scenes onto those. Then I played around with the order until I’d got something that worked.

 

Saturday:

I started early by going through Amie’s developmental edit of Colours and making copious notes about all the bits that need work. Then I addressed all the little specific one-liner amendments.

Next on the schedule was Broken Succession, a short story I started a while ago, which I decided to work on for an upcoming submission opportunity. The structure and arc came together in my head as I was writing the next scene, which was very pleasing.

After lunch, I put fingers to keyboard and actually started writing Beneath the Tree, based on my scene card structure from the night before. I really didn’t feel like it, but I had booked a weekend away specifically to make progress on this story, and I had a schedule to stick to, so I forced myself to get on with it. It was tough going, but I got over 600 words down in an hour and felt pretty good about them overall.

According to the schedule I was then due to come up with ideas for a new short piece for an upcoming submission opportunity, but I thought of an old story that might work, so dug it out and gave it a polish instead.

During the evening, I received publication acceptance for a short story I submitted a while ago, so I reviewed the proofs and sent back confirmation.

 

Sunday:

I ignored the planned schedule this morning and spent a couple of hours completing the first draft of Broken Succession, which gave me quite a sense of achievement. I posted it on Scribophile for feedback.

Later, instead of more writing, I did a couple of Scribophile critiques to get my points back up.

In the evening, I wrote a bit more of Beneath the Tree, then wrote a blog post about my retreat experience.

I also heard from a print magazine that they’re going to print one of my favourite flash fiction pieces in their next edition.

 

Posted on 03 November 2019 20:45

Summary:

Mostly a break from podcasting this week and progress on the novella. Still just in the planning stages, though, and some further concerted effort required to really get it off the ground. But all progress is good progress and the idea is definitely percolating.

 

Monday:

Amie from the Six Month Novel Programme sent me her editorial comments on Colours, which were both very encouraging and also gave me lots to think about. Luckily, Amie thinks it should be eminently possible for me to deepen and lengthen the story into a proper novel, which is great but also means a lot of work ahead. I read through the notes and set them to percolate in the back of my mind.

 

Tuesday:

I met Hannah after work and we knuckled down to some proper writing for a change! 

I completed the rest of the Six Month Novel boot camp workbooks for Beneath The Tree, which is starting to feel as if it might really become a thing now.

 

Wednesday:

I met Ann for a morning writing session and expanded my plan and outline for Beneath The Tree. I also worked on another article to submit to Writing Magazine and went over my script for the next interim podcast episode.

Later, when I got home, I recorded and edited the interim podcast episode.

 

Thursday:

I wrote a couple of reviews.

 

Saturday:

I finished another book and wrote the review.

 

Posted on 27 October 2019 17:10

Summary:

Some good progress on my novella project, but then the rest of the week was eaten by the podcast again. However, now that’s live and on a regular posting schedule, I should have more time (hopefully) to dedicate to other projects.

 

Monday:

I planned my day to maximise my writing output, heading out to a cafe first thing to put in 2.5 hours of concerted effort before an appointment at the doctor. This fulfilled almost all of my criteria for a successful writing session - out of the flat, with a decent walk either side and an appointment that would keep me from giving up early.

And it worked. I faffed around on the internet for a bit, then wrote a whole raft of reviews, before knuckling down to work on Beneath The Tree. Using the Six Month Novel Programme boot camp materials, I made lots of notes on the characters and had an epiphany about how the story should end, which in turn gave me a basic outline for the whole thing. Huzzah! Still have to actually write it, though - but my path is looking a lot clearer now.

Then I took a break and typed up all the outstanding notes from my current notebook.

 

Thursday:

I wrote my script for the next podcast episode.

 

Friday:

I wrote a couple of reviews.

 

Saturday:

I started off with one of my least favourite writing activities - formatting and submitting. I cleared my list, submitting seven pieces to various places.

I wrote my script for the next interim podcast episode.

 

Sunday:

I edited the podcast episode we recorded yesterday and helped Dave with all the remaining bits and pieces to make the podcast live.

 

Posted on 20 October 2019 20:25

Summary:

Still not a huge amount of progress on the writing front, despite some scheduled sessions with other people. I’m really struggling to focus for long periods at the moment.

