Ah March. I remember it fondly. Wait… where did May go? April? There was an April this year?
Oh time. You silly monkey.
It’s time to get back on the bandwagon, and back into, not just writing, but being serious about writing. And that means, math.
It also means writing, but first the math. It’s the fun part.
That’s a bit more illuminating as to what the problem is.
The ugly part is, that this is the extent of my productivity in March. The fact that it’s taking me until June to report this is indicative of not just the continued lack of productivity but also shows just how much I’ve wanted to admit this to myself.
I mean, come on. I wrote under 500 new words for the month? What possible good spin could I put on that.
Well, I did edit over thirty five thousand words, and I’ve gotta say that’s not that shabby. Those edits are spread across seven stories, and in total in March I also submitted four stories.
Four. 4. That brings (brought since I’m writing this much after the fact) my total up to seven for the year. And that is a fantastic thing, and a trend I want to keep going.
So what else is going on here?
Well, March got thrown for a loop due to an experiment. Back in February I threw a quick youtube video online. It was a simple proof of concept, and a cute little valentines day present for my wife. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_pJRDPY6j0&feature=youtu.be
The goal of this, other than spending three hours sweating while filming an awkward time lapse video and showing off my manly physique, was to test how well I could do a whiteboard animation. March, was the next step to see what I might be able to do. This led to research, experimentation, scripting, filming, and some experimentations with editing… and you’ll note it does not lead to another video posting. The fact was that the effect was in full swing, and not only did EVERYTHING turn out to be harder than expected and more time consuming, but it also turned out to be far harder to even simply be interesting.
If I were to track the hours I spent tinkering with cameras, lights, white boards and pens, let alone the actual implementation of that failed project, it would probably put the hours sunk into the word count to shame.
It was of course valuable experience. It is something I will return to. But I’m going to just lick my wounds for a little bit first. And maybe, concentrate more on writing.