Return of the Blog

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Many apologies for not posting over the past two months/posting sporadically.  This semester has been the “perfect storm” for me in terms of trying to find a work-life balance.  With two classes back-to-back early in the morning, I really don’t have time to prepare for anything else.  After teaching those classes, I either have classes myself to take (Modern British Literature) or I have office hours where I’m trying to grade or prepare for the next day’s class.  After that, I generally go to my second job or to my other class 6pm-9pm (luckily that class is only 1 day a week, but my second job is the other 4 days.

Behind in the Seat

All that to say, time has been a real struggle this semester.  I’ve been fairly consistent with writing creatively after coming home after my second job because I have a routine where I reward myself with a snack of some sort and I write as I’m eating the snack.  250 words can go pretty quickly, but with a blog, I generally write double that 250 words, sometimes more.  Then add tagging, finding and downloading an image, sourcing that image, and scheduling the entry, all take a considerable amount of time.

I’m going to try to be more determined to get blogs up even if it is later in the day.  I like scheduling them so that they pop up in the mornings, but I just need to get them done and out, no matter when that happens.  That’s what is going to happen with this entry, btw.

Well, that’s all I have for now–nothing world changing.  Just trying to get back on schedule with a super hard/super intense schedule that leaves me with little-to-no time for work-life balance.  Hopefully, I’ll get better over time.

Sidney




  • Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
  • Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
  • Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 28)

 

 

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Writing To Learn

So, I’m still learning how to be a good writer AND a good blogger.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  And part of this is admitting that I still make mistakes.  The blog is a great example of that.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write it, but rather that the time it takes has overwhelmed the time I had to give it and I did not make allowances for it.  What do I mean by this?  Simple.  I used to get up early and write and blog entry.  However, I found that untenable because it routinely takes an hour to 1 1/2 hours to write an entry because I’m so meticulous.  To me, a blog isn’t a way of expressing your thoughts, but rather it is more of a mini-essay that I craft.  Sometimes these mini-essays go quick, but more often than not, I’m at 500, 750, and 1000 words before I realize it and then I have to cut it short because I’ve run out of time.  When I’m already pressed for time in the mornings, this created some real stress.

Solutions

So, I came up with a way around this by trying to do them all on the weekends.  This way, I get all my entries done for the week and I wouldn’t be so stressed about having to rush to get them done.  That worked, except it ate up the time that I needed for other things such as reading, gaming, and “life” outside of school and work. So, it became harder and harder to get it done during the weekends.  Now, however, I’m trying to simply work in the spare time that I have (which during August was pretty much nil).  I should be reading for class, but I’m going to finish this post and “bank” it so that it shows up on Monday and pretty much do this everyday (or at least 6 days out of the week) so that I can pretty much have content going up daily without all the stress of trying to get it done on the same day.

Short and Sweet

I’m also going to work on shortening the posts and try to keep them in the 250-500 word range by having (like a story) a beginning, middle, and end (or for you non-fiction buffs out there), an Introduction, a Body, and a Conclusion (which is what you’re reading right now).  While I may not be able to go into as much depth and detail as I (personally) would like, it will still help me to get back into writing consistently and ordering my thoughts in a way that will be helpful to get me back to writing creatively which is something I’ve also struggled with during the past month.  Mistakes happen–it’s how you deal with those mistakes and how you get back on the horse after the mistake has been made that helps to define you. I’m hopeful that readers who have stuck with me during this past month will find new and varied content in the coming months to end out the year.

Have a great day!

Word Count: 226 Words (Graphic Novel – Ship of Shadows) — added 1 comic book page to the story for a current total of 24 pages of script.

Sidney


A Peek Behind the Curtain

Word Count (What I’m Writing); Updated Daily (mostly)

  • Project Independence Word Count: @3700 words (+253)
  • Project Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel Page Count: 12

Goal = 168 words (5000 words by July 1), added approximately 253 words.

Currently Reading (What I’m Reading); Updated Daily (mostly)

  • For Fun:
    Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy Novel, Stormlight Archive Book 3) (somewhere in 800s in terms of page count–more than half way finished.)
  • For School:
    Ancient Rhetorics, Digital Networks: A book that combines New Media (digital rhetorics) and combines them with ideas and theories of the Ancient Rhetorics.
  • For Research/Personal Development:
    Great Aircraft of WWII by Alfred Price and Mike Spick (for Project Skye)

I wanted to read Oathbringer over the summer break before classes started again, but BS said that it might be helpful to read a Novella entitled, Edgedancer, before starting on Oathbringer.  I finally found a copy atMTSU’slibrary and I’m reading it now.   Great Aircraft of WWII is a book that I’ve had in my collection for sometime–I’ve glanced at it periodically, but never read it cover-to-cover.  Now, with Project Skye, I intend to do just that.

Game Mode On (What I’m Playing); Updated Weekly (Mondays)

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft Multi-platform): Open World, Third Person Tactical Shooter–About ¾th of the way through.  Special Ops/Military combat in a fictional Bolivia taken over by a Mexican drug cartel.

    Still working my way through–I’m trying to clear out a province a week, but because I’m catching up from E3 so I only got to clear about ½ of the province I’m currently working on.  I was planning on finishing that province today, but I have far too much to do today, so I’m not going to get to play it next week.
  • Until Dawn (Sony PS4 Exclusive): Third Person, Horror– branching storyline game that features a variety of choices that affect the outcome of the story using a system call the “Butterfly Effect.”I got further along, but now I have a decision to make: do I let the “creepy” best friend die, or do I let the character’s potential girlfriend die.  I decided to stop right there.

A Short Blog Post (and the Reason Why it’s Short)

So today’s blog post will be a shorter one because of school.  The reason I’ve been so regular lately in terms of posting is that I’ve learned to do these posts earlier.  I now write 4-5 of these over the weekend and schedule them earlier in the week.  While I like working on these in the morning (a great way to wake up and get my brain working in the morning).  However, because of school, I just don’t have the time.  I’m usually reading for my 9:45am class and/or writing up a 200-300 word summary of the readings for that morning’s class.  Most of my time in the mornings for the past 2 weeks have been eaten up by getting ready for class and getting ready in general.  Doing these posts ahead of time (all on Sundays, or split over Sat./Sun.) allows me to get a complete week’s worth of posts done.

Scheduling These Things Ahead of Time

After these posts are written, I then hit the “schedule” button on WordPress and set a day and time for these posts to “pop-up” for readers to see.  This has been a life-saver over these past two weeks.  Last week, I was only able to get 1 ½  posts written and I’ve been struggling every since.  I’m writing this post at 10pm Wed. night and I’m dog-tired, having put in an 15 hour day in class, working on a “literary magazine” (more on this in another post), and reading for tomorrow’s class.  I almost decided not to write a post today, but decided that a short, “behind the scenes” post wouldn’t take too long.

4 or 5 Posts this Weekend

So, I’m going to strive to do my best this next week to do 4-5 posts over the weekend.  This seems to be the only way that I can keep this blog going on a regular and consistent manner (which is fun) as well as keeping up with my schoolwork (which is also fun, but in a different way, but which eats up a ton of time).  This is why this blog entry is so short–I didn’t get all my posts written over the weekend and that is really a drag.  Anyway, I still have more reading to do, so I’ll cut this entry short.

Have a great day!

Sidney




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