A perfect storm for writing
I’d better keep my fingers limber this week! 🙂
Actually, before I tell you why, I’ll tell you about a hand limbering exercise. I was never a magician myself, but I knew somebody who was in the Society of American Magicians.
Take a rubber band. Put your thumb through it, and make sure it gets down past the ball of your thumb. Now stretch it behind your fingers (you are hooking it over your pinkie…so pinkie, behind your hand, and over your thumb), and move that below your knuckles. You’ll figure it out: it should have some tension on it.
Now, take it off…but only by using that hand. 🙂 You can’t use your other hand, and you can’t rub your hand on anything. You do it just by flexing your hand.
Okay, so why do I need to be limber?
The end of this week is a perfect storm for writing for me!
On Thursday, the 31st, our
devices are set to arrive.
I’m going to want to test them and write something up pretty quickly (certainly, within a few days). I think the Dot is going to be a big hit, more popular than the original Echo. I expect the Tap to be less so…not to do poorly, but I see it as more of a gadget while the Dot is more practical.
CNN is also starting its series The Eighties on the 31st. When they did the Seventies, I did two pieces…one for this blog, and one for The Measured Circle (which more generally covered geeky culture):
I like to do that again. The Eighties had some very interesting trends in literature, and general geek pop culture was fascinating as well.
Then, it’s the first of the month.
I do my Snapshots on the first of the month, and that takes, oh, an hour and a half or so. It’s one of the most labor intensive posts I do, and not the most popular…but it’s one of my favorite parts of the blog. 🙂
I’ll also be following my regular posting routine throughout this time.
Finally, I’ve set April 2nd as the day I promote
The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project
outside of my own circle (which includes you).
I’ve been making real progress on “retrofitting” existing entries, so you can get something out of them. I’m happy with how many of them work now: you can click on a book and read it right in the browser in many cases, if it’s in the public domain. If it’s under copyright, I’ve been linking to a search at Worldcat, so you can find the book in a public library.
For authors, I’ve been pleased with adding YouTube searches and Twitter searches. I’ve found some really cool videos by using the YouTube search (author interviews, for example), and the Twitter search gets much more diverse results than I would have expected (pictures of collectibles, for one).
It’s going to keep getting better, especially when I get some collaborators (I won’t do that before April 2nd, but if you are interested, let me know).
When I started it, I focused too much on quantity (although that is a goal), and not enough on quality…I’m fixing tht and that includes how I put entries into TMCGTT.
Oh, and every Saturday, I do a box office thing on The Measured Circle…that takes, oh, 45 minutes to an hour.
All of that doesn’t mean we won’t do our normal two hours at the dog park…unless it is raining. We did see Batman v Superman ^\/^v\S/ yesterday…and that’s a long movie! 😉
Should be a fun week!
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