It’s my weekly Scrum style standup for the audience. Not a lot of Sanctum relevant stuff here but hey I’m including it for now – wondering if i need to?
Well bluntly this week also was nuts, with assorted work events, a friend having health concerns (resolved) and of course occasional allergies. It’s not been the greatest week – but Agile method are about adapting. So where are we?
So what have I done the last week?
Way With Worlds Minibook #5: Still going good and on schedule – I might even get a bit ahead of the game.
Seventh Sanctum Spotlight: That’s on hold. This is due to the interruptions I’ve been having from allergies to events, and now convention time might cut into the results for me and other people. So I’ll do it in June if it seems viable.
Professional: Attended that professional event – they’re running out of space so I found my apartment complex can host them! A great way to network and meet people.
Social: Girlfriend’s birthday and book club went well.
“A Bridge To The Quiet Planet:” The latest plot outlines and character arcs are plotted. Looks good again, and I think the book is taking on a more personal tone; for instance, there’s two minor characters (one extremely minor as in he’s in one scene) that by exploring I really did a lot with the story. This is a good lesson from the late Sir Terry Pratchett – you tell a lot more by having it personal, even if that person is gone after a scene.
Newsletter: The newsletter is out. Which you probably saw.
What am I going to do this week:
Way With Worlds Minibook #5: More writing. Let’s just assume that’s the norm (and book #6 is next). I’m thinking these books are best written in one or two big lumps not spread out.
Social: Fanime is going to consume a lot of time this week, as will events there. I’ll be preparing presentations.
And it’s time for another Scrum style standup! OK it’s weekly, and I prefer them daily but that’s a bit much.
First a note – I had a nasty allergy attack around Thursday which held a few things up. I’m overall on time/ahead of my plans but it was annoying
So what have I done the last week?
Way With Worlds Minibook #1: Editor had a bit of a delay, so I expect to get things in a few days.
Way With Worlds Minibook #5: Got actually 10 questions written. I find more and more these are best written in large amounts.
Way With Worlds Marketing: The bookmarks came. They are awesome. Let me strongly recommend Club Flyers.
Seventh Sanctum Spotlight: I held off on this when some allergies hit. I’ll probably start them off in a week or so.
Professional: Two professional meetups, they were awesome. I really enjoy the “Agile Crowd” here in the valley.
Social: Bad movie event was great. We saw “Mac And Me” which was hideous, but before that watched “Misfits” which was good.
“A Bridge To The Silent Planet:” A bit harder than I expected. It’s about 1/4 plotted with some outlines out to the end. It’s becoming a bit more of a small novel – neither a doorstop nor a novella. Which I realized is what I want. However it’s a bit hard to shake the rust off so its’ slower than I wanted – and the allergies didn’t help.
What am I going to do this week:
Way With Worlds Minibook #5: Write more of course.
Seventh Sanctum Spotlight: May or may not do this.
Professional: One professional event this week.
Social: Got a barbecue and otherwise will work on creative projects.
“A Bridge To The Silent Planet:” I plan to finish the plot outline this week.
General: Some basic chores and such.
Challenges and blockers:
The allergies hit hard. I might delay a few things unless these clear up in the next day two. Expect a possible “revised sprint.”
And here it is, Color Generator! Thanks for all your feedback, this was a delightful one to make. I learned a lot about language and mood and a sense of “being” in a sentence and these lessons will make me better at both generators but also as a writer.
So let’s get some examples!
Ichas – The red of a rose. Used for secret paintings.
Pantedsh – The supreme green. Those that see this color cannot forget it.
Paost – The purple of imaginary wine. Paintings using this color ward off jealousy.
Khang – The sickly yellow of hatred.
Buife – A light red. Paper of this color is something everyone knows how to make.
Cecymbir – A flamboyant green. The gemstones of this color are said to grant one intelligence.
Lotruin – A harsh purple. Tattoos of this color are associated with laziness – but only if concealed and only if worn on the left arm.
Sufofe – A sober blue. The color once associated with scientists.
Icasanget – The orange of ideal sunrises. Those that see this color will dream of what they saw.
Canturn – The yellow of gold that can only exist in the future. Those that see this color see other worlds.
So there you go! Now let’s see what our infinite new spectrum brings . . .
