Life is what happens when you’re busy making blog posts.
I like to do one of these every few months (though I’ve never called it this) just to play catch up a bit when it seems like I’m falling behind. I’m pleased to see the amount of conversation that’s going on in some of the latest posts, and saddened that I’m not able to be a part of that conversation as much as I’d like.
My book is coming along nicely, first of all. It’s content-complete and has now been to the editor twice. Next comes formatting for publication, and going through everything that goes with that (cover design, registering copyright, getting an ISBN, getting into Amazon, all that good stuff). Of course I’m learning this stuff on my own as I go, so it’s hard to tell from day to day when I’m going to glide over the latest obstacles and when I’m going to meet insurmountable ones. But this thing will get done, I promise that.
Part of that release will also involve a new web site, which is at least something I do know a little bit about :). It will not in any way replace Shakespeare Geek. The new site will just be one of those what we call “microsites” for the whole purpose of giving the marketing traffic a place to land. But it still needs to be functional and look pretty, and that takes time.
As that draws to a close I’m looking to ramp up on another project I’ve had on the backburner for awhile, something that requires more of my programming skills. I’ve been building up my own Shakespeare knowledge base that I plan to unleash on the world Real Soon Now. I know exactly how I want it to work, I’ve just got to plug in the social aspects. The idea is to be a question answering site, and I want to experts who spend their time answering questions to get some recognition for their contribution, build up some cred.
I’ve also got two books on my shelf waiting to be reviewed, with a third on the way. There’s also something supposed to be coming, not really a book, more of a toy, that I’m told I’ll actually get to giveaway. But I have no idea when that’s going to show up.
Then of course there’s the day job. It’s new and it’s work from home, which makes it difficult to properly judge time. I need to make sure that I’m spending the right amount of time doing my “real” work, which tends to make the Shakespeare stuff suffer since every time I work on the Shakespeare I have to ask myself, “Did I work enough on my day job stuff?” and often the answer is, “Wellll……no, I suppose I could do more.”
Of course it doesn’t help (me, at least) that the Shakespeare blogging world seems to have taken off a bit, and for every post I make I could probably find a dozen to link from the various other blogs that have crept up on me. Not only do I not have the cycles to properly do that justice (I don’t like to just link without having at least some comment, which implies reading and appreciating what I’m linking), but it is a bit of a downer for me to sometimes feel a bit left in the dust if I don’t keep the pace up.
Meanwhile I’ve noticed that the conversation has often been drifting into that dreaded TL;DR zone that JM loves so much :). Mark and Ren, I know that you’re relatively new here and no offense is intended when I say this, but half the time I don’t understand at all what you’re talking about. I’m pleased to provide the forum for you to have these discussions, because I know there are others who want to have them. But don’t be offended when I can’t join. I’m not a student of this stuff. By nature of this medium I find myself more in the literary school than the theatrical one (i.e. I write about it far more than I’ll ever speak or hear about it). So when you compare notes about directors and performance choices, I don’t have much to offer. Don’t let that stop you, though.
School starts up over the next couple weeks, which may make the days a little bit more structured and peaceful, so perhaps things will change a bit.
Until then, think of me as the Coffee Talk lady from Saturday Night Live (assuming people still understand what the heck that reference means, see YouTube video):
I'll give you a topic. Catcher in the Rye neither caught anything, nor was he particularly wry. Discuss.
That was a joke, by the way. We’ve already discussed.
All right, that’s it for me for now. Thanks for listening and buying stuff, keep reading and posting, and stay tuned for a couple of exciting new projects coming soon!