Things are starting to come together. Tonight I’m working on going from draft to complete on Substack posts for the rest of the year. Right now posts for weeks 98 to 101 are currently drafted. Completing that effort will get me to Friday, December 30, 2022. Getting to that Friday will close out the year and should also give me a couple weeks of cognitive break to plan and prepare to shift over into a new year of publishing. At one point, I was running a couple weeks ahead, but that did not last.
I have considered publishing each of the Substack posts here on my weblog as well. Instead of going that direction I elected to package all the content up and deliver a yearly published manuscript. Going with the publication based route seemed like the right way to go about it and last year it was pretty rewarding. Friday, January 20, 2023, will end up being the final Substack of the 104 week series. At that point in the journey, I’ll take all 104 posts and get them over to my editor before publication. On the brighter side of things the first 52 posts have already been packaged and edited with one complete cycle. I’ll put the whole thing back into the editing cycle. That seems like the right way to go about managing overall quality and continuity.
Throughout the rest of this weekend I’ll need to finish up writing and ultimately record podcast audio for 4 different weeks of content. A task like that seems like it should be a possible thing to complete. Some time might be taken away from that task to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play football tomorrow.
Recording the audio for week 64 of “The Lindahl Letter” included a false start this week. I got about 3 minutes into the recording process and had to hit delete. My recording voice was not consistent. I realized that beyond drinking two shots of espresso some water needed to be consumed. After taking a moment and drinking some water I was able to complete the recording in two parts. Sometimes I have had to record each paragraph separately with a small pause in between sections. Ideally I would like to complete the recording in one good take, but that is not always realistic. Drafts of posts for week 65 and 66 are in progress at this point. It is entirely possible that tomorrow morning I’ll be able to record one or both of those posts. At this very moment, I’m 2 weeks ahead of the publication point. My spring break vacation occurred and my plan to build out a few weeks of buffer worked well.
During the trip I did not bring any recording equipment with me to keep up with the podcast part of the equation. That is how the posts for week 65 and 66 are in progress. During the course of my vacation I had some time in the morning to sit down and write, but no ability to record. Both the digital divide and ethics in machine learning topics deserve my deepest focus and top quality writing efforts. Working a little bit ahead on those posts should help increase the quality of them and both of those topics deserve to be deeply considered.
Yesterday I spent some time finishing up my week 52 post for The Lindahl Letter. This morning I gave it another pass including some light editing and expansion. My weekend routine of writing posts on Saturday morning and editing the post the next day during my Sunday morning writing adventures has been working out well enough. This last time around I waited till the very end of the writing process and moved all of the content over to a word processing document template setup for publishing. I’m not sure if this time around I should figure out a way to just write into the template and begin with the end in mind. The problem with that strategy is that the final product won’t include all the weekly links to videos and Tweets. To get to that point the content would have to be more embedded into the post in the form of ongoing prose instead of broken out a section of links. Unfortunately, sections of links do not translate very well to a manuscript. They are more suited to a weekly newsletter format where clicking digital links is the outcomes of the process instead of an archival purpose.
Things to do this weekend:
- Finish week 52 of The Lindahl Letter for 1/21 publication
- Final review and publish on Upper Bound Chronicles eBook
- Review and publish on Dream Chaser Archives eBook
- Start edit of United Earth Chronicles
- Begin work on Older Essay’s Assembled eBook