 

Monday:

I watched a film and wrote notes both for a fanfiction challenge and the podcast.

I then wrote my fanfiction for the Space Swap Space Race and my script for the podcast episode.

I caught up on reviews from over the weekend.

 

Wednesday:

I met Hannah after work for a writing session and did some planning for upcoming submission opportunities.

I also wrote a review of the audiobook I finished earlier in the day.

Hannah and I talked about how unfocused we’ve been recently and how our sessions (when they actually happen) mostly just involve chatting about writing and not actually doing any. Previously, this hasn’t been so much of a problem for me because I usually have upwards of an hour to work on stuff before she arrives. But for a couple of the recent ones, I’ve actually cancelled on her and last night I just ate dinner and read my book before we got there. So, we planned ahead for all the sessions we can do between now and the end of November, and made a promise to each other that we’d try harder on supporting each other on the writing front.

 

Thursday:

Today was a writing session with Ann, which is generally much more productive, as they are longer and we are definitely more focused. It also helps that they always take place on my day off so I haven’t had a whole day in the office beforehand.

So, I started off with this month’s GYWO discussion, then went through three old stories to edit them to fit upcoming submission opportunities.

I made some notes for a flash fiction competition and also for some more drabbles.

 

Sunday:

I helped Bear with his latest post.

 

Posted on 13 October 2019 20:39

Summary:

Not a lot of writing this week, despite a resolution to do more focused sessions. Ah well, there’s always next week!

 

Monday:

I was due to meet Geena at Picturehouse Central at 1pm so I went in early with the intention of really getting on with tons of writing stuff that’s been languishing for a while.

I started out by writing my script and compiling my notes for the third main podcast episode, to be recorded in the evening.

Then I lost all focus and didn’t actually achieve anything else. Hey ho.

 

Tuesday:

I edited the third main podcast episode, which we recorded the night before.

 

Wednesday:

I got confirmation that my latest two drabbles have been accepted by Black Hare Press, so I wrote a couple more and submitted them.

I also signed up for the Space Swap Flash Exchange.

 

Sunday:

I did some competition and magazine submissions.

 

Posted on 06 October 2019 16:01

Summary:

Still largely podcast-focused, but I think that’s fine, since it’s a new and exciting project that I’m absolutely loving. Lots of reviews as well, since I read 4 books in less than 48 hours at a family reading retreat over the weekend.

 

Monday:

I edited the second main episode of the podcast. I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy doing this, which is a really good thing as it’s probably the most time intensive part of the process and Dave’s not keen at all.

 

Wednesday:

I finalised the second main podcast episode, then recorded and edited the next interim one.

 

Thursday:

Today I took myself to Picturehouse Central for my first proper writing session in a while. I started out by rereading and expanding a very old story, which I haven’t managed to find a home for, despite positive feedback from a few places. It seemed to fit an upcoming submission opportunity but was a bit too short, so I decided to see if I could add a few words here and there and also improve it a bit as I went along.

Then I wrote a blog post about word count and how story ideas generally have a size and shape they fit into.

 

Sunday:

I caught up on my reviews after an excellent family reading retreat weekend.

 

Posted on 29 September 2019 20:15

Sunday:

I did a lot more writing than I expected while on holiday. I’m having lots of fun with drabbles, short fanfic and podcast stuff at the moment. Might need to start paying more attention to longer projects soon.

 

Tuesday:

Two new submission opportunities opened up for Black Hare Press drabble anthologies so I wrote and submitted an entry for each.

Then I went back to the first Six Month Novel Programme worksheet and started working on the graveyard ritual story (which is now called Beneath the Tree) with a view to developing it into a novella for another Black Hare Press publication call.

 

Wednesday:

I finished a book and wrote my review. I also wrote a ton of reviews for new games I played earlier in the week. During one of the longer games later in the day, I wrote another two drabbles for the open BHP calls.

 

Thursday:

I updated my submissions spreadsheet, found new opportunities for rejected offerings and tracked my outstanding submissions.

Then I typed up and edited yesterday’s drabbles.

 

Friday:

I wrote the last game review of the holiday. Then I watched the film selected for the second main podcast episode and wrote all my notes for the discussion.

