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Promises and Commitments

Hello, Dear Readers.

Today is Monday, September 11th. It’s currently 9am. I’m sitting in a Starbucks right now, composing my thoughts. I would normally write this at home, probably near the end of the day, but the universe has conspired against me.

Katie and I decided that I should try to post blogs on Monday, so here I am, doing my best to keep to that.

I’ve learned recently that keeping some commitments is easier than keeping others. A few months ago, for instance, I promised to crank out an episode of Lulach Beryl: Magical Intern every two weeks, and I really intended to. Then Katie got a new job. Our schedules overlapped less, so we had to start recording lines separately. That meant more time stitching episodes together. Then I started to realize that the episodes were getting longer, and more complex. I needed more than one background track. That takes time too, searching through tracks other people have composed and made available. Soon, we’ll be having episodes with multiple parts, much like the first.

Learning all this is humbling, for certain. I had to decide whether or not to put out unpolished products, or to break my timetable in order to produce something of quality. I chose the latter. I don’t know that too many (if any) were disappointed, but it still frustrated me.

That said, Katie and I have been on a real upswing this past week or so. We made especially good use of our Labor Day. We refocused, and took some time to think critically about what we were capable of with our current schedules and assets. I’d like to think we made a couple of smart purchases for our various other projects, and we dug deep down into our characters.

To do that, though, we’ve had to reprioritize, and I’ve come to realize how important that is – and how important it is to do that sort of self-analysis regularly. One new commitment we made is to weekly meetings with each other, asking what we got accomplished, and what we didn’t. There’s discussion of goals, and how to divide up our time. Perhaps most critically, we talk about what we may need from the other, even if it’s something minor like, “I need you to remind me to work on ____ later today.”

This whole thing has been disjointed. Sorry about that. I’m discovery writer, but I don’t know if you can be a discovery blogger. I also don’t know if I should be trying to write these with some level of polish, same as I do with LB:MI, or if coffee-fueled ramblings are the norm. I admit, I don’t read a lot of other blogs.  I think this is where I should summarize my thoughts.

It’s good to have commitments, but try not to make promises you’re too inexperienced to know whether or not you can keep.

If you do, and you fail, be humble enough to admit it.

Don’t get disheartened if that happens. Keep working, refocus, reanalyze, and reprioritize.

I’ll talk to you next Monday,



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