March 12, 2019 · 11:00 am
Good news everyone: my Sustainably North‘s Pinterest account was reactivated! 😀
So I realized yesterday that I haven’t officially set a goal for March. As I mentioned at the end of February, April is the one year anniversary of Sustainably North. I want to have a solid plan for the blog as of April, so I’m dedicating March to working on the blog. I had come up with a plan last summer, but that ended up falling by the wayside incredibly quickly and I’ve been just winging it ever since.
So over the last few weeks, I started thinking a bit more about what I’ve enjoyed writing and what I’d like the blog to look like. A post that I really enjoyed writing was the one on bUneke Issue 9. Normally I wrote a post just saying I had written an article in bUneke Magazine and just giving a vague overview of why I chose the topic I did. For this post, I used the topic as a starting point and went into more detail (and in a slightly different direction) from the bUneke article. With that in mind, I think I’m going to try to write more essay-style posts, both factual and opinion-based around particular monthly themes. My current plan is to have two essays per month, plus a post introducing the topic (so I guess that ends up being three essays per month).
I also like writing book reviews, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to (or be interested in) write one every month. So for now I’m thinking I’m going to have either a book review or recipe for that fourth monthly post. Then for the fifth post, when there is one in a month, it’s kind of going to be whatever works for the topic (be it another book review, another recipe, an article, or something else).
I’m going to pick a few topics for the next few months and give this plan a try, then reassess and see if it’s working. If it isn’t, I’ll tweak it or come up with a new plan at that time.
Now the one thing I’ve been struggling with is trying to figure out how to bring in talking about whatever I write for bUneke Magazine, too. I’m planning on choosing my own topics for Sustainably North, not following the bUneke topics, so it doesn’t make sense to me to factor in talking about my articles as part of my blog’s editorial plan. So after a lot of thought, I think I’m going to be starting to post on Sustainably North on another day of the week. I’m not entirely sure what the second weekly posts will look like overall, but right now I’m kind of thinking it’ll overall be a fun post/shorter post, like maybe a quote, or a picture or something like that (I don’t think I’ve got it in me right now to do a second longer post every week). I can then use one of those posts to talk about whatever I wrote in bUneke that month, too.
So that’s the current plan for Sustainably North. Do you think it’ll work? Do you have any other suggestions for things I can try (especially when it comes to continuing to add in a monthly post about bUneke Magazine)?
March 5, 2019 · 11:00 am
So yesterday afternoon, I decided I was going to make it through all of my other blog’s Pinterest emails . Pinterest sends so many emails that I have a hard time keeping up with them sometimes, and I’d managed to accumulate a whole bunch. When I was down to about 15 (less than half left!) I decided to start reorganizing my boards. I’ve reorganized them once before, but I still thought they were far too vague. Over the course of the afternoon, I split a few and reorganized them into sections. I really liked how everything was shaping up and was almost done when my browser really started to lag. Suddenly I was logged out of Pinterest, and when I tried to log back in, I was told my account was suspended!
I’m not entirely sure what happened. I’ve contacted Pinterest’s help centre and hope to have it resolved soon (maybe the Pinterest bots thought my reorganizing was spammy? I didn’t think it was because pretty much everything I was working with at the time was already pinned).
After that happened I was pretty bummed out and didn’t work on anything else. But earlier in the day I started coming up with a vague plan for that blog moving forward. I’ll give a better update on that once I have a more solid plan in place. 🙂
Oh, I’ve also done some editing for a few friends over the weekend. The first bit of editing was at work last Thursday and Friday; I’m working with a radio-style script for a big project (sorry, I’m keeping details rather vague on that, but it’s a project I’m quite excited for!) I’ve helped come up with the story, but my coworker did the actual writing of the script. I did a read-through of it with another coworker (which was super fun) and we determined that the script was too long (it was interesting, at 18 pages it took us 27 minutes to read, plus we were told we were reading it too fast). So I’ve been trying to shorten it. So far I’ve brought it down to 15.5 pages (I was hoping to take it down to about 14, so there’s still a bit to go). But I’ve taken a lot of the repetition out of the script and just tightened up the dialogue. At this point I’d kind of like to do another read-through before attempting to shorten it any more (because maybe shortening the dialogue was good enough?) We’ll see.
Then on Saturday I edited another friend’s story. He’s been working on it for awhile and has asked me for editing suggestions. Finally, on Sunday, I started playtesting yet another friend’s game that they made with RPG Maker VX Ace; I need to finish playing through that still to let him know what I think (so far it’s been great!)
Wow, I didn’t think I had done much, but this last week was actually really busy! I’m hoping that this week I’ll be able to turn a bit more attention back to my own writing though. 🙂
December 5, 2013 · 12:21 am
I spent a lot of this afternoon doing research for draft 3 of my Author Quest submission. After thinking about it a bit, I’ve definitely decided to make the major changes my brother and I talked about the other day when he gave me feedback. I want this story to be as strong as it can be, and I honestly think what he suggested will greatly help.
Unfortunately, the rewrite is going to be rather substantial. I’m looking at changing about 3000 words right now, which is a little under half of my story. I’m also going to be introducing a different setting which I will most likely have to make up; in draft 2, the entire story takes place within the Castle of the Crystal, but now I’ll need to go outside of the castle for a scene or two. I did a lot of research looking into what Gelfling villages look like, but I had a really hard time finding anything. The couple of pictures I did find come from the Dark Crystal graphic novels (both the Creation Myths series and the Legends of the Dark Crystal manga). Nothing I found today is quite right for what I need, so it looks like I’ll be designing my own village for the story. To that end, I’m planning on playing around with a sketch book tonight to hopefully get a better idea of what I need.
Luckily, I actually did start visualizing the area I need in draft 1 (it was the chunk I completely removed in draft 2). So between that, the few pictures I did find, plus sketching, hopefully I’ll have something I can use in the next couple of days.
By the way, if anyone is interested in some reference pictures, I’ve put together a board on Pinterest. The pictures on it are mainly Skeksis and locations because that’s what I’ve needed for my submission so far. But if you’d like to see what I’ve used, feel free to check it out. 🙂
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