 

Saturday:

I planned the recording and release schedule for the podcast through to the end of the year.

I helped Stanley with his guest post on Bear’s journal.

I typed up my notes for the next main podcast episode.

 

Sunday:

I edited another old fanfic and posted it.

Dave and I recorded the second main podcast episode.

Finally, I wrote and submitted a Fandom Weekly entry.

 

Posted on 23 September 2019 09:05

Summary:

An unexpectedly productive week, which became more so as the days went by. I was especially pleased by a publication acceptance I received on Friday and the fact that I wrote a whole story in one day.

 

Monday:

I recorded another interim podcast and then edited it. My recording is already improving and it took about half the time to edit compared to the previous one, so I think I’ve levelled up on that skill too!

 

Tuesday:

I wrote and submitted an entry for this month’s Press 53 competition.

Then I wrote part of the script for the next interim podcast episode.

Later, I wrote a review of an audiobook.

 

Thursday:

I finished a very interesting book and wrote my review.

 

Friday:

I discovered that Black Hare Press has an open submission for dark speculative novellas (20-40k words) and I had an epiphany that I could develop the short story I’ve been trying to write for about three years. I think the problem I’ve been having is that it has too much to it for a short story, but it’s not really deep enough for a novel, so this seems like a perfect opportunity. I also had the idea of changing the POV character, which instantly made it feel a lot more interesting, so I made some notes and planned to work on it during my upcoming holiday.

I also got an email from the editor of Writing Magazine, saying they now have space for the article I submitted at the start of the year and that it will appear in the November issue, which is very exciting indeed!

I wrote and submitted an entry for Fandom Weekly.

Lastly, I checked for the release of the criteria for the Toasted Cheese Three Cheers and a Tiger short story competition, which requires a sci-fi or fantasy story of under 5000 words on a specified theme, to be written in less than 48 hours. I set my subconscious crew the task of coming up with an idea overnight.

 

Saturday:

The subconscious crew outdid themselves. At 7am, my brain presented me with the start of a story to fit the TCAAT requirements so I got up to write it down before I forgot it. I would perhaps have preferred a bit more sleep on the first night of my holiday, but I’m not really complaining. By the end of the afternoon, I had completed a first draft of the whole story.

 

Sunday:

I worked on my third interim podcast episode script.

I edited the TCAAT story, with help from Dave’s feedback, and submitted it.

I also finished another book and wrote my review.

 

Posted on 15 September 2019 17:48

Summary:

Tons of really fun, exciting and productive work on the podcast this week. After the initial difficulties we had, we’ve now got the equipment and the expertise to produce actual episodes and I can’t wait until we’re ready to release them.

 

Monday:

I started off by writing an entry for the current Fandom Weekly competition.

I did some submissions and some more vampire editing.

I also finally started the Neil Gaiman Masterclass Dave bought me three months ago and completed the first two lessons.

I did a test recording of an interim podcast episode, which allowed me to determine the digital recording doohickey we’ve bought should be fine, but that my current plan for the interim episodes doesn’t include enough content so I’ll have to expand them. I subsequently worked on my first two scripts and made plans for media to revisit for future episodes.

 

Tuesday:

I added to my first interim podcast episode script and did another test recording.

 

Wednesday:

I did a ton more editing on the vampire novel, and also completed my GYWO discussion post for the month.

 

Thursday:

I finished another book and wrote a review of it.

 

Friday:

I edited the first podcast interim episode, added the intro and outro music and tweaked it until I was happy with the sound quality overall. I was very pleased with this evening’s work, as it was fun and produced something I’d be content to release into the world, which is encouraging for the main show.

 

Saturday:

I finished editing the vampire novel and sent all my comments back to its author..

I also edited the first ever Harry Potter fanfic I wrote (over fifteen years ago) and posted it.

Dave and I had tremendous fun recording the first main podcast episode and than I had even more fun editing it and adding the music. So now we have two whole episodes ready to go, which is exciting, and we’re both really looking forward to doing more. It looks like the podcast is actually going to be a thing!

 

Sunday:

I wrote and posted an entry for Fandom Weekly and did some more podcast planning.