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Watched Plan Your 2023 Writing Year


Super useful way to think through the year and see truly how much time I have available to work on projects. Combining this big picture thinking with the 12 Week Year approach for quarter by quarter planning is going to make a big difference in figuring out a reasonable, realistic workload and accomplishing my goals. I hope to publish my first two books in 2023; this exercise made me recognize that is doable but tight since it involves finishing writing one of the books and revising both, plus figuring out a bunch of self-publishing steps I haven’t done before.

I also have to decide if I can afford to take Fridays off of writing as I currently have planned, which only gives me four writing days weekly. Writing only four days a week and giving myself 4 weeks off of writing (two weeks vacation plus two planning weeks) and 2-4 random extra days off a month (appointments, trainings, conferences, headaches, consulting work) works out to about 145-150 working days. Considering I have brain capacity for about 3-4 hours of fiction writing on a standard day, that’s not many hours of actual writing time available, about 430-600 hours for the year. (Of course, that is significantly more than I have been doing, so…)

I’ll definitely need to push back the ARC I scheduled for mid-April 😂 To pick a new date, I’ll need to decide what order I’m going to work on projects — my current plan is to finish writing the rough draft of Book 2, then go back and finish revising Book 1. I was hoping I’d finish writing Book 2 by the end of the year but between my realizations about plot changes and following a mellower writing schedule, that certainly is not happening.

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This feels complementary to David Cain’s idea of a Depth Year — because without access to an endless, immediately satisfying catalog of online streaming, the amount of content you could consume would probably be a lot less, which could nudge you to give what you do take in deeper consideration.

This is something I think about occasionally because I naturally tend towards a MORE MORE MORE intake mindset. This mind garden is one tool I use to push myself towards more contemplation, and using more of my time for thinking versus reading or watching.

I also can see the appeal of taking a break from streaming with the frustration I’ve had with Tidal and the poor quality of streaming movies I’ve seen (e.g. sound sync problems in Dune, dithering in Tangled) 😉 But… someone’s suggestion in the comments of trying a month feels way more doable 😂


Three months with Tidal: what I like, what I don’t, and problems

At the end of January, I switched from Spotify to Tidal for my music streaming. It’s been a bit of a disruption to my listening habits. Some things I’ve adapted to, but overall I’d say the interface is harder to use than Spotify. It’s definitely more challenging to make playlists. I haven’t gone back, but definitely think Tidal needs work if it wants users who want to make their own playlists.

I’m probably an outlier in playlists, having several hundred going back more than ten years, so what’s an issue for me may not be an issue for others 🤷‍♀️ For a “power user” Tidal is not pulling its weight — which seems weird because with their focus on music quality I’d guess they’re going for audiophiles who are going to listen to a lot of music? Sigh, probably another of those design-for-the-lowest-common-denominator-screw-power-users that generalized software falls into (yes I’m still mad about the ribbon).