Endless Summer

Yesterday I summed up what I did and did not accomplish over the summer.  This post outlines plans for the fall.  So why did I entitle it “Endless Summer”? 

Because of what I attempted over the summer, of course.  Also wishful thinking and clickbait.  Certain things I started, I want to continue.  First, while I liked cutting back on titles I was committed to read so I could read other things, there were enough lingering commitments that I didn’t get to some of the stuff I wanted to read for fun and/or research.  There’s still a lot I want to tackle, especially short fiction and history.  I’m not cutting out all reviews by request, but I’m going to limit most requests I accept to people with whom I’ve previously worked.  And I’m still working on lingering commitments… I expect by the end of the year most of those things will have been completed.

Second, a few weeks ago, I purchased some computer equipment to replace the desktop that died last summer.  The laptop I’ve been using isn’t meeting my needs.  It’s a Mac, which I’m not proficient with, and the battery gets too hot to set it on my lap.  Among the items I bought was a small laptop that will be devoted to writing.  I’m typing this post on it, in fact.

I’ve gotten the 30-day trial of Scrivener.  I’ve not had a chance to do more than go through the tutorial, but I think I’m going to like it.  Scrivener has the ability to save files as ebooks.  I’ve got some things I’m planning on throwing out there later this year.  That’s not something I want to rush through, so I’m not going to say when I expect to post some fiction.  Hopefully by the end of the year.  That’s all I’m prepared to say about that at the present time.

These are things I wanted to accomplish over the summer.  Since I didn’t get them done to my satisfaction then, I’m using my authority as the Future Potentate of the Solar System to extend summer for as long as I need want to get things done.

7 thoughts on “Endless Summer

  1. Paul McNamee

    I’m using my authority as the Future Potentate of the Solar System to extend summer for as long as I want to get things done.

    An idea I can get behind. Or perhaps, you can setup a time loop so we can attend Howard Days and NECON every two months. 😉

  2. Adrian Simmons

    Surprising how little you can actually get done in three months, isn’t it? It’s almost like you can START a lot of things, but you can’t bring many of them to COMPLETION.

    I’m pretty sure I talked about my three-months-on three-months-off strategy. I am constantly tempted to keep working on writing into the three-months-off, but it’s always a false promise if I do. So, much like booze, I’ve had to learn when to say when! I’ll usually try to get some non-writing stuff done in the off quarter and then do a week or so back on the horse. That seems to be the best way.

    All that said, next month is the 3rd of a writing-on quarter, but I’m going to be out of town for work for like… five or six nights. Sometimes fieldwork like that gives me more time to write, but in this case I’m gonna be spending all day actually working in the field, so… we’ll see.

    1. Keith West Post author

      Good luck with that feild work. HFQ is one of the things I am going to continue to read and review.


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