Priorities and Progress The month just past:
Most of July was aimed directly at Gen Con preparations. We spent so much time trying to perfect Howard's mobile drawing station, trying to anticipate his needs, trying to figure out how to accomodate his long covid during the necessary exertions of a four day show. Anxiety had a huge footprint because we couldn't know what the show would cost us in terms of his ability to work once we got home.
I succeeded in making 25 creativity kits and several of my favorite moments at the show involved giving those away. I also made up new business cards for myself and then proceeded to never have them on me at the moments when they would have been most useful. (Super cool to give an entire presentation on marketing and then have to fess up that I left my business cards elsewhere. *facepalm*)
We also finished delivering on the Kickstarter for A Little Immortality. The last packages went out while I was away at Gen Con. All that remains is some clean up. Yay!
Attending Gen Con absolutely helped support my priorities of strengthening core connections. (So many friends hugged in person!) Some years it helps to do things like pay down debt, I still haven't done the full accounting for this year, so I don't know where this show landed. I did pretty well at maintaining my specialized diet (no wheat, dairy, or nuts) while on the road by eating a lot of hummus, apples, and summer sausage. It interfered with getting more books on the table, except that I think conventions like this have something of a slingshot gravity-boost effect for our creative work. Everything slows down during the convention, but we can energy and momentum we wouldn't otherwise have.
I feel like July and the first part of August were wisely spent. The coming month (August):
My Patreon Readers and Community members picked for me to write a short story about the value of heirlooms and how we attempt to transfer that value across generations. It will be a story with a magic system, and far more compelling than this garbled description makes it seem. I need to get it written soon.
I've also got to launch the next Schlock Mercenary Kickstarter, so a lot of writing energy will be going into marketing efforts for that. Starting next week I need to get back to submitting SLSC for critique, and I need to find time to start revising based on those critiques. I would love to get rolling on House in the Hollow
again, but that is lower on the priority list for this month.
I want to record video of all of the presentations I gave during Gen Con and post them to the Community tier of my Patreon. I may schedule them to drop once per month. If I include the presentations that I need to write for the Writing Excuses Workshop, that would give me five months of monthly video drops. I like that idea. A friend even told me about a video editing tool that sounds far less daunting than what I was trying to do before.
Another video effort I want to try is posting short information videos to TikTok. These would be concepts and snippets of things that I pull from SLSC. It feels like a worthwhile experiment both in paying forward with free information and potentially building a marketing path for when I doing crowdfunding for SLSC.
We picked up the Pokemon Go game again while we were in Indianapolis. Continuing to play in Orem will take some more effort, but it has the potential to get Howard out of the house and moving in ways that he hasn't since 2020. I feel like the potential health and happiness benefits of that for both Howard and me are worth the expenditure of time and energy. So this month will feature some Pokemon Go.
I have a medical procedure scheduled next week which I'm not looking forward to. It is a follow up to the throat scoping and dietary changes I had last month. I'm definitely going to lose a day to the procedure itself. I'm hoping I don't lose another couple of days to being emotionally off kilter, which is what happened last month.
It feels like a lot to tackle in what remains of August. We really don't have that much time before we need to pack up and head out to the Writing Excuses Workshop. Looking Ahead:
In September I’m attending the Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat, which takes place on a cruise ship that travels to Alaska and back. While on the ship I'll get to teach three classes:
- Living with a Writer
- Introverts Unite! Building Community to Survive Your Writer Journey
- Successful Crowdfunding
I'm looking forward to being more student focused because last year I was much occupied with staff-facing tasks.
October continues to be nebulous. It might be empty, it might have a trip in it.
In early November my daughter is expecting a baby. This will be my first grandchild and I'll want to be available to help with that. Late November is Dragonsteel Con. And then I'm pretty much out of year. Frustrations:
The inevitable frustrations and irritations when you take seven people and expect them to share space while undergoing the strains of running a convention booth.
The windshield on my car is cracked and I've slowly been watching the cracks get longer because I keep not having the energy to figure out who to call to have it replaced. Also the other car is making odd clunking noises while turning which I should probably have checked.
The creeping sensation that I'm running out of month.
Having to do a medical procedure that I'd really rather not have to do. Triumphs:
Teaching at Gen Con
Giving away my creativity kits
Getting this newsletter written even though my brain is still convention tired. Books read: Paladin of Souls
by Lois McMaster Bujold A long time favorite comfort read. Note that those links are affiliate links to Bookshop.org. If you shop using those links, I do get a small percentage of your purchase. Also, you can support your local independent book seller.