Honolulu , Hawaii

We spent a blissful week in Honolulu in March this year. Ian and I have taken many trips together over the years but we’ve never enjoyed a legitimate vacation thousands of miles from home and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery – and beaches – one can have the pleasure to visit. After a challenging day at the office, tonight, I am dreaming of Oahu.

It’s about the challenge

Serialized content is difficult for me. Most likely because I don’t know what I will be inspired by on any given day and it’s very difficult for me to write about any topic if I’m not feeling it in the moment. 

In the spirit of planning week I really want to attempt to plot out a trajectory for the month that makes sense. In part to push myself to think about topics outside of “being in the moment” so that there is an actual sense of progression through #Blaugust2019 – and hopefully development for my writing. If I can’t learn to push through the “blocked” mental state I feel when attempting to write about something I’m not “in the moment” with then how am I ever to finish a paper, or a book?

One idea, the short readings from the Destiny Grimoire, has been implemented and I am dedicated to finding time to record it on a daily basis. Given that this week is devoted to the planning aspect of Blaugust let’s keep true to the spirit of this week and outline how I see this month going. 

Peeping the calendar for inspiration I realize that entire weeks are dedicated to topics I would typically smush into one day each. Understanding I would typically rush through sections that have entire weeks dedicated to them means I need to make sure my workflow reinforces a methodical approach to my topics. I want to ensure my mindset is on the marathon, not the sprint. I also understand that despite my best intentions my brain is wired this way, and it will be difficult for me to focus on planning for entire week.

With pacing in mind I’ve created a google calendar with my topics for the upcoming month so that I have better pacing and focus. Adulting can be tough, so I need to avoid procrastinating until after work to write. Let’s face it, sometimes I’m not in the best head space when I get home from an emotionally exhausting day at work. When I get home finding time to write a daily blog and record the daily audio from the Grimoire simply can’t compete with preparing dinner, spending time with Ian, gaming, etc.

Planning ahead and using the Google calendar (aha, planning) combined with clipping points of interest and roughing out a draft in evernote during the day will ensure I have prepared and don’t need to commit hours to writing one entry.

I’ve never worked in a kitchen environment before, but I watch ALOT of Gordon Ramsey programming so I’ll think of it like prep before dinner service! 

Me

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

And, of course, Day 2 of Dark Mirror for your enjoyment.

The Beginning 0:1

The allure of possibility.

Thus begins planning week. As a major Type A personality planning is practically a kink. I have quite a few ideas to bring together this month, hopefully these will provide entertainment to those reading, and listening…

In the spirit of new beginnings let’s kick off the multimedia section for the month with the reading of Dark Mirror. Short, daily readings from the Destiny Grimore. If you have any feedback please do leave a comment. Welcome to #Blaugust2019 friends.

Day One : Black Mirror

Welcome to Blaugust

One blog a day in the month of august.

Super excited to kick start the blog to announce my participation as a newbie in #Blaugust2019 ! I’m always looking for ways to incorporate writing more into my daily life and a actual, structured blogathon is something I’ve been keeping an eye for. Unfortunately since I don’t participate in the writing community socially I don’t see them pop up very often, but Blaugust is organized by Belghast a gamer and all around interesting person I follow on twitter. Check out his blog over at Aggronaut.com for more info on Blaugust if you’re interested in participating or if you just want to see the most gorgeous screenshots of his gaming adventures in (most recently) FFXIV.

For Blaugust the first week is dedicated to “Planning”. Which quite frankly I really need to take the exercise to heart and do the work to figure out where I want to steer this ship during the month of August. I have a few ideas for formats – video, audio, text but I am still searching for an overarching theme for the month so I’ll try to figure that out next week. Here’s the overview –

I have so much going on in my life right now I know I could easily blog once a day! However, with so much going on I want to make sure my serialized content is cohesive and tells a story since I don’t have much of history with blogging. Right now though here’s a quick list of the various things going on my life I could potentially touch on during August:

  • Career Progression
  • Looking For My Next Opportunity
  • Business Travel
  • Gaming
  • Game Backlog
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Community

I also adding a blogroll on the right sidebar that lists everyone participating in #Blaugust2019 ! If you’re visiting from someone else’s Blaugust links thanks for being here. 😊