I’ve been thinking of how I organize my projects and share them with you my audience and friends. I’ve not been thrilled with how I’ve done updates, and recent spates of illness and surprises derailed a few things. So what I’m doing is taking my projects to be managed much more traditional Scrum style. I got the idea here from Failbetter’s use of Agile to make them publicly engaged via blogposts while doing Sunless Skies.
If you’re not familiar with Scrum,, its basically a method of organization where you A) keep a backlog of stuff to do B) do it in small increments called sprints, and C) regularly report and measure progress. I recommend reading up on it.
(I’m still big on the Getting Things Done method, and will use it as part of my work, but my large amount of longer-term projects require some different approaches plus this lets me try out techniques from work.)
What this means for you is
Every month (a “sprint”) I’ll tell you what I’m planning to tackle on my projects. Most Sprints are two weeks, but I plan my projects quarterly/monthly so this is a bit easier.
I’ll do weekly reports (a sort of Standup) on progress. These are usually daily in proper Scrum, but I have my limits.
I’ll do a roundup/retrospective at the end.
So what’s up for April!
Finishing The Color Generator: I’ll finish the Color Generator in April with the goal of deploying before the end of the Month – preferably mid-month. I’ll be regularly updating it with new data so keep an eye out.
New Seventh Sanctum Spotlight: A new Seventh Sanctum project to spotlight talent and interesting media – this is an experiment and may or may not succeed.
Way With Worlds Minibooks #1: The followups to Way With Worlds. I will send this to editor – remember these don’t launch until June.
Way With Worlds Minibook #5: Get this to at least 60% completion if not more. And, yes I have four of these suckers written already – make room in your summer reading!
There are also some marketing efforts, tech purchases, and home maintenance but I don’t think you care about those.
So I’ll be posting updates weekly (probably Monday) to let you know where everything is once a week!
And as it’s Sunday, let’s get to a status!
What I’ve worked on:
Wrote 5 more questions on Minibook 5.
Minibook #1 will be in the hands of the editor next week.
Reached out to initial “promotables” for the Sanctum Spotlight and designed how it’ll run. It’s pretty much ready to go, I’ll start it later this month.
A few notes on the Color Generator are in place, I’ll dive into that more soon.
What’s coming up this week:
I plan to focus on the Color Generator to get as much done as possible.
I’ll be attending two professional events, so that consumes time.
OK everyone, Way With Worlds Book 2 review copies are ready! So if you want to review contact me and let me know about your interest, if you have a blog, where you can review (amazon is appreciated), etc.!
Right now it’s looking like it’ll be out the very end of March or early April.
Yes, another update. I am on a roll! For now. We know how that goes.
So first, comments are back at Seventh Sanctum. I had to take them down due to some bizarre issues where they seemed to be messing with some formatting. Or search results. Or something. It got a bit strange. I think I figured it out but am not entirely sure. Anyway they’re back!
The Way With Worlds Book 2 gets formatted this weekend. If all goes well, it’ll be enough to do a test print. I’m hopeful I can get it all together – I’d still like to get it out end of March, but early April is looking more likely.
Those Way With Worlds are in the works – book four in fact of six I plan to write.
The new generator is still in progress. I’ve got a bit more on my plate then expected but hope to finish it up before end of March.
I also have been enjoying A House Of Many Doors, a literary exploration RPG that you really need to check out.
Also no new illnesses. Well, on my part, but considering the rain here and all the diseases still flying around I kinda want to hide for awhile!
And Merry Post-Christmas everyone! I hope you’re doing well. Me, I’ve got over a week off and am enjoying it – which means plenty of time to do projects. And by that I probably mean play videogames, but still.
So let’s catch up!
Way With Worlds Book 2 – I have finished my latest edits and am getting feedback in from pre-readers. Very positive on this one. Still looking to be end of March. I will need reviewers too . . .
Way With Worlds Followup – I’ve been bouncing this idea around here and there, but there are followup minibooks to Way With Worlds. Those are in the works. Those probably drop in April, over time. There’s more in my newsletters.
The Next Generator – Taking a break from Food, the next generator is a Magical Girl Team generator! The current alpha version produces teams like “Beguiling Rose Angels,” “Rune Ladies” and “Seraphim Of Energy” which seems to be on track!
Thats about it for me – enjoying the time off and relaxing. Of course that means writing . . .
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