However, Writing About Writing also consists chiefly of one guy with lots of fake people running around behind his eyeballs (he takes care of a 4 year old, pet-sits throughout the SF Bay Area, is writing a novel, and sometimes even does really wacky shit like try to go on a date or something). and will periodically fail–perhaps even spectacularly– at this goal.
Sometimes the post in question might be little more a few inspirational quotes or a great Youtube video about writing, or just a picture of me screaming from the stress. I will even attempt to schedule a little something during vacations. It's not that I think my regular readers are twisted into coils of stress and hydrochloric acid, waiting for any possible update. It's just that in the world of blogging, content is king.
I can't promise that nothing will ever go wrong, what with all the intergalactic invasions and evil mystery hackers and such that W.A.W. fields in a typical week.
I also invoke the Anything Can Happen™ real world excuse. I have moved out from the family I stayed with, but a lot of the situations are still in progress. Health complications might crop up suddenly and have me needing to do a sudden unexpected several-hour shift or even an overnight...or maybe even more. There is ever a looming Eight Hour Shift of Damocles™
There is a monthly schedule I am reinstituting now that life is a little more stable where I try to rotate in and out through the various running segments here on Writing About Writing. Even in a given month, you aren't likely to see something from each category, but it keeps me from doing fifteen listicles in a row and not writing a prompt for months on. I was going to post that schedule here but it'll be better to keep it in my head since I tend to go off script about ten seconds before the ink even dries on writing it.
Tues- Novel word count progress report and/or personal(ish) update.
Wed- Our guest posts will be moving to Wed! We have a small handful of regular guest bloggers (who unfortunately have their own life circumstances), but are always on the lookout for one shot guest bloggers or a new regular. Let me know if you'd like to join their ranks! If we have no guest post lined up, we'll still post a little something, but it'll be fillerish since I'm trying to give myself a day to really drive home some word counts on my fiction.
Thurs- Mailbox! (And yes, I mean it this time!)
Fri- A major article will go up each Friday.
Sat or Sun- A "slow burn" article: that is an article that will probably remain Googleable and popular despite going up on a weekend.
Brunch posts- My patreon commitment is currently make sure to get at least one brunch post up a week. However, if the planets align and I happen to get a surplus of writing time, you may see a day here and there where more than one post goes up. Poll turn arounds in a single day, plot arc posts, "quickies," and various other things (which in the past would have gone up on the weekend) will sometimes show up in addition to a "main post."
Of course if you really want to hedge your bets for a good run of articles in a given week, dropping $5000 into my tip jar the weekend before will almost certainly motivate me to write for hours on end, and inspire a week of exceptional productivity.
Fair enough. Catch as catch can then.
If there's been a run of extra toddler wrangling shifts or my weekend involved the words,"I'll just play this Fallout game for an hour or two...." the week might involve shorter articles or jazz fingers.
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