Keeping the Creative Schedule

Three weeks in a row, I’ve managed to get a post up here. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m more committed to this exercise, or because I know that people are watching. Regardless of the motivation (intrinsic or extrinsic), here I go again… on my own… going down the only road…

… sorry. Whitesnake. It’s my jam, meant to be sung as all great power ballads should be, with the windows rolled down and the volume cranked, without a care that anyone is paying attention. And if they are, then they should do the courtesy of singing along.

I’ve dropped another episode of the Secret World Chronicle podcast this week, the first part of a John Murdock/Seraphym story that answers questions about how JM became the fugitive flamethrower wandering the streets of NYC at the beginning of Invasion. It’s funny, as Sera has more and more human interaction, her voice is less mysterious and more resolute. Still low, still steady, but it loses that whisper on the edges. I’m starting to get ahead in the recording now, which will help as I start recording another project, the audiobook for A Minor Magic by Justin Macumber. This is the first book that I’ve voiced that my son has been able to read, which makes for interesting discussions regarding characters, voices, and story development.

I’ve started back to working on my Wedderby story from NaNoWriMo; when the month ended, I was past 50K and only halfway through the story. I need to finish that first draft before I go back to the second draft of Hollow and finish that by Balticon. There’s a bet riding on that one, and I want to be able to find beta readers and editors for that story by June. As is always the case, there are more ideas for more stories and projects, but one word for this year is finish, not start.

My dayjob teaching gig starts again, with a course for students who struggle academically and need help creating and maintaining strong academic habits. This will be the… wow. Sixth year, so nearly 10 semesters of teaching this course. The first step is always discussing the need to make an active decision to change habits and the idea that one is in control of a personal situation… or at least, the choices one can make to manage the personal situation. It’s a hard lesson for some students to understand, because realizing that you’re really in control of everything means that you admit to yourself that your own choices placed you in your current conundrum. It’s not always a pleasant place to be at the start of the semester.

What they rarely realize is that I’m right there with them, but I recognize that change and maintaining strong habits is an iterative process. We all fail at something, but the key is to take ownership for the decisions that brought you to that point, and then move forward.

And finish.


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