In an attempt to keep my wandering attention span focused on every day content here at The Tavern I am trying a different sort of lay out–more fun and whimsical for when I’m stuck on what to blog about.
Last year I tried a spreadsheet style schedule and that is just too rigid. Some days I just don’t want to write about Batman, or spinach or whatever so I am hoping this will allow me more freedom which in turn will help keep me interested in working on this every day!
What sort of tracking/planning tools do you use to keep up with content for your blog? I am always up for trying new things and would love to hear what works for you!
I would even take this a step further and say don’t just create a vision in your mind but write it down. Even if this vision changes as you work on it writing things down makes them more concrete–plus you can have the satisfaction of marking things off a list which is ALWAYS my favorite thing to do!
Every strike through is a small step of progress towards my goal!
So I have some exciting news to share, but first I want to share how excited I am about some new art supplies I’ve gotten!
I saw these on Amazon, and my first thought was “Wow, I love the font on these packages!” Second thought was “OOh, I bet these are more saturated than watercolors so I can use them without totally wrinkling the paper!”
That being said I added them to my Christmas wishlist, and voila–in-laws were amazing and got them for me! Alas, life was busy, and remained busy until last week when I finally took a moment to say, “By golly, I’m going to get my inks out, organize them and see what they look like on paper!” And that is just what I did, and they are beautiful and gorgeously saturated colors. I haven’t worked yet with layering but I hope to soon!
NOW, for the exciting new art project: I’m am going to start designing and producing small quantities of stationery! As much as I love using and hoarding stationery it just makes sense–I also think my quirky colorful style will lend itself to this, so we will see!
I am taking it slow and really researching how I want to go about this and create an actual business plan before I just jump into making art. Right now I have a name: Lunarkat Paper Co. and a vague idea on what I want the logo to look like! Haha! I’ll obviously update more once I have some really concrete things in place!
Ok, guys! I’m going to try and update my blog every other day with creative goodies–will I keep it up? HAHA, we will see!
It’s been hard so far this year to feel really focused on any one creative project; I’ve sort of pinged around like a ping pong ball between visual arts projects and writing projects never stopping long enough to actually commit. It’s that standing on the edge of a precipice feeling, I think. I was SO heavily invested in The Grand Adventure of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates that I think I am hesitant to jump into something new that deeply. Boy, do I need to get over that! Haha!
One of my goals for this year is being more positive in my life: personal, creative, relationships and wherever else I can stick a little glimmer of happiness in the sea of gray reality. So in that vein, one of the positive things from the past two months is that I have really increased the writer friends I have on Twitter! It’s been lots of fun chatting and playing hashtag games and to see the wide variety of writer types and genres and stories being told! I love it!
March is going to be about really buckling down and outlining Achelon City and putting some concrete ideas on paper. My goal is to start actual writing by June!
So life is crazy and hectic but I love my blog and want to do more with it–I am stuck at a crossroads of sorts: keep this as a once a week hobby blog or buckle down and really make this blog a creative hub. There is a lot to do if I want to do the second– starting with MORE POSTS! I’ll get to the rest of my plan for global blog domination later, hehe.
I have tried posting every day and that just doesn’t work for me. The time spent on blog posts every day is less time working on my actual creative projects. It is a conundrum, I know. Posting once a week though seems like not enough to keep my readership interested and more importantly to grow my readership. SO my compromise is this: Monday, Wednesday, Friday will be my main days for actual posts with Tuesday and Thursdays being reserved for extra tidbits I come up with but isn’t required. Why are you sharing all this with us, you ask? Because writing things down and sharing them is a good way to create a contract with yourself. Well, at least it is for me. If I put this out there as my plan I am going to work a lot harder not to disappoint.
So there we go.
Music Mondays, Writing Wednesday, and Fantastic Fridays (most likely visual arts related, but who knows!)
The second part of my plan for my blog is to devote a certain amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs. I can’t expect people to comment on mine if I don’t reciprocate. So we will see! 2018 is just around the corner and I want it to be a big year for our little Steamgear Tavern!
Holiday break was lovely but I am happy to be back at work and to have a bit of time to myself. I am feeling recharged towards upcoming projects and have even been actually planning things out! Here’s what’s coming up for 2017
Finish editing The Grand Adventures of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates.
Send said script out to beta readers for feedback.
Complete a first draft of the sequel The Remarkable Journey of Sebastian Starling.
Start major plot work on Achelon City Chronicles: City of Hope
Get LK Designs online and in some stores in our area.
Make more art just for myself.
Keep up my bullet journal and continue to find ways to get organized!
Yes, I know–that’s a lot of goals. But I long ago learned to temper my expectations to keep from being disappointed if I can’t check every little thing off my list. Any progress is better than no progress at all!
I’ve switched my blog days to Wednesdays so we will see if that helps me keep up with it better!
I wish everyone a wonderful, happy, productive year!
As my blog subtitle states: I am a Jill of all trades and master of none. I accept that about myself and after years of struggling to find focus have learned to embrace my wide ranging skillset.
I draw. I paint. I play violin. When pressed, I can act on stage. I do scenic design. I write. And not to brag, but I am pretty darn good at my job. However, my secret love–what I have discovered I reeeeeeeeeally enjoy doing is producing projects.
I said it.
I love being a producer. If I was filthy rich I would totally take over the film industry! Or at least some middle sized theatres–haha!
I really love getting an idea and bringing people together to make something happen. Wether it is a staged reading, a parody movie among friends, festivals etc.