Just a very quick note. My patrons already know what is going on, but these weeks get chaotic and sporadic. I usually go out and hug a tree on solstices and equinoxes, there are small children in my life so helping my clients get Christmas going takes weird hours, and of course there are the holidays themselves.
But here's what you can expect in the next few weeks:
Tomorrow: Off. Technically I usually take Mondays off blogging, but I've been going off schedule a lot and doing a lot of Monday posts. But tomorrow is solstice and I have an early shift at my other job, so I'm going to be mostly AFK all day. I'll take some pictures for my picture tier on Patreon.
Tuesday: What comes out of that solstice alone time is an NWAW post about goals and some fee-fees about the year. Of course....what I'll be reflecting on most will likely be the pandemic and the way I hit almost none of my goals, but since it'll probably be autumn before vaccines begin to wrench life back into a normal-ish mode, my goals should still include its effect.
Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun: OFF. I'm taking the older kid for an overnight at my place so mom and dad can wrap and prep. Wednesday morning is going to me trying to cook something a seven year old wants for breakfast and racking my brain for movies I can share from MY childhood that don't have something like that fucking Swamp of Sadness scene. Then of course it's the holidays themselves.
Next Week: There aren't so many holidays next week, so I'll be back on in a limited capacity. I'm still going to do take Monday off to write an Early Access post for that tier on Patreon. Tues, Wed, Thur you can expect some posts.
First Week of Jan: So if you've been around for a while you know this already, but for those new to Writing About Writing in the last year (or who weren't paying attention the last few Januarys), I try to compile the best performing posts of the year, and that CHANGES which posts remain as the MONTH'S bests. It always takes me a couple of days to do all that admin Tetrising. Although pandemic productivity will probably mean I only need about half the time, that's still going to eat up about three days worth of posts. Expect a lot of "Best of Nov/Dec" and then "Best of the Year" and then "New Adjusted Best Posts By Month." (Once upon a time I would do two posts a day when I had multiple admin posts like that, but I actually get MORE readers if I post [a little] less.) PLUS....I always take time to go through and update all my admin posts (the tabs at the top of the screen in Desktop view) including my update schedule. Those are usually more "cosmetic surgery" and less "mass revision" and I can "bundle" the results.
By the second week we should be sliding into a regular schedule, which I'm pretty excited to say feels like it's going to be a lot easier for me to keep up with than much of this last year. I don't know if it is just the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, the election results, or a combination, but I'm starting to get my swing back.
I know I'm almost the only one who cares about all this, but it's part of my mission statement to be transparent about this stuff, so that people who are burning to know what it takes to make it can literally just read this blog to see my entire glacial slog to some value of success.